American Expat Experience in Australia
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American Expat Experience in Australia

How to immigrate from the United States to Australia - visas, importing pets, dealing with movers, and fitting in.
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Last updated 2/2017
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand both the positives and the negatives about becoming an American Expat living in Australia.
  • Learn about the difference between independent visas, work visas, family visas, and asylum visas.
  • Learn about were to apply for a visa.
  • Learn about how to import a pet to Australia and how long the process takes.
  • Learn about how to move your stuff to Australia and how to evaluate wheter you should use a professional mover.
  • Students need to have a fluency in English.

Have you fallen in love with Australia.....or an Australian? Is it time to make a move to a new country because of your religious, social, or political beliefs? Are you looking for a better way of life in a place with lower violent crime, large open spaces and a place where the work/life balance is....back in balance?

This course walks you through the steps that you can take in order to immigrate to Australia, from an American's perspective. I moved from the USA to Australia twice over the past seven years. I had a baby there, and made far more money too.

I am not a migration agent, and I am not paid by the government to promote the country. Still, this course may seem like a love-fest for some.

This course will continue to grow and develop as my students ask questions. I will continually search for answers to your questions and build this course so that it is robust and responsive to your needs.

Once Australia gets into your blood, it is hard to move away. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is specifically for United States citizens. We have unique challenges with moving.
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 01:50:36
+ Introduction: Are you an American who dreams of moving to Australia?
2 lectures 15:28

You will learn about how this course is structured. I mention that I will provide the good....and the bad so that you can make a smooth transition to Australia.

Preview 07:35

There are many different types of visas that are available. This section touches on just a few of them. I am not a migration agent. I am simply sharing what I went through to secure my family's visa.

Preview 07:53
+ Immigration and Visas
9 lectures 35:24

In this lecture, you will learn how to navigate the website.

Preview 14:12

This page touches on the fees that you will expect to pay when you immigrate.


Should you use a migration agent? I give the reasons why I chose to use one.

Migration Agents

Did you or your spouse become pregnant after submitting your visa? Did you marry an Aussie? Do you want to bring your family over after you become a permanent resident?

Special circumstances: Sponsoring family - spouses, parents, and children.
Visa Application booklets and fees

The bottom line is don't let the big move scare you. Even if you get a provisional visas like we did, it is less expensive to even pay for your own insurance or have a baby without insurance than it is in the USA with insurance.

Immigration and Visa Conclusion

In this lecture, I will talk about how the current international and domestic political climate impacts relationships with Australians and takes a long term retrospective approach through 3 different presidents and multiple prime ministers.

Politics and Immigration

In this lecture, I will walk through what rights that workers from other countries have. While there will always be an unscrupulous or uneducated employer who will try to game the system, it is good to know what your rights are as a worker.

Workers Rights in Australia

In order to become an Australian citizen, you will need to agree to sign the Australian Values Statement. In this lecture, I will walk through what those values are.

Australian Values Statement
Immigration and Visas
3 questions
+ Where should I move in Australia?
8 lectures 21:29

This goes into detail about what you can expect living away from a big city.

Sea change, tree change, desert or big city?

This lecture chats about living in a big city.

Moving to a Big City - public services

Sydney is probably the most famous Australian city thanks to the midnight fireworks at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. If you can secure a permanent or work visa, the opportunity for employment rivals Melbourne when it comes to working in the corporate office. With opportunity comes higher salaries, and also more expensive housing prices and longer commutes. Still, give it a try if your Visa allows for it. You won't regret it.

How about Sydney?


Adelaide is a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom here - of expression, of movement, of thought.

With a diverse and eclectic array of accessible experiences, it's a city that allows time for immersion, paired with a sense of space and freedom that actively encourages true indulgence.

Adelaide - a vibrant city that loves to party

Adelaide loves to party - especially during Mad March which is right in the middle of event season and when the weather in Adelaide is at its best.

The Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and WOMADelaide, are held then. But Adelaide has a feast of great events throughout the year. Sports fans will love the award-winning Santos Tour Down Under and Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 car race.

From International events to pop-up parties, there is always something happening in Adelaide.

A master plan

When Colonel Light founded Adelaide in 1836, he had a simple plan: a one square mile city centre and lots of open space. He laid out the streets in a grid, surrounded by a ring of what are now State Heritage Listed parklands.

Adelaide weather is moderate. Year-round big blue skies mean average winter temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius (°C) and 28°C in summer. Hot days can be real sizzlers and easily reach 40°C.

A Brilliant Blend

Adelaide is a city that lives well beyond its conveniently designed square mile epicentre, flowing seamlessly into world-famous wine and food regions such as Barossa, just an hour's drive north, or coastal escapes in the Fleurieu or Yorke Peninsula. You'll be spoilt for choice.

Travel another hour north and you'll reach the Clare Valley, which is famous for its Rieslings. The Adelaide Hills has some stunning whites and there's McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula - about an hour's drive south of the city. Drive yourself or join a guided tour of Adelaide and its surrounds - the choice is yours. Take a road trip and discover the reds from the Coonawarra on the Limestone Coast.

Kangaroo Island is the jewel in our tourism crown. It has pristine beaches, unique wildlife, awesome sunsets and a “drop” of wine. Don't miss this iconic destination, just two hours' drive and a short ferry ride south of Adelaide.

Urban cool - "effortlessly chic"

Join the café culture lifestyle. Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix that guarantees the food is sensational. Here highly awarded fine dining restaurants exist alongside pop up bars and food trucks.

Rundle Street in Adelaide's east end includes a mix of historic pubs and family-run cafes and restaurants. Dine alfresco, morning, noon and night. Five minutes away, Norwood Parade is famously European influenced while Gouger Street, which is close to Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market is crammed with Asian restaurants.

You'll find plenty of accommodation in Adelaide - boutique hotels, apartments, seaside resorts and heritage cottages. Most hotels are in the city centre, however there's a number of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in nearby North Adelaide and along the coast.

Adelaide overview

Melbourne is a fast moving, corporate city with finance, film, and fashion as the core of business. If you are in any of these industries, this is the city for you. If you have a working or independent visa, there will likely be no problem finding a job. Be prepared for a fast pace, a longer commute, but less expensive home prices than Sydney. There is a bit of a problem with organized crime here, but it is still far safer than most cities in the USA.

Melbourne, the New York City of Australia

This lecture gives you an overview of the climate, culture and activities in Queensland along with my assessment of who would enjoy this area the most.


Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. It is tropical and the wildlife is amazing...if you like crocodiles, jellyfish and sharks. All joking aside, if you like living in the tropics and would like to become a naturalist guide, there are great opportunities for you in Darwin.

+ You have your visa, now what? Moving plans
7 lectures 38:15

You can bring Fido and Fifi with you. This segment goes over some of the particulars.

Bringing animals to australia

This lecture gives you recommendations on when and how to tell your boss that you are moving Down Under.

Telling your employer about your move

You can't take it all with you. This segment talks about what you can and can't take on your move, and what you should probably leave at home.

Downsizing before the big move

Canberra is the Washington DC of Australia. It is the federal government seat with a transient population. If you work in the federal government, there are quite a few opportunities for you here.


We've moved our homes to Australia twice. The first time, we packed everything ourselves and the next time we hired a moving company to do it for us. This section talks about the benefits and risks of both.

Shipping your goods to Australia

Tasmania is a state in Australia - not a country in Africa. It is an island off of the south coast of Australia. The climate is cooler and has a strong agricultural, forestry and mining focus. Even the largest cities are small towns compared to the mainland.


This lecture helps you find short term housing in Australia while you are still living in the USA, so that you can alert your shipping company and AQUIS about an address in Australia before you move.

Temporary housing