Moving to the US for Aussies: The Book

If you look at any successful organization, at its core you will find the company handbook.  It details policies and procedures for any new employee joining the company, and is the culmination of years corporate knowledge captured within the organization – So why not have a instruction manual for Australian expats moving to the US?

Have you ever wondered if USCIS handed out a book to anyone arriving in the US on a work visa on all of the traps for young players, how much of an asset it would be?

Well, wonder no more because The Australian Community is producing a book “Moving to the US for Aussies”

This book is the collective expat knowledge of our organization, and is intended to provide valuable knowledge for Australians who are moving to the US to work.

Long before the inception of our organization in 2011, there was a culture of every Aussie in the US for themselves.  Independently, Australians would go about overcoming the challenges they faced in day to day living, and hopefully they did not accumulate too much unnecessary scar tissue along the way.

Then after their “tour” of [Insert US City], they would return to Australia, taking with them all of that knowledge and experience  – and leaving the next Australian to arrive, on their own to go through exactly the same process!

“Australians culturally tend to fearlessly dive in the deep end, but the US is a very large shark infested pool, so this book will at least teach you how to swim!”

The book is due to be released in November 2017, to coincide with our sixth birthday.  We want to make this book a Community effort so we are eliciting feedback from our members on what content they want to see in the book, along with providing a few pithy quotes we can include in the relevant chapters.

We already have the essential bases covered with chapters on everything from Accounting to Visas.  It will also cover topics you may not have thought of, such as how to prepare for a Northeast winter!

Your feedback will prioritize the content and add a personal perspective to the publication.  If your quote is used, you will also be memorialized in a book that will assist Australians for many years to come.

We are all very exited for this publication, and including our members’ feedback will further ensure the success of this book.

All proceeds from the book will go to expanding our social, professional and charitable initiatives.

Please use the form below to leave your feedback on one or two topics that you believe are essential, or provide us with a quote or brief anecdote we can use in the book.

Thank You!

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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.

Read more about our upcoming book “Moving to the US for Aussies” and how you can contribute.

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.

Continue reading “June Newsletter”

Top 10 Reasons to Connect with our Private Enterprise Social Network

The challenges that face Australians living in the US are constantly evolving.  Our private social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australian professionals!

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity whose mission is to connect Australians through social, professional and charitable initiatives.  Since its inception in 2011, we have assisted more Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York than any other public charity.

As we enter our sixth year, we are now using the lessons learned in NYC to assist Australians overcome many of the same challenges across the US.

Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Connect with our Private Enterprise Social Network”

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.”

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.

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

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!”

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.

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