When being a expat becomes a life decision…..

10 Oct


At what point does a expat turn into a permanent resident?

Yes, it will depend on visa, green card etc.

But at what point do you chose to not return back to your homeland?

This topic came to light after I met a number of expats who have lived her for 8+ years or who are applying for the green card. I asked them why the decision to make USA there home, there response- family ( married an American), work opportunities and life style.

Now I truly believe Australia is the best place on earth! Full of wonderful landscape, culture and wildlife. But it has become clear that more and more Aussies are moving oversea for work opportunity. Out of my friends we have 3 in London, 1 in Paris, 1 in Canada, 1 in Hong Kong and 2 in the USA.

When did job opportunity turn into moving abroad to advance your career?

I never did the UK thing. You know go on a working holiday visa and work and travel around the UK before the age of 30. To be honest I am not sure why I didn’t, I think it was because there was more opportunity in the USA.

USA is our current home but unsure if it will be our permanent home. For now it is time to enjoy the time we have here.

As you would of read from previous posts, I have moved a lot with in Australia and the USA, so I make home where I am living with hubby. I try not to plan long term as there is no way of knowing where we will be in 3-5 years time.

The USA are full of Aussies, most of our friends are Aussies and I help organize Aussie events. It means I don’t miss Australia as much. I miss my family and friends but in some small way being around Aussies helps that. At least they laugh at my jokes as the Americans just look at me with a blank face.

The funny thing is the Aussies who I have met who have lived here long term are the most Aussie people I have ever met. They embrace being Aussie in everything they do- play Aussie sport, attend Aussie events and listen to Aussie music.

With 17,000 Aussie expat in the Bay Area along you are bound to embrace your inner Aussie- ness.

So though expats often move abroad or interstate for work they take with them there Aussie spirit which makes them in Aussie.

Food for thought for today


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