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Pre-Arrival Information

Congratulations on your Assignment to the USA.  The USA Support Group, Tidewater team supports the UK military/MOD civilian personnel and their families who are assigned to the Tidewater region of Virginia, by providing the highest level of customer service and consistent application of the ‘Duty of Care’ obligation, whilst achieving the best value for money within the financial allocation.  In addition to providing support during the arrivals/departures process, the team is responsible for the provision of accommodation/furnishings and, via the Embassy in Washington, assistance with healthcare and education, throughout the period of assignment.  Additionally, for those personnel who are parented by the Global Admin Unit, the USA Sp Gp will offer JPA support, advice and assistance on pay and allowances and handle any personnel management issues.

You will need to have access to the UKGov.net website for some of the links below, log-in and password can be obtained by emailing the team at admin@ukgov.net.

 

Arrival Steps:

1.  Assignment Order to be sent to USA Support Group Tidewater

2.  Individuals to access New Arrivals Aide Memoire which will help you through the planning and preparation for your relocation Stateside.

3. Individuals to complete and return the Immediate Information Proforma

4.  Individuals to complete Form BDS 940 and return it to USA Support Group Tidewater.

5.  The USA SpGp will send you a Visa Status Letter. Please note – your arrival process will be stalled if you delay sending your Assignment Order or F940 to the USA Support Group Tidewater.

6.  Individuals to complete visa process using the ‘Visa Application Guide‘.

7.  Individuals to read ‘Six Weeks Prior to Arrival Letter‘.

8.  Individuals to read ‘Welcome to the United States of America‘, a letter written by the DA and MinDM.

9.  Individuals to book hire cars and hotels through HRG online booking tool and send confirmation to the USA Support Group Tidewater team using the Form 1.

10. Individuals to complete the Arrival Admin Forms pack-up, issued at march-in, prior to the Arrivals Brief.

Please ensure that you follow the above steps to avoid any unnecessary admin issues on arrival.  Please contact the USA SpGp if there are any questions. 

Considerations before applying for a tour in the USA

The following document is aimed at Service Personnel and families who are still considering whether or not to apply for a tour in the USA. The ‘Assignment to the USA Considerations’ paper has been developed by the USA Support Group in the British Embassy . Personnel applying for a tour in the USA will be …

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New Arrivals Aide Memoire

  New Arrivals Aide Memoire 2017         Click on the link above to download a copy of the Arrivals Aide Memoire which details everything you need to know and action prior to arriving in the Hampton Roads, Virginia USA.

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Schooling in the USA

Schooling in Virginia Beach VA Public (free) schools Details of the numbers of public schools in Virginia Beach are as follows: 55 x Elementary (Kindergarten -5th grade) 13 x Middle (6th -8th grade) 11 x High (9th -12th grade) Most of the schools in this region are excellent and many of have received numerous awards …

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Public Schools

The quality of education in Virginia is very good. The location of a particular school can be a determining factor in the selection of one’s housing. Public school zoning is strictly enforced. Each public school has a specific area or zone which you must live within in order for your child to attend that school. …

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Studying i-GCSEs in the USA

Educational development is available for all personnel overseas, from GCSE & A-Level courses, to sports coaching and vocational training and Open University courses. The use of Standard Learning Credits (SLCs) and Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) is highly recommended to offset the cost of courses. Although training in these areas is not delivered directly by Hampton …

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Education Development for all ages while USA based

Educational development is available for all personnel overseas, from GCSE & A-Level courses, to sports coaching and vocational training and Open University courses. The use of Standard Learning Credits (SLCs) and Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) is highly recommended to offset the cost of courses. Although training in these areas is not delivered directly by Hampton …

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Housing Guide and FAQs

The USA Support Group (Tidewater) You can view the Tidewater Housing Guide by clicking the link below: BDSUS ACCOMMODATION POLICY 2017-FINAL-O   Frequently Asked Questions – Housing  When allocating property what are your main considerations? The priorities which you indicated on your Housing Information Proforma (e.g. schooling, commute, close to community) are fully considered, however, some …

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About Hampton Roads

Getting to know Hampton Roads These pages offer you a broad overview of the Hampton Roads area. If you have ideas for other content that you would like to see included or any other comments please e-mail editor@baybrits.us. Activities Climate Geography Hampton Roads History Sports Volunteer

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Do you have a Pet?

Rules For Keeping Pets In Allocated Private Hirings (in lieu of SFA) in the USA   The name and address of the owner must be inscribed on the dog’s collar. All pets must be registered with the local authorities in the USA. The Licensee is responsible for keeping the pet(s) under control at all times. …

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Important Information for Car Seat owners

We would highlight that the issue below is very much one for your personal estimate and action as you see fit. The information below is provided to aid you in this decision making process. Recently, a member of the British community raised the question of whether car seats purchased in the US met UK safety …

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Parental Declaration Form

Parental Declaration V2

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Dependents completing US university after tour end date

Student Visas for dependents to complete Virginia university courses post tour date   If you have a dependent who will be enrolled at university during your tour and who would like to complete their studies even after the personnel members’ tour end date it is absolutely possible to make this happen. It involves changing the dependent’s …

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