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I asked a pretty similar question as I was surprised we could sometimes turn on red in the US (major offense in France) and wanted to find some good resources that would just give the differences: What are the differences between French road signs and American road signs?. Comments and answers pointed me to three useful resources: What are the main ...


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The best resource is the CA Driver's Handbook on the DMV site. While most of the rules are generally similar, almost all the areas have subtle differences. Instead of trying to remember your home country rules and the CA differences, it will be much more efficient to just learn the CA rules.


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I am not an expert, but here are a couple of thoughts based on yoru question and the comments to it: 1) You talk about your partner. You better get married, if you are just living together, you getting a visa will not give your partner a visa. 2) You should at least try the lottery. You just missed it, it closed in early November last year. It is free to ...


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A little sleuthing at the wayback machine shows that California was not actually certified compliant with Real ID until May 25th of this year. Before that, they were for a brief while "under review," before which they were operating under an extension. Their failure to print "limited term" on limited term licenses, as required by 6 CFR 37.21(e) may have ...


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Have a look at the California DMV's Information For Persons New To California. Then follow the link for How to apply for a driver license if you are over 18 (mirror): If you become a California resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing ...


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Assuming (as it sounds from your question) that you do not hold a valid driver license from your home country - your friend cannot sit beside you when you drive. The person sitting beside you must have a valid California license. See the information at the CA DMV: You will then be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. When you practice,...


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According to California DMV you can use your driver's license in California until you become resident of the state: If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license as long as your home state license remains valid. If you ...


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CA VC Sec. 12502 says this: 12502 (a) The following persons may operate a motor vehicle in this state without obtaining a driver’s license under this code: (1) A nonresident over the age of 18 years having in his or her immediate possession a valid driver’s license issued by a foreign jurisdiction of which he or she is a resident, except as ...


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Here is the thing according to IRS Publication 15 Section 4 and W-2 Instructions the employer when filling out the W-2 form which you have received must provide an SSN or ITIN in Box a on the form, which means that if you need to file as Non-Resident or Part Year resident in California you should use the same ID that was provided to you on the W-2. If the ...


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You cannot deduct your wife, she's not an object and you didn't pay for her. With regards to dependents - you claim exemptions, not deduct them. But since you're a non-resident, you cannot claim exemption for your wife. You can only claim for yourself. There are some specific exceptions to this general rule listed on this IRS site. In California, if you ...


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According to CA.gov A California resident is any individual who meets any of the following: Present in California for other than a temporary or transitory purpose. Domiciled in California, but located outside California for a temporary or transitory purpose. Domicile is defined for tax purposes as the place where you voluntarily establish ...


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To the best of my knowledge the holder of a H1-B visa must possess a SSN and you make your first tax return a joint federal filing with the H4 dependent spouse's ITIN application on the front. Every spot in the federal tax return asking for the spouses SSN should be blank. Given that you have applied for ITIN for the spouse along with your filed federal ...


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According to California DMV, The following minimum liability insurance is required for private passenger vehicles: $15,000 for injury/death to one person. (Also known as bodily injury liability) $30,000 for injury/death to more than one person. $5,000 for damage to property. (Also known as product damage liability) Third party liability insurance ...


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The laws and benefits available for persons with Disabilities are convoluted and multi-leveled. There are federal regulations such as Americans with Disabilities Act which provides mostly for non-discrimination and requirement for accessibility in transport, housing, workplace, etc. Then there is an SSDI, which gives persons with disabilities income if ...


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I haven't moved from EU to USA, but I did the reverse, several years ago. First, you can get the best overview of the options by simply googling "international move", optionally with the start and end location included. I did not bring a lot of stuff either when I moved, and for my needs it was sufficient to book shipment of individual cartons which I had ...


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You can't. You'll need to physically show up at the DMV with your New York license to exchange it for the California one.


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This answer is specific to trying to work while on a B1/B2 visit visa or the equivalent visa waiver. Very early in working at a legal, on-the-books job, usually in the first day, you will be asked to complete the employee information for Form I9. You will lack any document establishing employment authorization - see List A and List C on the last page of the ...


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Both questions cannot really be answered without more details. You can find tax estimators online (you can use paycheck estimators or tax estimators) to get an idea. Re rents - just look at craigslist for units that seem to fit your criteria and check the prices. Keep in mind that there's a 1-2 hours driving distance between some areas in San Francisco and ...


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Of course it is, but keep in mind that it may arrive there before you so you need to make sure someone you know picks up the mail. From my experience it takes about 2-3 weeks.


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From the Geico website: If you don't own a car but still need affordable car rental insurance, ask your GEICO representative about a non-owner liability policy and/or personal effects coverage available on your homeowners policy or renters insurance policy. Non-owner liability coverage may provide liability protection when you rent or borrow a car while ...


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