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Hello - looking for general info - status is job offer from US based company and possible move therefore on acceptance to North Carolina
Other than visa and H1B or whatever its called considerations, what else should I look for? hows the health care system? Will I be ok coming out there with a pregnant wife? Any help useful
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Hello - looking for general info - status is job offer from US based company and possible move therefore on acceptance to North Carolina
Other than visa and H1B or whatever its called considerations, what else should I look for? hows the health care system? Will I be ok coming out there with a pregnant wife? Any help useful
Thanks
Time to negotiate is before you get the job. After you arrive here they have you by the short and curlies!

If it's not in writing, it ain't happening!
*Relocation costs (watch your personal tax liability) -- shipping stuff, first month or so living *Repatriation costs -- triggered how?
*Green card sponsorship -- when and who's paying.
*Vacation -- you won't believe how little you get. Now is the only time you may be able to negotiate more.
*The medical/dental/retirement stuff will probably be pretty much a fixed package and not negotiable. But you need to know what it is.

Pregnant wife will be complicated. Don't rely on HR to know whether she will be covered on your new health insurance or not. You'll have to check and triple check this. If not, expect a bill for $20k or more, increasing exponentially if there are any complications. Don't expect to study for less than 20 hours to get a basic understanding of how health insurance works -- it's another world.
 

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Time to negotiate is before you get the job. After you arrive here they have you by the short and curlies!

If it's not in writing, it ain't happening!
*Relocation costs (watch your personal tax liability) -- shipping stuff, first month or so living *Repatriation costs -- triggered how?
*Green card sponsorship -- when and who's paying.
*Vacation -- you won't believe how little you get. Now is the only time you may be able to negotiate more.
*The medical/dental/retirement stuff will probably be pretty much a fixed package and not negotiable. But you need to know what it is.

Pregnant wife will be complicated. Don't rely on HR to know whether she will be covered on your new health insurance or not. You'll have to check and triple check this. If not, expect a bill for $20k or more, increasing exponentially if there are any complications. Don't expect to study for less than 20 hours to get a basic understanding of how health insurance works -- it's another world.
thanks - would definately get the terms and conds sorted before coming over and they would have to make it worth while. They are seeking my specialised knowledge to the salary will be fairly chunky. That said I don't want to have to spend it all on getting there / living / inergrating

Vacation - not an issue.

you make it sound like a nightmare to do - is it really as bad as you make it sound? are there plus points (other than everything is cheaper there!)
 

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thanks - would definately get the terms and conds sorted before coming over and they would have to make it worth while. They are seeking my specialised knowledge to the salary will be fairly chunky. That said I don't want to have to spend it all on getting there / living / inergrating

Vacation - not an issue.

you make it sound like a nightmare to do - is it really as bad as you make it sound? are there plus points (other than everything is cheaper there!)
Well I've lived here for getting on a decade now! So it must have some plus points. But the relationship between an employer and an employee are not one of them -- it's close to serfdom IMO. I'm afraid I opted out and went self employed
 

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Well I've lived here for getting on a decade now! So it must have some plus points. But the relationship between an employer and an employee are not one of them -- it's close to serfdom IMO. I'm afraid I opted out and went self employed
oh ok thanks. The relationship in this instance would be very good so I am fairly sure they are prepared to do alot of the sorting out. Still, wait to see.
All depends on who you work for I guess.
 

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Read your contract very carefully. What you have in writing - you have. Verbal agreements may be peachy now but you have nothing in hand.
Medical/dental coverage is pretty cut and dry. Generally an employer offers perks such as medical, 401k (pre tax retirment savings with employer match), often a pre tax medical payment account (you choose an amount which is capped by law and you will have access to the pre tax value to pay medical expenses). Make sure vacation, overtime, flights home, repatriation such as household goods/family shipped back to the UK and official start date are in your contract.
Otherwise - good luck! Get your passport renewed if you can. It is a lot easier in the UK.
 

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Read your contract very carefully. What you have in writing - you have. Verbal agreements may be peachy now but you have nothing in hand.
Medical/dental coverage is pretty cut and dry. Generally an employer offers perks such as medical, 401k (pre tax retirment savings with employer match), often a pre tax medical payment account (you choose an amount which is capped by law and you will have access to the pre tax value to pay medical expenses). Make sure vacation, overtime, flights home, repatriation such as household goods/family shipped back to the UK and official start date are in your contract.
Otherwise - good luck! Get your passport renewed if you can. It is a lot easier in the UK.

Thanks - I have read a few employment contracts in my time so fine there.
I think the time will be spent equally here, States and Spain - altough they prefer base to be in spain. The rest of the time is world travel 9 months of the year. Not quite a normal desk job.
They are going to fly me out to chat sometime soon so will know more about the small print then
 
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