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      USA - too many choices :o)

      Hello Everyone, So this is our story... my husband applied for the diversity visa and this has been granted to our family - Yay! Our visa's expire in January the 2 kids visa's expire in March. It was our intention to do a scouting mission by visiting the US for 2 weeks in October but it seems that when we enter and activate our visa's it could be 6 months before we are allowed to leave again (we've been told we have to stay in the US until our green cards are issued). Given that my 1 daughter is at school we have decided to send just my husband (the lead applicant) to activate his visa, get a job, find a school etc and then myself and the 2 girls will follow before my visa expires in January. There is of course alot of choice and it's difficult to decide where to begin - especially since my one daughter is in school, I don't want to keep moving around until we find a place we like and disrupt things for her so we need to do as much homework as possible before hand. For a number of reason's we have focussed our attention on Texas - just north of Dallas in a place called Leander, then around the Austin area and near the coast a place called Friendswood. The key things for me is that I want us to feel safe , for there to be a good school , work for both my husband & I and good weather would be a bonus :o). Has anyone got any expeirneve of Texas? Few more things to know about us - my husband is a microsoft certified systems analyst so will initially be looking for this type of work. He is also a qualified commercial pilot looking to build hours which he currently does as a jump pilot at a skydiving club. So as well as IT work he'd like to be able to easily commute to a social flying club / sky diving club where he could work as a jum pilot / Instructing school where he could work as a flight instructor with the intention of finally working as a commercial pilot one day. I have a BSc(Hons) in Neuroscience and would love to work doing ressearch or Forensic work (I also have a diploma in Forensic Medical Science). My daughters are 14 months (so she would need a good nursery) and 5 1/2 9currently in her 2nd year of school in Scotland. She's been doing gymnastics and swimming since she was 18 months old, drama for the last year and has recently found her passion in horse-riding.I'd love to be able to keep up these classes / hobbies of hers. And finally, my husband and I were both "born and bred" in South Africa and have lived in Scotland for 13 years now, which we absolutely love - but for flying opportunities and warm weather the USA seems like an exciting opportunity. Not to mention the potential for owning a horse ranch in Texas! So...alot of information for everyone to read...but the USA is so big and so full of choices I almost don't know where to begin.And given that we'll all be licing there within the next 4 months we really need to get this figured out! Thanks everyone for your time...any advice would be most appreciated.

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      Hi ... And a warm welcome to the forum ..... We have a few members who live stateside who hopefully can give you both some good solid advice, ....
      bumping your thread ..... Good luck ...
      "I'm an instand star, just add water and stir" ..... David Bowie

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      Hi and welcome :)

      I don't live in Texas so can't help with areas, although those that you have mentioned covers a huge area, over 200 miles apart. Why did you decide on those areas? My husband has been to Texas (Houston) and liked it, although that was for work not living there.

      I am assuming you have already looked into the job market in those places? I.T. is a good area to be in, being Microsoft Certified isn't going to get your husband a job, a degree and/or lots of experience (especially if specialised) however will. Dice.com is a good website to look for I.T. jobs, also networking on LinkedIn too.

      Sorry I can't with you area of work (I am an I.T. person).

      Your eldest daughter would go into kindergarten at school, it's age 5-6. Have a look on www.greatschools.org for reviews. Where you live determines which school your children go to, you don't normally get a choice, unless however you want to go private. Nurseries vary in price, $400 a week is around the average.

      Make sure you look into health insurance before moving, especially with children. An average visit to a doctor (GP) is around $100. It's all private so you pay for everything!!! A friend's daughter broke her arm, nothing major, the cost came to over $14000!!

      Make sure you have your UKC before leaving, the last thing you want is to not be able to move back to the UK if you don't like the US, just keep your options open.

      Make sure you have lots of savings as you will be required to pay deposits for everything including utilities. You will have no credit history and it will take 1-2yrs before you have built up a small history for companies to accept.

      HTH :)
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