Interested in Immigrating to the US from Australia?
Those people who are living in the United States who have Australian ancestry are sometimes called Australian Americans.
There are currently over 114,820 Australian Americans living in the US currently and 60,965 who were born in the US.
The first wave of Australians immigrating to the US was in the 1850s during the California Gold Rush. Many Australians immigrated to California in search of gold. Then again in the 1890s was another wave during Australia’s economic depression.
Australian Community in the US
There are Australian Americans throughout all of the United States but there are some hot spots where more of them live together.
The areas in America where the most Australians reside are: California, Hawaii, New York, South Florida, Houston, Denver, Seattle, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Since Australians also speak English typically the transition to American culture is quite quick.
Immigration Process to the US
Most Australian immigrants get their Green Card and become Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) as immediate relatives of US citizens, through family sponsorship , through employment, or by claiming refugee status. As many Australian immigrants begin as students in the US, it may also be useful to understand the student visa process as a stepping stone to later achieving legal permanent residency.