Helping You Build a Life Overseas

Settling In

Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more.  Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living in The US.

 


National sports and pastimes

Ask any American how they would describe America to a foreigner in terms of endearment or merely favourite pastimes and the most common answer would probably be: “baseball, apple pie and Uncle Sam.” Although this may seem like a bizarre combination to those unacquainted with the American lifestyle, it is probably a pretty concise definition in many ways. To complete the picture, it may be prudent to add in the historical activity of quilting and the more  More...


Law and the Police

When you relocate to another country, it is essential that you take the time to investigate the legal system so that you know what you can and can't do and what is acceptable behaviour. This week, Carole Wirszyla of the USA Buying Guide provides an insight into law enforcement and policing in the USA and provides some need-to-know background on the most important areas of the law... British expatriates are generally well respected in  More...


Finding work in the USA

Beginning your job search when looking for work in the USA can seem like a daunting task, especially given the current economic climate. This week, Carole Wirszyla of the USA Buying Guide provides an insight into the type of work available, tips on how to find work and how to increase your chances of finding employment by looking for the right employment opportunities. Job seeking in America is no different than finding work in the UK and, with the right  More...


Healthcare – Part 1

American healthcare is heavily dominated by the private sector with some provision for people with low-income and for the ageing population in the form of Medicaid and Medicare. Eligibility criteria for Medicaid vary according to the state in which you reside, but Federal regulations require that you are a resident, have a social security number and generate income at or below the Federal poverty guideline. Individual states can waive these regulations and expand  More...


Communication options made simple

The key to setting up communication in any new place is to first determine your usage needs. People who only use the internet to check email or browse the web need far less speed than those who like to upload videos, play games and stream movies. Those who watch very little television are unlikely to need multiple television channels like an avid sports fanatic or movie buff. Likewise if you just use a telephone for emergencies and don’t need it to be a permanent fixture in your  More...


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