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hallri Aug 29th 2009 7:55 am

motel for residential address?
 
Hi,
I'm looking to go to USA on an E3 visa with an umbrella company.
Basically they'll say I'm employed with them so I can get my visa and get in the country. then we'll start interviews for a real job that pays the umbrella company (agency) thus me.
My concern is that the real job could be anywhere in USA but I spose I'll need some kind of base to operate from until I know where to relocate to.

So the most flexible option would be to stay at a motel, maybe around Atlanta as that's quite a domestic airline hub.

As I'll be there for upto 2 months I should apply for a Gerogia driving license. Can I do this with a residential address of the motel?
And give a postal address of a rented mailbox forwarding service?

My plan is to request my SSN as soon as I get off the plan then go for the driving license test. Then I can buy a car (as renting for 2months I think would cost too much) & insure it (as insuring a USA car on a UK license seems very expensive)

all advice welcome,

thanks

lapin_windstar Aug 29th 2009 12:06 pm

Re: motel for residential address?
 
I'm not trying to be smart here but if you don't know where you're going to end up...have you considered staying in a town that has decent enough public transport that you don't need a car (and don't need to buy/insure something when you don't know where you'll end up)? I was thinking of Chicago, SF, Boston, DC (and selected MD/VA suburbs), Philly, NYC (not Manhattan but outer boroughs and suburbs). Maybe even Denver (not so sure)? All of those have decent enough public transport and air (and rail in the case of those in the NE corridor) links that you wouldn't need to shell out for a car in the interim stage and take that cashflow hit.

Of course, Atlanta and suburbs probably have cheaper rent. But then it also depends on where your industry is.

In some states, you can exchange a UK licence for a local one, in other states you have to take the test. It depends where you end up. Also, some insurance agents seem to be able to work the system around car insurance not to ding you for being a blow-in, others can't or won't. There are legion threads on this.

meauxna Aug 29th 2009 4:08 pm

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by hallri (Post 7885927)
Hi,
I'm looking to go to USA on an E3 visa with an umbrella company.

And so, the slide of the E-3 visa follows the H-1B.. bye bye to this visa begins now....


Good luck.

There are places called residential or long-stay hotels designed for what you want.

What's wrong with your Australian license?

mamasue Aug 29th 2009 8:48 pm

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Hallri..... if you want a driving license in Georgia you will have to take a test... and give up your UK license.
When we first arrived in Georgia we stayed at InTown Suites, which is a long-stay motel group...
We used a PO box for mail (It was a Mail Etc. shop)... but it didn't have the words 'PO Box', but...


Suite XXX (was the PO box)
No. XXXX
1234 Wade Green Road,
Kennesaw GA 30XXX.

Perfect for our early immigration papers, as it looked like an apartment address.

Norri Aug 29th 2009 9:36 pm

Re: motel for residential address?
 
Why would you give up your UK license :confused:

Ray Aug 31st 2009 2:18 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by hallri (Post 7885927)
all advice welcome,

thanks

Stop smoking that funny stuff ...its not gonna happen anything like that

hallri Aug 31st 2009 3:35 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 
thanks all.
We thought San Diego as that's where we ideally would like to settle so seemed smart to start there but I appreciate your comments about other locations. that might be the route we take.
Our plan is that if we can't find acceptable IT Solaris work then we'll turn it into a vacation. we'll be homeless & unemployed so might as well make the most of it :)

I read quite a few posts prior to submitting this one, the all tended to say "don't hand in your uk lic" as you need to sit new tests (which I'm fine with. If I fail those I don't think I should be on the road anyway :)

thanks for the "Mail etc" info. that sounds perfect.

lapin_windstar Aug 31st 2009 5:39 am

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Originally Posted by Norri (Post 7887339)
Why would you give up your UK license :confused:

Some states take it from you when they exchange it for a local licence - you're not supposed to have two at once.

Yes, you're right to be :confused:, it's pointless when all a "nefarious" person would have to do is ask their driving licence issuer to send them a new one.

Norri Aug 31st 2009 7:08 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by lapin_windstar (Post 7890493)
Some states take it from you when they exchange it for a local licence - you're not supposed to have two at once.

Yes, you're right to be :confused:, it's pointless when all a "nefarious" person would have to do is ask their driving licence issuer to send them a new one.


They don't exchange it for a local one, they would exchange another states license, but with a UK license you have to take the test, so you should keep your old uk license.

lapin_windstar Aug 31st 2009 10:48 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 
Depends state to state.

mamasue Sep 1st 2009 1:12 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by Norri (Post 7890637)
They don't exchange it for a local one, they would exchange another states license, but with a UK license you have to take the test, so you should keep your old uk license.


When I got my GA license I was told I had to give them my UK license...
Not really a problem.... I can drive in the UK on my USA license.

Bob Sep 1st 2009 1:44 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by lapin_windstar (Post 7886411)
...have you considered staying in a town that has decent enough public transport that you don't need a car (and don't need to buy/insure something when you don't know where you'll end up)? I was thinking of Chicago, SF, Boston, DC (and selected MD/VA suburbs), Philly, NYC (not Manhattan but outer boroughs and suburbs).

I'd probably not recommend Boston, downtown would be great but would they really pay for a couple of months? I doubt it, way to pricey and out side, the public transport gets sketchy quickly.

Be able to drive on foreign license though as you'd not be resident in the state, but renting car and insurance won't be cheap.

Getting SSN, that'll be a problem unless you get the job squared away properly.

Norri Sep 1st 2009 4:51 am

Re: motel for residential address?
 

Originally Posted by mamasue (Post 7892649)
When I got my GA license I was told I had to give them my UK license...
Not really a problem.... I can drive in the UK on my USA license.

You may well have been told that, but you didn't need to do it ;)


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