expatriation

Expatriation aux Etats-Unis : Le « rêve américain » un concept toujours d’actualité

Ce concept mythique a été utilisé pour la première fois par James Truslow Adams dans son livre The Epic of America (1931). A cette époque cette expression symbolisait l'accès aux libertés fondamentales et l'ascension sociale par le mérite.

Aujourd’hui ce concept repose sur un symbole d’espoir et de réussite future.

 

Les Etats-Unis et le fameux « American Dream »

Plus de 70 ans plus tard cet idéal est resté intact à en croire les résultats d’une étude faite par le Center for American Progress. Cette dernière rapporte que « la mobilité intergénérationnelle aux États-Unis est plus basse qu'en France, Allemagne, Suède, Canada, Finlande, Norvège et Danemark. Parmi les pays à hauts-revenus pour qui des estimations comparables sont disponibles, seul le Royaume-Uni a un taux de mobilité inférieur à celui des États-Unis ».

 

L’expatriation : un vecteur de motivation

Une nouvelle étude menée par le Boston Consulting Group (BCG) en partenariat avec cadremploi.fr révèle que 94% des cadres français en recherche d’opportunités professionnelles sont prêts à s’expatrier et que parmi les 3 pays les plus prisés, les Etats-Unis arrivent en tête avec 42%.

Ces résultats corroborent l’idée que le rêve américain est toujours d’actualité.

 

Comment s’expatrier en tant que cadre ?

Conscient de la demande grandissante et des besoins que cela représente, Expat US, depuis près de 10 ans, s’occupe de la relocation des expatriés de toute l’Europe (et notamment des français) vers les Etats-Unis.

Nos bureaux sont situés à New York et nous couvrons les principaux états des Etats-Unis avec notamment le Tri-State area (région regroupant les états de New York, New Jersey, Connecticut et Pennsylvanie), la Floride, la Géorgie, le Texas et la Californie.

 

*Enquête sur la mobilité internationale réalisée par le cabinet Boston Consulting Group (BCG) et Cadremploi.fr (membre de The Network) réalisée auprès de 203 756 personnes dans 189 pays.

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Expat US: making relocation easy

Human Resources department have always been faced with difficulties when it comes to relocating their employees. When the relocation is to a foreign country with a different language and culture the process can prove even more difficult. Furthermore if the distance between the home country and the host country is great, HR departments can have trouble managing the relocation.

The expatriation process is complex which makes it hard for Human Resources to deal with it for their employees. The distance also means that they cannot be hands-on and help directly. Relocation services such as Expat US solve this problem by taking on the entire relocation process.

Relocating employees requires efficient relocation services. You need specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of housing, accommodation, work permits, visas, contract management, immigration, administrative procedures, tax, social security and so on.

Managing the relocation internally can be risky, expensive and time consuming. For those reasons, using a relocation agency is definitely the best way to relocate your employees.

Expat US will take care of all the formalities, allowing you to follow the progress of your employee’s relocation step by step, thanks to our guarantee of complete transparency. As mentioned in our previous article “How to convince employees to move abroad”, we assist assignees from the very beginning to the end of the relocation process.

We arrange everything with our team, from finding them the perfect home and moving their personal effects there, to helping find a school for their children, to opening a bank account and getting a social security number and a local driver license etc. which leaves the assignees free to concentrate on more important concerns.

With over 7 years’ experience, we know the difficulties linked to relocation and how to face them. We do not only save expatriation from failure, we also allow you to benefit from our experience to save time, money and stress. Here are a few reasons why our services could be ideal for you for your expatriation needs.

 

Save time & money

Everyone knows that time is money and using Expat US for your relocation needs will save you a great deal of time. Thanks to our extensive experience and knowledge of the areas we work in, we can work quickly and efficiently in order to meet your needs.

We take over all the steps of the employee’s relocation with our time saving services at competitive prices.

By having a large network of real estate brokers who have a strong knowledge of the market ensures that you pay the right price for your property. We organize visits with the expatriate or we can visit properties for them depending on their preferences and availability.

Expat US also takes on other tasks, which can sometimes prove to be the most time consuming during a relocation process. For example, we can find the perfect school for the expatriate’s children and take care of the enrolment. We can also help with finding the best provider for utilities and getting them set up or helping to apply for a social security number or local driver’s license.

Expat US allow you to save time for the other services (and maybe the most stressful ones) that an expatriation require. We find the perfect school for the children of the expatriates and we take care of the enrolment. We help in every step like to subscribe to a provider for your utilities or to get a social security number.

In short, we can provide everything an expatriate needs to settle into their new environment as we know exactly what these needs can be, we understand them and know how to meet them in the best and fastest way.

One of the main advantage to our services is that we deal with all the different providers so you do not have to. Our centralized service means you do not need to waste time as we deal with every aspect of the process.

 

Save yourself stress

Relocating employees is a stressful situation for everyone involved. At Expat US we aim to reduce all stress to a minimum by taking care of everything linked to the move and by continuously communicating with the employee who is relocating and their HR service. Full transparence at every step of the process means that you will always know what is happening. 

 

Services completely tailored to your situation

As each client is unique, we adapt our services to fit each client’s requirements, whatever they may be, to ensure a completely tailored service.

All research is taken care of by our responsive team who is in charge of your case from start to finish. Having the same people taking care of your case means that no time is wasted explaining the same needs, requirements or concerns over and over. You know your advisors and they know you and your needs.

 

 

Expat US was founded in 2007 in order to meet the needs of Human Resources departments and their expatriates.

 

« Exit-tax » : Qu’est-ce que c’est ? Qui la paye ? Peut-on y échapper ?

Exit-tax c’est quoi ?

Il s’agit d’un impôt visant à dissuader ceux qui veulent transférer leur domicile fiscal, en France, à l'étranger.

Applicable depuis le 3 mars 2011, l' « Exit-tax » consiste à soumettre à l'impôt sur le revenu et aux prélèvements sociaux, les plus-values latentes constatées lors du transfert du domicile fiscal à l'étranger.

Qui paye quoi ?

Cette taxation ne porte que sur les plus-values constatées sur des titres de sociétés cotées ou non, à l'exception de ceux détenus par l'intermédiaire de Sicav et ne concerne que les foyers fiscaux qui détiennent :

- Une participation directe ou indirecte dans une société dès lors qu'elle leur confère au moins 1 % des bénéfices sociaux.

- Des participations multiples dans plusieurs sociétés lorsque leur valeur cumulée dépasse 1,3 millions d'euros.

 

S’il n’est pas possible d’y échapper, il est cependant possible de bénéficier d’un sursis de paiement

Le but de cette taxe était de pénaliser les chefs d’entreprise exilant leur domicile fiscal à l’étranger. En effet, cela permet au propriétaire d’échapper aux impôts sur la plus-value en cas de cession de l’entreprise.

Désormais la taxation a été élargie à l'ensemble des contribuables qui détiennent un portefeuille de titres d'une valeur supérieure à 1,3 millions euros.

Néanmoins son caractère dissuasif est en définitive limité. En effet, certains des candidats, au départ, peuvent bénéficier d'un sursis de paiement. Ce sursis est automatique pour ceux qui s'installent dans un autre pays de l'Espace économique européen, hors Liechtenstein.

A défaut, pour en bénéficier, il faut désigner un représentant fiscal en France et constituer des garanties destinées à assurer le recouvrement de l'impôt. L'intérêt du sursis est qu'Il expire automatiquement au bout de 8 ans si le contribuable n'a pas revendu les titres entre temps. Dan ce cas l'impôt sur le revenu est alors dégrevé et seuls les 15,5 % de prélèvements sociaux restent dus.

En revanche, si le contribuable revend ses titres dans les 8 premières années suivant son départ, le sursis tombe et l'impôt sur le revenu et les prélèvements sociaux deviennent immédiatement exigibles. Si la plus-value effectivement réalisée est supérieure à la plus-value latente déclarée lors du transfert du domicile à l'étranger, le surplus est en principe taxable dans le nouveau pays de résidence

 

Source Les échos

10 reasons to be proud to live in the US

1. National parks

Americans are pioneers remembering Yellowstone as the world's first national park (1872).
Nowadays there is Alaska's Denali National Park, one among 400-plus areas of buttes, badlands, volcanoes, glaciers, falls, fjords, geysers and gift shops.

 

2. Eating

Even if you believe that France is based on a more elaborate style of cooking please note that there is no other nation offering the portions and varieties of culinary experimentation found in the U.S. Exhibit A: deep-fried butter.

 

3. Sports

Most countries have one national sport, sometimes two, but keep in mind that the U.S. has four.
Except if we do a favor to our Canadian friends. Let’s say three and a half by sharing hockey.
The last World Cup in Brazil let us all hope that soccer will become the fifth.

 

4. Derbies

The United States is the home of the derby in all its forms, be it racing, smashing or bashing.
Sorry but there is no competition this time.

 

5. Friendly greetings

"Ahoy!" "Aloha!" "Hey!" "Hola!" "Howdy!" "Hiya!" "Ho there!" "Well, look who it is!" "What's happenin'?!" "'Sup!" "Yo!" "Hello!" and the famous "Bonjour!" from the French expats.
The variety and vibrancy of the American greeting is unrivaled, upholding a threshold of friendliness of American people. You may find it onerous if you are from Europe.

 

6. Beer

By contrast, American brewers aren't bound by purity restrictions on their craft, allowing them to push the pint glass with new additives, processes, styles and malt and hops strains moved through the largest number of breweries of any nation on earth. In no country is beer more innovative.

 

7. Canyons

The U.S has the best landscape concerning canyons by far. For instance, Utah's Bryce Canyon is the closest you can get to another planet without tickets on Virgin Galactic. There is also Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado), Palo Duro Canyon (Texas), Canyon de Chelly (Arizona) and hundreds more to round out a list so deep and wide that it makes the U.S. the hands-down winner in this category even without mentioning the Grandest one of them all (you can mention others that you know in comment).

 

8. Moving pictures

TV shows (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), movies (Avatar) and so on, are loved worldwide … America is the undisputed global leader. We could have added viral videos but we are not here for show.

 

9. Road trips

All the roads, with their unique character, dotting America's majestic roadscape, you are never far from the next adventure. If you ask a European for a road trip, its first answer will be Will Rogers Highway, the mother road: Route 66.
Please drive carefully and respect the speed limit :)

 

10. Diversity

The U.S. is a microcosm of nearly every world culture, climate, landscape and category of wildlife.
But of course the Melting Pot concept was built on ethnic diversity. This way, the United States of America is going to be as heterogeneous as any nation on earth.

 

source: CNN

A new tool for HR and mobility specialists

A brand new tool for organizations and for their employees

A new tool has been introduced by Mercer. This latter enables organizations to streamline how pay is established for international employees on a localized compensation program. Now it is possible to quantify the economic impact to expatriates placed on a host-based compensation package.

It works by calculating the difference between costs in the current and proposed locations, taking into account taxes, cost of goods and services, and housing expenses.

Compensation Localizer let organizations establish financial packages to meet both, the individual and company needs, by applying standardized or customized data for employees on a host-based expatriate compensation package. This includes local plus packages (where it is a feasible alternative to a traditional expatriate package), localization (transitioning expatriates to host-based pay), one-way indefinite international transfers and locally or directly hired foreigners.

This tool is a new international compensation online resource for the mobility marketplace.
This way, organizations can calculate the precise economic gain or loss of transferees, compare pay packages to the local market using Mercer’s proprietary market remuneration data, and easily determine a compensation package that represents a gain or needs to be modified because of an economic loss.

Compensation Localizer ease the process for negotiating a pay package that meets both the need of the assignee and the organization.

 

source: http://www.mercer.com/services/

How to compare cities and neighborhoods in the USA?

We will show you how to compare the different US cities. 

When you try to find the place that suits you the most, it is necessary to compare cities and neighborhoods. For instance, you usually try out before you decide. So before you start planning your move you must compare.

Here are some tools to know more about the city you choose:

 

Overall Comparison

For an overview you can use Sperling's Best Places. An interesting read with some very solid facts and the possibility to compare two cities.

 

Crime Rates

On AreaConnect.com you have an easy and quick way to compare crime rates of two cities. You have also a comparison with the national statistics.

 

Neighborhood Comparison

You are looking at neighborhood options in a city that you don’t know and without actually going there?

Neighborhood Scout provides an overview of the neighborhood. You can compare where you currently live to another neighborhood. You can use it to find a similar neighborhood to the one you're living in or, check where the highest crimes rates are or where the best schools are located.

Area Vibes This tool will provide information on education, jobs, crimes, housing, weather. With this tool you will be able to see a map with all the local amenities for any particular address.

Walk Score This one will focus on the total area “walkable”. You can take a look at your environment and get information on amenities.

 

Cost of Living and Salary Comparison

Sperling's is also a tool for comparing salaries and cost of living. This tool provides stats on food, housing, utilities, transportation and more. Great way to find out if your salary will measure up in the new city.

 

 Compare Schools

GreatSchools.net lists schools in the city of your choice, providing extensive statistics on test scores and teacher and student ratios, including teacher's experience.You can also compare two schools to help you in your choice.

 

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