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Old Aug 23rd 2023, 10:15 pm
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We were in a similar situation many moons ago but our children were only aged 4 and 6. A company paid move with rental support etc, etc was too good an opportunity to miss in our opinion so we went for the 2 year assignment in Houston, which was renewed for another 2 years in another city, Baton Rouge. It worked out so well that we ended up transferring permanently and it we all had a fantastic experience. The position I took had been filled by another colleague, who I knew well, and he had moved with his wife and 2 small children but his wife hated being away from home so after 2 years they came back. That cemented our decision to go because it was likely to be a great adventure but if it was bad for any of us, it was only 2 years.

We kept our lovely house in England and rented it out until we made the move permanent after 5 years in the USA.

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Old Aug 24th 2023, 2:06 am
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Originally Posted by ChappersUK

My wife will have a working visa (we would be on H-1B) as part of the move so once the kids are settled she will probably look for some part time work,

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I know someone with more expertise will correct me, but I thought it was only possible for the dependent spouse to work if the visa holder had already applied for permanent residency?
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Eligibility to work in the US as an H1B dependant

To be eligible for employment authorization as an H1B dependant:
  • You must be the spouse of an H1B non-immigrant worker.
  • You must have applied for and been granted H-4 visa status.
  • The H1B worker must be on track to attain a Green Card, that is they hold an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker form I-140, or have been granted an extension to their H1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21).
  • As an H-4 visa holder, you must reside in the US at the time of your EAD application.
Note that H-4 status unmarried children under 21 years of age are not eligible for an EAD.

The OP said in his first post that his employer had offered him the job in the US; and he's getting a relocation package

Surely he would be moving on an L-1 ????

Then his wife could work from day one
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Originally Posted by Nutmegger
Thanks for the correction -- I wasn't sure if there were still strings attached!
It looks like I'm wrong. .... I misread the page that SDG cited.
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Old Aug 24th 2023, 3:46 am
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I think the OP is on an L-1 visa ...... Maybe he can check and let us know.
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Old Aug 24th 2023, 3:58 am
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Originally Posted by SanDiegogirl
I think the OP is on an L-1 visa ...... Maybe he can check and let us know.
Originally Posted by ChappersUK
Thanks for all your comments.

I have been travelling to the US regularly for the last couple of years with trips often extending over a weekend so I have had time to do ‘normal’ activities (going to mall, walks in local area, colleagues house for BBQ) and not just going between the airport, hotel and office. We have also been on holiday a few times so we have a bit of an idea of what to expect.

Fortunately my company are covering house rental costs so we are not under pressure to sell our home but we may rent it out. Aside from the additional income renting would provide I feel that not having the convenience of an empty house to return to might help us focus on settling in the US.

My wife will have a working visa (we would be on H-1B) as part of the move so once the kids are settled she will probably look for some part time work,

We have decided that the best option for my eldest will be a British school so she can complete her GCSE’s and hopefully slot straight back into A Levels if we return to the UK. I am still in discussion with my company regarding private school for my youngest but if that doesn’t work out hopefully a top rated junior high school will provide a good enough standard of education that she is not too out of sync with the schools in the UK.

I’ve been given freedom to base myself wherever works best for the schools and our lifestyle so I have been looking at Charlotte and Houston as options. I think I am leaning towards Houston as despite the summer heat I like the idea of year round sun plus the schools look good if my youngest ends up at a public school.

The more I look into it all I feel it is a great opportunity to be able to experience life in another country for a couple of years without the commitment of a permanent move.
OP stated H1b already today, and given lottery timing (if not exempt) they should already have the visa, else it’s a hyperthetical until they are selected.
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Originally Posted by tht
OP stated H1b already today, and given lottery timing (if not exempt) they should already have the visa, else it’s a hyperthetical until they are selected.
Sorry, you are all correct I will be on an L1A. I am on holiday so used google rather than checking my emails!
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Originally Posted by ChappersUK
Sorry, you are all correct I will be on an L1A. I am on holiday so used google rather than checking my emails!
Then your wife should get an L2S stamp on arrival (which is like an EAD) and be able to work from day 1 in theory and 2-3 weeks after arrival in practice (having her SSN in hand).
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Then your wife should get an L2S stamp on arrival (which is like an EAD) and be able to work from day 1 in theory and 2-3 weeks after arrival in practice (having her SSN in hand).
A SSN is not necessary to start work, and I myself started working just a couple of business days after arriving in the US, which was more than a week before my SSN arrived. There was no problem putting me on the corporate payroll with an all zeros SSN, and the understanding that I would advise my employer of my SSN when I was notified of it myself.

And [1] that was a career job at a large corporation, not a cash-in-hand or low level service job, and [2] my employer had not sponsored a visa for me, I was a "local hire" equivalent to a USC in my employer's eyes, so they had no documentation in their files of my status - they knew I was a new immigrant, they just weren't part of the process.
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I live near Charlotte, it's a decent enough place to live but is a very bland city. The city center is very bland and corporate, and the rest of the area is just big suburban sprawl. The weather is definitely better than Texas or Florida though (summers are hot but not nearly as long and miserable as those two states).

I'm not too familiar with Boston but that would probably be my pick among the cities with official British schools. Though those inner suburban neighborhoods of Boston and adjacent suburban towns are renowned as being very expensive.
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I live near Charlotte, it's a decent enough place to live but is a very bland city. The city center is very bland and corporate, and the rest of the area is just big suburban sprawl. ....
Charlotte reminds me a lot of Toronto - a good place to live, but almost no reason to visit. It's a struggle to find a couple of things to do when visitors come to stay that don't provoke thoughts of "Is that what we came to see?"

For children, teenagers, and the young at heart, the "Carowinds", local theme park is one of the better ones that isn't in Orlando.

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I'm not too familiar with Boston but that would probably be my pick among the cities with official British schools. Though those inner suburban neighborhoods of Boston and adjacent suburban towns are renowned as being very expensive.
It is crazy expensive (our house is quite a bit smaller than our UK home, yet three times the price - and we lived in one of the most expensive parts of the UK!), but if the OP is coming on a fixed term expat assignment then hopefully that will all be taken care of for them. They do say above that housing is, I'd assume they'll get a cost of living adjustment too.

If they have a choice of cities then it might be worth them asking what the housing allowance for each would be, and the cost of living adjustment, as that may factor in to the decision as well.
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