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Old 08-14-2010, 11:51 AM
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Good day all,

After numerous hours reading the forums I though I would ask a few of my own questions.

I'm currently working for a company in London that also has an office in NYC. I've requested a transfer from London to NYC and they have agreed in principle. It would be early next year before I am transferred and I would like to start putting in to plans for the move so that when the time comes I'll be fully prepared

Visa wise - from my research - I would look to be able to apply for an L-1 visa as I've been with the company over a year and have specialised knowledge of the systems. This all looks fairly straight forward so I'm not particuarly worried about my visa. I'm one issue is regarding my partner, we're not married but have been living together for over 4 years now and own a property together. Does anyone know if she would be able to apply for an L-2 working visa too? She is a qualified early years teacher who specialises in Special Education. She has almost completed a Masters too. would she be best to apply for her own visa? We've been looking at her applying for a job with Theracare and applying for her working visa with them - is this the best route.

do you think if we married this year then applying for an L-2 visa would help? any advice would be appreciated.

My second question, if I may, is regarding living costs - I would earn 50K$ and my partner would earn around the same too if she was to become a Special Education Teacher. so a combined salary of 100K$.

What I would like to know is the salary enough to live in NYC?

- I've been looking at places like Riverdale etc to rent an apartment. can you recommend anywhere else that would have suitable prices (1500$ to 2250$) for a 1bedroom or 2bedrooms?
- I don't mind commuting as I do about a 60minute commute now, if that helps? the office is in the Chysler Building.
- what other costs should I be thinking about over the month:
- taxes? how much is this a year? do you have to pay several taxes?
- healthcare?
- utility bills? gas, water etc?
- food? for two people to eat a month?
- transportation (we won't have a car so just subway/trains etc)

any advice you can offer would be great!

Thanks in advance


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Old 08-14-2010, 01:45 PM
Location: Bronx
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Good grief not another one of these Uk move to NYC thread. Riverdale in the Bronx is a start but from coming across many Britons in NYC most Britons tend to reside in Lower Manhattan around the Village and also around Brooklyn Heights.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:11 PM
Location: NYC
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what type of amenities would you like to have near your home?
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:17 PM
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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I don't know about the express bus options from Riverdale, but I live in Washington Heights (a neighborhood south of Riverdale, but in Manhattan) and getting to the east side from where I am is a serious pain and I'm closer than you would be in Riverdale.

If you don't mind something small, you may be able to find something in your range in Yorkville on the Upper East Side. I'm sure folks who know more about the other boroughs will also make suggestions.

Health insurance should be covered by your job; you should check with your employer.

Heat and hot water are included in most rents, but you will have to pay for electricity and cooking gas. I don't know the averages, but I think we pay about $50 a month in the winter and during this blazing hot summer our bill has been around $130 (but I work from home and have to use the AC during the day).

You can both get a monthly transit pass for most of your transportation needs. I don't know what the current rate is as my husband's employer provides a discount. You can check mta.info for rates closer to your move as the costs are likely to go up.

Food? Well, that depends on whether you can cook. Do you like to eat out a lot? It also depends on what neighborhood you end up in. The larger grocery stores have lower-cost generics and bulk items that will help you save.

Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:29 PM
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$50k is not a huge salary in NY terms. And your wife (she'll need to be your wife for L2 status) might struggle to find work so I'd budget on your salary alone. Things will be tight supporting 2 people on that kind of money.

Make sure you negotiate a good relocation package from your employer. You'll have a lot of expenses when you arrive i.e. new electricals, deposits (which will be large because you have no credit history), brokers fee etc.

I'd think seriously about coming. NYC is great but with no money it ain't much fun.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:14 PM
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I can't answer most of your specific questions, but I'll throw out something for you to think about. You don't mention your age, but I'm guessing that you're fairly young. Your salary is sufficient but not lavish.

But think about choosing an apartment on a small scale and not commuting. Commuting is fine if you're an older person with a large family and you need to have your kids in suburban schools. But if you're new to NYC, it might be a worthwhile trade-off to live in a small apartment, but be closer to the center of things, so that you could easily decide on the spur of the moment to partake of whatever interesting thing NYC has to offer. You may feel now that the commute is nothing, but once you're here, a commute can put a damper on your energy and enthusiasm.
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