Getting Started

Top 20 places to relocate in the US

Anyone looking to relocate in the US, or move here at all, wants the best chance of success. So you’ll want to pick a city, town or suburb that offers the best chance of success. But how do you guage that, especially if you’re going to move to the US…

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A Guide to bringing family pets into the US

If there’s one thing that might break your expat child’s heart (or yours), it’s leaving a cherished pet behind. But what should you consider before starting the process of bringing family pets into the US? And what hoops will they (and you) have to jump through before you both get…

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12 Reasons moving abroad alone is a worthwhile adventure

The prospect of moving abroad alone is enough to make you really consider every single thing that could possibly go wrong. It’s a leap of faith and if you think you went through making the decision without getting even a little bit worried, you’re kidding yourself. I was reading this…

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How to apply for an Australian passport in the USA

We’ve talked about getting your children Australian Citizenship by descent and now it’s time to get into the mechanics of how to apply for an Australian passport in the USA. But first, a little cautionary tale from an Aussie expat who married an American woman and raised a family here.…

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E3 visa interview (your step-by-step guide)

As the date of your E3 visa interview looms, there’s no need to get nervous or worried about what’s in store. Lots of Australian expats looking for work in the US have been there before you and have a good idea of what to expect. We detailed everything you need…

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E3 visa renewal (before the interview)

Completing your E3 visa renewal doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Some of the steps (especially pre-interview) can be a little difficult to understand though. I’m setting out all of the steps for you here, to make sure you’ve got everything before you leave the US for your visa…

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A comprehensive guide to moving to the US

Once you’ve decided on moving to the US, it’s time to start planning and getting organised. But there are a million questions to ask and things to consider. Frankly, it can be more than a little daunting and result in a ‘To Do’ list that would make Martha Stewart’s eyes…

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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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