How many Australians are Living in New York? v4.8

For a number of years we have been publishing data on how many Australians are living in New York and the broader U.S.. This report highlights data from the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

Given the past growth in the number of Australians living in New York and other large cities, a persistent question this article attempts to answer: How many Aussies are living in New York and the broader US, and how many are just visiting?

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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

Continue reading “Community Job Fair v3.0: Adapting to a New Economy!”

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.

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#OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala

2020 #OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala

On Saturday, January 25th, 2020, The Australian Community will again be hosting its annual #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards to recognize Australians who have donated their time and talent to assisting our nonprofit organization in its charitable mission.

Guests will be entertained with live performances by award winning Australian talent.  The "Joeys" awards presentation and performances will be livestreamed to a Global audience via our Facebook page @aucommunity.

 

 

It will also be raising money for our Disaster Relief Fund.  100% of the money raised from the charity auction will go to aid for the Australian Bush Fires.

 

 

#OzDayNYC is a re-envisioning of an Australian Black Tie Gala.  It is a modern celebration of Australian philanthropy and performing arts. 

It is an opportunity for our professional community to come together and show Australia that we are sending more than "thoughts and prayers" for Bushfire relief.

Whether you are purchasing a corporate sponsorship or a single ticket, everyone will feel welcome.  The relaxed format of the meal, and a premium open bar, ensures everyone will have every opportunity to socialize and network throughout the evening.

Holding the After Party in the Long Hall Bar on the ground floor means that there is no need to leave the building for those who wish to continue the festivities into the early hours.

CHARITY AUCTION TO SUPPORT THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRES

Our Board of Directors have agreed that 100% of the money raised from our #OzDayNYC 2020 Charity Auction will be earmarked to fund relief for the Australian Bushfires.

The Australian Community is taking a leadership role in raising awareness, and providing aid for victims, firefighters and wildlife organizations.

The Australian Community would like to thank the our Sponsors and Donors for their contributions to support our Disaster Relief Fund.

Click Here to make a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund

HONOREE

Jeremy K. Balkin is a best selling author, and is the Head of Innovation for HSBC Bank USA based in New York.  Jeremy serves on the retail bank management committee and is responsible for the fintech innovation and exponential growth strategy for North America.

Balkin also serves on the board of the Council for Emerging Technology and he is the multi-award winning author of two books, Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good, and Millennialization of Everything: How to Win When Millennials Rule the World.

Jeremy previously served as an adviser to The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister and as an executive at Macquarie Bank.

In 2017, Jeremy K. Balkin was named among the Top 35 Millennial Influencers in USA by the NBT Movement in Washington DC, and received the Advance Global Australian Award from the Prime Minister of Australia.

He has run six marathons and also received the UNSW Alumni Award for Achievement and been designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

Jeremy is being honored not only for his achievements in Business, but also for his advocacy for our non-profit organization, and his support of our expat initiatives.

2020 "JOEY" RECIPIENTS

 

The Australian Community will be recognizing Georgia Kate Haege, Elise McCann, Hilary Cole, Tamara Hansson, Sean Wayland and Ben McHugh for their talent, and charitable contributions to our organization.

 

VENUE

The Loft at Pier A will be the venue for #OzDayNYC 2020

PIER A
22 Battery Place,
New York, NY 10004

7:30PM - Red Carpet Reception
8:30PM - Awards Ceremony
12:00AM to 3:00AM - After Party
Dress - Black Tie

Members and Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.

The Loft at Pier A features a Stage and Dance Floor. All tickets include reserved table seating, dinner and a premium open bar.

For those who were looking to attend the After Party, the Long Hall Bar is open to 3:00AM!

MENU

The evening will commence with a Cocktail Hour with a selection of meat and vegetarian Cold Canapés and Passed Hors d'oeuvres.

The Buffet Dinner will include vegetarian Salad and Pasta Stations, along with a Beef Carving Station featuring New York Strip.  Beef, Shrimp and Chickpea Sliders will also be served.

The Desert Table will include Freshly Baked Cookies, Brownies and Chef's Selection of Miniature Desserts, Freshly Sliced Fruit and Berries, along with Fresh Brewed Coffee and assorted Teas.

The ticket price includes a Premium Open Bar.

CHARITY AUCTION

Leading Australian businesses will be donating prizes to our Charity Auction.

If you cannot attend, and you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support our organization, please click here.

100% of money raised will go directly to assisting our charitable programs in 2020.

MUSIC

Special live performances by our "Joey" recipients.

The DJ will be playing music throughout the evening, with dancing after the award ceremony.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS USING THE FORM BELOW

Individual Table Tickets: $250 each.

Honoree Table: $1,000 per ticket (Only 6 tickets available).

Gold Sponsor 10 Table:  $3,500 each.

Platinum Sponsor 10 Table:  $5,000 each.

Please forward all questions to admin@aucommunity.org

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Become a Platinum or Gold Sponsor of the #OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala and enjoy the following benefits:

Company logo and link on the #OzDayNYC event page.

Company logo on the #OzDayNYC event program.

Company logo displayed at the event.

Recognition during the formal proceedings.

Recognition in our social media channels, pre and post event.

 

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.

The Australian Community is qualified to receive tax deductible donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS Code.

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

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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.

The Challenge:

Finding the perfect New York apartment in your price range is a dream for many Australians moving to New York. However, unless you can meet the Landlord's strict financial and credit score prerequisites, your lease application will be rejected.

To add insult to injury, each rejected lease application comes with a hard credit enquiry against your Social Security Number.  Too many credit enquiries will negatively effect your overall credit score.

Often Australian executives are left with no other choice than a sublet, sometimes without the Landlord's knowledge, finding a friend to act as a Guarantor, or an expensive short term rental.

Moreover, many Real Estate Brokers do not want to work with newly arrived expats due to the additional overhead, and perceived risk that they many not qualify for a lease.

The Solution:

The Australian Community, working with a team of New York Real Estate professionals, Lease Guarantee companies and HSBC's expat banking solutions can offer a three part solution: 

  1. Finding an apartment,
  2. Securing a lease, and
  3. Quickly building a credit history for your lease renewal.

Building good credit in the twelve months before your lease renews eliminates the need for a second lease guarantee policy.  It is also essential before leasing your second apartment, or buying your first U.S. home. 

Lease Guarantor companies eliminate the need of finding a suitable co-signer as they act as the Guarantor.  The cost of the policy is dependent on an individual's financial circumstances; i.e. income, cash on hand, assets etc.. The cost of a 12 month policy can vary between c.80% and c.120% of the monthly rent.

Approval is generally within an hour or so.  The Guaranty is normally issued to the Landlord within a day.

Before your first lease is up for renewal in 12 months, you can use this period to build your credit score and meet the Landlord's credit requirement.  It is also possible to take a second lease guarantee if required.

If you are looking to purchase a property in the U.S. immediately after you arrive, and you do not have a credit history, HSBC's expat mortgage services are geared to assisting Australian expats get a home loan.

Ultimately we can connect you to the right professionals to assist your due diligence process in finding your first home in New York, whether it is a rental or a purchase.

Before you Arrive:

Assisting our members overcome the challenges for Australians living in the USA is core to our Mission.  This has, and always will be a priority for our non-profit organization

Step 1: Open a Bank Account.

Through HSBC, Australians arriving in the U.S. can immediately open Bank accounts.  Equally important, they can access credit cards without a credit score, or social security number.

You can use the form below to be contacted by a HSBC Senior Relationship Manager.

Step 2: Sign Up for a Preferred Rate on FOREX.

Most Australians after opening a bank account, will transfer some amount of money from Australia.  Paying a bank upwards of 3.5% commission can equate to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

Our members transfer millions of dollars each year and based on that rate we have negotiated a preferred rate with OFX. The Australian Community's preferred rate outperforms Australian Banks and the leading online FOREX service.

Click here to access the Australian Community's Preferred FOREX Rate.

Step 3: Connect with a Real Estate Professional

Under this member offering, you can be connected with a Real Estate Professional who will begin your search for an apartment, and in some circumstances, you may also be pre-approved for a lease before you arrive in New York!

This solution is only possible through our Australian professional network, and the trust we have built as an organization working with Global financial institutions since our inception in 2011.

Please complete the form below to be contacted by an "Australian Friendly" Real Estate Professional in New York who is familiar with this initiative and the expat needs of Australians.

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Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 result, The Australian Community has observed a growing demographic:The E-3Dad.

Many E-3D visa holders are Dads who suddenly find themselves as the primary caregiver to young children and infants. Whether it is a temporary, part-time or more permanent arrangement, the E-3Dad faces a unique set of challenges.

The challenges for the E-3Dad such as finding time for the job hunt are less if the children are in school. However, for those with children under four years of age, there are some short to medium term challenges that need to be understood.

The Economic Reality:

What seems to be the catalyst in this equation, are the career opportunities for female Australian executives. The lure of $US six figure salaries (boosted by a weak $AU) is often the incentive for Australian families to make the decision to uproot the family and transplant to a major U.S. city.

What comes as a shock to many Australian families, in New York especially, is the cost of child care. A Nanny can cost on average US$20 to US$25 per hour, and a Nanny (or Manny) working 8:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday to Friday is upwards of $1,200 per week.

Additional considerations include, ensuring the legal work status of the Nanny, liability Insurance, tax withholding and other paperwork that needs to be in place before you effectively hand over your child to a stranger. Day Care centers simplify much of the paperwork, but can cost upwards of $10,000 to $20,000 per child for just the school year!

Therefore the decision is often made that Dad has to at least initially for economic reasons, become the primary care giver. Even if employment is found, it still may be economically prohibitive if Dad’s after tax wages are about the same as the cost of child care.

Notwithstanding the economic considerations, it is currently taking up to six months wait time for the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to be processed. Therefore, the E-3Dad is going to find a considerable amount of time at home looking after the kids while Mum is working.

Isolation is Real:

It will become obvious to any Australian parent that organizing a Play Date often has little to do with children, especially new mothers. The Play Date is often an opportunity for mothers to get together socially with someone who understands the challenges of being a mother. Unfortunately E-3Dads do not possess the credentials to gain admission to this club.

Albeit Australians have a reputation for being friendly, approaching a female in a public place and staring up a friendly conversation is often misinterpreted – even if both your children are playing together just a few feet away. The E-3Dad will often find himself on the outside at the local playground for no other reason than being male.

The rookie mistake is thinking that you have a better shot striking up a conversation with a third party: The Nanny.  Often you will see groups of these caregivers at public playgrounds, but don’t think that you can just walk up and start a conversation.  The Nanny Club is more exclusive than you think, and they literally circle the wagons (strollers), to keep others at bay.

Even if you were able to be accepted by your local playground mothers after weeks of showing up and being a perfect parent, do not expect a Play Date invitation.

For members of our private Yammer Network, you can always find a sympathetic Australian parent in our Family Friendly group. You may not immediately find an invitation for a champagne Play Date, but you are guaranteed to connect with others who understand your situation.

Be Prepared to be Judged:

Aside from the risk being viewed as a philanderer should you attempt a casual conversation with another parent who just happens to be female, be prepared to have your parenting skills under constant scrutiny.

Unless your child is impeccably dressed, face free of any organic material, and your child has perfected his or her social skills as soon as they can walk, be prepared to be judged. In a society that prides itself on tolerance and equality, the simple reality is that men are not considered equal when it comes to parenting.

The prejudging is not limited to males’ parenting skills, the assumption is often that if you are male, you do not need assistance. If you find yourself on a subway holding a screaming child, there is little chance of a passenger offering a seat to a woman, let alone a man. Similarly, if you are staring at a set of stairs on the subway, do not expect that someone is going to offer help with your stroller.

For any parent living in New York who has experienced the luxury of an Australian shopping center change room, be prepared to be disappointed. Finding a fold down table in the Ladies bathroom can be hit and miss at best, and you can forget finding a change table in the men’s room.

Dads, you are going to need a strategy to gain access to the Ladies bathroom, or at least be proficient at changing a daiper in a stroller if you are goint to venture any distance outside of your apartment.

Texting while strolling is going to have you judged in a New York minute – and is dangerous. There is always a rabid Citi Bike rider running late for an appointment, or a skate board rider doing a Crazy Ivan directly in front of you that will test your reflexes, so be constantly aware of your surroundings.

A Safe Zone for Socialization

The news is not all bad for the Dads who are looing to socialize their children. The Manhattan Youth centers have great programs and facilities, such as art rooms and heated pools, where Dads are equally welcome. You can even start up a conversation with other parents without feeling you are being judged.

There are daily and monthly memberships so story time, swimming lessons, cooking and dance can be integrated into your daily routine. Search the internet for locations or similar centers in your area, it will be well worth the investment.

Remain Disciplined when Looking for Work:

They say that finding work can be a full time job in itself. Adding baby to the mix and your organizational skill are going to be tested. Children are not the only ones who need to be on a strict routine. It is often a cliché, but caring for a baby may be the most challenging role of your life. Not only do you have to help get your spouse out the door, but once junior wakes, your day is completely absorbed until nap time.

Hopefully nap time runs somewhere between 11:00am and 1:00pm, because this short window must be spent on the job hunt. Having a check list is essential. Time needs to be spent sending off resumes, following up with recruiters and making coffee appointments with sponsors who can assist with introductions to key company personnel.

Being outside on a walk can be a productive time for follow up calls. Armed with the latest earbud technology, you can be an effective multitasker, speaking on a phone “while walking to your next appointment”. That meeting may be at the local playground, but the sounds of New York in the background are not going to raise suspicion, even the sounds of a baby!

Many executives go online or log into their LinkedIn accounts after dinner. So, after children are asleep, or your spouse has taken over parenting duties, rather than relax, spend the hours between 7:30pm and 9:30pm being productive with follow up emails and messaging.

Keep Healthy

In your new role as an E-3Dad, you can be so focussed on looking after the health of others and finding work, that you can forget your own health. Food, Exercise and Sleep are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Strolling baby twenty blocks to your favorite fast food restaurant may be a compromise, but sleep deparavation is going to be a roadblock in the interview process. Be sure to get as much sleep as possible.

Also focus on the health of your relationship. Finding the time to let you spouse know that they are loved is going to relieve many of the pressures of living in a large U.S. city, especially for a family in New York.

So the next time you are strolling past your local Bodega selling a dozen roses for $10, make the investment. It will surely pay dividends in what can be an uncertain market for the E-3Dad.

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.

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.

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

November Celebration @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

Join Members of The Australian Community at HSBC's Fifth Avenue offices for our November Celebration and Networking Event!

On Thursday November 14, our friends at HSBC are generously hosting our eighth anniversary with a networking event at their corporate offices at 452 Fifth Avenue - Entrance on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Please join us as we celebrate eight years assisting tens of thousands of Australians transition to the United States. It will be a great opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York.

Alcohol will be served, so you must be 21 years or older to attend.

Members and their guests must RSVP so that they are pre-registered with building security.

 

The HSBC office location is on Fifth Avenue at 40th Street.

 

This event has oversubscribed!  If you are a member and you wish to be added to the stand by list, please email admin@aucommunity.org. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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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. Continue reading “Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Joe Bananas”

AFL Grand Final in New York 2019

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The 2019 AFL Grand Final is just around the corner, and The Australian Community is hosting its AFL Grand Final party in New York at Beckett's Bar and Grill.

The AFL Grand Final has the Richmond Tigers lining up against the Greater Western Sydney Giants, so it will be Melbourne vs Sydney in New York!

Many of our members who live Downtown NYC, or those members who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the AFL Grand Final will be pleased to learn that Beckett's will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 27th from 11:00 PM.

Beckett’s is one of the best sports bars in NYC with two giant projection screens and wall to wall big screen TVs making it an ideal venue to watch the footy in comfort.

We will be raffling our world famous $100 meat tray coupon and other giveaways at half time to keep the evening humming along, and add to the excitement.

If you would like to support our raffle, tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

Proceeds of raffle go to support our #KoalaGiving charitable initiative.

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August “Hudson Adjacent” Event at Pier A

Join The Australian Community for our annual Hudson Adjacent gathering at Pier A, 22 Battery Place NYC.

Cruises on the Hudson can be a lot of fun, but for those members who work late or have to leave early, they can be a challenge!

The success of August on the Hudson social gatherings at Pier A, is in part due that you can have a great Hudson adjacent experience, but you can come and go anytime - and the only thing rocking is the DJ!

Pier A's history, architecture and location makes it an ideal venue for our members to enjoy the August weather, and be right on the water.

If you are looking for an actual cruise on the Hudson, the free Staten Island Ferry is only a hundred meters away!

The Long Hall Bar at Pier A

Pier A is massive, so The Australian Community has reserved a section of the Long Hall Bar for our members to easily find us.

Cash Bar - No Cover.

 

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NYC FC vs Seattle Sounders FC @ Yankee Stadium

Join Members of The Australian Community at Yankee Stadium to watch NYC Football Club take on the Seattle Sounders.

Whether you are a super fan of Soccer, or just looking to check off Yankee Stadium on your NYC bucket list, this promises to be a great evening of sports and making new Australian connections.

The Seattle Sounders have an Aussie Socceroo on the roster, Brad Smith, so there is an additional reason to attend.

 

 

Our friends at NYCFC have put together a special package with reserved Bleacher seating in Section 204 for our members, on Wednesday July 3rd - so you do not have to worry about work the next day as it is a public holiday!

Tickets are just $30 and include a $10 gift card for purchasing food and drinks at the concessions!

 

 

The game starts at 7:00PM so the plan is to meet at the clock in Grand Central Station at 5:30PM and take the 4 Train to 161st Street - Yankee Stadium.  This way if you have never taken the Subway to (and from) the Bronx, or you prefer to travel as a group, no Aussie will be left behind!

This event will be an excellent evening of sports and making new friends.

An aerial view of the seating at Yankee Stadium, and the layout of the pitch.  The seats are in Section 204.

Click Here to purchase Tickets for the game and receive a $10 Gift Voucher for the concessions!

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June Networking Event @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

Join Members of The Australian Community at HSBC's Fifth Avenue offices for our June Networking Event!

Our friends at HSBC are generously hosting our June Networking Event at their corporate offices at 452 Fifth Avenue - Entrance on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Although we have space for 100 Members and their guests, we expect this event to oversubscribe, so RSVP now to avoid disappointment.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York at a marquis Midtown location.

Alcohol will be served, so you must be 21 years or older to attend.

Members and their guests must RSVP so that they are pre-registered with building security.

 

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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.

Continue reading “A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Nathan Subramaniam”

SunSafe Lawn Bowls @ Bowling Green NYC

Join us for our Historic #SlipSlopSlap Lawn Bowls Competition at Bowling Green in Downtown NYC.

This summer The Australian Community is raising awareness of Melanoma, and a Sun Safe game of Lawn Bowls at the most historic public park in the U.S. is the perfect location to demonstrate Sun Safe outdoor activities.

For the past five years, The Australian Community has been raising awareness of Melanoma amongst New Yorkers through its #SlipSlopSlap campaign.

Although Bowling Green was the center of Lawn Bowls in NYC under the British, ever since George Washington marched down Broadway in 1783 and lowered the Union Jack, its been challenging to get teams together for a few friendly Ends!

The good news is that we have assembled a group of Sun Safe Australians to compete in the Inaugural #SlipSlopSlap Lawn Bowls competition to be held on June 8, 2019 at Bowling Green!

 

 

Hydration is important so Bundaberg has donated a few cases of their famous Ginger Beer for players and spectators to enjoy!

If you are free on the afternoon of Saturday June 8 and would like to be part of history, the first End is at Noon.

#SlipSlopSlap #KoalaGiving

More than 1,000 New Yorkers in NYC and Long Island die of Melanoma each year.

 

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.

To read how The Australian Community is raising money to raise awareness of Melanoma and the need to #SlipSlopSlap, you can click here to read the article.

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May TAC Talk @ The Microsoft Store

Join The Australian Community on Wednesday May 29, 2019 for the first in a series of breakfast "TAC Talks" at Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Ave Store!

Members are invited to attend this highly interactive series where Thought Leaders within The Australian Community (TAC) will discuss the challenges for expats transitioning to the U.S., and New York specifically.

Our guest speaker on May 29 will be Jennifer Ryan who will be sharing her personal experience as a U.S. Human Resources executive, and her work as a Life Coach.

For those members who have joined our Community Job Fair, or you have "Private Fifth Avenue shopping experience" on your New York bucket list, this is a must attend event.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York.

Please use the highlighted entrance when you arrive at the Store.

The Microsoft Store is located on Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street.  The entry for the event is through the door located to the left of the main entrance - see image.

Members and guests will have the opportunity to experience first hand, the latest Microsoft products, including HoloLens Mixed Reality technology as well as a tour of Xbox Studios and 3-D theatre.

The TAC Talk series will be recorded and made available to present and future members of our private Yammer Network. We have reserved a private conference room where coffee and pastries will be served.

 

This Event has reached capacity.  We look forward to welcoming all of our attending Members and Guests at the Microsoft Store.

 

 

 

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Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 fails to produce a work visa. As most employers’ experience when hiring non U.S. citizens is the H-1B visa, explaining why the E-3 visa is vastly different is best explained by an Immigration professional.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 17”

#ANZACDayNYC “Bonds of Mateship” Drinks

"It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the Bonds of Mateship and the demands of necessity."  Hon. P.J. Keating.

As Australian citizens living in the U.S., we are yet compelled by the same "Bonds of Mateship" to honor the ANZAC legend by remember fallen Australians in a tradition that has continued for more than a century.

On Thursday April 25th from 6:30PM The Australian Community is inviting its members and their guests to attend informal drinks at Beckett's Bar & Grill located in the Historic Stone Street District of NYC to continue this tradition.

For those who may have missed it, below is a video of the 2018 Dawn Service in NYC.

There will be a cash bar and food will be available for order for those who also wish to eat.

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Newsletter

Our expat banking and credit services with HSBC has been extended to include Home Loans.

In addition to Banking and Credit Card services, under this new program our members can finance up to 75% for a primary home, up to 70% on a second home, condo, co-op, one family etc. or finance up to 60% on an investment property – without a Social Security Number or two years of US tax returns to qualify!

This may come as good news to many Australians who have been on the fence about selling their Australian homes and purchasing US properties prior to the proposed changes to Australian Capital Gains Tax for non-residents effective June 30, 2019.

New and existing members anywhere in the US can qualify for credit and Home Loans under this HSBC program. To read more, or have a HSBC credit specialist reach out, details are on our website.

Read the latest data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian non-immigrant visas including E-3 approvals – and denials.

For a number of years we have been publishing data on Australian visas from the Department of Homeland Security. The information is released at different times of the year, and some remarkable data has recently come to light.  Read More:

Access a better deal on FOREX through The Australian Community’s Preferred FOREX Rate.


For those members who transfer money internationally, you may not be aware of our preferred rate negotiated with OFX (OzForex). Under this referred rate, which is better than the best rate offered by TransferWise, members can transfer 36 major currencies internationally, and there is also an App.

Whether you transfer $500 or $50,000, you always get the Preferred Rate.

Many members around the US who have had to begin repaying their student loans can now access this rate to transfer payments to Australia. There is no fee to sign up, and you can immediately compare your existing FOREX service with our preferred rate to see how much you can save.  Click here to learn more and sign up is free.

ANZAC Day “Bonds of Mateship” Drinks on April 25 at Beckett’s NYC from 6:30PM to 10:00PM

ANZAC Day is just around the corner and for those who wish to attend the Dawn Service hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Consulate-Generals, you can find the information here.

The Australian Community will also be hosting an informal gathering at Beckett’s in the Historic Stone Street District from 6:30PM on ANZAC Day. Bringing together Australians in the “Bonds of Mateship” is core to our organization, and a great way to celebrate the ANZAC spirit in the US.

There will be a cash bar, food will be available to order and there is no cover.

Please reach out if our organization can assist you with any of your social, professional and charitable goals here in the US.

Where in the World are Australians (re)Applying for an E-3 Visa?

For a number of years we have been publishing data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian visas approvals including the E-3 visa.  This article answers a persistent questions on social media:  “Has anyone recently applied for an E-3 at [INSERT CONSULTE NAME]?”.

Digging into the data we have found a report with the latest data (February 2019) showing the number and types of E-3 visas broken down by US Consulates from around the World. Continue reading “Where in the World are Australians (re)Applying for an E-3 Visa?”

Spring Gathering

Members and guests are invited to attend this special evening co-hosted by New York Life on the 29th Floor of the Equitable Building located at 120 Broadway, NYC. 

It's time to start enjoying the warmer weather and this event will be a great opportunity to mix and network with other professional Australians.

 

Beer, wine and soda will be served on the evening.  You must be 21 or older to attend.

A buffet of cheese, fruit and vegetarian snacks with also be provided.

Complimentary admission for Members and their guests.

Non-member admission is a suggested $20 donation per person.

 


Unfortunately, we have reached capacity for this Event.  We hope to see you at our Bonds of Mateship drinks, on April 25th. 

Thank you.

 

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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.
Continue reading “A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Kathleen Simmonds”

#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2019

 

On Saturday, January 26th 2019, The Australian Community hosted its annual #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards to recognize Australians who have donated their time and talent to assisting The Australian Community in its charitable mission.

#OzDayNYC is a re-envisioning of Australia Day:  It is a modern celebration of Australian philanthropy and culture in New York.

 

RECIPIENTS

 

The Australian Community recognized Amelia Cormack, Nick Atkinson, Lynda Kinkade, Rupert Boyd, Georgia Kate Haege and Kurt Sneddon for their charitable contributions to our organization.

 

HONOREE

Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is a top-rated Immigration attorney who practices law in New York City.  Zjantelle not only assists her clients on Business and Immigration issues, but has been an avid supporter of The Australian Community from our inception in 2011.

Zjantelle was honored not only for her commitment to assisting Australians live and work in the U.S., but also for her Pro Bono commitments to our non-profit organization.

You can click here to learn more about the video series Zjantelle recorded on common expat immigration questions.

 

2019 GALLERY

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#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.

Continue reading “#KoalaGiving: Spreading the #SlipSlopSlap Message”

November Anniversary Mixer

November 2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the founding of The Australian Community, and all of our members are invited to the celebration!

Members and guests are invited to attend this special evening at One Art Space located at 23 Warren Street, where they will also have the opportunity to mix and network with other professional Australians.

   

Beer, wine and alcohol will be served on the evening, so you must be 21 or older to attend.

A buffet of cheese and vegetarian snacks with also be provided.

Complimentary admission for Members and one guest.

Non-member admission is a suggested $20 donation per person. Please use the link below after you RSVP.

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Aussie Cafés in NY – and where to find them: Village Coffee and Goods

Visitors to this site will know that since 2017 we have featured a number of Australian cafés in our posts. Most are located in the City, but one Aussie Café is located in Upstate New York.

Considering this is the time of year when New Yorkers are preparing to head north on 87 to visit a tree farm or embark on a ski trip, we spoke with Anthea and Mark who opened Village Coffee and Goods in Kingston, NY.

Anthea White and Mark Palmer are accomplished musicians from Sydney, Australia, who have moved to Kingston by way of Brooklyn.

Continue reading “Aussie Cafés in NY – and where to find them: Village Coffee and Goods”

Find out how much you could be saving through The Australian Community’s Preferred FOREX Rate.

"If there is a better rate on exchanging AUD to USD or USD to AUD, we have not seen it!"

Members of The Australian Community transfer millions of dollars every year for business and personal needs.  Based on this volume, a preferred rate on International wire transfers has been negotiated with OFX, including AUD to USD and USD to AUD.

Foreign Exchange (FOREX) is confusing.  There is the Interbank or Market Rate and then there is the rate that your FOREX service offers you when you exchange money.

The bottom line is - the less money you receive, the more the Banks and FOREX services are charging you in fees and hidden in the exchange rate.

There is a lot of noise about which company has the best rate so we have been comparing The Australian Community's preferred rate on AUD to USD and USD to AUD through OFX, with TransferWise, a company that many Australians currently use - and falsely believe are getting the best rate.

For more than a year, we have been comparing the final amounts that each service was offering when transferring AUD to USD and USD to AUD, and each time The Australian Community's preferred rate was better!

Find out how much money you could be saving!

Click here to register and access The Australian Community's Preferred Rate with OFX.  Your registration will automatically associate with the Preferred Rate.

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 to obtain a New York State driver license, as their Australian license is no longer valid.

At this point there are those reading this chapter who will be arguing “How will the Police know?” or “I can still rent a car with my Aussie license so why bother?” Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 16”

Watch the AFL Grand Final in New York

If you are wondering where to watch the AFL Grand Final in New York, The Australian Community will be hosting its AFL Grand Final Gathering at Beckett's NYC.

Click Here for details of the 2019 AFL Final!

After both teams had impressive wins in their semis, we are all set for a Collingwood vs West Coast Grand Final in New York at Beckett's in the Historic Stone Street District on New York.

Many of our members who live Downtown, or those who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the Footy will be pleased to learn that Beckett's will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 28th from 11:00 PM.

Beckett’s is one of the best sports bars in NYC with two giant projection screens and wall to wall big screen TVs making it an ideal venue to watch the footy in comfort.

 

We will be preparing for the 12:30 AM kickoff with an all Australian playlist commencing at 11:00 PM.

We will be raffling our world famous $100 meat tray coupon and other prizes at half time to keep the evening humming along, and add to the excitement.

Due to the ground floor capacity of Beckett's, there is a limit of 100 members and guests for this event.  

Admission is support our raffle.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  

RSVPs have closed, but there will be a small number of tickets available at the door.

Proceeds of raffle go to support our #KoalaGiving charitable initiative.

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible under the IRS Code.

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10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network

The challenges that face Australians living in New York and the broader U.S., are constantly evolving.  The Australian Community Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australians no matter where they are living in America!

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity whose mission is to connect Australians through social, professional and charitable initiatives.  Since its inception in 2011, we have assisted tens of thousands of Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York and other states across America. Continue reading “10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network”

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 Facebook groups, and are quick to offer legal advice on visa applications, and other Immigration issues.  Unfortunately, not all of this advice is current, and in some instances, completely incorrect.

Our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network was created to give our membership access to ethical, professional advice, content and connections.  It has become an important resource for overcoming many of the challenges facing Australian expats living and working in the US. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 15”

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 an additional layer of complexity – emotionally, legally and financially.

Before we drill down on this article, the topics covered clearly do not cover every scenario when it comes to starting a family in the US.  There are a plethora of needs and wants when it comes to having a child.  This article covers some of the basics, and is intended to frame some of the challenges you will face, as well as the conversations you need to discuss with your spouse and close family. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 14”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 13

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum

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

The Expat Continuum has five stages:

  1. Basic
  2. Reactive
  3. Planned
  4. Aligned
  5. Integrated

A question was recently asked in a Facebook group that highlights the difference between an expat operating at Level 2 (Reactive) and another expat operating at  Level 3 (Planned). Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 13”

June @ The Microsoft Store

Join The Australian Community for a Breakfast Mentoring  and Networking Event, plus a Private Tour of Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Ave Store!

Members are invited to attend this highly interactive Networking event where members can listen to Thought Leaders as well as mix and meet other professional Australians.  Members will also be invited to a private tour of Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Avenue Store.

Please use the highlighted entrance when you arrive at the Store.

For those members who find breakfast events more convenient to attend, or you have "Private Fifth Avenue shopping experience" on your New York bucket list, this is a must attend event.

The Microsoft Store is located on Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street.  The entry for the event is through the door located to the left of the main entrance - see image.

We have reserved a private conference room where coffee and pastries will be served.

Members and guests will also have the opportunity to experience first hand, the latest Microsoft products, including HoloLens Mixed Reality technology as well as a tour of Xbox Studios and 3-D theatre.

 

Eddie Geller, Founder and CEO of Tinybeans will be sharing his thought leadership on how to build a successful US based, Global company.

Tinybeans is an app and web-based platform that provides parents with one safe space to capture and share their children’s life stories with family. Tinybeans offers an experience without the distractions or privacy concerns that arise when sharing a child’s memories.

Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012, Tinybeans serves a deeply engaged user base of over 2.4 Million users in over 200 countries/territories and keeps over 125 million precious memories safe.

 

 

 

Date:  Thursday June 21, 2018

Time:  7:45AM to 9:00AM

Location:  Microsoft Store Fifth Avenue.

Cost:  Complimentary for Members and a Guest. 

Non-members tickets are $45. 

 

Thank you to all our members and guests who attended this event!

 

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Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 be the friendliest place on earth.”

Pre-conceptions notwithstanding, Australians who move to New York are constantly reminded of the multi faceted differences that separates Australia, and the city that never sleeps.   Here are just five of those difference Australians quickly notice.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 12”

Spring Gathering at Taproom #307 in Gramercy

Join The Australian Community for our May 16th Social Gathering at Taproom #307.

It has been a few years since we last held a social gathering at Taproom 307,  but it was one of our most popular.  The location at 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Gramercy, which makes it geographically desirable for many members – including those in Brooklyn.

Taproom is known for its wide selection of beers on tap and great pub food.

You can RSVP using the link below.  Cash Bar, No Cover.

Our monthly gatherings are an excellent opportunity to meet other professional Australians in NYC, share knowledge and make new friends.

We hope to see you there!

How to open a Bank Account and Access U.S. Credit – Even before you arrive in the U.S.!

It is a known fact that thousands of Australians obtain Green Cards and U.S. work visas every year.  Most have a credit card, and some have mortgages on their Australian property.

However, one of the main challenges facing these Australian expats every year is how to open a Bank account, let alone access U.S. credit without a U.S. Credit Score.

Solution: Members of The Australian Community can access HSBC's expat banking solutions for opening bank accounts, credit cards and event expat home loans!

Bank Accounts and Credit Cards:

Some credit card companies will issue Australians with a U.S. credit card, to assist them build a credit score.  However, credit cards are only half of the banking equation: You also need a U.S. bank account for money transfers and day to day banking needs.

The Australian Community recognized this challenge and in 2012 introduced a program where Australians arriving in the U.S. can open bank accounts and obtain a U.S. credit card through HSBC's Premier and Advance expat platforms, even if they were not existing customers and without a Social Security Number.

For members in Australia who are on the way, they can open a local account with HSBC and then receive a U.S. credit card to use, and build a credit history, before they arrive in the United States.

This is a unique program to access a U.S. credit card and start building a U.S. credit score.

Home Mortgages:

Under this program our members can also access US Home Loans even if they do not have the 2 year work or credit history or a Social Security Number!.

  • HSBC may finance up to 75% for a primary home, cash out up to 70%
  • HSBC may finance up to 70%, as a second home, condo, co-op, one family etc, cash out up to 65%
  • HSBC may finance up to 60% on an investment property

For those members who have not yet left Australia, you can obtain a US credit card before you arrive in the US and thereby build a US credit score through your daily purchases in Australia!

These programs are being managed by our HSBC Relationship Managers in New York.  You can use the form below to have a Senior Relationship Manager or Mortgage Consultant contact you with all of the details.

Assisting our members overcome the challenges of living in the US is core our Mission.  Providing a way for our members to not only access credit in the US, but to build a US credit score whilst still in Australia makes perfect sense, and is an added value to joining our organization.

Building a credit score while still in Oz is a convenient credit offering from HSBC. Also if you are looking to purchase a property in the U.S. and you do not have a credit history, HSBC is geared to help expats get a mortgage.

At the end of the day it is personal choice and which bank offers you the best service, interest rate etc. is best decided by doing your own due diligence.

Foreign Exchange (FOREX):

If you are transferring money between Australia and the U.S. (or any of more than 30 countries), check out the preferred rate that The Australian Community has negotiated with OFX (formerly OzForex).  Click here to see how much money you could be saving over your existing Bank or online FOREX service.

Please complete the form below to be contacted by a HSBC representative to discuss your credit needs. 

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 not to do next time.  However, there are some Expat mistakes that you simply cannot just chalk up to experience.

The saying “She’ll be right Mate” may be endearing in Australia, but here in the US, ignorance is not an excuse.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 11”

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 Expat filing requirements.  You may feel confident in filing your first E-3 visa, but first time tax filers should seek an “Australian Friendly” US accountant to make sure you have all of your bases covered.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 10”

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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, can leave even the most seasoned traveler suffering the ire of a New Yorker, or worse, victim of a scam.

Illustrator and New Yorker a Nathan Pyle has released a book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that could be very helpful to Aussies arriving in New York.  Below are just a few of the animated gifs contained in the e-book and available  on Amazon and iTunes.

Definitely worth the investment!

survive nyc cover-1

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 9”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

What advice would you give to Aussies contemplating the move to NYC?

Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

How did NYC change you professionally? Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 1)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and the transition back to Australia.

What is it like transitioning back to Oz?

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Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen

There are 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 Peter Godhard, the Founder of Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen – an Aussie café located at 428 Hudson Street in New York City. Continue reading “Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7

Finding Work

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 EAD 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.

Members of the Australian Community have access to resources inside our Private Social Network to assist in the job hunt.  They include our Employment and Mentoring Groups where they can make professional connections, access job resources and learn from the experience of other Australians.

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Moving to the US for Aussies: 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 the US.

Firstly, Americans have a very different Language of Friendship which can be puzzling to an Australian.  For example when two American women first meet they may positively remark on the other’s clothing, shoes or a pocket book (hand bag) to start a conversation.

“I have that exact same Birkin.  Did you buy that here or Hermès in Paris?”  

This does not necessarily reflect materialism, rather Americans will lead with visual cues in an attempt to create an instant connection with the other person on a socioeconomic level.

Australians on the other hand will look for common personal interests to connect.  This requires conversation, and some Americans are not so comfortable in sharing personal information with a stranger. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 6”