Living Overseas For 15 Years, Want To Drive, DOT Employment Requirements.

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Glenn A.'s Comment
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Hello.

I might be a unique situation. I have been living and working in East Asia the past fifteen years and want to return back to the USA. I am interested in being a driver. The job I think would suit me fine.

But the issue of the employment background. How do I verify this? I can show that I have been out of the country all of these years through my passport. I can also provide phone numbers of previous employers to state that I have worked there. I even have letters in English.

Been working, but out of the country. Do you have to be employed the past three to five years to break into this industry? Or just show where you have been and what you have been doing?

I think this will be a major stumbling block, but this seems to be the only thing I can do that will provide me with a living wage. I also feel I would be good at it.

Thank you.

Glenn L Andrews

chinaglenn@hotmail.com

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Have you held a US drivers license and address? You will need to maintain both for a minimum of one year at least.

midnight fox's Comment
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Talk to recruiters, your situation is unique enough (I'm in a similar boat) that you can't really get definitive answers without going straight to the source. Even some of them had to put me on hold until they could speak to someone else to find their specific company policy. ;)

Glenn A.'s Comment
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Yes, I have an American Driver License since 2017.

I use my parent’s address as my legal address in the United States.

Crispy C.'s Comment
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What were you doing for work in east asia?

Hello.

I might be a unique situation. I have been living and working in East Asia the past fifteen years and want to return back to the USA. I am interested in being a driver. The job I think would suit me fine.

But the issue of the employment background. How do I verify this? I can show that I have been out of the country all of these years through my passport. I can also provide phone numbers of previous employers to state that I have worked there. I even have letters in English.

Been working, but out of the country. Do you have to be employed the past three to five years to break into this industry? Or just show where you have been and what you have been doing?

I think this will be a major stumbling block, but this seems to be the only thing I can do that will provide me with a living wage. I also feel I would be good at it.

Thank you.

Glenn L Andrews

chinaglenn@hotmail.com

000's Comment
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As an expat, didn't you have to pay taxes on your earnings? If you did then your tax returns will help get you sorted out. If not? Then you'll have to do as midnight fox recommended. Good luck!

Glenn A.'s Comment
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As an expat, didn't you have to pay taxes on your earnings? If you did then your tax returns will help get you sorted out. If not? Then you'll have to do as midnight fox recommended. Good luck.

I never had to pay American income tax because I didn’t make enough for me to file. I don’t know the amount, but it’s like $75,000 a year. If you make more than that, you must file for American taxes.

The USA is the only country that taxes on income from another country.

midnight fox's Comment
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I never had to pay American income tax because I didn’t make enough for me to file. I don’t know the amount, but it’s like $75,000 a year. If you make more than that, you must file for American taxes.

Don't shoot the messenger or anything, but you might've caused yourself a problem with this. It's necessary to file a tax return if your gross income from all sources is within a range of like $12k to $25k, depending on your status.

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54#en_US_2019_publink100047317

You might've been thinking of the foreign earned income exclusion amount, that's around $105k for 2019. In other words, you still have to file a tax return, but you'll be exempted from owing up to that amount on foreign income. But there's still the matter of owing social security taxes, too; that foreign earned income exclusion doesn't exempt you from having to pay for social security.

And that range for filing ^^ applies only for 2019; a few years ago I was pretty certain it was far lower, because at the time I'd went through a whole hassle of filing one year on $6k of self-publishing income, and ended up owing around $1k on social security. It's probably a good idea to get in touch with an accountant to find out what your exposure might be on this...

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

midnight fox's Comment
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The first time through I'd missed that you said you have letters in English from your employers. A good approach to take would be to have them write letters of recommendation in their language which also include your employment dates, and then have these legally translated. Usually the legal translation process involves the letters being notarized as well, and from what I've seen I think most places will accept notarized statements from non-relatives that verify your employment dates.

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