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Old 08-24-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: UK
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Hello all.

We (myself, my wife and three children 8-13yrs) need to move from the UK to the US in the next 4 weeks, our (small) tech business is growing and needs to be stateside now. We haven't got time to apply for any visas (at this stage) and can't afford to stay in the UK until granted.

We need some pointers about the schooling system in each state, we are all non-religious and we can't afford to send the children to private schools so are looking for half-decent state schools. But the biggest issue is can we send them to a school whilst we might be technical illegals (we will have and reset the standard 3 month visas) and which states are the most likely to allow this? We've read various laws regarding the right to education for illegals, but this seems to be in various states-of-repeal/enforcement... and what information do we have to provide to the local school boards?

We will rent a house and pay any property taxes due and the business will be paying tax also.

We still can't decide on a state, and it looks like the schooling might be the clincher. Our short-list is:

Austin, TX
Las Vegas or Reno, NV
Portland or Bend, OR
Connecticut
RTP area or Asheville, NC
Boulder/Fort Collins/Springs), CO
SF or inland, CA (least fav. due to high cost of living & tax)

Thanks in advance, sorry for the long-winded nature of my questions - this forum has been a great help during research!
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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There are plenty of illegals at my school, so maybe it's pretty easy in Texas?
I don't believe residency needs to be proven when enrolling somebody.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: UK
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Thanks Indigo - when does the school year start in Austin?
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Tomorrow. =x
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: UK
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Thanks again Indigo. Anyone with any experience of other states?
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Broward School district toughens enrollment rules - [domain blocked due to spam]

Many schools have problem with people from outside the designated neighborhood enrolling their kids in "popular schools" and cracking down.

From what I read, verification is required when kids go from Elem to Middle to high, and if the parents are caught using a false address to enroll them to a favorable school, the kids will be plucked out, moved to the proper school.

Due to these issues, I think more and more are requiring proof of residency.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:53 PM
 
Location: UK
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thanks TechmanOR,

would a lease-agreement, proof of tax payments or similar count as proof of residency?
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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We already have enough illegal immigrants that are taxing our social services to the limits. Please use the appropriate legal channels before coming to our country to live and work.
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: UK
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Thanks WILWRadio for your input..

I'm not actually suggesting we do anything 'illegal' or sneak-under-the-fence, it's just going to take too long at the moment to obtain permanent residency for our business at this time. We (perfectly legally) have a US Inc. and bank accounts and are planning on on resetting our visas every three months with a trip outside the US (I currently fly between US<>UK every 6-8 weeks). In-fact one of the reasons to move to the US is to set up a permantly manned office and employ US citizens...
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:37 PM
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Thanks WILWRadio for your input..

I'm not actually suggesting we do anything 'illegal' or sneak-under-the-fence, it's just going to take too long at the moment to obtain permanent residency for our business at this time. We (perfectly legally) have a US Inc. and bank accounts and are planning on on resetting our visas every three months with a trip outside the US (I currently fly between US<>UK every 6-8 weeks). In-fact one of the reasons to move to the US is to set up a permantly manned office and employ US citizens...
That's a shame. I was going to suggest you enter from Mexico.
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