Friday, October 1, 2010

Tortola, Ho! Part 2: Research & Helpful Links

On the Sunday after HB had sent his resume to the Owner, we were wandering around Epcot when HB got a phone call from a number he didn't recognize. The caller left a message, and of course it was the Owner. HB said he'd call the Owner back when we got home that evening, but I insisted that HB call back immediately.

So, leaning against a wall in the UK pavilion at Epcot, HB had a phone interview with the Owner. The call lasted about 20 minutes, and at the end, the Owner asked HB to come to Tortola for a visit -- a sort of second interview -- to make sure that HB truly new his way around the company systems and that he got along fairly well with the Owner and his potential co-workers. 

When we got home, we took a look at the calendar and HB emailed Owner to confirm that the dates would work for him. Once HB heard back from Owner, we booked HB's plane ticket. 

Then the research began. We knew very little of what it would take to immigrate to the BVI. How hard was it to get a work permit? What kind of documents would we need? How would we go about taking the dogs with us? Could we take the dogs with us?

We also wondered about money issues, and had to do the appropriate research to determine: What sort of salary should HB expect? Request? How much was rent? Groceries? Utilities? What were the tax implications of working in the BVI? Would we still be paying US income tax? What about BVI income tax?

We spent almost an hour nearly every night in the five weeks between the phone call and HB's visit researching these questions. I hope to answer them all more fully is this series -- to make a one-stop-shop of sorts for others trying to move to the BVI. In the meantime, here is a list of resources we found helpful

Work Permit Info:
BVI Visa Application (note, this is NOT the application actually used for work permits, but was helpful in giving us an idea of what documents and information the work permit app would require)
BVI Work Permit Application This is the actual work permit application

Pet Import Info:
Pet Importation Information (not an official site; may contain incorrect information)
More Pet Importation Information (not an official site; may contain incorrect information)
Caribbean Pet Entry Requirements (great intro resource for people going somewhere other than the BVI)

Cost of Living Info:
Provisioning in the BVI (info on food markets and costs)

Income Tax Info:
IRS Form 2555 for Foreign Earned Income (I also recommend reading the instructions for Form 2555 for additional information)

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