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Can someone buy a home with no money down.

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

There are mortgage options now available that only require a down payment of 5% or less of the purchase price. But the larger the down payment, the less you have to borrow, and the more equity you’ll have. Mortgages with less than a 20% down payment generally require a mortgage insurance policy to secure the loan. When considering the size of your down payment, consider that you’ll also need money for closing costs, moving expenses, and - possibly -repairs and decorating.

Learn more about how to buy a home with a low down payment.

I’m British & have a UK driving license, is it just the International Driving License I’d need to drive in the US while on holiday?

Asked by James on Twitter.

You’ll need an IDP (International Driving Permit) and should check with the state where you plan to drive. This page on Foreign Visitors Driving in the U.S. should help.

is it possible to apply for us visa online

Asked by Victor on Facebook.

The process to get a visa to go to the U.S. is different depending on your country of origin and the purpose of your visit. Often you must complete part of the process online, but you will likely have to go to a U.S. Embassy for an interview and paperwork processing. You may also have to go to a certain bank to pay a fee. Start learning about the U.S. visa process.

how long will it take to get my financial aid award?

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

It depends on the type of award. According to Federal Student Aid:

Generally, your grant or loan will cover a full academic year and your school will disburse (pay out) your money in at least two payments called disbursements. In most cases, your school must pay you at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Schools that don’t use traditional terms such as semesters or quarters usually must pay you at least twice per academic year—for instance, at the beginning and midpoint of your academic year.

If you will have a work-study job, then you’ll be paid at least once a month.

Learn more about receiving federal student aid.

I have a photo copy of my s s card - I need the original today for my new job. how can i get one today.

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

There are three steps to replacing a Social Security card:

  1. Gather documents to prove you identity and U.S. citizenship or current work-authorized immigration status.
  2. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card (PDF).
  3. Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.

After the Social Security Administration receives your application and verifies your documents, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days.

Find out how to verify if a replacement card has been issued.