Repatriating to Australia: The Survey

Many are wondering “Who, and How Many” Australians in New York are repatriating to Australia due to COVID-19.

So are we, which is why we have conducted the largest survey of Global Australians who are repatriating to Australia from New York. All surveys are completely private, and none of the data reveals the personal information of any individual member.

This is a follow up to a smaller survey we completed in 2018, and part of a larger survey we completed over August and September 2020 to understand the needs of our members, peri and post COVID-19.

In total, 392 Australians were surveyed, and the data is below.

Australian Repatriation During COVID

Australian repatriation during COVID is a complex decision. Australians therefore need to consider the many complexities before leaving the United States.

Do I Stay or Do I Go? may be the lyrics from a popular song, but COVID-19 has accelerated many Australians’ plans for repatriation. Flights to Australia and Australian quarantine are certainly top of mind for many, but they are not the considerations.

In the final chapter of our Book Moving to the US for Aussies we discuss a number of complexities facing Australians considering Repatriation. They include Finance, Taxation, reestablishing Australian residency, flights, quarantine and the Australian job market. All need to be considered before any repatriation decision is made.

Most importantly, whether it is due to sick relatives, loss of work, or concerns about child education, what may have been on the back burner, can now be top of mind due to the impact of COVID-19. Others who saw repatriation as a long term goal, may now be formulating a strategy given a worst case scenario. Some simply want to get all of the facts.

The Australian Community has just completed teh largest survey of Australian Ex-Pats who have recently repatriated from New York. You can review all of the data in this article.

Returning to Australia could be a permanent solution to a temporary challenge. Our goal is to aggregate as much information as possible for Australians before they make that decision.

Communication is Key

Livestreams are a great way to ask experts questions on important topics. However, rather than having dozens of folks asking questions live, we gave our members the opportunity (and anonymity) to ask our subject matter experts ahead of time. Their questions have been aggregated with others and assembled in a series of videos, posted to our YouTube channel.

If you are an Australian considering repatriation during COVID 19, the videos below answer some of common questions. More videos are planned, and will be added to our channel, and this article, as they are posted.

The discussions in the videos are not to be construed as Financial, Legal or Tax advice. You should seek the advice of a professional before making any financial decisions.

Financial Considerations for Australians Departing the US.

Tony Kofkin, Founder and Managing Partner of Kofkin Bond and Co. outlines some of his Clients’ repatriation experience.

Airline and Australian Flights Update

We speak with Jamal Shah who is an Air Expert with Liberty Travel. Jamal discusses the challenges many Australians are facing in securing travel, airfare, comparing flights to Australia, quarantine and strategies for booking international travel.

Tax Considerations for Australians Departing the US. VIDEO PENDING

A conversation with tax experts from a US Accounting Firm discuss the tax challenges facing Australians considering repatriation.

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The Final Decision.

Making the move back to Australia should be a decision based on logic and not fear. However, given the time constraint of available airline flights, if you are seriously considering returning to Australia in the short term, the window of opportunity is closing.

You are one of the growing number of expats who are simply packing a bag. If you leave without settling financial obligations, you may face an entirely new set of challenges.

The Australian Community’s private Yammer social network gives members access to ethical, professional advice from qualified tax, legal and finance professionals.

Here is the link again to read the largest survey of Australians Repatriating from New York.

About The Australian Community

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social, professional and charitable initiatives.

All contributions are fully tax deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code. The Australian Community is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Navigating the Impact of COVID-19: A Guide for E-3 visa holders.

Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is the principle of Cammisa Markel, a US immigration law firm based in NYC that specializes in the E-3 visa. Zjantelle and her team have been answering questions, and addressing the concerns of her clients during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, and its impact on the E-3 Visa holder.

Disclaimer

Cammisa Markel has generously permitted The Australian Community to share this information with our members and followers to give you guidance on options that are available during this difficult time of COVID-19.

It is by no means intended to be used as legal advice for your particular situation. Every individual’s situation is different. If you would like to contact Cammisa Markel for legal advice and a strategy particular to your situation, please email: info@cammisamarkel.com.

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Non-Immigrants and Immigrants

Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is the principle of Cammisa Markel, a U.S. Immigration law firm in NYC. Zjantelle and her team have been answering questions, and addressing the concerns of her clients post the Presidential Proclamation suspending entry of Non-Immigrants and Immigrants.

Disclaimer

Cammisa Markel has generously permitted The Australian Community to share this information with our members and followers to give you guidance on options that are available during these challenging times.

It is by no means intended to be used as legal advice for your particular situation. Every individual’s situation is different. If you would like to contact Cammisa Markel for legal advice and a strategy particular to your situation, please email: info@cammisamarkel.com.

Presidential Proclamation

In the video below, Zjantelle Cammisa Markel discusses the impact of the Presidential Proclamation on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas, as well as general advice for Australian expats renewing their visas during COVID-19.

How to Find and Rent your first New York Apartment without a Credit History

Possibly the greatest expat challenge for Australians moving to New York is finding their first home: Until now!

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity who provides assistance to  Australians moving to America.  For Australians moving to New York, finding an apartment or buying a home, without a credit history, can be their greatest challenge.

Recent changes to New York law now prohibits Landlords asking for six or twelve months of rent in advance as a security deposit, in lieu of a good credit score.  As a result, many Australian executives in a strong cash position are no longer able to leverage this strategy when negotiating a lease with a Landlord.

Australian Businesses in New York, and their COVID-19 Response: Blonde + Co

There are dozens of Australian businesses in New York.  COVID-19 has impacted them all, some more than others.

We want our readers to learn about these Australian businesses in New York, their Founders, and the strategies they are employing to weather COVID-19 and prepare for the New Economy.

We spoke with Julie Stahl, Founder and CEO of Blonde + Co via ZOOM to learn more about this Australian Business in New York.

Watch the video below for the full interview.

Community Job Fair v3.0: Adapting to a New Economy!

If you are an Australian in New York, and you are seeking full time employment, we understand the challenges you are currently facing.

As part of our COVID-19 Response Initiative announced in our May Newsletter, we have expanded our Community Job Fair services to assist members quickly get back to work as the New Economy opens up.

Our Community Job Fair has seen another upgrade in 2020: From v2.8 to v3.0. This is part of the twelve point plan first outlined in an article highlighting the challenges facing Australian Job Seekers and the E-3 visa.

The video below explains the Why and How The Australian Community is working to connect highly qualified Australians with Employers and Recruiters through Community Job Fair v3.0.

COVID-19 has posed an entirely new set of headwinds for the E-3 Hopeful. More recently, those on an E-3 visa who have been terminated are facing additional challenges in not only finding work, and securing a new E-3 visa – but even remaining in the U.S.!

Our news article titled E-3 Visas and Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 offers guidance from an Immigration Attorney, and discusses a number of options specific to the E-3 visa holder. However, as the New Economy opens up, those who are on Employers’ and Recruiters’ collective radars will be first hires back into the workforce.

By extending the existing components of our Community Job Fair 2.8 to include a proactive outreach program to Employers and Recruiters, we can raise the visibility of highly qualified Australian candidates.

We anticipate that as the New Economy opens up, USCIS services and U.S. Consulates will follow. Keeping our members up to date with the most recent USCIS information will be an important component of Community Job Fair 3.0

ANZAC Day NYC 2020

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Our ANZAC Day NYC 2020 #ANZACDayNYC ZOOM event will featured live performances by leading Australians in New York.  This ANZAC Day NYC we are bringing together Australians in NYC and across the USA through song, poetry and reading letters from those on the front line at Gallipoli and the Somme. 

Wikipedia defines ANZAC Day as a national day of remembrance that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.[1][2] Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the First World War (1914–1918).

Bringing together The Australian Community at a time when Australians are experiencing isolation, is core to our Mission as a non-profit organization.  Our vision for #ANZACDayNYC 2020 is to use ZOOM to connect Australians on ANZAC Day – and not just in NYC!

Below is a replay of #ANZACDayNYC 2020

Is the “E-3 Hopeful” Australian Job Seeker an Endangered Species?

In 2018, Legislation that would allow citizens of Ireland to take up any unused E-3 visas was unanimously passed by the United States House of Representatives. However, it failed by only one vote in the Senate.  In 2019 the Legislation was reintroduced as H.R. 2877

When this Legislation becomes law, it will be a major blow to any E-3 Hopeful Australian considering a career move to the United States.

Pundits argue that the legislation preserves the annual 10,500 E-3 visas for Australians, therefore there is no downside to Aussies.  However, a deeper analysis of Immigration data reveals that like Neanderthal, the Australian E-3 Hopeful may be facing extinction, displaced by a more sophisticated species who is better adapted to finding work.

Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Joe Bananas

There are literally dozens of Australian businesses who have opened shop in New York.  Some we know well, and others not so well.

We want our readers to learn about these businesses, where they are located, as well as share the personal stories of their owners.

We spoke with owner and designer Evan Sturrock, to learn more about the Joe Bananas’ 943 Madison Avenue location.

A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Nathan Subramaniam

The Australian Community has always recognized the unique challenges faced by Australian living and working in New York, so it has recorded a Podcast series where our members discuss their personal experiences.

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Nathan.

A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Kathleen Simmonds

The Australian community has always recognized the unique challenges faced by our women members, and has recorded a Podcast series discussing some of those challenges. 

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Kathleen.

Kathleen Simmonds is an Actor and Producer, and joins us for a coffee and a conversation in New York.

#KoalaGiving: Spreading the #SlipSlopSlap Message

The latest published CDC data shows that 8,882 new Melanoma cases were reported in NYC and Long Island, of whom, 1,015 died.  In 2019 The Australian Community is working to encourage New Yorkers to get screened for Skin Cancer.

#KoalaGiving is The Australian Community’s charitable initiative where Australians have the opportunity to give back to the broader New York community.  Since its inception, it has help raise thousands of dollars for other charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Bowery Mission and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

For the past four years #KoalaGiving has raised money for MSKCC through Cycle for Survival.  C4S has also served as a platform for The Australian Community to raise awareness of skin cancer.   However, as C4S now focusses on funding rare cancers, and skin cancer is not a rare cancer, in 2019 we are raising money to directly fund our own #SlipSlopSlap campaign.

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month and major Hospitals and clinics including MSKCC, Cornell, Columbia and Presbyterian Hospitals are providing free skin cancer screenings to the public. The more people who know of these free screenings, and the need to get screened, the more lives that potentially can be saved.

According to the CDC, there were a total of 8,882 annual new cases of Melanoma diagnosed in NYC and Long Island, of whom, 1,015 died.

Purchase Tickets for the University of Queensland Rugby Benefit Dinner featuring Mark, Gary and Glen Ella

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the University of Queensland Benefit Dinner,  and they have a special rugby treat…the amazing Ella brothers. Yes, all three…Mark, Gary and Glen will be amongst the featured legends!

During the 80s, the Ellas’ mesmerizing combination of skill and ability was arguably the most exciting thing to ever come to club, state and international rugby.  Mark, Gary and Glen had honed their years of backyard footy in the inner suburbs of Sydney into a magical formula that saw them all represent Australia at both schoolboy and senior Wallaby level.

10 Tips for Australian Job Seekers in New York

The fact is that finding work in one of the most competitive cities on the planet is going to be a challenge for most Australians.

Landing in a US city with a freshly minted J-1 or Green Card is only a ticket to the big league.  If you go into the game without understanding the rules or having a game plan, you will quickly start to accumulate some very unnecessary scar tissue.

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.

Announcing Community Job Fair v2.5

If you are an Australian in New York City and you are seeking full time employment, we may have good news!

After our recent article on the challenges Australian Job Seekers would have faced if H.R. 7164 passed the Senate, a decision has been made to broaden our existing Community Job Fair to include ALL Australians who are seeking work in NYC.

H.R. 7164 was Legislation that would have allowed Irish citizens to access any unused E-3 visas in the following year.  It was unanimously passed by the Lower House, but failed to pass solely on one Senator’s concerns.  The challenge for Australia is that n E-3 Hopefuls is that there would have been will be the flood of new Irish job seekers, especially into NYC, who would be competing for the same ex-pat jobs as Australians, on the same visa.

As the article outlines, the Irish are far better adapted to finding work, and may well displace thousands of Australian job seekers each year.

Due to the limited personnel and financial resources of our non-profit, our current Job Fair (Version 2.0) is only open to members of our organization.  However, by extending some of its components to all Australian job seekers in NYC, we can raise the number of Australians who successfully find work, and thereby mitigate the number of E-3 visas that go unused.

New E-3 visas have peaked in recent years at less than 6,000, leaving 4,500 E-3 available to Irish citizens if the Legislation passes.

In spite of receiving zero financial aid from the Australian Government, our non-profit provides expat services to tens of thousands of Australian citizens here in the U.S.  Our new website has received more than 100,000 visits in the past year alone.  It is only through the support of handful of sponsors and volunteers, and the small amount of funding we raise through memberships, that we can continue our Mission to assist Australians living in the U.S.

As there is no available budget for v3.0, a scaled down Community Job Fair v2.5 will be funded by a percentage of money we raise at our #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards on January 26, 2019, as well as combining employment initiatives with scheduled member professional events.

v2.5 will launch early in the New Year so that all Australians in New York will be given the best opportunity in finding work through support of our non-profit organization.

The first step in the process will be registering with our Employment Database through a new form on our website.  Job seekers will submit basic information including a link to their LinkedIn profile.  Fields will include Industry so that we can quickly connect “Australian Friendly” recruiters and employers with lists of prospective candidates.

In addition to our quarterly Networking events, The Australian Community will be hosting regular employment seminars in Midtown where Subject Matter Experts on finding work will be invited to share end-to-end knowledge from resume writing to the E-3 process itself.  Internal and external recruiters will be invited to these meetings.

Even after finding work, thousands of Australians have had an E-3 visa denied, many, simply due to bad paperwork.

For members of our private Yammer social network, we will also be proactively approaching internal recruiters and corporations who have Australian employees, and allowing them to directly post jobs to our Employment group.  Videos and content from our seminars will also be posted to the Employment Group, for those who may not be able to attend, and to preserve knowledge for new members.

Our private social network works like all public social media.  You can ask questions, post comments, Like, add #hashtags and there is even an instant message feature where you can connect with other members; but all member information and resources are private.

Finding work ultimately depends on your experience, your resume and how quickly you build relationships with recruiters and individuals who will make introductions to employers on your behalf.  Understanding the interview process in the U.S. is also a challenge for many Australians, and we can assist with that as well.

The statistics tell us that there are more than enough Australian job seekers in the U.S. to fill the 10,500 annual E-3 quota, they just need to be better at finding work –  and our Community Job Fair v2.5 is designed to do exactly that.

We can provide great resources and tools for Australians who are looking for work, but these resources only account for a percentage of the effort required to find employment:  It is ultimately up to the individual and her or his motivation to seek work on a daily basis.

As soon as our Community Job Fair v2.5 is launched in early 2019, we will be posting the registration link on our Facebook page, Twitter and our LinkedIn company page.

We are confident that this charitable initiative will assist more Australian pursue their dream of living and working in the U.S.  Expanding this initiative to other major cities in California, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts and Florida is simply a question of funding.

NY and CA lead the states with the most number of E-3 workers, with TX, WA, IL, FL (and MA) also representing significant numbers.

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

About The Australian Community  

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social. professional and charitable initiatives.

All contributions are fully tax deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code. The Australian Community is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.