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Job Search in The Move to AmericaJob Search in The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 09 April, 2014 10:36

Molly joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in expat news and resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

job search after move to america Within this post, I aim to share a little bit about how job hunting has gone for me since I arrived in Ohio in October 2013. My experiences will be different from those who are arriving in America on a work visa, as your employment may well have been organised before you moved, but I hope to give an idea of what it involves if you are looking once you have settled.

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Expat Driving: Life in the Fast LaneExpat Driving: Life in the Fast Lane

Erin Erin  Date 25 March, 2014 08:11

Expat Driving There’s something few consider before moving to another country: driving or, more specifically, how important one’s mortality is versus one’s desire to (literally) hit the road. I speak from personal experience, having lived in the Greek capital of Athens for 5 years, although my observations could equally apply to many Eastern European countries, South America, Asia and Africa where, for the unsuspecting expat, driving can seem bonkers!
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Navigating Transportation for The Move to AmericaNavigating Transportation for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 05 March, 2014 07:56

Molly recently joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America with new posts on the 1st wednesday of every month.

Transportation Move to AmericaSince moving to the U.S. in October 2013, it has become very obvious that this is a car loving nation. Certainly from my experience (be it only in one area of America), it has become clear that if you want to get around, you have to drive.

If you do not, as I have come to find out, it makes for quite a difficult time when getting out and about as public transportation is not as widespread as it is in the UK.
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What I Wish I had Known Before The Move to AmericaWhat I Wish I had Known Before The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 05 February, 2014 08:54

Molly recently joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America with new posts on the 1st wednesday of every month.

What i wish I had known move to america Since I moved to America (October 4th 2013 was the day), I have been thinking about what I wish I had known before The Move to America. This was partly caused by the arctic weather (care of the polar vortex that froze parts of the U.S.).

This may sound odd as what does incredibly cold and dangerous weather conditions have to do with thinking about preparations for a big move? Well, it was because I had never experienced such weather extremes that I began to think about how I could better prepare for the winters here - which led me to think about preparations in general - long winded, I know, but bear with me!
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10 Tips for Living in a Developing Country10 Tips for Living in a Developing Country

Erin Erin  Date 28 January, 2014 07:45

Tips for living in a Developing Country We moved from a pretty idyllic, ‘normal’ life in Australia to Ghana, West Africa. Crazy? Perhaps. But it has been a pretty extraordinary adventure. For the first year we lived on a mine site in rural Ghana. Now we split our time between the mine and Kumasi, the second city of Ghana. We’ve experienced a culture very different to our own, seen lives and expectations and circumstances that you could never experience from a book or documentary.

While living in a developing country can be a very rewarding experience, it can also be exhausting, stressful and just plain tedious. Whether you are thinking about making the leap, or have already done so, here are some things to consider.
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Shipping Belongings for The Move to AmericaShipping Belongings for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 08 January, 2014 09:53

In this series, we have followed Molly in her quest to become an expat in America. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

shipping move to america I know that one of the greatest stresses in the build up to becoming an expat is the huge task of sorting through your belongings and shipping what you need to your new home. I by no means had it all wonderfully organised, but I did have a system which I stuck to, and it got me through. I will share what I did, in the hope of helping anybody else who is about to go through the same thing.
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Settling In After The Move to AmericaSettling In After The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 04 December, 2013 06:42

In this series, we have followed a Brit in her quest to become an expat in America. She has recently joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

move to america settling in after the move As I write this, I have been an expat in Ohio, USA for 12 days. 12 days - so everything is still very new, but I thought I would take this opportunity to write how things have gone so far and what to expect if you are about to make a big move to live in America, or another country.
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6 Things that I wish I had Known Before Becoming an Expat6 Things that I wish I had Known Before Becoming an Expat

Erin Erin  Date 26 November, 2013 07:07

Christine 6 Things I Wish I knew Choosing to become an expat is not easy. It is a decision that I did not take lightly but one that I will never regret.  Prior to moving to London, I had only moved countries once, and that was when I moved from the Philippines to Australia when I was 4 years old.

As a child, I remember feeling anxious about my surroundings and confused about the strange language they were speaking. I grew out of that pretty quickly and got used to the Australian way of life. That part of my life is not that much different to how I felt when I decided to leave everything behind to live in London.

Looking back, I wish that I had known 6 things before becoming an expat. It has helped me to understand my journey and I hope that it helps you to understand yours.

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Airports & Immigration for the Move to AmericaAirports & Immigration for the Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 06 November, 2013 08:46

In this series, we have followed a Brit in her quest to become an expat in America. She has recently joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America with new posts the first Wednesday of every month.

Move to America airport As of October 4th 2013, I officially became an expat. I finally made the move from UK to USA and can now start my life with my husband after four very long years apart.

In this article, I am going to share what my experiences were of being in the airport and then arriving and going through immigration. I hope it gives anyone contemplating, or just about to make the big move, an idea of what to expect. Not everyone's experiences will be the same, but this is how it went for me …  (More)

   




The Visa for The Move to AmericaThe Visa for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 01 October, 2013 10:05

In this series we follow the story of future expat Molly, a Brit seeking to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

the visa article move to america If you read the last article I wrote for The Move to America series, you will know that I had my U.S Embassy interview in London and that it did not quite go as I had hoped. To summerize, I will briefly say that all went well at the interview, there were just two further pieces of information/evidence/paperwork that was required before my visa could be issued.
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Medical & Interview Process for the Visa in The Move to AmericaMedical & Interview Process for the Visa in The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 10 September, 2013 12:56

In this series we follow the story of future expat Molly, a Brit seeking to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

medical interview pic move to america I thought I would use this article to share my experiences of the final stages of my quest for a Spousal Immigrant Visa of a U.S. Citizen (IR-1).

I know that as I progressed through the paperwork for the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and NVC (National Visa Center) I wanted to know what to expect from the medical and interview. I searched and searched and found some information, so I thought sharing what happened in my case would help others.

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Discovering and Understanding Cultural Differences for The Move to AmericaDiscovering and Understanding Cultural Differences for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 06 August, 2013 10:20

In a new series, we are following the story of future expat Molly, a Brit who seeks to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.
move to america understanding differences
This article is where I get to share with you some of the subtle differences I noticed between the United States and the United Kingdom. I am getting closer to my final move to America, and although I am still here in Britain, I am going to write about what I experienced whilst I was last in the US. I aim to share a little bit of what I noticed most, and have come to understand better, since being with my husband.

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Financial Advice for The Move to AmericaFinancial Advice for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 03 July, 2013 09:39

In a new series, we are following the story of future expat Molly, a Brit who seeks to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

Financial move to americaThis article is covering what I have been thinking about and organising with regards to finances when I get to the US. I am not a financial advisor, nor an expert, and what I have researched and looked into may not be suitable for all, but it may serve as a note on what is potentially involved in an overseas move.
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Is this the End of America's Green Card Lottery?Is this the End of America's Green Card Lottery?

Erin Erin  Date 25 June, 2013 12:43

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comThe Green Card Lottery in the USA has been a contentious route to US citizenship for many years. Among the concerns with the current system are the many agencies that prey on hopeful immigrants, the brutally small percentage of applicants that earn the visa, and major glitches in the process. Most notably, we covered a Green Card Lottery glitch in 2011 that resulted in over 22,000 applicants erroneously being told that they had been selected for further processing when they had not.

Obviously, the system is not perfect and is under threat once again. New legislation that would create a path to US citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants and strengthen security at the US - Mexican border would also eliminate the Diversity Visa. These slots would be absorbed into a broad system that would emphasize skills, education and other criteria for legal immigration.

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Successful Networking for The Move to AmericaSuccessful Networking for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 05 June, 2013 13:10

This is our series  following the story of future expat Molly - a Brit who seeks to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

move to america networking The idea behind this article is to share with you some of the ways in which I have prepared for my eventual move to the US. One really important aspect of my future emigration was to be aware that I am arriving in a place where I do not really know anybody (apart from my husband and some of his friends). I realised that I would have to network before I arrived in the US. What I mean by this is doing or joining in with things that are part of my new community in order to learn more about it and fit in with where I live, whilst also meeting new people and making friends.

Moving to a new country can be quite daunting as there is so much to think about regarding the actual move itself (paperwork, shipping etc.). Building a social life and networking may be left to when you arrive. I was going to do that myself, but realised that I wanted to start to feel comfortable and a part of my new home as soon as possible.
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An Introduction to the Move to AmericaAn Introduction to the Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 23 April, 2013 11:44

In a new series, we will be following the story of future expat Molly as she seeks to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

molly move to america

My name is Molly and I am a soon-to-be UK expat to the US. I have my sights set on that move as without it I will not get to be with my husband (US citizen) and have the life I have waited so long for. It has been a very arduous time apart that has been filled with delays, form filling, evidence gathering and maintaining a long distance relationship.

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Relocating with My ChildRelocating with My Child

Erin Erin  Date 26 February, 2013 09:53

Baby with puzzle globe. © Anetta - FotoliaWe moved from the UK to Japan when our daughter had just turned five. We left our house early one morning and embarked on the long journey to Japan, including a twelve hour flight.

The time difference meant we arrived in our Tokyo home in the morning. I’d given up trying to work out how long we’d been travelling, but the five year old had not slept a wink in that entire time. Mind you, nobody else slept on that flight either as her incessant chattering about our future new life kept everyone awake. Yes, we knew all about ways of distracting her – quiet toys, colouring, books, on-board videos etc - but every child is different and this one was not going to be distracted. At all. (More)

   




7 Tips for Helping your Children tackle Culture Shock7 Tips for Helping your Children tackle Culture Shock

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 05 February, 2013 08:34

Family unpacking @ FotoliaMoving to a new home, a new environment, always requires a period of adjustment. But when your move takes you overseas, into completely unfamiliar surroundings or a different culture, adjusting can prove very difficult.  (More)

   




Moving House as an ExpatMoving House as an Expat

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 03 October, 2012 12:58

Moving abroad - packing your goods - FotoliaAs an international expat, you're often starting a whole new life. At the very least, you're immersing yourself in another culture for an extended period of time. Besides saying goodbye to your friends and family, at least temporarily, it also means giving up many of your personal possessions, while figuring out how to take certain items with you. Don't leave this essential task to the last minute! (More)

   




A New Path to Visas in Europe: EU Blue CardA New Path to Visas in Europe: EU Blue Card

Erin Erin  Date 28 August, 2012 15:15

EU Flag © Emmanuel ESPANOL - Fotolia.comThere is a new way to immigrate to Europe. The Blue Card is an approved EU-wide work permit that allows highly-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union (excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom). The visa seeks to create a more unified immigration structure and solve the issues of a shrinking labor force and ageing population by recruiting highly skilled workers with specialized skills.  (More)

   




Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in: Schengen AreaObtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in: Schengen Area

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 17 July, 2012 12:02

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comThis is the fifth in a series of articles concerning visa options. We cover the different types of visas and how to apply. The other regions in the series are the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States. Get ready to go abroad!

If you've ever wanted to live or work (legally) in Australia, you've come to the right place. Below you will find information on visa regulations for long-term visitors, students, and individuals moving to Australia to work or to join spouses, partners or other family members. This is the third in a series of five articles: in the coming weeks there will be installments that investigate visa requirements for permanent residents, students, workers and certain other visitors to the United States and the Schengen Area of western Europe. Each article will focus on how to meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and/or work permit for the country or region.  (More)

   




Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in: the United States of AmericaObtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in: the United States of America

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 13 June, 2012 09:16

This is the fourth in a series of articles concerning visa options. We cover the different types of visas and how to apply. The other regions in the series are the United Kingdom, Canada, Austrailia, and the Schengen area. Get ready to go abroad!

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comIf you've ever wanted to live or work (legally) in the USA, you've come to the right place. Below you will find information on visa regulations for short-term visitors, long-term visitors, students, and individuals moving to America to work or to join spouses, partners or other family members. This is the fourth in a series of five articles: in the coming weeks, the final installment will investigate visa requirements for permanent residents, students, workers and certain other visitors to the Schengen Area of western Europe. Each article in the series is designed to focus on how to meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and/or work permit for the country or region. (More)

   




Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: CanadaObtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: Canada

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 23 May, 2012 11:24

This is the third in a series of articles concerning visa options. We cover the different types of visas and how to apply. The other regions in the series are the United Kingdom, Australia, the Schengen area, and the United States. Get ready to go abroad!

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comIf you've ever wanted to live or work (legally) in Canada, you've come to the right place. Below you will find information on visa regulations for long-term visitors, students, and individuals moving to Canada to work or to join spouses, partners or other family members. This is the first in a series of five articles: in the coming weeks there will be installments that investigate visa requirements for permanent residents, students, workers and certain other visitors to the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Schengen Area of western Europe. Each article will focus on how to meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and/or work permit for the country or region. (More)

   




Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: AustraliaObtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: Australia

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 25 April, 2012 09:21

This is the second in a series of articles concerning visa options. We cover the different types of visas and how to apply. The other regions in the series are the United Kingdom, Canada, the Schengen area, and the United States. Get ready to go abroad!

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comIf you've ever wanted to live or work (legally) in Australia, you've come to the right place. Below you will find information on visa regulations for long-term visitors, students, and individuals moving to Australia to work or to join spouses, partners or other family members. This is the third in a series of five articles: in the coming weeks there will be installments that investigate visa requirements for permanent residents, students, workers and certain other visitors to the United States and the Schengen Area of western Europe. Each article will focus on how to meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and/or work permit for the country or region. (More)

   




Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: the United KingdomObtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work: the United Kingdom

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 21 March, 2012 10:11

This is the first in a series of articles concerning visa options. We will cover the different types of visas and how to apply. The next in the series will cover the visa process in Australia, Canada, the Schengen area, and the United States. Get ready to go abroad!

immigration control © TMAX - Fotolia.comIf you've ever wanted to live or work (legally) in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales), you've come to the right place. Below you will find information on visa regulations for long-term visitors, students, and individuals moving to the UK to work or to join spouses, partners or other family members. This is the second in a series of five articles: in the coming weeks there will be installments that investigate visa requirements for permanent residents, students, workers and certain other visitors to the United States, Australia and the Schengen Area of western Europe. Each article will focus on how to meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and/or work permit for the country or region.  (More)

   




 
 
 
 
 
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