Introduction

Moving to America from Australia is a huge decision for Aussies. Rather than relying on the individual experience of self-proclaimed experts, our book Moving to the US for Aussies is the culmination of years of knowledge captured from the collective experiences of thousands of Australian members of our non-profit organization.

Moving to the US for Aussies is designed to assist Aussies moving to America from Australia gain an insight into expat life in the USA.

Firstly, our Private Social Network connects you to the largest private Australian knowledge base in North America. Further, it connects you with more than 1,000 other professional Australians living in the United States. If you would like more information on The Australian Community or join our organization, click here to learn more.

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Breaking the Cycle of Reinventing the Ex-Pat Wheel 

Moving to the US for Aussies encompasses the collective ex-pat knowledge of our organization and is intended to provide valuable knowledge for moving to America from Australia.

Given more Australians are moving to New York from Australia, many chapters cover tips for Australians in New York.  However, chapters on U.S. Tax, Immigration, Employment, Health Insurance, Housing, Driver’s Licenses, and other ex-pat challenges provide important information, no matter where Australians live in the United States.

“Australians culturally tend to dive in the deep end fearlessly, but the U.S. is a vast shark-infested pool, so this book will at least teach you how to swim!”

Long before the inception of our organization in 2011, there was a culture of every Aussie in the U.S. 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 go through the same process!

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New York can be a cold and lonely place. Connecting with other Australians can overcome many social and professional challenges.

Before Moving to America from Australia

Let’s not get off on the wrong foot, so the first order of business is to clarify what we mean by “Moving to the U.S.”.

As we discuss in a later chapter, an important distinction between an Australian on a Green Card or an Immigrant Visa such as an H-1B and those who are on Nonimmigrant and Tourist visas.

Green Card holders are Legal Permanent Residents, and Immigrant visas allow the holder to have what is known as Dual Intent. That is, they can be on a visa AND have an intent to stay in the U.S.

For everyone else, unless you can clearly demonstrate that you have intent to return home, you intend to adhere to the conditions of your visa, or if you have some legal or immigration skeletons in the closet, you may well find yourself on the next flight back to your original destination.

Under an Administration that is hardening existing Immigration Laws and creating policies to protect its borders further, it is essential for Aussies on non-immigrant visas to have well-prepared paperwork and clearly articulate their intentions of returning home arriving at a U.S. border.

It is also important to note that changing your visa status within 90 days of arriving in the U.S. can be interpreted as “misrepresentation.”  This would be applicable if you married a U.S. citizen and applied for a Green Card, i.e., change of status.  This is very different from leaving the USA after a visit on an ESTA or B-1,2 visa, successfully applying for an E-3 visa, and returning on a new E-3 visa within 90 days.

Having stated that, and for the record, with the exceptions of Green Card holders or Aussies on Immigrant visas, “Moving” in the context of this book means having a finite stay in the U.S. on a non-immigrant work visa, all of the time intending to return to Australia.

Moving to America from Australia – Keeping it Brief

Naturally, this document would end up looking like a set of encyclopedias if we documented ALL of the challenges Australians face when moving to America from Australia. Understanding the US tax system alone could fill several volumes.

Further, addressing every day to day challenges such as where to get Broadway tickets or where to find Aussie products or coffee shops could fill four or five chapters alone.  These topics have been well documented in hundreds of blogs and news articles – some of them on this website – so a quick Google will get you your answer in less than a second!

In 2016 we launched our own Private Social Network leveraging Microsoft Yammer.  This private network is for members only of the Australian Community, and it connects you to more than 1,000 other professional Australians, as well as the collective knowledge of all members.

It contains the largest private Australian knowledge base in the U.S., with more than three dozen communities containing the collective wisdom of our members through conversations ranging from Accounting to Visas.  It also contains our Employment Group, which is a unique service we offer to members.

Our Community Job Fair v3.0 is open to ALL Australians who are physically present in New York.  It is designed to connect Australians to Recruiters and Employers looking to fill professional positions eligible for the E-3 visa.  In conjunction with our Employment Group, we offer a unique solution in finding jobs in the USA for Australians.

Our Private Social Network connects Australians in Real Time

Books are a great reference. However, you cannot ask them a question.  Our private Yammer network has Australian Friendly Professionals who offer recruiting, taxation, legal, immigration, and other important business services in areas where you may need assistance now or further down the road.  These professionals have a track record of assisting our members.

Unlike single Facebook and LinkedIn Groups where you (annoyingly) receive updates on every post, Yammer groups are based on Interest, Location, and Industry.  Joining the most relevant groups is easy, and you only receive alerts for the groups you join – which keeps email to a minimum.

Moving to the US for Aussies outlines how to overcome some of the more common challenges of moving to America from Australia. Our private social network gives you access to the collective knowledge of other Australians living in America.

Caution!

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Do not believe everything you read on social media. Much of what is out there in the blogosphere is hearsay. Further, what may have worked for one, may not work for another. If you follow bad advice, you could be denied a visa and or entry into the US.

Be wary of what you post on social media. It is now quite common for Australians to be denied visas, as well as entry into the US, based on posts that indicate Immigrant intent including posts seeking work! 

Our recommendation is always to seek professional advice in any matter that effect your Health, Finances, and Liberty (HFL) and not seek the consensus of social media.

You can follow the links below to read more, and we encourage you to explore the other articles on this website. To receive the full benefits of membership, including access to our private social network, you can Join the Australian Community.

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Currency Exchange: How to save money

Currency Exchange: How to save money

Connect with our “Mates Rates” on FOREX Members of The Australian Community transfer millions of dollars overseas every year for business and personal needs. Therefore, based on this volume, a preferred Australian currency exchange rate on International wire transfers has been…

2021 Creative Challenge Short Film Competition

2021 Creative Challenge Short Film Competition

Connecting Australians in America is core to our Mission. What better way to connect Australians across America than to challenge them to a Short Film Competition? The Australian Community’s Creative Challenge began in 2013. We designed the competition to be…

Are Vaccinations for Australians driving Jobs in the U.S.?

Are Vaccinations for Australians driving Jobs in the U.S.?

There has been an increase in the number of articles floating around the Blogosphere that vaccinations for Australians are creating a wave of new arrivals in America. It is true that easy access to U.S. vaccinations for Australians factors into…

Australians living in America: How many?

Australians living in America: How many?

For a number of years, we have been publishing data on how many Australians are living in America. This report highlights data directly obtained from the United States Government. If you are wondering how many Australians living in America and…

September 11 2021 Australian Flag Raising

September 11 2021 Australian Flag Raising

Saturday, September 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Australian Community will commemorate this occasion with a special flag-raising ceremony at Bowling Green in NYC. The September 11 2021 Australian flag-raising ceremony at Bowling green commemorates the Ten…

Australians in the USA

Australians in the USA

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Our Mission is to connect Australians living in the USA through Professional, Social and Charitable initiatives. Australians in the USA. Based in New York City, we are the preeminant non-profit organization for…

Why Connect with our Private Network?

Why Connect with our Private Network?

The Australian Community Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to connect and share knowledge with other Australians. No matter where they are in America! Why connect with our private network? The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered…

Pro Bono Program for Australian Lawyers

Pro Bono Program for Australian Lawyers

Pro Bono Program for Australian Lawyers Our Pro Bono program for Australian Lawyers is designed to Virtually meet the New York State Court of Appeals 22 NYCRR § 520.16 – The 50 hour Pro Bono Requirement for admission to the…

Expat Tax Services EFPR Group

Expat Tax Services EFPR Group

We would like to welcome EFPR Group as a Silver Sponsor of The Australian Community. Whether you are the CEO of an Australian corporation opening operations in the United States, or working in America on a non-immigrant visa, choosing an…

Applying for an E3 Visa or Visa Renewal?

Applying for an E3 Visa or Visa Renewal?

Having access to professional advice is essential to understanding the many pitfalls in applying for an E-3 visa and International travel during COVID-19. Applying for an E3 visa is not the same as it was in 2019. COVID-19 has had…

Open a US Bank Account and Access Credit!

Open a US Bank Account and Access Credit!

Thousands of Australians on Green Cards and US work visas face the challenge of opening a US Bank account and accessing US credit. The main challenge facing these Australian ex-pats is how to open a US Bank account, let alone…

Disaster Relief Grant Use Reports

Disaster Relief Grant Use Reports

In response to the devastating Australian Bushfires in 2020, The Australian Community raised and sent more than $510,000 to Australian organizations for Disaster Relief in the form of Grants. To keep our donors and supporters informed of the positive impact…

Australian Repatriation During COVID-19

Australian Repatriation During COVID-19

Australian repatriation during COVID is a complex decision. Australians, therefore, need to weigh the decision to travel home to Australia or remain in the United States. Do I Stay or Do I Go? may be the lyrics from a popular…

Repatriating to Australia: The Survey

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…

How Many Australians in America?

How Many Australians in America?

For a number of years, we have been publishing data on Australians living in America. This report highlights data directly obtained from the United States Government. If you wonder how many Australians live in America and how many are just…

Apply for an E-3 Visa in Mexico.

Apply for an E-3 Visa in Mexico.

If you are about to apply for an E-3 visa in Mexico, David Ford shares his experience and offers some advice to other Australians during COVID-19. David Ford has renewed his E-3 visa three times in Sydney. However, with COVID-19…

Moving to America from Australia: The Chapters

How to Survive the first 30 days: Chapters 1&2

How to Survive the first 30 days: Chapters 1&2

Chapter 1:  Moving to America from Australia is a huge decision for any Aussie. We hope that you enjoy reading our first chapter: Surviving the first 30 days. COVID-19 Preface…

The Hierarchy of (Ex-Pat) Needs: Chapter 3

The Hierarchy of (Ex-Pat) Needs: Chapter 3

The Hierarchy of (Australian Expat) Needs There is a saying:  “You do not choose New York – New York chooses you”.  There are numerous examples of Australians who arrive in…

The Inconvenient Truth: Chapter 4

The Inconvenient Truth: Chapter 4

The Inconvenient Truth Australians have a capacity to be direct, and a book written by Australians should be nothing less.  Think of this chapter as your friends dishing out some…

Decoding US Health Insurance: Chapter 5

Decoding US Health Insurance: Chapter 5

Decoding US Health Insurance Several times in this book, we have suggested that priority should be given to overcoming challenges that effect your, Health, Liberty and Finances.  This chapter addresses…

Local Language 101: Chapter 6

Local Language 101: Chapter 6

Local Language 101 In 1887 Oscar Wilde wrote: “We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” This observation is very true for Australians who move to…

Finding Employment: Chapter 7

Finding Employment: Chapter 7

Finding Employment 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…

Why Did the Koala Cross the Road? Chapter 8

Why Did the Koala Cross the Road? Chapter 8

Why did the Koala cross the Road? Transportation around a US city can take many forms.  This chapter will look at some of the different options of public and private…

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette: Chapter 9

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette: Chapter 9

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette New York can be an intimidating city for any tourist.  As with any metropolis, there are certain tips and unwritten etiquette that if not followed,…

Expat Filing Requirements: Chapter 10

Expat Filing Requirements: Chapter 10

Everything you wanted to know about Expat Filing Requirements – but were afraid to ask! Many Australians are still coming to grips with the US Tax Code as well as…

Top 10 Ex-Pat Mistakes: Chapter 11

Top 10 Ex-Pat Mistakes: Chapter 11

Top 10 Expat Mistakes + What NOT to post on Social Media We all make mistakes and most of them you can walk away from with the knowledge of what…

Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York: Chapter 12

Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York: Chapter 12

The Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York. One very famous Australian was quoted as saying “Imagine seven million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must…

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum: Chapter 13

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum: Chapter 13

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum In Chapter 3, we speak of the Expat Continuum.  This is a similar model to the one used by corporations to measure their Capability Maturity.…

What an Expecting Expat should Expect: Chapter 14

What an Expecting Expat should Expect: Chapter 14

What an Expecting Expat should Expect. Starting a family is a big step for any prospective Australian parent.  Starting a family whilst living in the US, is going to add…

Are You Smarter than an Immigration Attorney? Chapter 15

Are You Smarter than an Immigration Attorney? Chapter 15

Are you Smarter than an Immigration Attorney? There is no shortage of people on Social Media who think they are smarter than an Immigration attorney.  They are regular contributors to…

How to get a NY Drivers License: Chapter 16

How to get a NY Drivers License: Chapter 16

How to get your New York State Driver License According to New York State Law, once an Australian expat becomes a New York State resident, they have only 30 days…

Explaining the E-3 Visa: Chapter 17

Explaining the E-3 Visa: Chapter 17

Explaining the E-3 Visa to an Employer. In any given year there are more than 200,000 applications for 65,000 available H-1B visas. For many employers this lengthy and expensive process…

The E-3Dad: Chapter 18

The E-3Dad: Chapter 18

The E-3Dad More and more we are seeing Australians relocating their families to New York and other major U.S. cities, where the wife is the E-3 visa holder. As a…

Death and Taxes: Chapter 19

Death and Taxes: Chapter 19

Death and Taxes They say that there are only two things that are guaranteed in life… It is therefore surprising how few Aussie expats mitigate the later, in case of…

New York in the Rear View Mirror: Chapter 20

New York in the Rear View Mirror: Chapter 20

New York in the Rear View Mirror We have now arrived at the final chapter of our book. It is fitting that the end of our journey would discuss when…

About The Australian Community

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