One of the important stages of the green card process is the medical. This is to prove that you’re not too sick or carrying disease into the States. There are still global pandemics that you would think would be long gone, but strangely polio and other eighteenth century ailments seem to still exist and even […]
Interview Day is going to be scary. It isn’t scary, but you’ll feel like your future depends on it and to some, being unsuccessful will feel like the end of the world. Generally, if you are healthy, have been educated to the required level, have never messed with visas and entry requirements before and haven’t […]
If you haven’t been ‘done’ for anything serious, the police check is relatively painless. The United States want to know that you haven’t been convicted for anything or that you won’t pose a security risk. Queensland’s police checks are more than adequate for the embassy. It costs a couple of hundred dollars. You will be […]
It’s Swedish, functional, affordable and found in 98% of residences of Gen Ys and frugal Gen Xers. Yes that mecca of flat-packed birch ply, funny product names (best pronounced while trying to imitate the Swedish Chef off the Muppet Show) and nondescript meatballs, possibly from horses. I’m talking, of course, about Ikea. Like most IKEA, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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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