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How To Apply For A Visa In The USA

Thursday March 05, 2020 (12:27:19)

Foreigners who are nationals from any of the 38 visa waiver countries can enter the United States for tourism or business purposes, for a period of up to 90 days, without obtaining a visa. If you are entering under the Visa Waiver Programme, you will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which must be applied for prior to travel.

Even if you are just in transit through the USA, you will require an ESTA. You will be denied an ESTA if you have a criminal record, or if you are a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria. In some cases, you may also be denied entry if you have visited Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen within the last few years. The ESTA is intended for occasional/short-term use only. If immigration officials suspect that you are entering and re-entering the USA on an ESTA on a regular basis, you may be denied entry.

You may need to show proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay, even if you are staying with friends or family. For those who don’t qualify for an ESTA, you will need to apply for a visa at your local embassy or consulate.

There is a programme referred to as ‘Global Entry’, and this allows pre-approved travellers to pass through border control much more quickly at many USA airports. You may be eligible for this, providing you pass the background checks. UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into the USA or for transit through any USA airport. A UK Emergency Travel Document that has been issued in the USA is valid for exit from the country only.   more ...

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How To Find A Job In The US

Monday January 27, 2020 (16:06:12)

With many varying landscapes, including sparse countryside and some of the world’s most vibrant cities, the US offers something for everyone. However, it can be a difficult country to gain entry to for work purposes, due to its stringent visa requirements and firm stance on immigration.   more ...

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Why Is Miami Beach Such A Popular Expat Destination?

Monday October 14, 2019 (12:59:27)

As we are coming to our real estate season that starts October to April, sales are setting record numbers, and the available inventory of existing properties for sale is experiencing a decline. I see several area indicators that all point to significant growth patterns as sales are soaring and average sales prices are climbing steadily.   more ...

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How To Lease A Car As An Expat In The USA

Monday June 10, 2019 (18:49:09)

America is known as the land of the automobile, and for anyone who has spent time in the States, the reasons for this are obvious. It’s an enormous country, and settlements are still set wide apart from one another, particularly by European standards. You may remember the old joke about 100 years being a long time in America and 100 miles a long way in Britain! The USA has a good rail network, although it’s such a huge country that many people prefer to fly if they’re travelling from coast to coast, for instance. However, most people rely heavily on their cars. If the local grocery store is 45 minutes’ drive away, walking isn’t going to be an option – and the infrastructure just isn’t there for public transport.   more ...

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Expats In The USA: Recommended Books To Make Your Life Easier

Monday March 25, 2019 (18:44:32)

Are you the process of setting up a new life in the USA, or finding your groove after a recent arrival? Not all reading has to be about health insurance and visas!   more ...

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Moving From The UK To The US? Here's What You Need To Know About Healthcare

Monday January 14, 2019 (11:23:32)

If you’re moving from the UK to the USA, you will need to look carefully at issues surrounding healthcare. After all, you’ll be moving from the nationalized system of the NHS to a largely private healthcare system which is based on insurance; plus, the two countries don’t have reciprocal healthcare agreements. The US system confuses a lot of American people, so if you’re an overseas traveller, you need to do your homework!


How Do The US And UK Healthcare Systems Differ?

Healthcare under the UK NHS is free at the point of delivery, although you will have made contributions to it from your national insurance and taxes. In Britain, healthcare is considered to be a basic right; in the States, it’s more like a privilege. The NHS is publicly funded and administered.   more ...

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Interview With Claude Koehl, Author, The American Way Of Life

Thursday January 10, 2019 (13:11:34)

Claude, you've recently written a book called The American Way of Life. Tell us about the book and its aims.

The goal of my new book is manifold:

a. Introduce newcomers to some of the idiosyncrasies of American culture

b. Help foreigners adapt and integrate their new host culture better

c. Make American readers more aware of their own (unconscious) cultural bias.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To The Cost Of Living In San Jose

Monday January 07, 2019 (19:40:22)

San Jose is situated on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, in the centre of the Santa Clara Valley. The city is sprawled over an area of 179.97 square miles (466.1 km2). San Jose is a major technological hub and the largest city in Northern California. It’s also the third most populated city in California and tenth most populated city in the USA.   more ...

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How To Pass The American Citizenship Test

Thursday December 13, 2018 (09:52:37)

Citizenship tests are always a challenge, and the test for US citizenship has an especially tough reputation. But what does the American citizenship test actually involve?


How Do I Apply For Citizenship?

If you were born in the USA, but now live abroad, or if you are of American parentage, obtaining US citizenship will obviously be an easier process.   more ...

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How The Proposed Changes To The American H-1B Visa Might Affect You

Thursday September 13, 2018 (15:22:11)

For skilled expats hoping to live and work in the United States, the H-1B visa has been an attractive option. However, since early 2017, the Trump administration has proposed a range of changes to the program that threaten to impact current H-1B visa holders and restrict options for future visa applicants.   more ...



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