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Expat Engagement: Marrying an American Citizen

There’s a ring on my left hand that wasn’t there a couple of weeks ago and it’s sparkling at me as I sit at my laptop (eating Cheetos). I’m trying to figure what to say about finally being engaged to the man that I’ve wanted to marry for a while…

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More ‘only in America’ moments

Every time I think that I’ve scraped the very bottom of the ‘Only in America’ barrel, I come across more delightfully US-centric things that leave me laughing or shaking my head. I’d promise that this will be the last in my series of posts, which have so far included: US…

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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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Australian citizenship for babies born overseas

Getting Australian citizenship for babies born overseas is a pretty straight-forward process. But there are a few things you should know before you begin, so that you can plan ahead and apply for Australian citizenship for yourself or your child at the best time for you. Some Australians choose not…

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You know you’re an Aussie expat when…

You know you’re an Aussie expat when you find yourself nodding your head to a few or many of these situations. Maybe that should be changed to “you know you’re a seasoned Aussie expat” when… In any case, there are around 200,000 Aussie expats living in the US alone, and…

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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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Conquer your flying anxiety (once and for all)

Flying anxiety, or fear of flying, can be debilitating for some and stop others from travelling anywhere that is only accessible by plane. It’s an anxiety that sufferers usually keep to themselves or only let their close family members in on because they’re embarrassed or ashamed of their phobia. Jody…

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Dating Abroad (the romantic and the funny)

Dating abroad brings with it a few extra “risks”. Dating culture varies widely in some countries, and there’s the potential for things to get awkward fast if you’re not up to speed. For some, like Suzy, it means less pressure and more fun on the dating scene, for others like…

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Reverse culture shock (stories from the frontline)

Reverse culture shock can hit you with full force pretty soon after you arrive home from adventures overseas. But it can also creep up on you slowly – little by little showing you the differences between your new self and your old friends, suburb and city. I know from my…

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