Getting Started

An expat’s guide to US stores

You’re new to a country (or state) and need to buy cheap furniture, or kitchen gadgets. Which US stores do you visit to get them? Maybe these examples are a little too simple in the era of globalisation. In my first week in San Francisco my friends decided to take…

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A guide to renting a car and driving in the US

It’s not just being on the right side of the road while driving in the US that will be tricky, whether you’re moving here or just on holiday. Although, you’ll be surprised how often you get slightly disoriented while making a turn, or walk to the passenger side of a…

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US green cards explained

There’s a bit of a panic around US green cards at the moment. If the proposal to slash the number of green cards offered each year in half comes to fruition, it’ll make them even more difficult to obtain. Here’s a little background on the proposal by two Republican senators…

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Expat Jobs: Best websites for finding a US job

Now that you’ve decided to look for a US job the more difficult part begins. Sure you know what the most popular job posting websites are in your own country, but how do you find the good ones in the US? It can depend on the field you’re trying to…

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10 lessons learnt from moving abroad

My two year “America-versary” crept up and slinked by quickly. I had an inkling that moving abroad would change my outlook on life and the world, but you never really know how you’re going to react to a place until you’ve lived there a while. Having lived in both the…

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Moving to the US: cost of living

One of the first things you should consider before accepting a job and moving to the US, is the cost of living. It will vary greatly depending on which state and city you chose to live in. There really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes down to…

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Getting a social security number (SSN)

One of the first things a new expat in the United States needs is a Social Security Number (SSN). It is the key to everything from building a credit history to working and reporting income to the government. It’s free to apply for and receive a SSN – and if…

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4 Things To Expect At US Customs

You’ve just been outside of the US on an exciting holiday (vacation) but now it’s time to dig out your visa and line up in the US Customs queue. Maybe you’re on a H-1B, a J or an E2 or E3 visa and it’s the first time you’ve fronted US…

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Living in a Sharehouse: The Rules You Need to Know

 Let’s get one thing straight: I am NOT a good person to live with. I’m a neat freak but only in certain situations, I like my alone time and if you eat my food or finish the milk without replacing it I will wreak swift vengeance upon you and yours.…

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Watching Australian TV Overseas

Netflix and Amazon TV are fantastic, and I refuse to spend money on cable television here in the US, but sometimes you just want to hear your own accent coming out of the magical picture box. I’m not sniffing at American TV at all. It’s just not the same as…

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