“If there is a better rate on International wire transfers, 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.
Continue reading “Find out how much you could be saving through our Preferred FOREX Rate.”
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York State resident, they have only 30 days to obtain a New York State driver license, as their Australian license is no longer valid.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”
The challenges that face Australians living in the US are constantly evolving. Our Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australian professionals no matter where they are in the US!
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 more Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York than any other public charity.
As we enter our eighth year, we are now using the lessons learned in NYC to assist Australians overcome many of the same challenges across the USA.
Continue reading “10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network”
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”
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:
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”
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”
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.
Ask any Aussie visiting New York and they will tell you that NYC is one of the most Australian Friendly cities in the World.
It is true that you can now buy a flat white coffee on nearly every corner, Tim Tams are sold in Target, and you can have a meat pie delivered to your door. For the cost of a subway ride you can access dozens of Australian cafes and restaurants serving everything from Barramundi to Vegemite on toast.
The most often asked question is just how many Aussies are living and working in the US, and how many are just visiting? Continue reading “How Many Australians are Living and Working in the US? V 3.5”
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”
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”
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)”
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?
Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror: An Australian’s Perspective. (Part 1)”
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.
Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7”
After a very positive response following a series of articles featuring Aussie Cafés in NYC, we will be posting a series featuring Australian small businesses operating in New York.
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 Wade Helliwell, the 6’11’ Australian professional Basketball player at his studio Sweat Yoga in New York City. Continue reading “Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Sweat Yoga”
The fact is that finding work in one of the most competitive cities on the planet is going to be a challenge for most Australians.
Landing in a US city with a freshly minted J-1 or Green Card is only a ticket to the big league. If you go into the game without understanding the rules or having a game plan, you will quickly start to accumulate some very unnecessary scar tissue.
Continue reading “10 Tips for Australian Job Seekers in New York”
On Wednesday June 14, 2017 The Australian Community held a private networking event at Bluestone Lane’s DUMBO location in New York to record a video of the Top 10 Questions asked of The Australian Community.
Some of the answers captured in the thirty minute video revealed a number of common mistakes (and incorrect assumptions) made by Australian expats living in New York and the broader US. Continue reading “10 Questions asked by Australians Living in New York”
Diving into the deepest end of the most shark infested pool on the planet may be no brainer when it comes to taking your career to the next level. However, without a social or professional lifeline, you are going to face some serious challenges.
The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to connect Australians living in the US through social, professional and charitable initiatives.
Continue reading “10 Reasons to Join The Australian Community”
Since the new Administration has signaled sweeping changes to the US’s policy on immigration, The Australian Community has been approached by many of its members who are concerned that the E3 visa may be abolished.
Clearly they are concerned about the potential economic and social impact that this will have on thousands of Australians living and working in the US.
Continue reading “5 reasons why the E3 visa is not going away anytime soon.”
If you are not familiar with Shark Tank, the TV show features Entrepreneurs pitching highly successful business owners on why they should invest in their company.
Theoretically speaking, if you could successfully pitch the Sharks on the value proposition of our organization to Australian Ex-pats, then attracting new members to join The Australian Community should be a no-brainer.
Continue reading “What would happen if The Australian Community appeared on Shark Tank?”
It was a packed house with members attending an exclusive networking event and private shopping experience at Microsoft’s Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue.
In January 2016, The Australian Community officially launched its Private Enterprise Social Network powered by Yammer at the Microsoft Store. Since then, our Yammer Network has grown to the largest Australian private network in North America and contains a searchable knowledgebase built on the experiences of over 5,000 members who have connected with our organization since 2011.
Continue reading “Our first networking event of 2017 included a private shopping experience on Fifth Avenue, NYC!”
According to the latest US Department of Homeland Security statistics, 3,239 Australians obtained legal permanent residency in 2016, and another 5,609 obtained E-3 visas.
One of the main challenges facing these and thousands of Australian expats every year is how to access US credit without a US Credit Score.
The simple reality is that no credit score is almost the same as a bad credit score! Thousands of Australians who arrive in the US experience the frustration of a zero credit history. Continue reading “How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!”