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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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Setting Up in NY: Phone
February 28, 2014. by

Once you have a social security number, you’ll be able to get into the world of phones and bank accounts. As you will most likely be wanting to hit the ground running in terms of finding a job and a place to live, a mobile is an essential. You won’t want to stay roaming at […]

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The Green Card Process – Arrival
February 28, 2014. by

As the plane lands at LAX, you’re suddenly going to feel a lot of mixed emotions. If you haven’t flown into LAX before, it’s a hell of a place. It’s a sprawling, slap in the face of Americana. The halls are wide, yet more impersonal than most airports. Security is tight and needs to be. […]

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The Green Card Process: Farewells
January 31, 2014. by

Saying goodbye sucks. It’s really one of the hardest, most emotional things you can do. Before you depart, don’t just say goodbye to your loved ones. Make it your official mission to say goodbye to everything you love. Make a bucket list of all the things you do that you love doing. 4 weeks out, […]

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The Green Card Process: When to leave
October 2, 2013. by

Deciding the best time of the year to move will be dictated by the time of the year that you are interviewed. Your Green Card has to be activated within 6 months of the medical. That’s right, it isn’t from the date of your interview or when you receive your passport back in the post. […]

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The Green Card Process – Success!
October 1, 2013. by

At the end of the meeting, we didn’t get a congratulations. It was more of a feeling of “Is that it?”. And so we asked…um…is that it? Well sort of. We had passed in principle, but needed to provide the Police Certificate with proper spelling. We were handed a small form that says what we […]

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The Green Card Process: The Waiting Game
June 2, 2013. by

 You have been selected for further processing. And with that, you’re on the roller coaster ride from hell for the next period of life. You’ll experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows as you come to the realization that life is about to dramatically change (hopefully for the best). You are not actually […]

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