So you are moving to The USA
“The Land of the Free” offers a wonderfully varied country made up of contrasting culture, large mountain ranges and vast deserts.
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- With over 800,000 UK expats the US is the second most popular destination.
- With a landmass that covers more than 3.6 million sq. miles and the outlying states of Hawaii and Alaska, US citizens that move within its borders face many of the same challenges as expats moving to the US or other countries.
- Due to its vast size The US experience a wide range of seasonal and regional variations, from arctic in Alaska to subtropical in Florida. In January, temperatures in the coldest parts of the country average -12°C/10°F, whereas, the thermometer can top 38°C/100°F throughout much of the nation In July.
- Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), nationals of 35 countries do not require visas to enter the United States for visits of up to 90 days, for either holiday or business. For longer stays there are a variety of visa available depending on the length and purpose of your stay.
- Expats of all backgrounds can be found through the US. While there are some exceptions, Americans often go out of their way to make a newcomer feel welcome and to help in their adjustment to living in the United States.
- English is the language of common usage throughout the United States, however it has never been designated as the nation's official language. Spanish is the second most widely used language, with some 37 million speakers. Other languages with more than one million speakers, are French, German, Italian, and Chinese.
- The property market is still recovering from the 2008 crash, however listing prices are starting to rise albeit faster than actual sold prices.
- With a population of 314 million people; The United States of America is the largest economy in the world with an annual GDP of
- America’s currency is the US dollar, $.
- The US continues to face threats from international terrorism. Some areas, most prominently inner cities, suffer from high crime rates but there a very few instances of domestic terrorism or public unrest.
Once you are settled, explore the vast difference of The USA as it is a truly captivating country and a great place for friends and family to visit!