Living in the USA

USA aspects to consider and how they may affect you and your family

An assignment to the USA will for many be a very exciting life experience but the reality can be quite different to that perceived from the media and popular culture. The following advice on living in the USA has been collated utilising the experience of the British Defence Staff United States Support Group and should help you to prepare possible areas/topics ahead of your assignment to the USA.    

The subjects covered will not affect everyone as we all have different outlooks, priorities, and family circumstances. Currently we have over 1000 service and United Kingdom Based Civilians (UKBC) personnel based in 90 locations in 30 states across 5 time zones. Including family members, the total is in excess of 2000 UK personnel. The nature of the United States federal system of government can mean each state has a very different approach to customs, laws, taxes and individual rights. 

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Guidance

An assignment to the USA will for many be a very exciting life experience. The following is a collection of…

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About Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC, does not really feel like a typical city. There are no high-rise buildings, little industry, the city is…

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Banking

Once you have obtained a permanent address, this will be one of the first things you will be keen to…

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Food Shopping

The DC area has lost most of its “high street” food shops so it is not easy to find independent…

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Buying/Leasing a Vehicle

All staff on A1 and A2 visas and those on A2 and NATO-2 visas who are accredited to the State…

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Spousal Employment Opportunities

Working at the British Embassy Washington or one of our other offices across the US offers a unique and rewarding…

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British Embassy Support Association (BESA)

The British Embassy Support Association, BESA, is a voluntary organisation set up to support members throughout all stages of their…

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Postal Information

Postal ServicesThe British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is part of the in-country support team and operates out of the British…

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Embassy Public Holidays

In 2021, the British Embassy is observing the public holidays listed below: Friday, January 1, 2021New Year’s DayMonday, January 18, 2021Martin…

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2019 @ 2:54 pm

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