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Bruce Ailion, RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Sunday October 27, 2013 (21:50:15)

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 ...

United States > Education

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The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students

Wednesday October 02, 2013 (13:56:59)

Expat Focus talks to Toni Summers Hargis about her latest book, “The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students”, which covers the entire process from thinking about, applying to and finally arriving at, an American university.

Toni, please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a Brit who came to the States (via marriage) 23 years ago. I have three kids and a dog, (and the same husband) and we're in Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in the north east of England, went to university in Bristol and lived and worked in London before I moved here. I have now lived in Chicago longer than I have lived anywhere in my life, which is very weird. These days I spend my time writing books (see below) and posts for Expat Focus and the BBC's "Mind the Gap" web site.   more ...

United States > Emigrating

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Dealing with the US Immigration Department

Friday May 03, 2013 (19:15:18)

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 ...

United States > Living

United States

The Safest US States for Expats: Weather-Wise!

Friday May 03, 2013 (16:23:24)

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 ...

United States > Living

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Expat Life in the US Bible Belt

Friday May 03, 2013 (14:02:07)

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 ...

United States > Health

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Dealing with the American Healthcare Insurance System

Friday April 26, 2013 (21:08:58)

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 ...

United States > Living

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Top 10 Cities in the US for British Expats

Wednesday April 17, 2013 (19:41:58)
San Francisco
Where you move to in the US very much depends on your personal situation and your preferences; for example, whether you are young and single, have a family or are looking to retire. The states and cities in the US vary dramatically, and your choice of city to reside in will depend on factors such as climate, crime/safety, employment and education. Some states often come up on top for British expats in the US, including California and Florida, largely due to the amount of sunshine there compared to the UK. With a number of factors in mind and overall quality of life, here are ten top cities to consider...

San Francisco

San Fran tends to top the polls for the most famous city in the US for British Expats. Those who visit on holiday tend to fall immediately in love with its charm. San Francisco has a population of 808,854 and is known as the City by the Bay.   more ...

United States > Living

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New York City's Best Communities for Expats

Monday March 18, 2013 (00:07:19)

To say that New York City has been a historically popular destination for expatriate professionals would be akin to saying that water is wet: since at least the middle half of the 20th century, the city has been the primary destination for trans-Atlantic émigrés and, indeed, for financial and communications media innovators from around the globe. Of course, given that there have been no massive Continental wars for over 60 years, the best and brightest of Europe have sought residence here in much lesser numbers than when prompted to move by these unparalleled historical disasters. On the other hand, though, the quality of transplants to the city from the developed or industrialized world is still quite high in terms of education and demonstrable talent, despite their now moving there "by design" rather than fleeing from nightmare worst-case scenarios.

The cost of living index for New York City can be daunting when compared to the U.S. - its rating here is over 160 when compared to the national average of 100 - but those well prepared to deal with this eventuality will find no shortage of neighborhoods in the city that cater to the needs of internationally-minded expatriate professionals.   more ...

United States > Property

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Alan Langstone, US Realtor - The Langstone Team

Friday January 06, 2012 (03:22:38)
Alan Langstone
Expat Focus: Alan, can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds?

I was born in Buckinghamshire to London civil engineering commuter parents. I have lived in Wilshire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire before moving to the USA in 2007. My general working background has been in Civil Earthworks Engineering and Construction with a high Safety, Quality and Environmental focus.

My wife was born in Hong Kong, Her father was a senior Chemical Engineer for petrochemical company based at the time in Hong Kong. She has lived in Chicago, Illinois, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Switzerland and Bahrain before settling in South Carolina.

We have between us 4 wonderful children ranging in ages from 6 to 15.   more ...

United States > Working

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Kirstie Wilson, British Business Connection and moderator - USA forum

Friday January 06, 2012 (01:54:58)
Kirstie Wilson
Kirstie is a new forum leader of the USA forum. In this interview we get to know her a little better!

Expat Focus: Kirstie, can you tell us a bit about your background before you became an expat?

Kirstie Wilson: Before coming to the United States I worked for the National Health Service in the UK for 10+ years. I was a Data Analyst and worked my way up to being a Health Information Unit Manager, reporting directly to the Director of Public Health. I had the distinct pleasure of working at Lothian Health in Edinburgh for the youngest, most dynamic Director of Public Health in the UK.   more ...