Moving Abroad


Expat Driving: Life in the Fast Lane

25 March, 2014 08:11  Erin Erin

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 America

05 March, 2014 07:56  Erin Erin

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 America

05 February, 2014 08:54  Erin Erin

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 Country

28 January, 2014 07:45  Erin Erin

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 America

08 January, 2014 09:53  Erin Erin

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 America

04 December, 2013 06:42  Erin Erin

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 Expat

26 November, 2013 07:07  Erin Erin

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 America

06 November, 2013 08:46  Erin Erin

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 America

01 October, 2013 10:05  Erin Erin

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 America

10 September, 2013 12:56  Erin Erin

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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