Month: March 2014

Shopping for the Essentials
March 24, 2014. by

Once you’re settled in at your temporary new home, there will soon come a time when you’ll need to start setting yourself up. This is a quick guide to get you oriented and familiar with the different shop names and what they offer. Best Buy = JB HiFi The bright yellow logo, the huge range […]

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Getting Set Up: Banking
March 20, 2014. by

As an adult Australian, I have numerous bank accounts and bits of plastic. The moment you become a permanent resident or at least come here to work, they mean nothing. Your credit rating returns to zero and until you’ve either landed a decent paying job or have established a credit rating; you will have to […]

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Green Card: It’s here!
March 15, 2014. by

It’s taken six weeks, but it has arrived. It comes in the form of a rather non-descript priority mail envelope containing the Green Card and a little wallet that helps protect it from evil identity thieves…In terms of packaging, the internet has alleviated the need for a bulky information pack, which although reducing the excitement […]

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Green Card: Social Security
March 12, 2014. by

One of the first things you’ll need to obtain when you arrive is a social security number. It is the one thing you need to unlock life in America – for everything from setting up a bank account to getting an apartment. It really is that important. Luckily, if you’re smart enough to tick the […]

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Getting From The Airport, NYC
March 7, 2014. by

So you’ve landed. Welcome to New York. If you’ve flown in (let’s just say you have so I don’t have to go into rail and bus in the post), made it through customs and your bag hasn’t gone missing. So what next? The main ports of entry into New York are La Guardia Airport, JFK […]

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