Seven things expats need to ge

Seven things expats need to get used to after moving to the States

You’d better get used to these as soon as possible.

Seven things expats need to ge

This advice is brought to you by the immigration experts at Grant Kaplan

  1. People will love your accent

Several times a day, you’ll hear people say, “Oh, my. I love how you speak.”

2. People will love your accent and then try and guess where you’re from

Once they’ve admitted how much they love how you say ‘water’, you’ll be involved in a guessing game where the person tries to guess if you’re British, South African or Australian.

3. Your sarcasm might go undetected at first 

Humour is different all over the world. The dryness of British or South African wit can sometimes confuse the average American. Don’t take offence, but also be aware that you may well be offending people inadvertently with what you think is really funny.

4. People will try to impersonate your accent 

Let them try. That really is funny, the world over.

5. Your tiny town is probably completely unknown

Where you’re from is not really as important as its proximity to somewhere big. Even if you live nowhere near London, or Johannesburg, work out the approximate mileage before you go so that you can legitimately say, “I’m from a little place about 600 miles outside of Johannesburg.”

6. Americans’ friendliness can be startling at first

Americans are genuinely friendly people. For more reserved nations, this can be disconcerting. Roll with it – you’ll be exactly the same in just a few years’ time.

7. You’ll be asked about politics, exchange rates, and other things you probably know very little about

Study your country’s history before you go. People love that kind of small talk at parties.

Grant Kaplan is an Immigration lawyer based in Florida who has helped thousands of families and business people make the move into the States. The Law Offices of Grant Kaplan provide a full immigration service for all visa categories. Tel +1 561 347 8440 or email

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