The Top 10 Questions asked by Australians Living in New York

On Wednesday June 14, 2017 The Australian Community held a private networking event at Bluestone Lane’s DUMBO location in New York to record a video of the Top 10 Questions asked of The Australian Community.

Some of the answers captured in the thirty minute video revealed a number of common mistakes (and incorrect assumptions) made by Australian expats living in New York and the broader US.

The Australian Community does not offer specific Legal, Tax or Immigration advice. The questions and information discussed in the video is based on an aggregation of Australian Expat experiences, and as such, your experience may differ.  

Click to watch the full video below.

If you have a question that effects your Health, Finances or Liberty, The Australian Community strongly recommends that you seek professional guidance.

Below we have listed the questions with links to relevant content, as well as  the option to Fast Forward to the question on the video.

The Questions are:

10:  What is Dual Intent and how does this effect entering the US on a non-immigrant visa? – FF to question.

9:  How do I find work? – FF to question.

8:  Can I use Airbnb to supplement income if I am on a non-immigrant visa?  – FF to question.

7:  Can you work for two employers on an E-3 visa?  – FF to question.

6:  What is the Substantial Presence Test? – Learn more on our Podcast.  – FF to question.

5:  What is FBAR and FATCA? – Comparison of Form 8938 vs FBAR  – FF to question.  Contact us to be connected to professional assistance with filing a late FBAR.

4:  How do I rent an apartment without a Credit History? – FF to question.

3:  How do I  access and build US credit? – FF to question.

2:  Who has the best FOREX Rate? – FF to question.

1:  What is the most common Expat mistake? – FF to question.

As mentioned on the video, our website and private social network collectively contains our knowledgebase of overcoming the challenges faced by Australian Expats.

You can connect with Advisors, Recruiters and Industry Professionals by joining our Private Social Network.

Currently we are working to produce an electronic document that aggregates this knowledge into an easy to read PDF with hyperlinks to important content.

If you would like more information, or you have any questions about our organization, please use the form below to reach out.

Bluestone Lane Networking Event & Live Simulcast on Instagram

Join The Australian Community at Bluestone Lane DUMBO for our June Networking event simulcast live on Instagram @BluestoneLaneCoffee

Members are invited to attend this highly interactive evening where the ten most important questions ever asked of The Australian Community will be answered.

Topics covered include:

  • Finding Work

  • US Tax

  • Finance

  • Visas

  • Legal

  • US Credit

  • Expat Filing Requirements

  • Common Expat Mistakes

The 20 minute simulcast will include questions from our live audience:  Faces of the audience will not be shown during the simulcast.

For those who cannot attend, all are welcome to watch the 20 minute simulcast, streaming live on Bluestone Lane’s Instagram page from 8:00PM (EDST) @BluestoneLaneCoffee 

Bluestone Lane does not accept cash.

Free Admission.

Members are limited to inviting only one guest on the evening.

Please use the form below to RSVP using the member code.

June Newsletter

We have a new Website!

The new website (as you can see) is built on WordPress as it is better aligned with our technology roadmap for distributing Public content.

Over the past six years, we have published dozens of articles, and taken hundreds of pictures going back to January of 2012!

As there are literally dozens of writers in the Community who would like to contribute features and articles, this new platform will facilitate a greater engagement for members wishing to contribute social and professional content.

Continue reading “June Newsletter”

Announcing The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative

Finding better ways to connect Australians living in the US is core to our Mission. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce our latest initiative: The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative.

The Australian Community already has programs to assist our members with overcoming many of the challenges of living in the US.   The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative is the next step in assisting our members accelerate their careers to the next level.

Continue reading “Announcing The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative”

Top 5 reasons why the E3 visa is not going away anytime soon.

Since the new Administration has signaled sweeping changes to the US’s policy on immigration, The Australian Community has been approached by many of its members who are concerned that the E3 visa may be abolished.

Clearly they are concerned about the potential economic and social impact that this will have on thousands of Australians living and working in the US.

Continue reading “Top 5 reasons why the E3 visa is not going away anytime soon.”

Australians in Startups: Cara Zelas

When educator Cara Zelas and her husband got a dog for the first time, they expected companionship and love. What they couldn’t have predicted was that Little Dude would put Cara on the path to entrepreneurship.

Based on Little Dude’s work as a therapy dog in New York City, Cara has developed a six-book series and literacy based curriculum that teaches children 3 to 7 years of age about kindness, manners, feelings, empathy, respect, and courage.

Continue reading “Australians in Startups: Cara Zelas”

Australians in Startups: Neil Smith

Around the world, governments are struggling to pay for the building or repair of essential infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and airports. Yet there is no easy way for investors to find and analyze all the opportunities to fund such projects.

Neil Smith aims to change that. His startup, Infraccess, will use big data technology to gather all the information about infrastructure projects from across the internet and deliver it to investors at one website.

Continue reading “Australians in Startups: Neil Smith”

What would happen if The Australian Community appeared on Shark Tank?

If you are not familiar with Shark Tank, the TV show features Entrepreneurs pitching highly successful business owners on why they should invest in their company.

Theoretically speaking, if you could successfully pitch the Sharks on the value proposition of our organization to Australian Ex-pats, then attracting new members to join The Australian Community should be a no-brainer.

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Our first networking event of 2017 included a private shopping experience on Fifth Avenue, NYC!

It was a packed house with members attending an exclusive networking event and private shopping experience at Microsoft’s Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue.

In January 2016, The Australian Community officially launched its Private Enterprise Social Network powered by Yammer at the Microsoft Store.  Since then, our Yammer Network has grown to the largest Australian private network in North America and contains a searchable knowledgebase built on the experiences of over 5,000 members who have connected with our organization since 2011.

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How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!

According to the latest US Department of Homeland Security statistics, 3034 Australians obtained legal permanent residency in 2015, and another 5,527 obtained E3 visas.

One of the main challenges facing these and thousands of Australian expats every year is how to access US credit and begin to build a US Credit Score.

Continue reading “How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!”

Connect with our Community Job Fair in NYC!

If you are a Member in New York and you are seeking full time employment, we may have good news!

If you are not a member of The Australian Community, you can click here to learn more about our member services.

Continue reading “Connect with our Community Job Fair in NYC!”