superguavaguy wrote:I'd tell them to stay in their home country, go back to school, and get one.
I've only been in Taiwan a short time, and I can already see the hardest part is to build up the cash to go back. The lower wages and lower costs of living essentially gets one stuck here. Even if you can save 20K NT/month with a good 60K NT/month job, after 2 years, that amounts to 16K US, which will get you a decent car before the US burn rate sets in like higher health insurance, higher rent, higher taxes, etc. The reverse is probably the preferred route. I've met some dual nationals that worked in the US, but moved back to Taiwan to retire with their savings stretching out here better.
The good thing about Alaska is that it has no state income tax, and actually has a state tax credit for its state residents from the oil revenue. I had a friend in Fairbanks which the state paid about 3K just to live there, and that cancels out what he owes on the federal income tax, essentially paying no taxes. I think some of the Middle East countries also pay their citizens from their oil revenues.