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Voting in Australian elections while living overseas

One of the more confusing bits about moving away from Australia for a bit, is working out if you’re still eligible to be voting in Australian elections while living overseas. There are ways to either continue voting while living overseas, or put your vote on hold indefinitely. But the important thing to remember is that […]

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California Real ID (for expats)

The prospect of getting a California Real ID over at the infamous Department of Motor Vehicles sent chills down my spine. Mostly because my expat experience of moving to California from Australia and jumping through all the hoops the DMV requires to get a driver’s license in this state, was diabolical. But my license photo […]

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16 questions Americans ask Australian expats

It’s no secret that I’ve lived in the US for a good while now (just over three years). And for the most part, the questions about Australia have slowed to a trickle. But every now and then I’ll meet someone new and get bombarded with a variation on this list of questions that Americans ask […]

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Top 20 places to relocate in the US

Anyone looking to relocate in the US, or move here at all, wants the best chance of success. So you’ll want to pick a city, town or suburb that offers the best chance of success. But how do you guage that, especially if you’re going to move to the US for the first time and […]

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A Guide to bringing family pets into the US

If there’s one thing that might break your expat child’s heart (or yours), it’s leaving a cherished pet behind. But what should you consider before starting the process of bringing family pets into the US? And what hoops will they (and you) have to jump through before you both get the all-clear? The only pets […]

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12 Reasons moving abroad alone is a worthwhile adventure

The prospect of moving abroad alone is enough to make you really consider every single thing that could possibly go wrong. It’s a leap of faith and if you think you went through making the decision without getting even a little bit worried, you’re kidding yourself. I was reading this post by Sue Loncaric about […]

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How to apply for an Australian passport in the USA

We’ve talked about getting your children Australian Citizenship by descent and now it’s time to get into the mechanics of how to apply for an Australian passport in the USA. But first, a little cautionary tale from an Aussie expat who married an American woman and raised a family here. They got a bit of […]

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E3 visa interview (your step-by-step guide)

As the date of your E3 visa interview looms, there’s no need to get nervous or worried about what’s in store. Lots of Australian expats looking for work in the US have been there before you and have a good idea of what to expect. We detailed everything you need to do to get your […]

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E3 visa renewal (before the interview)

Completing your E3 visa renewal doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Some of the steps (especially pre-interview) can be a little difficult to understand though. I’m setting out all of the steps for you here, to make sure you’ve got everything before you leave the US for your visa interview. This article is for […]

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A comprehensive guide to moving to the US

Once you’ve decided on moving to the US, it’s time to start planning and getting organised. But there are a million questions to ask and things to consider. Frankly, it can be more than a little daunting and result in a ‘To Do’ list that would make Martha Stewart’s eyes water. Half the battle is […]

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An expat’s guide to US stores

You’re new to a country (or state) and need to buy cheap furniture, or kitchen gadgets. Which US stores do you visit to get them? Maybe these examples are a little too simple in the era of globalisation. In my first week in San Francisco my friends decided to take a trip to Yosemite National […]

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A guide to renting a car and driving in the US

It’s not just being on the right side of the road while driving in the US that will be tricky, whether you’re moving here or just on holiday. Although, you’ll be surprised how often you get slightly disoriented while making a turn, or walk to the passenger side of a car to get behind the […]

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