Lower taxes, and more outdoor activities in the tropical island paradise certain sounds great, and is, for many expats living in the area. Going from British subject to U.S. citizen, however, doesn’t come overnight. There are some things you’ll have to do before and after you come across the pond.
What’s great is there’ll be new opportunities, and a plethora of things to see and do. Many Brits holiday in the Florida Keys and find it all too irresistible. Calling the Keys home will take more than a plane trip over the Atlantic, here’s what you need to know.
Becoming a Permanent Resident of the Florida Keys
Most expats start with their passport, then move on to obtain a green card. This requires a valid employment opportunity or an immediate family member already residing in the USA. You’ll be able to go through the naturalization process after living in the Keys for five years.
Banking Arrangements and Credit
Moving to the US means having to take your finances with you. This can be somewhat a difficult task, but with a little patience, it can be done. You’ll have no credit history after you move to the Florida Keys, so you’ll have to start building your credit file.
You’ll also need to get a Social Security number, which can be obtained through the Social Security Administration. Apply for a retail store credit card, or an unsecured credit card to get the process going so you can build your credit history. This will be beneficial in a few years, allowing you to get better rates.
About Jan Keller. Jan is a Top producing Real Estate agent and the owner of the Florida website www.kellerporterteam.com designed specifically to help people relocating to Islamorada and the upper Florida Key