Moving Abroad


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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Discovering and Understanding Cultural Differences for The Move to America

06 August, 2013 10:20  Erin Erin

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.
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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 America

03 July, 2013 09:39  Erin Erin

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?

25 June, 2013 12:43  Erin Erin

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 America

05 June, 2013 13:10  Erin Erin

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 America

23 April, 2013 11:44  Erin Erin

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.

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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 Child

26 February, 2013 09:53  Erin Erin

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 Shock

05 February, 2013 08:34  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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)

   


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