Reasons to Move to New York
There are so many reasons why Brits choose to travel halfway around the world to America. Here are just some of them:
Great Career Opportunities
The USA is enjoying a booming economy, currently amid its longest economic expansion in over 70 years. It’s never been a better time to climb the career ladder here. Finance, fashion, retail, healthcare, advertising and tourism are all popular jobs in the state of New York.
Americans Love the British
This is true. Many US employers actively seek UK candidates. Highly skilled applicants are coveted, and employers are willing to traverse the sometimes expensive and complicated process of immigration to offer top jobs to UK citizens. For the most part this is due to a positive work ethic and England’s highly skilled workforce. The language barrier? Obviously, there isn’t one, a big plus as far as US companies are concerned.
Gain Life Experience
Whether you are searching for something different to experience for a few years, or if you intend to move permanently, travel certainly expands the mind. There are so many similarities between us Americans but there are some shocking cultural differences too. This makes living in New York such a fun and different experience. Driving on the other side of the road make take some getting used to but there is a myriad of cultural and social differences that only really become apparent when you spend a prolonged period in another country.
Cost of Living
Moving to somewhere which offers a cheaper cost of living is attractive, but beware, New York City is not the place to be if you want to save money or live in a bigger home! You should investigate living in one of the state’s other cities which are a cheaper option.
About the 6 Largest Cities in New York State
The State of New York consists of more than 60 cities and towns. We have proved some information regarding the six most populated cities and what you can expect if you choose to live in one of them:
New York City
One of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Upbeat and at times frenetic it is an enchanting city dominated by skyscrapers, bright lights, expensive designer shops, a million places to eat and just as many things to do and see. This city never sleeps.
A city on the rise economically, its bohemian vibe is not as loud and confident as New York’s. Nicknamed “the city of neighbours”, it’s a beautiful, historic area with famous architecture, botanical gardens, and the nearby legendary Niagara Falls. The cost of living in Buffalo is well below the national average, with very affordable rent and real estate.
This city offers newcomers a friendly and tight-knit community lifestyle. Safer, quieter and it isn’t a city that will completely drain you of your hard-earned cash.
Affordable housing and great education provision are top draw in Rochester. The city has, in the past, been named as one of the “Best Places to Raise A Family” by Forbes (the American business magazine).
Situated close to NYC, it has undergone massive change in recent years. Old historic buildings are being renovated and transformed into stunning modern apartments. This has not gone unnoticed by NYC commuting professionals.
It is fast becoming an alternative to the ‘Big Apple’. Partly urbanised areas mixed with a quintessential suburban experience, this region offers residents great amenities. A haven for those tired of metropolis living.
The capital of New York State, known for its rich history, commerce, culture, architecture, and institutions of higher education. Albany has a big city attitude but without the crowds or costs of living associated with living in a major metro area.
Dotted with some lovely 18th and 19th century buildings, it has a particular old-world appeal to it. Close to prime wine-drinking territory to the west and Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains to the east, the region is a springboard for foodies and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Convenience is a major perk of life here. Plenty of desirable neighbourhoods with larger and more affordable property than many other major U.S. metro areas.
A perfect place to live for families and retirees. Syracuse is centrally located in NYS and is a short drive from beautiful farmland, lakes and mountains. Winter is cold but beautiful and summer is very warm, and fall is the most colourfully stunning season of all.
Moving to New York
When you talk about the State of New York the first thing most people focus on is the City of New York, but the state is much more than just a sprawling metropolis.
As the 27th largest U.S. state in land area it is also home to 9 other cities including Albany, its capital.
Diverse both in population and geography, the amazing State of New York is awash in history and natural wonders.
If you are thinking of relocating here, you will not be alone as thousands of Brits make this momentous decision every year.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being transported in special breathable bubble wrap.
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in the UK & USA will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly.
They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods ready for checks or inspections.
Once your belongings have cleared customs, you will be contacted to discuss a convenient time to deliver them if not already agreed.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK to choose from.
Our partners in the USA can also off your storage facilities should you require them.
Insurance for Removals to New York
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
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Property in New York
New York offers untold choice when it comes to property. Covering an area of around 54,500 square miles, where you find yourself relocating to will affect the cost of buying or renting a home in a big way.
One thing is for sure, unless you decide you want to live in downtown New York, most newbies from the UK are surprised at how much property they can get for their money in some areas of the State of New York.
Legislation and processes can differ from state to state in the USA.
Understanding the way New York rental and buying markets work and their many nuances, can be overwhelming for expats.
It is advisable to hire a reputable agency for help, this will make the process both quicker and easier.
It’s good to have some idea of the costs involved whether you intend to rent for a while, which most people do to begin with, and what it will cost when you eventually get around to purchasing something more permanent.
As a comparison and according to Numbeo (the cost of living website), the price of real estate in New York City is currently at an incredible $14.723 (£11,323) per square metre.
Compare this figure to Albany which is a much more affordable $1524,89 (£1172.79) and Rochester better still at $1.170.75 (£900.42) and you get an inkling of how broad the property price differences can be.
With such high values for purchasing property in New York City, renting may be the best option if you must live here.
Renting is a relatively simple process, but as with purchasing it is advisable to seek professional help to avoid any costly mistakes.
With regards to rental costs, for a one-bedroom apartment located in the centre of New York you will pay approximately $3219 (£2477) per month.
Compare this to Albany $1052 (£809) and Rochester $937 (£721).
This again highlights just how massive an impact choosing the right city can make on your finances and your budget planning when moving to New York.
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Working in New York
One of the first things you need to organise before even attempting to enter the USA is obtaining the correct visa.
Serious penalties await those who try to cheat the system.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to apply for a visa to work in the States until you have an employer willing to offer you a job and act as your sponsor during the application process.
There are four main types of visa depending on your circumstances and how long you are wanting to stay.
The good news is that there is lots of advice to be found on the internet.
Another fantastic tool is to chat to other expats who have already been through the arduous process.
Here are several sites you may find useful when looking to work in the USA:
The US Government website https://www.uscis.gov
Once you have been granted your visa, your journey to gaining employment can begin.
Depending on your skills and qualifications, it will certainly take time.
You will need to be both patient and persistent during this process.
Each state offers job seekers something different.
The state of New York has the third-largest economy in the United States, trailing only Texas and California.
Highly demanded jobs across the state are primarily in the areas of health care, education, manufacturing, technology, photonics, banking, finance, and communication.
Pretty much every sector has a need for highly skilled and experienced candidates, meaning there is certainly a niche for you.
Competition for work in New York is fierce.
However, the benefits far outweigh the hassle, incredible career progression and excellent pay packages make it all worthwhile in the end.
Schools in New York
The New York State Education Department oversee all public primary, middle-level, and secondary education in the state.
Overall, the USA has a good school system in place which, just like the UK, has its failing and outstanding institutes.
Children generally attend the school closest to home.
The education system is typically comprised of elementary school (kindergarten to 5th grade or age 5-10), middle school (6th to 8th grade or age 11-13) and high school (9th to 12th grade or age 14-18).
One of the most outstanding features that the state has to offer is its higher education provision.
America is home to six out of ten of the world’s top ten universities.
Each state has its own university, and many are extremely highly regarded.
The University of New York (CUNY) is the largest in the United States.
Spread over 26 campuses it has around 300,000 students in attendance. Places are coveted and students flock from all over the world to attend the esteemed institution.
Another very popular choice is the University of Rochester. Ranked first among U.S. music schools by “U.S. News & World Report” for five consecutive years, it is another fantastic establishment.
Albany is also home to a very respected university; State University of New York known as SUNY, it has been awarded many accolades and its three campuses together teach over 20,000 students.
Things to Do in New York
New York City holds the biggest pull for visitors from around the world, with its endless supply of attractions and thing to do. However, the entire state of New York has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.
From long running Broadway shows to national parks. The spectacular Niagara Waterfall to the Empire State Building. History lovers will enjoy getting the chance to visit battlegrounds while sports enthusiasts will enjoy numerous live sports events or visiting the sites of former winter Olympics.
Here are some of the most visited attractions:
Statue of Liberty
This iconic statue depicts the Roman goddess of freedom, Liberta. A symbolic representation of the American Independence. It is France’s gift and dedication to the US for the Declaration of the Independence. As many as 3.5 million visit her each year.
Overlapping the USA and Canada, Niagara consists of three waterfalls. Powerful and incredibly beautiful, more water cascades over the edge than any other water falls in the world.
The Museum of Play
The City of Rochester is home to this wonderful tourist attraction. One for the children (including the older ones), it’s all about playtime. Packed with toys, games, and numerous entertainment pieces that span the history of play items for kids. It is certainly a must-see museum!
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