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Arriving from Abroad; planning to move to the USA?
Welcome to America
- The acclaimed site by Roger Johnson.
People often ask me, "who are you?".
So I tell them. "I'm Roger Johnson, the worlds first self proclaimed welcome sign photography expert."
Communities and societies
American Citizens Abroad
- Founded in Geneva in 1978, ACA has members in over 90 countries.
Read sample e-newsletter: Sept 2007
Fun and informative!
Here's an excerpt from the ACA newsletter...
"WHILE YOU'RE SURFING...
Where on earth can you find anything as cool as http://earth.google.com ?
Those equipped and willing to download and install free software and to use
it while online can treat themselves to views ranging from outer space to
identifying-your-car close of many locations round the world. Particularly
good for North America. You can dip and swoop around the target address you
provide. Pretty amazing stuff."
Overseas Teachers Digest
- The virtual home for American teachers abroad
wwteach For the K-12 int'l school community
- Contact Expats.
An expats lifestyle can sometimes be a lonely existence, not knowing anyone in a new location.
- Find people in your region, and let them open up the area to you.
- Escape Artist
- over 2,500 pgs of resources for expats & freedom seekers. Leads on int'l jobs, guidance for life in general
- 70 independent clubs, 15,000 members in 32 countries
the Federation of American Womens Clubs Overseas
Expatriates in Germany
- Living and working how-to's. Everyday language, Expat-friendly links on communication, education, companies, government and entertainment in Germany. Also see: German-American links and: German-Way
- Presenting Mr. John Pollard's
- Your bookmark to Belgium!
Living and working in Ireland
- What you need to know.
Swiss - American Organizations
- Expat links in Switzerland
Also check this out this site:
- Moscow Expats
- Includes the Moscow Expat Survival Guide.
Presented by Nicholas Pilugin.
an excerpt from their discussion group.
Return to India
Portal for the NRI community
An online community focused squarely on Taiwan. The "ultimate online exchange that allows Taiwan's real-life global community to help one another."
- Meet the largest community of expatriates moving to and living in Europe.
Information for Americans Abroad and British Abroad.
- Expat Access
- The leading site for expatriates. Practical tools, information and assistance for
individuals relocating internationally. 15000+ visitors a month.
- Human Resources managers responsible for relocating staff worldwide will
find assistance and information on taxes, benefits and compensation,
relocation policies and other related articles.
- The newsletter of international living - link page
Expat network links
- Oil & gas industry-oriented site
- Sponsored by Shell International for their employees around the world.
- "We give our children the world."
- News, community and advice for expatriates.
- Welcome to a virtual Netherlands.
Get some SUN
- Spouses' Underground Network, resources for expatriates.
Publishing & Orientation
- Welcome to CONSULTus
Expatriate Briefings & Intercultural Seminars GmbH, Germany
Inter Cultural specialists for families on international assignments
- BR Anchor
- Valuable resources on moving, for HR managers and planners. Recognized authority on international relocation
- Hello! USA
- A very useful book on everyday living for international residents and visitors to the States. Website: www.hellousa.com Author: Judy Priven
- Tales from a Small Planet
- On-line magazine; literature, message boards.
- American Citizens Abroad (ACA)
- Book Reviews - By accessing amazon.com via the ACA web site, ACA will
get a small sales commission on every purchase you make during that visit --
at no extra expense to you!
- Books on Culture Shock
*Crossing cultures *China
*A wifes guide *Am I ready?
*The Japanese overseas *Survival kit
*A womans guide
*Your family *Managing transition
*Living & working in France
- available from Amazon.com
Sefco's Reading Room:
Taiwan ROC and the UN
Read Expat Forum's current
selection of books.
Ex Librus - From the Library of...
Book reviewer David Casavis meets AFSA Editor, Shawn Dorman.
Photo taken at AFSA headquarters, Washington, D.C. -
Read article from Sept 2004 Foreign Service Journal
Book reviews and special features, courtesy of
Sefco Export Management Company, Inc.
News and views - via the internet
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From: CA, Travel Info
Subject: Ecuador Public Announcement
Ecuador Public Announcement
This Public Announcement is to alert Americans that the security situation in Quito
remains unsettled following the April 20 removal of Ecuador's president.
There have been no reports of disruptions in the rest of the country, and both the U.S. Embassy
in Quito and the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil remain open. This Public Announcement expires on May 31, 2005.
After a week of increasingly confrontational protests and demonstrations, the President of
Ecuador was removed from office, and the Vice-President took the oath of office on April 20, 2005.
The protests, centered in Quito, may abate, but the possibility exists that they may continue.
American citizens should avoid large crowds and demonstrations and minimize travel in the city.
Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
American citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of demonstrations if possible,
and to exercise caution in the vicinity of any demonstrations. Seek reliable sources of information
for news of demonstrations, protests and other activities that may impact your safety and security.
For updated information on the protests in Quito, please call the Embassy at 011-593-2-256-2890 X4510
during working hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) For emergency services after hours, please call 011-593-2-223-4126 or 256-1749.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the
Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov,
where the current Worldwide Cautions, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found.
Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S.,
or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
for State Department Travel Warnings
Sefco Export: security precautions
historical perspective: wardens message for US Expats (Moscow-03)
March - Valid May 2005
This Travel Warning is being issued to warn U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Haiti due to the volatile security situation, even though the authorized departure for non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. Embassy personnel has been lifted. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued October 14, 2004.
Americans are reminded of the potential for spontaneous demonstrations and violent confrontations between armed groups. Visitors and residents must remain vigilant due to the absence of an effective police force in much of Haiti; the potential for looting; the presence of intermittent roadblocks set by armed gangs or by the police; and the possibility of random violent crime, including kidnapping, car-jacking, and assault.
Travel can be hazardous within Port-au-Prince. Some areas are off-limits to embassy staff, including downtown Port-au-Prince after dark. The embassy has imposed a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., which could change periodically. Staff members must remain in their homes or in U.S. government facilities during the hours covered by the curfew. The embassy has limited travel by its staff outside of Port-au-Prince and the ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Port-Au-Prince remains extremely limited. U.S. businesses continue to operate in Haiti, but take special precautions to protect their facilities and personnel. The UN stabilization force (MINUSTAH) is fully deployed and is assisting the government of Haiti in providing security. They have challenged violent gangs and have moved into some gang enclaves.
U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Haiti despite this Travel Warning must remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and are strongly advised to register either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ or come to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) to obtain updated information on travel and security in Haiti. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy can be reached at (509) 223-7011, the fax number is (509) 223-9665 and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Haiti and Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas. In Haiti citizens can call 509/222-0200 ext. 2000.
Sefco Export's Security Review: "Safe and Sound"
- Peruse a wide spectrum of articles published in periodicals like
The International Herald Tribune
Read expat oriented news:
- Sefco's Expat Resources:
Medivac / Travel Insurance
Public information obtained via the US Embassy website (Valetta, Malta).
- Medibroker International
- Specialising in providing Private Medical Insurance cover to expatriates living or working abroad regardless of country or nationality. Free advice and free quotations.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC health information for international travel
- Identifies health-related online publications, web sites, Gov't agencies and support groups
- Medicineplanet.com -based in San Francisco, the Association for Safe International Road Travel -
asirt.org the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene -
astmh.org - and the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers -
- International SOS
- A leading medical assistance company, with online health reports available to members.
- The Drs Reference site
Travel Medicine and *
Travel Health Online
Innovative Benefits Consultants
- A consultant and broker for international life and health insurance programmes targeted to expatriates and the internationally-mobile community. NY-London-Singapore, contact: Paul Wolf at
Finance and Taxes
- Brokers a wide range of international life, health, travel, disability plans and investment products for expatriates and their employers around the world.
Contact: David Tompkins
Toll Free: 800-232-9415
Send a wire transfer from Japan using
Yucho, Japan's postal bank
- Dean Demos, CPA -
Demos Tax Consulting, Stamford, CT - Tel: 203-328-3714, Fax: 203-547-6204 fax. Specializes in providing tax consulting
services to people with relocation tax issues and high net-worth individuals.
One of the more stressful aspects of relocation is learning about all of the various tax issues
related to the move. Demos Tax Consulting's motto is "we take your tax headache away!"
- We would like to provide Sefco Export customers with one of our tax booklets (PDF)
that explains the basics of what they need to know.
Real estate & Relocation
- Welcome to Tuscany, Italy!
Lore Living Services
specializes in providing you with a broad range of practical services
in order to facilitate adjustment to life in a new environment.
Our business offers various assistance packages,
from full resettlement to organizing short-term stays
in these breathtaking surroundings.
- Looking for a home in the USA? Real Estate HOME BUYERS deserve equal representation
- The Corporate Housing Connection
- Hundreds of professionally screened housing opportunities throughout the US and abroad
- Home exchange and apartment exchange international and national
International Real Estate Digest
- The world directory connects you to over 30,000 real estate web-sites
- the place to buy
220-volt, dual voltage, multi-system electronics. PAL, Secam, NTSC, more. Log-on to their on-line catalog.
Contact: Jay Bernstein Tel: 1-800-317-6945
- This useful site tells you what plugs work where, at what voltage, worldwide.
World electric power guide
- Quick, comprehensive review.
- Snippets of information about whether appliances from the US will work overseas.
Are you an expat located far from home shores,
yet have a craving for popular products - from Holland,
America, Japan, Britain, India, Indonesia and beyond?
Use Sefco as your "export/expat concierge". We provide p/a purchasing agent services, warehouse receiving, consolidatoin and overseas delivery services.
- These are a few of our favorite things...
Have a vendor you would like to recommend? Tell us about it!
We are always looking for new and interesting items to showcase on our web site.
Cross-cultural education and more...
- SEFCO's free online translator
- Rough, quick and easy to use. Instantly translate text or an entire webpage. Over 55 translation options.
Link to hundreds of on-line foreign language dictionaries.:
Sefco Export: Mudanzas Internacionales En Espanol
- Corporate translation services
- contact: Mr. Radovan Dzurcanin - Dublin, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 6678818 Fax: +353 1 6961166 Email: email@example.com
Translation from English into any of the following languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified,
Chinese Traditional, French for France, Georgian, German for Austria, German for Germany,
Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrghiz, Muldovian, Polish, Portuguese for Brazil,
Portuguese for Portugal, Romanian, Russian, Spanish for Latin America, Spanish for Spain, Turkish, Ukrainian.
- Dutch interpretation
- contact: Mr. Wouter Wessel - NY, New York
- Language Translation Service
- Translation in Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Japanese and others
- We provide accurate and fast translation service at affordable price all over the world!
- New to the US? Here's how you get in touch...
American Ways & Language fast track
- For visiting international managers and newcomers beginning American assignments.
Private tutorials, immersion to American culture and spoken word. Email:
Roberta Rettner, M.A., Director. In Manhattan Tel: 212-725-1638
English, Russian, French
- Professional European conference interpretation available to users in North America.
- Magnum Group, Inc. is a full-service foreign-language communications company.
- The company maintains its project management office in Philadelphia, a video production studio in New York City, and project coordinators in Spain and Argentina.
Contact: Tatiana Gadea, Phone: 917-292-5225
- Helping the world communicate... Berlitz
- Valuable one-on-one cross-cultural training sessions,
geared toward lifestyle and practical business issues. Contact:
Cheryl Foster Direct Tel: 609-514-3171 for details.
- Accent on Languages
- Technical, legal & business translations, localizers and interpreters - Berkeley, CA - Paris
- A public institution founded by the Spanish Gov't to promote knowledge of language and cultures of Spanish speaking countries.
It is the largest worldwide Spanish teaching organization.
- Worldwide network of organizations dedicated to education, understanding and promotion of French language and culture.
- Visit the web site of this leading, Chicago-based cross-cultural training institute.
- Word of the Day
Take a Quia Quiz
- Activities in 15 languages, from Spanish, French, and German to Chinese, Turkish, and Esperanto
Moving to or from Japan?
Have a look: www.sefco-export.com/japan-guide.htm
Study spoken language in Japan.
Free English language help: englishforums.com
Japan Expat Resources in New York City, NY
Japanese newspapers, magazines, travel agencies, supermarkets, book stores, inexpensive language schools,
internet links to the Consulate General and a comprehensive guidebook for Japanese in the US.
Also see: Sefco Export's Japan Guide www.sefco-export.com/japan-guide.htm
Language resources: Jim Breen's Japanese-English Dictionary Server
Study in the USA:
A F International School of Languages Inc. - "Your English School in Southern California"
main ph: +213.381.6707, contact: Dr. Andrea M. Fuchs
Located in Los Angeles, and Westlake Village, California - USA
Distance learning: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT - one of the worlds top universities -
allows anyone with an internet connection
to audit their
classes - absolutely free of charge !
Have a look at their course list:
[Free College Education]
International Education & Exchange
Following featured websites are provided to you
as a courtesy of Sefco Export Management Company Inc. NYC
- A new job. A new country. Now what?
Windmills on Broadway a one-day seminar
that prepares your new European employees
for life in the USA.
Contact: Mr. Wouter Wessel
Tel: 212-932-9446, Fax: 212-665-1819
Cross-cultural training, language instructions, translation services.
Based in Manhattan.
Dutch - English interpretation.
Mr. Wessel is recognized as an expert in Dutch linguistics and interpretation.
Read some observations...
...on working in the US compared to working in Holland:
"Swapping pay for play."
See: "A Dutch Windmill in Japan"
Sefco can help you find your way home.
- Consultants in
Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong
- Expat oriented site dedicated to living and doing business in Indonesia.
- Is your company New to New York?
Here's how you find the right people for your business.
Levine Hirshorn & Associates
- Bringing together top companies in
the fashion and retail industry with the best selection of qualified candidates.
Richard Hirshorn, President
In Manhattan Tel: 212-730-1388
- Overseas jobs index.
- Escape Artist
Immigration & Citizenship
- A leading U.S. immigration portal featuring Immigration Directories,
Immigration Assistant, INS Processing Times, News, Message Boards, Chat
Rooms, Online Consultations, INS Forms, Immigration Newsletter, and more...
- The Immigration Superhighway
BCL Immigration Services
- Work permits, citizenship, immigration, dual-national passports, and investment-based nationality for desireable countries all over the world
Cleared for Landing.com
- U.S.A. Immigration - You've got questions. We've got answers.
- Visa Law
- The immigration law site of Siskind, Susser, Haas and Devine
- The immigration support network
- U.S. - Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
- The INS Passenger Accelerated Service System
- reduce immigration inspection processing time for authorized travelers entering the United States
Tips for Americans residing abroad
- Bureau of Consular Affairs, US Dept. of State
Federal Voting Assistance Program
- Learn about
absentee voting and US elections. Vote even if your live abroad.
- Immigrating to the USA?
- Hoping for to get a "winning spot" in the lottery?
Be careful. Read [Green Card Lottery]
- Question & Answers: Featuring Alan Lee's law practice
- Deals exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality laws and he has practiced this exclusively for 26 years.
Website includes translations of the Immigration Q & A column
that appears regularly in the World Journal - the largest Chinese language newspaper in North America.
Travelers Message Board
- Where do you want to go?
Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree
- Thousands of postings by and for travelers to destinations all over the world
- Fly on over to...
Smilin' Jack's Aviation Directory
- Explore more than 14,000 destinations
- Visit Europe...
- "We get it right, one traveler at a time."
is one of the largest full-service travel management firms
in the USA. New corporate accounts should contact:
Carol Anne Martini at
Birds, cats, dogs, horses, elephants...
and other valued "family members"...
- Useful contacts for shipping them in and out of the country.
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