Ready for our move!
Okay. As I wrote above, my apologies for the offense and/or annoyance created by my use of the term.
If you'll indulge me in some advice Beachybabe - abandon the idea of "expats". Most everone is American! It's just not a state, it's a territory, like 37 of the 50 current states used to be at one time, that's all. Hopefully the friends you'll meet range from having moved from the mainland 1 month ago, to 30 years ago, to having lived in the USVI their whole lives. You don't need to find a sub-community of people to befriend - befriend everyone! It will serve you well. It's not Belize, or France, just little America.
As a native of the USVI, a non-independent CARIBBEAN COUNTRY that is on the list of the UN Non-Self-Governing Territories, I resent the term "Little America."
Give natives of territories a vote and then you can call us "American." We are U.S. citizens but not true Americans. People from America are abbout 10% of the population. Although you are not an expat by citizenship, in a cultural sense, you are still an expat.
Yep, and lets make sure along with THAT vote and health insurance that you start being treated like the rest of the states and start paying SALES tax and all those other things that makes you feel like one of the States.
MTDORAMIKE, YOU ARE aware that certain states pay no sales tax?
State sales tax is not universal, but nearly so.
Edited to add: States without sales tax - Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.
We pay sales tax in the Virgin Islands...its called the Gross Receipts Tax. In most cases, you pay it two or three times on each item you purchase.