Our partner International AutoSource recently released a study on Expats living in the United States, The 2014 Expat Review. The study was created from a survey of current Expatriates living in the USA, to help advise future Expats relocating to the United States.
The Expat Review was released in March 2015 by International AutoSource (IAS), a full-service Expat transportation provider. Out of thousands of customers, IAS randomly selected a pool of 49 Expat customers to take a survey about their experience moving to, and living in, the United States. The Expat Review was created from the answers given in the survey, and contains statistical information about the Expat community in the United States, along with testimonials from Expatriates regarding personal relocation experiences.
Relocating to the United States is a major decision that requires a lot of research and planning, but it can sometimes be hard for Expats to find trustworthy sources of information. Research has shown that the most trusted advice tends to come from your peers, people who shared the same experiences as you. The 2014 Expat Review gives Expats a snapshot of the Expat lifestyle in the United States, sharing information and testimonials from current Expats in the USA.
The Expats featured in the study moved to the USA in 2013 and 2014, and the average participant had been in the USA for eight months at the time of the study. Expats from around the world participated, including Expats from the Philippines, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. The participants answered four open-ended questions asking them to identify challenges, cite major cultural differences, and share the advice they would give to future Expats.
It was discovered that the number one challenge Expats faced in the United States is difficulty obtaining documentation. A shocking 43-percent of those surveyed cited it as an issue. A lack of credit history was also high on the list of issues, with 18-percent of the Expatriates surveyed finding it to be a problem in the United States.
“The biggest challenge of starting a new life in the US is to actually go through the process of becoming someone. Credit history is used as a basis to measure people for everything, being new you are basically in disadvantage on everything.” – Edgar F., Foreign National living in the United States.
The 2014 Expat Review provides information regarding:
- Top 5 Countries of Origin
- Top 5 Destination States
- Family Demographics
- Vehicles Purchased
- The Expat Lifestyle
- Challenges Of An Expat
- Advice and Tips To Fellow Expats