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Hi everybody.

I've had a recent job offer and am trying to get as much information as possible.

There's a possibility I will be required to head up the American branch of a current UK company.
We have worked in the USA before but only for a week or two at a time, but now the company would be looking for me to be based in the USA for minimum of 3 years.

The work itself is a specialist job with only less than 100 people in the world qualified to complete the work.

I have uk qualifications time served apprenticeship in engineering and 13 years experience in my field.

Would these attributes enable me to work in the USA?
I would also be bringing my wife and 3 year old son with me.
Would my wife be able to enter the country and work as well?

I've looked on-line but lots of it is in Jargon lol i think i could go to the USA on a h1-b1 visa is this correct?

Many thanks for any help provided
 

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Is this a transfer with a UK company you have been employed with for a year or more or is it a new employer for you?
H1B means H4B for the spouse and no employment.
Where in Texas will you be located?
 

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Is this a transfer with a UK company you have been employed with for a year or more or is it a new employer for you?
H1B means H4B for the spouse and no employment.
Where in Texas will you be located?
I worked for the company for 6 years but recently left (9 months ago)
Since leaving, the company have realised what they had and our trying to win me back with this offer:D

Its early days and due to confidentiality I cannot be too specific but it will be in or around the Houston area.
 

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I worked for the company for 6 years but recently left (9 months ago)
Since leaving, the company have realised what they had and our trying to win me back with this offer:D

Its early days and due to confidentiality I cannot be too specific but it will be in or around the Houston area.
USCIS - L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
Here is the "small print". Let us know which specific questions you have.
 

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Thank you very much for that link.

It says with extensions the longest I could stay is 7 years.
Hopefully this venture will prove to be a success and if that was the case ideally we'd like to stay permanently in the USA.

Would we be able to apply for a green card and residency whilst on the L1-A Visa?

Also whats the reason behind my partner not being able to seek out employment?
I think she might go stir crazy not having a job lol
 

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Thank you very much for that link.

It says with extensions the longest I could stay is 7 years.
Hopefully this venture will prove to be a success and if that was the case ideally we'd like to stay permanently in the USA.

Would we be able to apply for a green card and residency whilst on the L1-A Visa?

Also whats the reason behind my partner not being able to seek out employment?
I think she might go stir crazy not having a job lol

Yes you can apply for a green card and permanent residency when on the L-1 visa.
Your employer sponsors you for this.

If you get the L-1 visa your wife will obtain an L-2 visa and she will be able to work on this type of visa. If you get an H-1 then she is likely to get an H-4 and will not be able to work.
 

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Thank you very much for that link.

It says with extensions the longest I could stay is 7 years.
Hopefully this venture will prove to be a success and if that was the case ideally we'd like to stay permanently in the USA.

Would we be able to apply for a green card and residency whilst on the L1-A Visa?

Also whats the reason behind my partner not being able to seek out employment?
I think she might go stir crazy not having a job lol
a) You cannot apply for a Green Card. Only your employer can sponsor you. You may as well make use of the situation and have it in your expat contract.

b) Wife not partner I hope. Read up on H1B. It is not a family immigration visa but brings specialists into the country for mostly a limited time.

c) Trust me - she will find something to get into but work, especially with a small child. Americans seem to center their lives around their offspring.
 

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a) You cannot apply for a Green Card. Only your employer can sponsor you. You may as well make use of the situation and have it in your expat contract.

b) Wife not partner I hope. Read up on H1B. It is not a family immigration visa but brings specialists into the country for mostly a limited time.

c) Trust me - she will find something to get into but work, especially with a small child. Americans seem to center their lives around their offspring.
Yes Wife not partner :)

Thanks for all the answers.
I will certainly get the green card issue put into the contract.

Its all very exciting/scary at the moment and nothings decided but I want to have as much information as possible when going into contract negotiations.
 

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Yes Wife not partner :)

Thanks for all the answers.
I will certainly get the green card issue put into the contract.

Its all very exciting/scary at the moment and nothings decided but I want to have as much information as possible when going into contract negotiations.
Right now they want you which gives you some leverage. The usual expat contract - medical coverage (read the fine print for copayments/deductibles/pre-existing conditions and pregnancies!), temporary housing, shipment/return shipment of household goods, vacation flights, vacation/sick days/overtime, termination (Texas is a work at will state), pay increases, bonuses, quotas/production numbers, assistance for legal needs such as social security number (you will not be able to do much for the first two weeks or so until you get it - rent ...), drivers license, house hunting ...
Get a statement from your vehicle insurance saying you have been a perfect driver. It will not be worth much but insurance will be high. You will need two vehicles in Houston.
Any pets?
 

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Yeh we have two Rottweilers :eek::D

It's gonna be a deal breaker that they must come with us I think.
My job will involve me spending time away from home around various states,
which will leave my wife and son at home alone.

She will sleep better at night with the two dogs farting and slobbering at the bottom of the stairs LOL

I have read that it'll be cheaper to get the dogs on a flight as extra baggage with us, and that they won't need a rabies jab but it may help with the process at customs go a little more smoothly.
 

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Yeh we have two Rottweilers :eek::D

It's gonna be a deal breaker that they must come with us I think.
My job will involve me spending time away from home around various states,
which will leave my wife and son at home alone.

She will sleep better at night with the two dogs farting and slobbering at the bottom of the stairs LOL

I have read that it'll be cheaper to get the dogs on a flight as extra baggage with us, and that they won't need a rabies jab but it may help with the process at customs go a little more smoothly.
USDA - APHIS - Import and Export
There are several recent threads in egards to shipping animals. LOL - Europass and a full set of short within 30 days prior to departure.
This will put a serious damper on rental options.
 

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Just to update, this is all in motion now and we are visiting Houston in October for 7-10 days to for my wife to get a feel for it.

Whilst there we'd like to look at possible locations to live, my office will be in either Deer Park or Pasadena.

So far I've been looking at places in Sugar Land or League City.

Is there any other safe family orientated places people can suggest, especially as I will be away from home for periods of time its very important my wife and son feel safe.

Many Thanks
 

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Also would $80 to $100k a year provide us with a good standard of living, included in that will be a company vehicle, Phone, and if all goes well bonuses.
My wife will require a vehicle though as obviously getting anywhere in Texas without one is impossible LOL.
We will be renting for the first 3 years and i'm looking at between $1400 to $1800 a month rental.
So with other bills, utilities,insurances etc will that wage provide a good standard of living?

Many Thanks

Gary
 

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Also would $80 to $100k a year provide us with a good standard of living, included in that will be a company vehicle, Phone, and if all goes well bonuses.
My wife will require a vehicle though as obviously getting anywhere in Texas without one is impossible LOL.
We will be renting for the first 3 years and i'm looking at between $1400 to $1800 a month rental.
So with other bills, utilities,insurances etc will that wage provide a good standard of living?

Many Thanks

Gary
100k minus 25% = 75k
20-25k housing, medical insurance, car insurance, phone for wife, TV/internet, ... It all depends what you consider a good standard. You will find grocery prices especially dairy, fresh fruit/vegetables and of all things beer rather high compared to Europe.
 

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2012 USA Median Household Income. As per ...

U.S. median household income up 4% at end of 2011 ? USATODAY.com

Feb 9, 2012 ... Inflation-adjusted median household income increased 4%, from $49,434 to $51,413

90k/50k is 1.8 times the average American household income so you will be fine.

Whether this will provide a "good standard of living" depends entirely upon your personal spending habits and definition of "good".
 

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2012 USA Median Household Income. As per ...

U.S. median household income up 4% at end of 2011 ? USATODAY.com

Feb 9, 2012 ... Inflation-adjusted median household income increased 4%, from $49,434 to $51,413

90k/50k is 1.8 times the average American household income so you will be fine.

Whether this will provide a "good standard of living" depends entirely upon your personal spending habits and definition of "good".

Those socalled statistics are extremely misleading. To make an expatmove it should improve professional and personal lifestyle. What you can live on in small town MS versus Houston is apples and oranges.
 

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Many thanks for the answers, we're not extravagant so it seems a good standard of living will be had :)

At the end of the day if we can afford to put a little bit away at the end of each month for a rainy day, have all bills paid and have enough money left over for the odd Beer and BBQ then happy days!
 

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Well everything seems to be progressing now.
The company advising visa issues has suggested a E visa as opposed to a L1 visa.

From what I can see online this will allow my wife to work whilst in the USA and
will allow us to stay for 2 years then extend for 5 years and can extend indefinitely i.e every 5 years after.

What I want to know though is whilst on a E visa can I be sponsored for a green card?

I'd like to have that option ideally because if we make a success out of the business it
will be an on going venture and my family may be well settled after so many years.

Many thanks
 

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%100 sure that with your existing visa, yes you will need a green card in hand BEFORE you start working full time in the USA. Lots of stuff changed after 9-11............
 
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