I'm a software engineer, starting my career in Australia and most recently in the US between 2016 and 2022.
Various Aussies have asked me how to move to the US, particularly those working in tech and startups.
I'm finally writing this down, so I'll save time for "future me" by just sharing this link 😉
Here's what I cover in this guide:
As I started writing, there was much to cover - so I'll split this into a handful of separate posts.
This first post will be the shortest of the lot and will cover some personal background and context.
I can't profess to be a world expert on moving from Australia to the US.
All I can share is my unique experience based on my personal circumstances.
Before moving to the US, we traveled frequently but spent most of our time between Singapore and Australia.
We had wanted to start a family and recognized that it would be a lot easier if we stuck to one place for those early years. (Narrator: It's true).
So the question became, why not do that by living in a country NEITHER of us had lived in before and having a bit of an adventure at the same time?
We decided we wanted to live in the US.
I have to confess being familiar with American TV shows played some part in that decision.
So read the rest of this guide with this context in mind. Move on to Part II for a discussion on how I first found a job opportunity in the US.