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International

The Detroit region is home to 1,300 foreign companies from 38 countries because of its proximity to the busiest and one of the worlds most valuable border crossings, access to 95% of the U.S. supply of fresh water, and unmatched automotive technology, engineering talent, and advanced manufacturing technology.

Cable, Internet, Twitter Feeds, Newspapers

Check with local cable and satellite companies for the full range of options available. International channels in numerous languages can often be added to basic packages. Popular online news: British Broadcasting www.bbcamerica.com Canadian Broadcasting www.cbc.ca The Internet allows for live feed from numerous countries. www.usnpl.com A list of popular radio and television channels, magazines, and newspapers by state and city.

Citizenship and Immigration Services

For pertinent information regarding temporary visitation, work school permits, green cards, adoption, those serving in the military and more, contact: United States: uscis.gov • 800-375-5283 Canada: cic.gc. ca • 888-242-2100

Consulate General Offices

CANADA – 600 Renaissance Center, Ste. 1100, Detroit 48243 (313) 567-2340 www.can-am.gc.ca Information regarding short and long term visas, application for permanent residence, requirements of US citizens studying in Canada. Note: This is not a complete list.

CHILI – 1342 Three Mile Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms, 48230 (313) 417-0258 www.chileanconsulatedetroit.org FRANCE – Mr. Pascal Goachet, Consulate 500 Woodward Ave., Ste. 3500, Detroit 48226 (313) 965-8532

GERMANY – Mr. Frederich Hoffman, Consulate 500 Woodward Ave., Ste.3500, Detroit 48226 (313) 965-3434 IRAQ – 16445 W. 12 Mile, Southfield 48076 (248) 423-1250 www.iraqiembassy.us

ITALY – Buhl Building 535 Griswold #1840, Detroit 48226 (313) 963-8560 www.consdetroit.esteri.it

JAPAN – 400 Renaissance Center Ste. 1600, Detroit 48243 (313) 567-0120 www.detroit.us.emb-japan.go.jp LEBANON – 1000 Town Center #2450, Southfield 48075 (248) 945-3511 www.lebanonconsulategdetroit.org MEXICO – 1403 E. 12 Mile, Madison Heights 48071 (248) 336-0320 www.consulmex.sre.gob.mx

ROMANIA – 777 Woodward Ste. 300, Detroit 48226 (313) 442-1320 www.romaniaconsulate.com SWEDEN – Honorary Consulate: Tom Mark 635 Puritan Ave., Birmingham 48009 (248) 762-5304 www.swedenabroad.com

Education

International Baccalaureate Schools in Metro Detroit For a list of recognized public and private primary, middle and high (diploma) schools, log on to www.ibo.org

Advanced Placement Courses are offered in most high schools. Upon successful completion of year end exams, students scores may qualify for college credits. For more information visit www.apcentral.collegeboard.org

English as a Second Language The Detroit area offers numerous programs and intensive short term classes for those wanting tutorial help. Visit www.eslgold.com.

House Hunting

If you’re looking for a house and trying to read the multi-listing sheets here’s a key to some of the abbreviations: AC – air conditioning Alum – aluminum Att – attached Ba – bath Bd – bedroom Br – breakfast nook BSMT – basement D – den Det – detached Dk – deck

DLO – seller disclosure Dr – dining room Fla – Florida room FHA – forced hot air Fp – fireplace FR – family room Gar – garage GLF – golf course GR – great room HDW - hardwood floors

HIST – historic distric K – kitchen L – library LR – living room MOPOA – monthly association fee PGS – propane gas SF – square feet SPDED – special warranty

* Tax rate = cost per $1,000 of a house’s taxable value. If the tax rate is $34.12 for a $200,000 house, with a taxable value of $100,000, taxes would be $3,412.00. * To convert square feet into square meters, multiply by .093 – 1 SF = 0.093 SM.

Shipping

For a directory of moving and shipping to and from the United States visit www.united-states.shipping-international.com Mayflower Unigroup Relocation www.mayflower.com 800-346-1184 International Sea & Air Shipping www.internationalmoving.com 866-788-1090 NEX Worldwide Express www.shipnex.com 888-SHIP-NEX Also provides roll-on/roll-off and container service for cars, trucks, boats, etc.

Visa Information

Passport Department of State travel.state.gov For public inquiries call (877) 487-2778 to get infomation regarding the application process. Businesses needing a temporary business visitor visa may call (202) 485-7675 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Metric Conversion Tables

For Imperial and Metric measurement conversion information, log on to http://www.metric-conversions.org/

This site will help with all forms of measurement from inches and metres, to ounces and grams, and cups and litres.

Currency:

For current exchange rates and trading services, log on to www.oanda.comor www.xe.com

Translations:

To translate words, a block of original text or web page, go to www.bing.com, www.babelfish.com, or www.translate.google.com

AUTOMATION ALLEY

2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy, 48083 Toll Free (800) 427-5100 • www.automationalley.com

A technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Offers talent and business development programs and matchmaking services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes. Provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, emerging technologies, and defense and manufacturing, and maintains an International Business Center (IBC).

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