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United States of America (USA) - So much variety in every aspect, the only way to know the USA is to experience it. From 24 hour cities to rustic communities, National Parks to coastal resorts, there are infinite ways to 'have a nice day' in the USA.

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  Bruce Ailion, RE/MAX Greater Atlanta


Articles - United States (USA)

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Bruce Ailion, have been a broker in Metro Atlanta GA for 34 years, currently with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. In addition I am Managing Member of ATL Investors, LLC a private equity fund investing in residential and commercial property primarily in Metro Atlanta. I also provide relocation assistance to expat businesses and residents interested in Atlanta and provide referrals to other experienced brokers throughout the US.   more ...

  Dealing with the US Immigration Department


Articles - United States (USA)

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Service [hereinafter ICE] is the country's second largest law enforcement agency behind the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency has been on a seemingly perpetual 'high alert' since at least 2001 (at which point the agency came under the jurisdiction of the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security) and is likely to remain on edge for a while, since the last act of terrorism to have struck a major metropolitan area (Boston).

Aside from this pressing concern, both ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are tasked with keeping contraband shipments of drugs and weaponry out of the country, a task which requires them to man both the world's longest undefended border to the north, and the 3,200 km of Mexican border to the south.   more ...

  The Safest US States for Expats: Weather-Wise!


Articles - United States (USA)

Weather-related news from the U.S. has recently been generating more column space than usual, thanks to events of an unprecedented kind. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall upon the northeastern states, much of the world was treated to the bizarre spectacle of seeing New York City's subway rail system and major thoroughfares flooded, with hundreds of thousands of metropolitan residents left without power.

Events such as these would justifiably make any prospective U.S. expat resident wonder if there are any completely safe areas in the country, where inclement weather is concerned. The 21st century is indeed shaping up to be an odd one for meteorological phenomena - and whether or not this owes itself to man made global warming is a fiery debate for another day - yet there are still areas of the country that are relatively free from nature's fiercest lashings.   more ...

  Expat Life in the US Bible Belt


Articles - United States (USA)

The U.S. 'Bible Belt', that vast landmass stretching from Texas to Florida on the east-west axis and going as far north as the states of Missouri and Virginia, is an area typified by its social conservatism and Protestant piety. The term has been a pejorative one since the beginning (claimed as the coinage of notorious literary crank H.L. Mencken), and to this day one is still much more likely to hear the phrase being used by an opponent of this conservative Protestantism than by an actual proponent of it.

Most of us have probably heard the horror stories that give this region its reputation for intolerance, from the cruel political theater of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas to the decades' worth of documentary exposes on the corruption of "tent revival" preachers and "faith healers". The disclaimer to this, as always, is that the American news media's unwritten policy of "if it bleeds, it leads" tends to favor tragic and debate-stoking stories rather than ones highlighting virtuous conduct and maintenance of peace. Yet none of these stories is entirely false, nor is it an exaggeration that the influence of Christian mores on this area stands head and shoulders above that of northern and continental Europe.   more ...

  Dealing with the American Healthcare Insurance System


Articles - United States (USA)

British expats moving to the US must ensure that they have comprehensive health insurance coverage. While the UK benefits from the National Health Service (NHS), medical care in the US is, and always has been, a private business. The cost of treatments if you take a risk without being fully covered, are not recommended. One day in the hospital can easily run up to $4,000, even the simplest of treatments and surgery can rack up bills up to $50,000, and a major illness higher still.

What type of cover do I need?

The insurance cover you need depends fully on your personal circumstances. Factors include which city and state you are moving to, your employer, your family, as well as health questions such as any pre-existing medical conditions, the health of your parents, your habits (e.g. smoking) and how much exercise you do.   more ...

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