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.

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Bluestone Lane Networking Event & Video Broadcast

Join The Australian Community at Bluestone Lane DUMBO for our June Networking event and video broadcast.

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

You can now watch the video recorded on the evening using this link.

Bluestone Lane does not accept cash.

Free Admission.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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