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mrjt1986 Feb 24th 2019 10:00 am

Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
Our visa applications should complete soon and we should be moving shortly on L Visas. Can anyone help with a few questions.

1. My husband will be working immediately but as I’m on a L2 visa it’ll probably be a while till I start working. What are the rules on tax? Will I need to pay tax even though I’m not working?

2. Driving- Do we need to get a US driving license? Will we need to do a test? And how do we apply?

3. Any dummie guide to tax returns? Luckily being in UK its all done for us out of our salary. I see so much about tax returns in America and I have no idea what to do. Do we keep every receipt etc...

4. We’re going to rent out our uk property but won’t make a huge profit on the monthly income. Do we need to do anything about this? UK & US end.

5. I’ll be on a L2 visa. How long realistically can I expect to start working? I’ve heard I need to apply for something else when we get there that’ll take 3-4 months.

6. I’m thinking of running a website. Could I run this as a UK based website and work on it whilst in US and get any income paid in the UK?

I’m sure I’ll be back with more questions but any help on these to start would be greatly appreciated.
Any checklist sort of thing of things we must do when we arrive on our visas would be a great help too.

thanks in advance

Rete Feb 24th 2019 1:39 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by mrjt1986 (Post 12642773)
Our visa applications should complete soon and we should be moving shortly on L Visas. Can anyone help with a few questions.

1. My husband will be working immediately but as I’m on a L2 visa it’ll probably be a while till I start working. What are the rules on tax? Will I need to pay tax even though I’m not working?



You can't "pay" tax if you haven't earned any income. However, your husband should file "married" either joint of separate when he files his 2019 tax return in 2020. You might well be working by then so worry about it when the tax year is over and you have to file. 2019 taxes need to be filed between January 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020. Or you can ask for an extension.


2. Driving- Do we need to get a US driving license? Will we need to do a test? And how do we apply?
Yes, once you have landed and your passports are stamped you are then a resident of the state you are living in and need to obtain a state driver's license. Not sure what the requirements are for Florida but more likely than not, you will need to take the written, vision and driving test before getting a driver's license. Google "Florida Driver's License".


3. Any dummie guide to tax returns? Luckily being in UK its all done for us out of our salary. I see so much about tax returns in America and I have no idea what to do. Do we keep every receipt etc...

4. We’re going to rent out our uk property but won’t make a huge profit on the monthly income. Do we need to do anything about this? UK & US end.
Don't worry about this at the moment. Hire an accountant or tax specialist to do your taxes for the first year if the company does not supply one. As said tax filing for 2019 isn't until the first quarter of 2020.


5. I’ll be on a L2 visa. How long realistically can I expect to start working? I’ve heard I need to apply for something else when we get there that’ll take 3-4 months.

6. I’m thinking of running a website. Could I run this as a UK based website and work on it whilst in US and get any income paid in the UK?
At minimum 90 days after filing and having biometrics done. At present Employment Authorization Documents are taking between 60 and 120 days. No, you cannot work for yourself without the EAD even if the corporation is based in the UK. You would still be working from the US and the US law applies. BTW the US taxes on all worldwide income so any income, interest, income from rental properties, etc. earned outside of the US during that tax year needs to be reported on the IRS tax return.


I’m sure I’ll be back with more questions but any help on these to start would be greatly appreciated.
Any checklist sort of thing of things we must do when we arrive on our visas would be a great help too.

thanks in advance






Search for Florida on the BE search function. Orlando is the mecca for most Brits who want to live in Florida and there is a wealth of information to be found here. Also visit our wiki as there are articles dealing with living in the US, etc.

Boiler Feb 24th 2019 3:36 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
EAD is more like 4 to 6 months.

Rete Feb 24th 2019 6:04 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by Boiler (Post 12642985)
EAD is more like 4 to 6 months.

Actually the timeline has decreased in the last 6 weeks or so. More people are getting theirs it would appear within 4 to 5 months and one or two within the 90 days.

mrjt1986 Feb 25th 2019 7:23 am

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
Thank you so much for your responses. I’m quite happy waiting 4 months for EAD as will give me time to enjoy a bit of Florida before I start working.
2 more;
1) How do we get our social security number? Is it just an online form when we enter the country?

2) Has anyone got experience applying for work on a L2 Visa? Is it tougher not being an actual US citizen?

Noorah101 Feb 25th 2019 10:56 am

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
1. You have to go in person to apply at a social security office. Details at www.ssa.gov.

2. Lots of people, yes. It's not tougher, as long as you have your EAD. Make sure your resume is in US format and be prepared not to hear back on every application.

Rene

Pulaski Feb 25th 2019 2:04 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by mrjt1986 (Post 12642773)
…. 2. Driving- Do we need to get a US driving license? Will we need to do a test? And how do we apply? …


Yes you need a Florida drivers license - this page has the requirements. I don't immediately see the allowed time, but you only have 30 days to register a car brought into Florida (for those moving within the US), so I expect that you also only have 30 days to get your drivers license, as for most people the two things go hand in hand. Obviously this is going to be fairly tight, but you will be OK so long as you start the process even if you can't get the road test completed within 30 days - just carry documentation to show that you are in the process of getting your FL drivers license in the unlikely event that you are stopped and asked for it.*

That said, the "road test" in all US states is a pretty pathetic test of driving ability, and the test in Florida, from everything I have heard, is weaker than most, with the "road test" often being completed in a car park or paved area set aside for the "road test", so you can pas your "road test" without driving on an actual road! :blink: ….. But do check what information you are expected to know for the "written" (computer based) test, as that can catch you out. Things that seem to be favorite topics are things like drink driving penalties, road signs, and rules about driving near school buses.



* Anecdotally, from a few reports over the years here on BE, police (not necessarily in FL) the police are usually unconcerned about not yet having obtained a local drivers license, or are actually unaware what the correct time limit even is!

Hotscot Feb 25th 2019 2:35 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
'the police are usually unconcerned about not yet having obtained a local drivers license'

Drove 8 years with my UK license. Had valid insurance. No issues.
Got US license eventually cause it was so easy. Drive round the block in easy conditions.,

Pulaski Feb 25th 2019 2:40 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by Hotscot (Post 12643534)
'the police are usually unconcerned about not yet having obtained a local drivers license'

Drove 8 years with my UK license. Had valid insurance. No issues.
Got US license eventually cause it was so easy. Drive round the block in easy conditions.,

Things can get awkward if you get in an accident, as without a state drivers license after the permitted period, you may find that your insurance is void, or voidable, if you need to claim on it. :eek:

Hotscot Feb 25th 2019 2:45 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
Maybe, possibly, coulda, shoulda,:lol:
I've got my US license now.

If only I could find my UK passport..how the hell did I lose that?

vindico Feb 25th 2019 3:07 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
Hey. Came out to Orlando myself last summer with my wife and daughter. Welcome.

You need to apply for EAD. For my wife it took a little over 3 months to come through, so get on it as soon as possible. We had not anticipated this, but thankfully was not a problem for us financially.

I recommend getting a driver's license as soon as possible and get it out the way. I got mine way later than I should have. It was all fine, but technically I was in breach. The test will be easy. Mine was on a small figure-of-8 track with a speed limit of 5mph. As long as you stop at the stop signs and turn right when the examiner say right you should be fine. Pay your $50 or so a the desk and they print the license then and there. It also makes it easier to buy alcoholic drinks out and about when you will not likely have your passport (although tbf most places seemed pretty good accepting a UK license for this).

You will need an accountant to help with taxes. Renting a house out in the UK adds some complexity. We are doing ours now, so much fun.

Where in Orlando are you planning to be?

tom169 Feb 25th 2019 3:52 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 12643543)
Things can get awkward if you get in an accident, as without a state drivers license after the permitted period, you may find that your insurance is void, or voidable, if you need to claim on it. :eek:

Unfortunately folk end up thinking it won't ever happen to them. Having drove the length of Florida, including Orlando, the "minimum 80mph speed limit" increases the chances.

zzrmark Mar 1st 2019 12:46 am

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by tom169 (Post 12643597)
Unfortunately folk end up thinking it won't ever happen to them. Having drove the length of Florida, including Orlando, the "minimum 80mph speed limit" increases the chances.

You've got it all wrong, the speed is irrelevant just as long as you maintain a maximum length of four feet from the vehicle in front!

Pulaski Mar 1st 2019 1:58 am

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 

Originally Posted by zzrmark (Post 12645840)
You've got it all wrong, the speed is irrelevant just as long as you maintain a maximum length of four feet from the vehicle in front!

You can learn everything you need to know about driving on the interstate by watching the Daytona 500. :nod:

Personally I also learned how to negotiate school car pool by applying what I learned watching NASCAR pitstops: :thumbsup:
  • Come in as fast as traffic allows,
  • pass other stationery cars on the way in to your pit if possible,
  • leave room in front when you stop to give space to pull out, so you don't have to wait for the car in front, and
  • accelerate hard on the way out passing as many cars pitting ahead of you while they are still stationery, because it is much easier than passing on the track (access road). :o

jammiie Mar 1st 2019 6:03 pm

Re: Moving to Orlando - dummie questions
 
Moved to Orlando with my wife on L1/L2 visa in 2017 so please let me know if you have any specific questions about areas to live, things to do, accommodation options etc.

We think it's a great place to live.

Also would be more than happy to welcome you new folks with a drink when you arrive!


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