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Dutch Expatriates Feel Welcome in Cleveland

“At times like these, Holland can seem pretty close, the newcomers say, close enough that Cleveland does not feel so foreign.” Robert L. Smith of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio writes about a local Dutch school, De Nederlandse School Cleveland, focused on preserving the Dutch culture in the United States. This school was organized […]…
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Future of the U.S. Rental Market

With the U.S. national apartment vacancy rate expected to remain low moving into 2014, much discussion surrounds the need for more policies catering to transferring employees choosing to rent rather than buy. Michelle Sandlin, Relocation Professional and Correspondent for the Houston Chronicle, presents this issue in her article On the Move: Future of U.S. Rental […]…
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Government Shutdown Effect – Social Security Applications

Here is the latest information on the impact the partial US government shutdown may have on relocation services, from the Social Security Administration (SSA): Effective with a Federal Government Shutdown October 1st, Social Security field offices will remain open with limited services.  Social Security card centers will be closed. Field offices will NOT be able to […]…
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I-94 and SSN Application Process Update

As of April 30, 2013, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented the automated I-94 process for all air and sea ports. The automated I-94 process means that assignees arriving to the United States will no longer receive a hard-copy version of their I-94, as all information will now be stored electronically. (Note: this does […]…
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Foreign Service Officer Strike in Canada

A strike continues to disrupt Canadian visa applications as 150 Ottawa foreign service officers have left their processing centers. This strike significantly affects the plans of students, temporary workers and tourists who are trying to enter the country. According to Tim Edwards, the president of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, “the output of […]…
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Impact of the Automated I-94 Form

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now fully implemented the automated I-94 process for all air and sea ports.  Although there is speculation this may decrease the time it takes to receive a Social Security Number (SSN), the Social Security Administration (SSA) has not changed their direction on waiting 10 days after arrival into […]…
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Important Change to I-94 Process

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced that effective April 30, 2013, transferees arriving into the U.S. will no longer receive a hard-copy version of their I-94, as all information will now be stored electronically. However, the Social Security Administration and state driver’s license agencies will continue to require a hard copy of the I-94 […]…
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Future of the Housing Market Is “A Great Unknown”

Per Robert Shiller, of Case-Shiller fame, housing “is becoming more of a speculative asset”.  Sales in the housing market are well above the levels of a year ago and inventories are at their lowest levels in 13 years, but there are some growing fears that another bubble is forming in the housing industry.  Feeding those […]…
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US Rental/Destination Services Update – 4th Quarter 2012

To assist our service partners in managing United States rental market expectations, Dwellworks provides the following status update: Top Annual Rent Increases by Metro (Year-Ending  12/31/12)* San Francisco (8.0%) San Jose (7.7%) Oakland (7.1%) Denver-Boulder (5.9%) Nashville (5.1%) New York-New Jersey (5.1%) Houston (4.8%) Charlotte (4.6%) Portland (4.4%) Seattle-Tacoma (4.3%) * Source: MPF Research Demand      […]…
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Houston Rents Continue to Soar

As waves of young business professionals continue to relocate to the city of Houston, vacancy is down and rents are up. Two recent articles from CultureMap, a digital magazine for Houston and Austin, forecast these trends will remain consistent during 2013. Notable businesses contributing to the area growth include ExxonMobil and Chevron. With so many […]…
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