The Australian Community is a non-profit organization providing valuable expat services to tens of thousands of Australians living in the USA, as well as those who are looking to move to America.
Rather than relying on the individual experience of self proclaimed experts, our book Moving to the U.S. for Aussies is the culmination of years knowledge captured from the collective experiences of the Australian members of our non-profit organization.
This book contains only some of the knowledge our organization has accumulated in our private member network, but it is a good start. If you would like more information on The Australian Community, or join to access our member network in the U.S., click here to learn more.
Breaking the cycle of reinventing the Expat wheel
This book 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 and other expat challenges provide important information no matter where you 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 arrive, on their own to go through exactly the same process!
“Australians culturally tend to fearlessly dive in the deep end, but the U.Ss is a very large shark infested pool, so this book will at least teach you how to swim!”
The first two chapters of this book were released in November 2017, to coincide with our sixth birthday. Other important chapters will be released to the public over time as part of our charitable mission.
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 country to apply for an E-3 visa as you have left the country and are applying to reenter on a new visa.
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.
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, some of whom have returned to Australia.
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.
Our Private Social Network connecting Australians
We have also included an index of Australian Friendly Professionals who offer 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.
Moving to the US for Aussies alerts you to, and outlines how to overcome some of the more common challenges, based on the collective experience of our members.
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 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 13 Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum
Chapter 14 What an Expecting Expat should Expect
Chapter 17 Explaining the E-3 Visa to an Employer
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.