I left the US for New Zealand in 2008. My wife and I always wanted to live overseas. It was during the financial crisis, she worked for a major financial firm, and her boss told her she may want to start sending out resumes, so we thought we'd give it a try. Also, both of us have always had a conflicted relationship with US culture. We applied for permanent residence visas and she was able to get a job in Wellington. I've always been a freelancer, so it was hard to land a job while still living in the US, but was able to find work about 4 months after we arrived.
We applied for permanent