Michael S. is an Expat who moved to Texas, USA from New Guinea in 2014. Michael moved to the USA with his wife and children to work in the oil industry, and they are all enjoying the lifestyle America has to offer. Read about Michael’s experience moving to the USA and learn what advice he has for future Expats.
Q. DID YOU RELOCATE WITH FAMILY? CHILDREN? HOW ARE THEY ADJUSTING TO RELOCATING? WHAT DO THEY ENJOY MOST ABOUT THEIR NEW COUNTRY?
A. Relocated as a family (with children). After a few months they are now enjoying living in the US and getting involved in lots of sporting and cultural activities.
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST FEW MONTHS IN YOUR NEW LOCATION? ANY CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU RESOLVE THEM?
A. Busy, there are many things to juggle, a home, schools, doctors etc. The biggest challenge is having the time to work through them all.
Q. NOW THAT YOU ARE SETTLING IN, IS THERE A BIG CHANGE IN CULTURE? DID YOU FIND ANY HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR EXPATS?
A. There are always cultural differences, no two places are the same… experience from prior moves and relocation support info provided by employers is very useful.
Q. ARE THERE ANY TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW EXPAT THAT YOU WISH SOMEONE SHARED WITH YOU BEFORE YOU BEGAN YOUR FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT/RELOCATION?
A. Get your SSN early, everything in the US requires it…