This is a question that comes up quite frequently. People move to the United States and plan on staying for a year or two. To some, it makes sense to lease or purchase a car. The problem is that you have to have insurance in order to own or lease a car. A lot of car insurance companies will not insure drivers who do not have a US License. Many insurance companies believe if they cannot establish driving history for the driver, then they cannot properly determine the risk of the driver.
However Pfeifer Insurance Brokers works with a couple of Insurance Carriers that specialize in insuring foreign operators. All that is required is a license from your home country and we can find you an appropriate insurance policy. I've insured people with licenses from Germany, China, Taiwan, England, Switzerland and Ghana. It's never been an issue to insure these non US drivers. The rates will be higher than what US drivers pay, but you will be able to buy insurance. I recommend getting a quote on the car insurance before going out and buying or leasing the car. Buying full coverage for a $75,000 car with a foreign license is extremely expensive.