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lessteinberg
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December 23, 2009 3:20 am  

What is the legal requirement to be considered a resident of the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix)?


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saucey
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December 23, 2009 4:01 am  

Just go trade your "driving" license in, then go over to Board of Elections to get a voters registration, then POOF!! you are a resident. I did this with my friend 3 days after she moved here, it was so simple.


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Linda J
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December 23, 2009 9:26 am  

That is assuming you are already a citizen of the United States. If you are not, you cannot become a resident of the USVI. The rules here for living and working are just the same as for Montana, Indiana or any state in the union.


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Lizard
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December 23, 2009 10:12 am  

A Legal resident for what purpose? For Voter registration 90 day's, on the island and named on a lease or deed, for tax purpose 6 months of living on the island with lease or deed( this changed due to Hedge fund requirements) the tax authority, call it a bonafide resident. Having a drivers license does not make you a resident, it just allows you to drive on the island, your stateside license is good for up to 90 days.


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Bombi
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December 23, 2009 11:03 am  

Paying taxes has something to do with it, too.


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vacationstx
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December 23, 2009 12:25 pm  

You also must live on Island a minimum of 180 days per year.


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Linda from Michigan
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December 23, 2009 11:10 pm  

Now they are requiring you to present a copy of your driving record from the state you are moving from to get a VI drivers license. Something to know before going and standing for hours.


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Bombi
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December 24, 2009 11:20 am  

This is what the IRS says:

Under the new Section 937 an individual is generally considered a bona fide resident of a possession if (1) he or she is physically present in the possession for 183 days during the taxable year, (2) does not have a tax home outside the possession during the tax year, and (3) does not have a closer connection to the U.S. or a foreign country. However, U.S. citizens and resident aliens are permitted certain exceptions to the 183-day rule.

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/article/0,,id=97321,00.html

Tax wise there can be advantages to becoming a VI resident.


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Juanita
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December 24, 2009 3:57 pm  

As Lizard asked, for what purpose? If you want to go to college, for instance, it's a year to receive resident tuition.


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