Strolling through Central Park, surfing California’s golden beaches or seeking adventure in the sprawling national parks: moving to the USA is a lifelong dream for many Aussies.
More than 50,000 Australians moved to America over the last decade. And KEYS The Moving Solution has been there, providing affordable, stress-free international removal services.
Like any overseas move, chasing the American dream is a big decision. So here are a few helpful tips from an experienced, globally-connected Perth removal company.
Language and culture
English is the official language in every state – great news for Aussies! There are different spellings for common words (and local slang, of course), but you will pick up the differences quickly.
America is diverse like Australia. A lot of the population speaks two or more languages:
- English only – 239 million
- Spanish – 41 million
- Chinese (all varieties) – 3.5 million
- Tagalog (including Filipino) – 1.7 million
- Vietnamese – 1.5 million
- Arabic – 1.2 million
- French – 1.2 million
- Korean – 1.1 million
- Russian – 0.94 million
- German – 0.92 million
There are over 400,000 Native American language speakers as well. Nearly half (45%) speak Navajo, with Dakota and Yupik the next largest cohorts at 5% each.
All these influences mean that America’s European past is still strong in contemporary culture, but communities from all over the world call America home.
Visas for Australians moving to the USA
There are several dozen visa options for Aussies who want to live and work in the USA. Which one you apply for depends on your purpose, family ties and length of stay.
Moving to the USA on a wing and a prayer is certainly not impossible. However, we recommend researching the visas available to Australians to avoid accidentally overstaying your welcome. The US State Department has a handy overview of the different visa types here.
Shipping your worldly possessions
Moving to the USA means your things need to travel a long way. However, the cost of using an international removals company can be much cheaper than buying everything when you arrive.
Should you use a removal company in Perth or overseas?
We recommend using a Perth-based removal company with a global network. You are liaising with locals, but you can rely on our partnerships to move your things safely, efficiently and without added cost.
Do you handle shipping for cars?
Yes! KEYS The Moving Solution can relocate all big-ticket items from Perth to America, including vehicles, furniture, homewares and office equipment. However, remember Americans drive on the other side of the road. So you may want to look into storing your vehicle if you plan to return.
Will my things be stuck in customs?
You don’t need to worry about a thing. Our longstanding relationships with shipping partners around the world allow us to arrange customs clearance, storage, delivery and even unpacking.
Do I need transit insurance for moving to the USA?
While we take the utmost care with your belongings, you must take out transit insurance to cover unforeseen accidents. Read the PDS to learn more about transit insurance.
Arriving in America
Congratulations, you’ve arrived! Now it’s time to get settled into your new home.
Whether you choose an apartment among New York’s hustle and bustle or a ranch house in the Midwest, KEYS The Moving Solution will ensure your things arrive right on time. We can also arrange unpacking services through our global partnerships, so you don’t have to think about a thing.