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How to enter the Greencard Lottery for free

It’s time to put your name in the hat again, if you do not have a greencard yet. The U.S. Department of State has opened the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery from October 1 to November 3, 2014. So get your picture taken and make sure you put on your blankest face possible, because they do not want to see how excited you are on these official application photos. I suggest you do not wait until the last... read more

A Review of InterNations.org

InterNations* is one of the biggest communities for expats worldwide. Founded in 2007 by three Germans – all of them expats – InterNations quickly grew and now unites more than 1 million expats and global minds in many countries around the world. Gerrit Baumann, who is one of the InterNations ambassadors here in Charlotte, NC, describes it as an “expat community where you can exchange ideas,... read more

Getting the Driver’s License… Again!

Have you been driving in your country for many years before moving to America? It does not matter much here and you’ll be seen as an inexperienced driver regardless. Not any more experienced as a 15 year old highschool student when it comes to driving. You probably know what that means for insurance premiums. And the driver’s license is not only needed for driving, but also as a common form of... read more

My 9 Biggest Struggles During my 1st Year in America

It would be too easy, if everything would go super smooth when moving into a foreign country. America is a great country, but there are also some things that can really challenge you during your first year. If you’re a seasoned expat, you know exactly what I’m talking about. True to the fact that you can never have it all, each expat struggles with a few things that are unfamiliar or just... read more

What does Schwarzenegger, Einstein, Tesla and Chaplin have in common?

It used to be everybody’s dream to start a new life in the U.S. – The American Dream. We all know very famous people, who really took their career to the next level after immigrating to America. Some of them really made a dent in history and in their field of expertise. In this series I would like to shed some light on some of these famous expats who came to America for new opportunities, safety and... read more

Interview with Chris Guillebeau

I’ve interviewed only expats from countries other than the U.S. so far in my blog. Time to switch it up a little and do an interview with an American for a change. Someone who has lots of experience with other cultures and can compare it to America first hand. I believe there’s no better choice than Chris Guillebeau for this interview, because he has literally seen every single country on this... read more

Is the Expat Life for You?

Many people dream about moving to America, starting a new life in the Land of Opportunity and they begin to search more and more reasons why their own homeland is not good enough anymore. There are many reasons that can make you want to leave. The biggest ones are war and living in a country where you have to fear for yourself and the life of your loved ones. Fear of being judged because of your religion,... read more

Sarah from Auckland, New Zealand

Sarah had a job opportunity to work for her employer in Texas, so she and her husband took advantage of it and moved to the US. I had the chance to ask Sarah a few questions about her immigration journey and her personal USA bucket list, that she and her husband are checking off one at a time. Where are you from originally? I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. I moved around a lot as a child and went to... read more

Pets on a Plane

Every soon-to-be expat with pet needs to make one of the most difficult decisions before starting the journey. Should I leave my beloved pet with friends or family back home or expose them to the stress and horrors of a plane ride without knowing, if they will make it out the plane alive? My wife and I could not leave our two pet rabbits behind back in 2005 and so they became expats, just like us. Good... read more

Greencard Lottery: Get Your Picture Ready in 5 Easy Steps

Last night I entered my name as well as my wife’s name into the Greencard Lottery and noticed a neat little tool on the government site to crop pictures that you took yourself. As you maybe already know, the government is usually pretty picky about the pictures that you submit. You can’t smile, can’t cover your ears, head needs to fill a certain space on the square shaped format,... read more

New Game, New Luck – The 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery

It’s time to put your name in the hat again, if you do not have a greencard yet. The U.S. Department of State has just announced that the 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery will be open for applications from October 1 to November 2, 2013. So get your picture taken and make sure you put on your blankest face possible, because they do not want to see how excited you are on these official application photos.... read more

Katariina from Finland

While browsing the web the other day, I stumbled upon a very fun blog called “Katz & The City” that piqued my interest. I was able to get a hold of Katz aka. Katariina to ask her a few questions about her expat life in NYC. Where are you from originally? I’m originally from the peaceful country of Finland. How long have you been living in the U.S. and are you here to stay? I came to the US... read more

Housing – Should I Rent or Buy?

Moving within America is pretty easy, especially since Americans usually leave lighting fixtures and appliances like dish washer, range, sometimes even washer and dryer behind. Back in Germany, where I come from, people don’t move that often, but when they do, they pack up everything – literally. The whole place is getting stripped including lighting fixtures and if the kitchen is easy enough to... read more

Jack from Konstanz, Germany

I wanted to interview Jack Bosch for months and we finally made it happen. It couldn’t have come at a better time, because Jack, who’s real name is actually Joachim, is launching his brand new book Forever Cash today. At the end of this interview, which is mainly about Jack’s personal journey through immigration, he shares with us how he built a very successful real estate business from... read more

Iris from Graz, Austria

I had the pleasure to talk to Iris, who immigrated with her husband and 3-year old daughter from Austria last year. How long have you been living in the United States? I moved here end of March 2012. Why did you decide to move to America? This country has always been fascinating to me. And after I spent almost 3 months in New York in 2006 – actually, I would have loved to stay longer but could not since I... read more

Kai from Rostock, Germany

During my own immigration 8 years ago I’ve been reading a lot in forums and websites about life in America and how stuff works here. One website that kept popping up was from Kai Blum, a German author of several German expat books. Last week I reached out to him for an interview to learn about his back story. Where are you from originally? I’m from Germany. I grew up in Rostock and also lived for a... read more

Evg. Enko. from Belarus

Running an USA blog I meet a lot of other expats online and some of them have really cool blogs themselves. That’s how I met Evg. Enko. from Belarus and she was so nice to answer a few questions about her new American life to share on my site. Where are you from originally? Born and raised in Belarus, one of the former USSR countries in Eastern Europe. How long have you been living in the United... read more

Maria from Monte Verde, Brazil

The first Brazilian that I’m featuring is Maria. She is a yoga teacher and small business owner in the Carolinas and I’ve had the pleasure to ask her a few questions about her journey through immigration, starting a business as an immigrant and her life and experiences in America. Where are you from originally? I am from Brazil,  I was raised in a small touristy town in the mountains called... read more

Mike from Senden, Germany

It’s time I interview somebody from my own country – Germany. I thought long and hard about who would be a worthy representative with an interesting story and I found a great candidate: Meet Mike from Bavaria. Mike, where are you from originally? My home town is Senden in Bavaria, Germany. How long have you been living in the United States? My wife Sabine and I moved to Chicago in 1995 and then to... read more

Omar from Baghdad, Iraq

How long have you been living in the United States? Since 2010 When did you decide to move to the United States and why? Better job, less taxes, better weather, plus I have a sister and brother both living here in US. How did you get your visa? I was working for the US government and I had the chance to apply for an SQ visa. That’s a visa issued for people who work on behalf of the United States... read more

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