Moving to the US for Aussies

Introduction

The Australian Community is a non-profit organization.  We provide valuable expat services to tens of thousands of Australians living in New York and other cities in the USA.

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.

Rather than relying on the individual experience of self proclaimed experts (who “repurpose” our content for their Blogs), our book  Moving to the U.S. for Aussies is the culmination of years knowledge captured from the collective experiences of thousands of Australian members of our non-profit organization.

Our Yammer Enterprise Social Network connects you to the largest private knowledgebase in the USA, as well as more than 1,000 other professional Australians.  If you would like more information on The Australian Community, or join our organization to access our member events in New York, click here to learn more.

Breaking the Cycle of Reinventing the Expat Wheel 

Moving to the US for Aussies encompasses the collective expat knowledge of our organization, and is intended to provide valuable knowledge for Australians who are moving to America.

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

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 exactly the same process!

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

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

About Moving to the U.S. for Aussies

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, there is an important distinction between an Australian on a Green Card or an Immigrant Visa such as a 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 further protect its borders, it is especially important for Aussies on non-immigrant visas to have well prepared paperwork, and be able to clearly articulate their intentions of returning home whenever arriving at a U.S. border.

It is also important to note as well that changing your visas 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 to leaving the USA after a visit on an ESTA or B-1,2 visa, to successfully apply 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.

Keeping it Brief

Naturally this document would end up looking like a set of encyclopedias if ALL of the challenges an Australian faces when moving to the U.S. were documented. Understanding the US tax system alone could fill several volumes.

Further, addressing every day to day challenge 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 new 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 Enterprise Social Network leveraging Microsoft Yammer.  This private network is for members only of the Australian Community, and it connects you to 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 two dozen groups 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 v2.8 is open to ALL Australians who are physically present in New York.  It is designed to connect Australians to Recruiters and Employers who are 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 great reference, however you cannot ask it 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, based on the collective experience of our members, and our private social network is there to access the collective knowledge of other Australians living in New York and other U.S. Cities.

Do not believe everything you read on social media. Much of what is out there is 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.

Chapter 1 Surviving the First 30 Days

Chapter 2 The Four W’s of Survival in NYC

Chapter 3 The Hierarchy of (Australian Expat) Needs 

Chapter 4 The Inconvenient Truth

Chapter 5  Decoding Health Insurance

Chapter 6  Local Language 101

Chapter 7 Finding Work in the US

Chapter 8 Why did the Koala cross the Road?

Chapter 9 NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette

Chapter 10 US Tax and Filing Requirements

Chapter 11 Top Expat Mistakes + What NOT to post on Social Media

Chapter 12 The Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York.

Chapter 13 Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum

Chapter 14 What an Expecting Expat should Expect

Chapter 15 Are You Smarter than an Immigration Attorney?

Chapter 16 How to get your New York State Driver License

Chapter 17 Explaining the E-3 Visa to an Employer

Chapter 18 The E-3Dad

Chapter 19 Death and Taxes (Pending)

Chapter 20 New York in the Rear View Mirror (Pending)

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.