Friday, October 29, 2010

Exciting News!!!

Hey everyone, we have some exciting news for you all from a production company in the UK - Pulse Films:

Award winning production company, Pulse Films (UK), are hoping to send a small and charming team out to America early next year. On what will be a fun and exciting journey, we hope to document the lifestyles and stories of the British. We're interested to hear from any British expats who have a story to tell, as well as any places, events or organisations flying the flag for Britain abroad.

Our trip will mostly be guided by the people, and we would therefore be very interested to hear from people who would like a visit from us - or anyone else for that matter. I would be so grateful if you could spread the word about our arrival and generate some interest for the trip.

Anyone who is interested should email me: and include a little bit about themselves; for example:

- Where they are and what they do in America
- How long they've been in America
- What they miss about Britain / love about Britain
- An interesting fact  or story about themselves / being British in America 
They are planning to travel from California to Florida, West to East and up to New York and Boston, starting in January 2011, so if you are a Brit living in America and would like a visit from Pulse Films to tell your story, then contact Chris at the above email address. We will be posting more information about their journey, and an itinerary over the next few months, so stay tuned!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

E2 Reform

Hi everyone, if you are already in the USA on an E2 visa, or are considering a move to the USA via this visa, there are some important limiting factors that need to be taken into account. The main being that the E2 visa currently does not lead to permanent residency or Green Card, and has to be renewed every 2-5 years depending on the length of time awarded by the embassy. This can cause significant financial stress time after time for businesses that may already be struggling. Secondly, E2 dependent children can "age-out" on this visa, which means that once they hit the age of 21 years, even if they have lived in the USA for most of their lives, and gone through the school system, they are no longer able to stay under their parents E2 visa, and have to either find their own visa through work, study or marriage, or return to their home country.

E2 visa holders bring a significant amount of money, and jobs to the USA each year, and one group - are trying to see some change in the current E2 stipulations, so that a way can be paved for E2 investors for permanent residency.

If you are already on E2 in the USA or thinking about it, please visit their site and sign their petition to help E2-ers. Last year they held an E2 visa reform reception in Orlando, and asked everyone in the room to fill out an anonymous questionnaire, the results of which were staggering and just a tip of the iceberg as to the investment that E2 holders bring into the USA. From only 143 businesses represented there,  over 48 and a half MILLION dollars had been invested in businesses, with 776 employees and a turnover over nearly 56 Million dollars!!

The E2 reform group are trying to get the attention of congress and have a bill passed to allow E2 visa holders some route to permanent residency or at least for the children of E2 holders, and they need your help! So please check out their website to find out how you can get involved - even if you are not on E2. This issue needs as much publicity as it can get and people need to start to take notice of the plight of the E2 holder!!

We will post their October newsletter next time, with an update.

Once again - their website is sign the petition and get as many people as you can to do the same!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Hello everyone, today I have information about a company who can help anyone who is looking for advice or the next step in moving to a different country.

Visa2thestates is a specialist Visa Consultancy helping Brits to make their dreams come true with relocation to the United States. The journey from your initial decision to go down this road to acceptance of your visa application at the American Embassy can be a roller coaster of emotion, and frustration, and is extremely time consuming.

Visa2thestates has a wealth of visa experience to guide you through and help you with all E-2 and L-1 visa application and renewal requirements.

Visa2thestates Only entertains a limited number of visa applications each year so is able to provide that personal touch so sadly lacking with many visa attorneys and consultants.  
The Company offers ethical and honest advice and prides itself on keeping up to date and abreast with current developments both at USCIS and the American Embassies in London and elsewhere.They provide support at every stage of the application. They can offer guidance when you find a suitable business, examine marginality and growth potential and can lead you through the technicalities of setting up a U.S. business.  
They can advise on the transfer of investment money to escrow ensuring the total safety of your funds. They can advise on all aspects of setting up business models and the construction of visa applications right up
to leaving for the States with an E-2 or L-1 visa in hand.

When you deal with Visa2thestates you get personal advice direct from our visa consultants, each of whom has the experience of having worked and lived the life themselves. Advice and support is not provided by
an underling or clerk, as is the case with many large immigration attorneys’ offices. Our consultants are British and between them have a wealth of experience of business, immigration and of running businesses in the US and Europe.

Our consultants:

Peter, a degree holder in graphic design, has a great deal of businessand boardroom experience at the highest level with a number of companies in the UK, majoring in marketing, sales and business planning. He gained E-2 visa through the US Embassy in London and owned and operated his own a business in Tampa, Florida for a number of years. With his wife Bernadette they own and operate the Florida Forum, a great source of free help and advise to would be visa applicants, and formed Visa2thestates on his return to the UK to pass
on his unique experiences in the visa field.

Julie, has a degree in law. She also degrees in French and German and is fluent in both. She has owned and operated several businesses in the UK, France and America, including a travel business, an import
business, a cleaning company, a property management company and a window blinds franchise in Florida.  She worked for many years dealing with many aspects of British immigration law and is the author of “U.S
Immigration and Visas - the real story” which covers her own experiences on E-2 and L-1 visa and is full of no nonsense advice for would be immigrants.

Julie also has great deal of hands-on experience of the Florida education system having seen her son through all levels of US education.

For more information email us at

Or call - 01530 446197

Don't forget, if you are a Brit living in America and have a business you want to tell us about, contact us at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Business Plans for Visas

Hello everyone, if you are planning a move across the pond, something to consider with your visa application is a solid business plan. The interviewer will want to see that you know your business inside out and have a plan in place to move that business forward to reach its maximum potential.

Businessplans4visas is a company that provides this service, and takes the stress of having to devise your own business plan away. Bernadette O'Connell, one of the owners of businessplans4visas explained a bit more about why a business plan is essential to your visa application, and how they can help:

Businessplans4visas is a specialist consultancy that writes business plans specifically geared to visa applications.

They are proud to have been praised for the standard of their business plans by the US embassy in London.

Writing your own business plan can be a real challenge at a time when you are changing your whole life and you have so much more to do. Also a business plan for an Embassy application is not the same as a plan to apply for funding which is the more usual type of business plan, there is a different emphasis.

Visa applications are so much more than just forms and tax returns. Including a business plan specifically designed for your visa with your application will show how you as a real person will develop and direct your business.

Providing the immigration authorities with a business plan for the next five years, is a great way to show what you can offer the country, how you intend to develop and direct the venture to success, and how this success will enable you to employ nationals.

This is one of the most important parts of your application, and its importance should never be underestimated. A good business plan could be the difference between a successful visa application and a denial.

If you want to find out more about businessplans4visas, or need advice as to how to move forward with your visa application, you can take a look at their website

Or contact them at or telephone (+) 44 (0)1234 862107

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brits In America News

This weeks Brits In America News

October Brits In America Promotions
Central Florida
We are offering a year's FREE listing for your Florida vacation villa (One listing per person/company) in our short term rentals section ( Not only that but your listing will also be picked up by our new Vacation Home Rental Website, at no additional cost.
Usual price $30!! Offer ends October 31st 2010. Listing is under the heading Vacation Villa Rentals By Owner only. Email us at with FREE VILLA LISTING in the title for all the details.

South Florida
Are you a Brit running a business in South Florida?
We will soon be launching the South Florida pages of our website and you can have your business included for FREE prior to launch. You'll get a full page business profile with all your contact details included. Usual price $99!!! E-mail us at for details.

Business Connections of Central Florida
The BIG Social Networking Event is designed to get you connected in a pleasant friendly environment and try out some traditional food, beers & wines. Come meet your international connections to help grow your business. The Business Connections special deal of the day provided by The Cricketers Arms Pub is traditional Fish n Chips baskets with half pint of beer for just $7.99. This event is FREE to attend.
RSVP for this event is required. Find out more details at

Orlando British Supermarket for sale
Do you fancy running your own British produce store in the heart of Orlando? Right next to all the attractions and holiday makers? The British Supermarket was established in 1998 and is now for sale at $75,000 inc. stock, fixtures and fittings. E-mail us at for more details.

The British American Club of Southwest Florida
The October BAC Social is on Friday October 15th at Friendship Lanes in Cape Coral. There's a Chili Cook Off and an exciting night to be had playing the new game "Who Wants To Be A Chilionaire?" Find out more at

Would you like your event included in the next News Posting? Just forward your details to and don't forget to check out the new look website

Friday, October 8, 2010

U.S. Immigration and Visas - The Real Story

Hi everyone.

I have just heard about this fantastic new book by J.A. and T.R. Carty, which reveals all about the sometimes complicated American Immigration system. It is a fantastic resource for anyone who is looking to make the move to the US, but is unsure of where to start and what visa options there are out there.

This book is on the subject of immigration to the USA, including the various types of visa and discussing in depth their eligibility criteria and pros and cons as well as a general overview of the application process. It also deals with obtaining a greencard and U.S. citizenship.

A chapter is devoted to what is wrong with the U.S. immigration system, its shortcomings and inadequacies, highlighting any problems which you may have in navigating through the system.

Other sections deal with the process of moving to live in the USA, including a discussion of the pros and cons of living in the country, moving to the U.S. with children and the practical problems you may encounter during your first weeks in the country. The book is different from others on the subject of immigration, in that it gives a "warts and all" approach to the subject.

The book was written by fellow British citizens with backgrounds in Law and Computer Programming who have extensive experience of the U.S., having bought their first home in Orlando in 1997, and having moved out to live in Florida in 2003. They have run four separate businesses in the Orlando area, on two different visas - the E-2 and L-1, and have also put a child through school and eventually college on an F-1 student visa.

This book attempts to explain the process of immigration to the U.S. in simpler terms than many books written on the subject and to give their personal experiences as well as explaining the legal aspects.

They hope to have written a book which is both realistic and informative, not only about immigration, but about the whole process of moving to live in the U.S.

The book is available on and and is also available for download on the Kindle.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Do you have a vacation villa or condo to rent in Florida?
We are offering a year's FREE listing of your villa under our short term rentals section on
The price for a listing is usually $30 so this is an amazing deal. You will get a full page profile of your villa with information, pictures and your contact details.
Offer ends on October 31st 2010.
If you are interested email us at and put FREE VILLA LISTING in the title.
Check out our short term rental page at