Key Issues For American Expats

Carlie: Hey there, it’s Carlie with another episode of the Expat Focus podcast. How much do you keep up with the news and issues back in your ‘home’ country? Where do you go for updates on subjects that affect you, like, new law proposals and policy changes? American Citizens Abroad is an apolitical organisation on … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In The USA?

Whether you are already living in America or are planning to make the move, you will no doubt need to consider your healthcare options. From pricey health insurance policies to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reform, healthcare topics often make the news. But overall, how does the quality of the healthcare system fare? Read on … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In The USA

If you’re planning on moving to the United States of America, then having health insurance there is an absolute must. Here’s everything you need to know about registering with the health system. Understanding America’s health system If you’re moving to the United States from a country that has a national health service in place, you’ll … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In The USA

Some of the largest banks in the United States of America (USA) include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. It is estimated that their collective banking assets are equal to roughly 56% of the economy. There are around 5,177 commercial banks and savings institutions throughout the USA.In terms of the … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In The USA

If you’re looking to relocate to the United States, then you’ll need to consider your accommodation options. This article will take you through how to go about buying and renting property as an expat in America. Renting property When renting property in the USA, it is possible for expats to sign a lease before they … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In The USA

Foreigners who are nationals from any of the 38 visa waiver countries can enter the United States for tourism or business purposes, for a period of up to 90 days, without obtaining a visa. If you are entering under the Visa Waiver Programme, you will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which must … Read more

How To Find A Job In The US

With many varying landscapes, including sparse countryside and some of the world’s most vibrant cities, the US offers something for everyone. However, it can be a difficult country to gain entry to for work purposes, due to its stringent visa requirements and firm stance on immigration.There are a range of visas available for certain categories … Read more

Why Is Miami Beach Such A Popular Expat Destination?

As we are coming to our real estate season that starts October to April, sales are setting record numbers, and the available inventory of existing properties for sale is experiencing a decline. I see several area indicators that all point to significant growth patterns as sales are soaring and average sales prices are climbing steadily.I’m … Read more

How To Lease A Car As An Expat In The USA

America is known as the land of the automobile, and for anyone who has spent time in the States, the reasons for this are obvious. It’s an enormous country, and settlements are still set wide apart from one another, particularly by European standards. You may remember the old joke about 100 years being a long … Read more

Expats In The USA: Recommended Books To Make Your Life Easier

Are you the process of setting up a new life in the USA, or finding your groove after a recent arrival? Not all reading has to be about health insurance and visas!We’ve asked around and come up with a list of books to help make your life – and transition – that little bit easier. … Read more

Moving From The UK To The US? Here’s What You Need To Know About Healthcare

If you’re moving from the UK to the USA, you will need to look carefully at issues surrounding healthcare. After all, you’ll be moving from the nationalized system of the NHS to a largely private healthcare system which is based on insurance; plus, the two countries don’t have reciprocal healthcare agreements. The US system confuses … Read more

Interview With Claude Koehl, Author, The American Way Of Life

Claude, you've recently written a book called The American Way of Life. Tell us about the book and its aims. The goal of my new book is manifold: a. Introduce newcomers to some of the idiosyncrasies of American culture b. Help foreigners adapt and integrate their new host culture better c. Make American readers more … Read more

An Expat Guide To The Cost Of Living In San Jose

San Jose is situated on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, in the centre of the Santa Clara Valley. The city is sprawled over an area of 179.97 square miles (466.1 km2). San Jose is a major technological hub and the largest city in Northern California. It’s also the third most populated city in … Read more

How To Pass The American Citizenship Test

Citizenship tests are always a challenge, and the test for US citizenship has an especially tough reputation. But what does the American citizenship test actually involve? How Do I Apply For Citizenship? If you were born in the USA, but now live abroad, or if you are of American parentage, obtaining US citizenship will obviously … Read more

How The Proposed Changes To The American H-1B Visa Might Affect You

For skilled expats hoping to live and work in the United States, the H-1B visa has been an attractive option. However, since early 2017, the Trump administration has proposed a range of changes to the program that threaten to impact current H-1B visa holders and restrict options for future visa applicants.So if you’re an expat … Read more

Healthcare In New York For Expats With Chronic Illnesses

If you’re living with a chronic illness, such as depression, asthma, diabetes or arthritis, you’ll know that your health requires careful and consistent management. The good news is that by moving to New York, you’ll have access to some of the best healthcare in the world: first class hospitals, a wide range of specialists and … Read more

Expat Education In The USA

Considering your expat life in the USA? Expert education consultant Stephen Spriggs of William Clarence Education continues to guide us, via our series of features on expat life. Whether you are at the considering stage or researching and planning, this feature will give you useful information on what you can expect from a USA move.International … Read more

Kate, Chicago

Who are you? My name is Kate! I am 31 and live together with my husband in beautiful Chicago.I have a background in Online Marketing and business development and love to travel and explore new cultures. I coach and consult with expat partners on my website. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We … Read more

Moving To A Tornado Zone In The USA? Read This First!

More than 1,200 tornadoes occur in the USA each year, a greater number than in any other country in the world. About $10 billion of damage is caused annually by these violent whirlwinds, which reach from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. If you are moving to a tornado zone, you need … Read more

Evelyne Fallows, New York

Who are you? I am a French Personal Trainer living in New York, where I run my own business and I just self-published my first novel, The Polar Bear and the Palm Tree, about my life and work in Saudi Arabia . Where, when and why did you move abroad? I left Paris in 2000 … Read more

Kylie, Iowa

Who are you? I’m Kylie, a British travel writer and blogger originally from Essex in the UK! Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Iowa, USA back in August 2016.I met an American while on holiday in Jamaica and we ended up getting married (not in Jamaica!) and then went through … Read more

What Will The Changes To The H1 Visa In The US Mean For You?

The Government of the United States has recently made several reforms to its immigration laws. Some of these changes are in relation to national security and have resulted in tighter border controls. Officials and key decision makers are expressing concern about foreign workers and migrants taking up jobs or assignments across the country instead of … Read more

Yasmin, Long Island

Who are you? My name is Yasmin but most people call me Yaz, I’m 25 years old and from Glasgow in Scotland, UK.My professional background is marketing, specifically social media and I’ve always had a passion for writing! I’ve kept a journal since I was 17 years old, currently on book number 13, so blogging … Read more

Why The US Has The World’s Top Universities

How is it that the US seems to have the lion’s share of the world’s most prestigious universities? The QS World University Rankings 2018, for instance, feature five American institutions in the top 10, and 11 in the top 20. For that matter, the top four global universities are all based in the US (in … Read more

USA – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the USA and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Cher Twitter Cher is a Canadian … Read more

A Guide To Fourth Of July Celebrations For Expats In The USA

The American Independence Day, or Declaration of Independence, is celebrated on the Fourth of July every year. It was on July 4, 1776 that the United States of America was born as an independent nation.On July 4th, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which announced the independence of the … Read more

The Expat Tenant’s Guide To Renting Property In The USA

Renting a property is the most popular option for expats in the US, since it offers flexibility, but there are some basic issues expats need to be aware of before beginning their search. It should also be noted that homeownership in the US is another popular route for many expats. Twice the number of expats … Read more

Report: The US Cities That Attract The World’s Top Tech Talent

Expats looking for a tech job will benefit from knowing which are the 25 top-rated tech cities in the United States. Those looking to start or expand a business that relies on technology will also want to know where to tap the best tech talent.The CBRE 2016 Scoring Tech Talent report provides such information. A … Read more

How To Move To The USA With Your Pet

Moving abroad can sometimes bring with it a host of worries – from getting your paperwork sorted to planning your journey. If you’re travelling to the United States, fortunately there is a lot of information that can help make your journey more easy. Almost everything you require is listed on government websites or public portals. … Read more

Studying in the US? Here’s What You Need To Know Before You Go

Every year, thousands of people travel to different destinations in the world for leisure, work and study. A vast majority of this population comprises students who are travelling overseas for a better education. One of the most popular destinations for students is the United States of America. Since the early 1990s, the US has been … Read more

A Guide To Banking In The US For British Expats

For any Brit seeking to open a bank account in the USA there will be much that is familiar about the process. There are however some key differences that can trip you up along the way. This is one of those things you may find easier to sort out before making your move abroad. It … Read more

Catarina Araújo, Philadelphia

Who are you? My name is Catarina and I’m a thirty-something Portuguese blogger & marketing freelancer.Where, when and why did you move abroad? During my life, I’ve actually lived in 4 different countries. About 18 months ago, I moved to Philadelphia with my American husband for a change of scenery from our life together in … Read more

Mani, Austin

Who are you? Mani. Born and raised in Mexico City. Late 20s. Traveled to 20 countries and lived in four different ones. Currently living in the US. Married to her soulmate. Passionate about travel and the arts. Travel, lifestyle, and food blogger.Where, when and why did you move abroad? My first time moving abroad was … Read more

An Expat Guide To Starting A Business In The US

When it comes to starting a business in the US, there are a lot of opportunities and a wealth of information available to entrepreneurs. Whether your plan is to open a daycare or seize construction opportunities, the options available to you in the US are seemingly endless. This article will cover some of the basic … Read more

5 Fantastic Road Trips For Expats In The USA

There is so much to see, do and experience in the United States of America, and a road trip is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty as well as the culture of this country. These journeys are a great way to soak in the sights of sparkling waters, breathtaking mountains, natural forests, seasonal foliage, … Read more

Understanding Expat Healthcare In The US

The reputation and costs for the American healthcare system are known throughout the world and health premiums will not be cheap. That’s because healthcare in the US is a costly process, it’s ranked as being the most expensive in the world. According to one national British newspaper, many British expats opt to fly home to … Read more

9 Ways To Save Money While Living In New York

There is always something to do in New York, and expats moving there will be spoilt for choice. From exotic restaurants that serve up a multitude of different cuisines, to traditional American diners. There are restaurants, bars, nightclubs and live concerts scattered across the city that never sleeps. New York is an ideal destination for … Read more

An Expat Guide To Tipping In The US

One of the most frequent questions expats in the United States find themselves asking is simple: Why am I expected to tip for services? Tipping in the US has a relatively short history, and its necessity is linked to the wage laws surrounding workers, particularly servers, in restaurants. In the US, it is considered polite … Read more

USA – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the USA and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Irish American Mom Mairéad (rhymes with parade) started working in … Read more

How Living The American Dream Can Turn Into An Expat Nightmare

The American Dream, rooted in the Declaration of Independence, proclaims that all men have been created equal and have the right to life, liberty, equality as well as the pursuit of happiness. In the past, this ideal only applied to white men; however, it has undergone a significant change over a period of time. Today, … Read more

Expats And The Election: A Selection Of Viewpoints

With over 8 millions expats living outside of America, the absentee votes cast in the 2016 Presidential election could make a large difference to the outcome. With essential topics of immigration, healthcare and the effects this changing landscape could have on businesses, the thoughts and opinions of many individuals who have chosen to make their … Read more

Moved To New York City? 9 Must-Have Experiences

The Big Apple is definitely one of the most interesting and lively places to live in. It almost buzzes with urban energy all day and night. Most people who move to New York City soon realize that the world is indeed their oyster! This place can offer you a plethora of new experiences in terms … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In The USA – A Guide For Expats

Opening a bank account is not always that straightforward when an expat moves to a new country, especially when the expat has no credit history. However, it is possible to open a bank account before the expat leaves their home country, particularly if they are in the UK, since many British banks have a big … Read more

Health Insurance In America? Read Our Jargon Buster For New Expats

Getting sick or injured in the United States can be painful, not just in terms of the ailment itself, but the hit your wallet can take when seeking treatment. Even for emergency treatment, you can expect to fork out considerable sums for care. A night’s stay in hospital can cost USD$4,000 and surgery can set … Read more

Moving To An Earthquake Zone In The USA? Read This First

There are a lot of things that expats need to get used to when they move to a new country, and for expats preparing to live in the USA, the risk of an earthquake is one such thing. What makes living in an earthquake zone difficult to adjust to is that the threat is rarely … Read more

Seven Magnificent US Waterfalls You Should Visit

Visiting the United States doesn’t always mean walking around the busy metropolis of New York or taking the kids for an exhilarating week at Disney World, Florida. It can mean exploring the sweeping diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes it possesses.Within the wealth of 58 National State Parks there are innumerable scenes of natural beauty and none … Read more

East Coast Or West Coast USA – Where Should You Move To?

America has drawn people from around the world for a long time. The Statute of Liberty invites the world to send, “your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free”. And for all the millions of hopeful new arrivals, the mighty lady standing off New York’s shores always seemed like the warmest welcome to a … Read more

Ten Movies That Will Make You Want To Move To The USA

A love affair with a place often starts not with a visit to the location, but with seeing it on a movie screen. Actually being there in person may often seal the deal, but the initial spark can easily be set off while watching a film that captures the place beautifully. That is often the … Read more

Where Are The USA’s Best Golf Courses?

Golf may have originated in Scotland, but today the United States of America is one of the countries where the game is most popular. Since 1888, when it was first demonstrated in the US on a humble orchard with a hole dug into it, golf has come a long way in the country.A recent study … Read more

Ten Of The Best Coffee Shops To Work From In New York

Anyone who’s ever lived in New York knows that you can find almost anything you need there, but there are some things that the city has a special abundance of. One of these things is coffee shops – from chains to small family establishments to hipster cafes, you’ll find coffee shops on almost every other … Read more

Interview With Toni Hargis

Toni, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat. I am a Brit, born in the north east of England, who has lived in the USA (mainly Chicago) for twenty five years. I studied Law at the University of Bristol before working in London, which is where I met … Read more

Interview With Sibylle Eschapasse, United Nations

Sibylle, you are currently living in New York City and working at the United Nations, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Could you tell us a bit more about what you do at the UN? Sure and first of all, thank you for your interest in interviewing me! I have been working at the UN … Read more

10 American Foods Expats Need To Try

For many people across the world, the phrase “American food” brings to mind a rather limited and often clichéd assortment of dishes. In the more unfortunate instances, the only foods instantly recognized as American will be the generic fast food from American chains such as McDonald’s, or else an over-the-top, deathly indulgent dessert like deep … Read more

10 Places For Music Lovers Around The USA

Being as influential as it has been on popular music across the world, the United States of America offers an endless number of pilgrimages for any music lover. In almost any corner of the country you care to visit, you’ll find a bit of music history not too far away, and quite likely a fairly … Read more

Interview With Alan Langstone, US Realtor – The Langstone Team

Expat Focus: Alan, can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds? I was born in Buckinghamshire to London civil engineering commuter parents. I have lived in Wilshire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire before moving to the USA in 2007. My general working background has been in Civil Earthworks Engineering and Construction with a high Safety, Quality … Read more

Moving To the USA? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport

For the most part, public transport options in the US are rather limited. Due to the vast size of the country and of the individual cities and towns, as well as the low population density, the viability of public transport is often quite low. There is also the longstanding cultural tradition of owning private vehicles, … Read more

A Guide To The Different States Of The USA

The USA is the third largest nation in the world and has a population of more than 320 million. For decades, this has been the dream destination for expats from around the world because of its employment opportunities, lifestyle, and infrastructure. However, not everyone lives the “American Dream” once they make the move. There is … Read more

Surviving On Less In New York – Money Saving Tips For Expats

New York is a not only a melting pot of diverse communities, but also one of the largest economies of the urban world. Every year, many expats move to this global financial hub to live and work. A significant portion of the city’s workforce consists of foreign nationals. While the New York lifestyle is fast-paced … Read more

Derek Knight, St Louis (Missouri)

Who are you? My name’s Derek Knight, I was raised on the south coast of England in Dover (famous for its White Cliffs). I worked in the finance industry for many years, and became a Change Implementation Project Manager working in the City of London and Edinburgh, Scotland, before taking early retirement and moving to … Read more

Alison and Jean-Philippe, Ellensburg (Washington State)

Who are you? Alison & Jean-Philippe (Australian & French, butpermanent resident of Australia and has lived abroad for 10 years) Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Washington State in October 2014. We moved because my husband was offered a job in Ellensburg, Washington State, USA at a scientific researcher at … Read more

Claire Bolden McGill, Maryland

Who are you? This is an excellent question, because I am truly a different person from the person who came to America three years ago from the UK. I had all this bottled up ambition, aspiration, energy and optimism to do something different with my life in the USA from that which I had back … Read more

USA – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the USA and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Nouveau North Westerners Written by two Australians who now live in Washington, … Read more

Bruce Ailion, RE/MAX Greater Atlanta

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company. My name is Bruce Ailion, have been a broker in Metro Atlanta GA for 34 years, currently with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta. In addition I am Managing Member of ATL Investors, LLC a private equity fund investing in residential and commercial property primarily in Metro Atlanta. … Read more

Graham Dixon, Boston

Who are you? I’m a musician and writer from Britain with a background in 18th Century music, trumpet performance and creative writing. My folks instilled a love of traveling and before even starting university I had been all over Europe, visited Florida and crossed the date line to explore the Pacific. After finishing my Oxford … Read more

Jack Bybee, Tucson

Who am I ? Metaphysically, that might take lifetimes to answer; however, I am a survivor. A survivor of what, one might ask? My answer: A survivor of the negativity of apartheid; of double-pneumonia which allowed for a near-death experience; of New Jersey/New York materialist attitudes; of a sixty foot fall/slide at 19,900 feet in … Read more

Saadia Ashraf Mir, Dallas

Who are you? I, Saadia Ashraf, am a 28 years old, Pakistani born American resident female. I hold Bachelors of Business Administration (Hons.) in Marketing. By profession, I make marketing strategies as a freelancer and also, write articles for newspapers. I acquired all my education in Pakistan. Where, when and why did you move abroad? … Read more

Dealing with the US Immigration Department

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Service [hereinafter ICE] is the country’s second largest law enforcement agency behind the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agency has been on a seemingly perpetual ‘high alert’ since at least 2001 (at which point the agency came under the jurisdiction of the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security) and is likely … Read more

The Safest US States for Expats: Weather-Wise!

Weather-related news from the U.S. has recently been generating more column space than usual, thanks to events of an unprecedented kind. When Hurricane Sandy made landfall upon the northeastern states, much of the world was treated to the bizarre spectacle of seeing New York City’s subway rail system and major thoroughfares flooded, with hundreds of … Read more

Expat Life in the US Bible Belt

The U.S. ‘Bible Belt’, that vast landmass stretching from Texas to Florida on the east-west axis and going as far north as the states of Missouri and Virginia, is an area typified by its social conservatism and Protestant piety. The term has been a pejorative one since the beginning (claimed as the coinage of notorious … Read more

Dealing with the American Healthcare Insurance System

British expats moving to the US must ensure that they have comprehensive health insurance coverage. While the UK benefits from the National Health Service (NHS), medical care in the US is, and always has been, a private business. The cost of treatments if you take a risk without being fully covered, are not recommended. One … Read more

Top 10 Cities in the US for British Expats

Where you move to in the US very much depends on your personal situation and your preferences; for example, whether you are young and single, have a family or are looking to retire. The states and cities in the US vary dramatically, and your choice of city to reside in will depend on factors such … Read more

New York City’s Best Communities for Expats

To say that New York City has been a historically popular destination for expatriate professionals would be akin to saying that water is wet: since at least the middle half of the 20th century, the city has been the primary destination for trans-Atlantic émigrés and, indeed, for financial and communications media innovators from around the … Read more

Alan Langstone, US Realtor – The Langstone Team

Expat Focus: Alan, can you tell us a bit about your backgrounds? I was born in Buckinghamshire to London civil engineering commuter parents. I have lived in Wilshire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire before moving to the USA in 2007. My general working background has been in Civil Earthworks Engineering and Construction with a high Safety, Quality … Read more

Rebecca Shine, Manhattan

I’m Rebecca Shine – I live in Manhattan with my husband and 2 year old daughter. We are expecting our second child in October. We took the plunge and moved to Manhattan, from London, when my husband was offered a transfer with his work. He had been employed by the London office for a few … Read more