Getting Started

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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Moving to the US From Australia

You’re either seriously thinking of moving to the US from Australia, or you’re well on your way to planning your trip. It’s human nature to ring in the New Year with big ideas, big plans and big expectations. And what’s more exciting and daunting than moving to another country? Becoming…

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Who do I have to tip in the US and how much?

  Tipping is my nightmare. I don’t know who expects to be given a bit of extra cash on top of the bill, how much says “you’re lovely” and how little means “this is ridiculous”, or when to offer the money. It’s a headache that I, as an Australian, was not…

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