Immigrating to the US? Connect with the SA Community in the US

(Partner Content) Immigrating to the US is just so much easier when you have a compatriot who understands the transition from South Africa to the US.

Immigrating to the US? Connect with the SA Community in the US

Leaving your native country permanently and immigrating to the US to become part of the American dream is an exciting new chapter. In fact, there are multitudes of South Africans who have already taken this big step and integrated successfully into American society.

If you are wondering how you could connect to other South Africans in the US, this article will tell you exactly how.

US regions with significant South African populations

Many South Africans have immigrated to the midwestern states like Minnesota and Illinois. There are also a number of South African born citizens in California, New York, Maryland, South Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, Arizona and Texas.

As at 2017, more than 111,720 South Africans have emigrated to the US.

Connecting with South African communities in the US

Immigrating to the US is just so much easier when you have a compatriot who understands the transition from South Africa to the US. We have listed a few spots in the US where you can meet fellow South Africans. This is not an exhaustive list and you may find many other communities in the US.

  • Missing a typical South African braai? In Florida, there is a social braai club, Braai News, that hosts regular braai events.
  • If you are moving to Boston, there is a Facebook group for South Africans living in Boston you can join.
  • Going to stay in San Diego? The South African Expat Social Club has a variety of events for South Africans in the region. Activities include braais, wine tours, sports and other social events.
  • Find yourself in Seattle? Then you can join the South Africans in Seattle Facebook group to socialise with fellow South Africans at fun activities such as picnics, braais and wine tasting.
  • Lastly, the US is known for their wide selection of food. However, sometimes, there is a hollow spot in your stomach that only South African food can fill. African Hut has a wide selection of South African foods you can order online. And the best part is that they ship to anywhere in the US.

Other helpful organisations in the US

  • African Fest USA promotes African culture and entertainment in the US.
  • The Southern African Community USA is a non-profit organisation promoting Southern African culture and assisting to unite and integrate those communities in the US.

Leave the legalities of your immigration to the experts

Knowing that you will be able to connect with compatriots in your new country, will help your family to settle in with greater ease.

However, getting to the US may involve more legalities than originally anticipated. We, at the Law Offices of Grant Kaplan, have been assisting people for almost 30 years with Immigrating to the US. We deal on a daily basis with immigration matters ranging from routine applications to the most complex immigration issues. We understand the complications involved as well as the practical arrangements which need to be made.

Our experienced team has an in-depth understanding of the immigration matters and can guide you for a smooth immigration process.

Contact us today for a full immigration service for all visa categories.
Tel: +1 561 347 8440

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Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ reunion teaser trailer released [video]

Fans of the sitcom Friends, will be happy to learn that the reunion – in which the six famous actors will sit down for an interview – will air on HBO Max on 27 May.

An unscripted celebration of Friends

HBO Max shared a first-look trailer of Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry walking to a down-tempo version of the iconic sitcom’s theme tune I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts.

The caption described the special as “The One Where We Get to See Our Favorites Back Together Again”, and what’s more, the reunion will see the Friends return to the original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for the real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show.

Guest-stars revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Winston directed the special and executive produced along with Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane.

The cast will be joined by guest-stars including, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

‘Better than ever’

Friends premiered in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons on NBC. It remains one of the most popular shows in the world, having exploded when its 236 episodes debuted on Netflix in 2015 and earned a new generation of fans.

Cox – who played Monica in the hit-show, wrote on Instagram: “This kind of thing doesn’t happen every year, or even every 10, or 15 years. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to reunite with my Friends … and it was better than ever.”

Meanwhile, Aniston – who plays Rachel – referenced a line from an early episode of the show, and said: “Could we BE any more excited?!”

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