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.

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.

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Top 10 Reasons to Join The Australian Community

Diving into the deepest end of the most shark infested pool on the planet may be no brainer when it comes to taking your career to the next level.  However, without a social or professional lifeline, you are going to face some serious challenges.

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to connect Australians living in the US through social, professional and charitable initiatives.

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Enter the 2017 Australian Community Creative Challenge Art Competition!

This annual art competition was first held in 2013 to recognize the diversity of Australian artistic talent living and working in the Greater New York area.

The Challenge for creative Australians is to create a body of work using any medium that encompasses three elements: Australia, Community and New York.

Continue reading “Enter the 2017 Australian Community Creative Challenge Art Competition!”

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.”

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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New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)

Over the past five years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,000 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

Here is our third article in the series.

What advice would you give to Aussies contemplating the move to NYC?

Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)

Over the past five years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,000 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

Here is the second article in the series.

How did NYC change you professionally? Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 1)

Over the past five years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,000 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and the transition back to Australia.

The flood of emails that have poured in have been enough to write a small novel, so the decision was made to create a series of articles.  Here is the first:

What is it like transitioning back to Oz?

Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 1)”

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.

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Everything you wanted to know about US Tax Law, but were afraid to ask!

Many Australians are still coming to grips with many US filing requirements, as well as US tax laws.  A podcast was recorded to set the record straight on FBAR filing requirements as well as some common tax missteps often made by expats.

Peter Harper who is a Managing Director with CST Tax Advisors, a leading International tax advisory, recorded the 21 minute podcast that discusses:

What is the Substantial Presence Test?

FBAR – Who has to file?

Superannuation – Do I need to include it in my FBAR?

Other filing requirements for expats.

Common US tax missteps made by Australians.

Continue reading “Everything you wanted to know about US Tax Law, but were afraid to ask!”

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.

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