Before you decide to move to the U.S. there are many things you need to think about. Apart from the fact that the U.S. has its own immigration rules, there are plenty of other factors that you should consider. If you are moving to the U.S. for work, this means you are going to need to get your work permit and become more familiar with how things work in the US.
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According to CreditBridge preparing to move by getting the paperwork ready, finding the right accommodation, handling your finance, getting medical insurance and learning more about American culture can help you plan and adjust to the transition appropriately. Here are the most important steps you need to take before relocating to the U.S.
1. Obtaining Your Visa
Getting your visa is the first step you need to take to relocate to the U.S. Depending on your nationality, reason of travel as well as how long you are planning to stay, you will need to meet a number of different requirements. This is something every person who wasn’t born in the US needs to do when they are planning to visit, work and live in the country. If you are unsure about what you need to do, try the Visa Wizard that tells you what type of visa you need to apply for.
2. Finding a Place to Live
Finding accommodation in the US is of crucial importance. After deciding where you want to live, search online for available houses or apartments within the area. As CreditBridge suggests, Zillow and Streeteasy (for New York) might be a good place to start looking for accommodation. What’s great about the U.S. is that if you can’t find an affordable place to live there, you can find a roommate to share the costs, rent a mobile house or even buy a house if you think that’s better for you in the long-run. Airbnb is also an excellent choice when you are looking for short-term accommodation or until you find a better solution.
3. Handling Your Finance
If you are planning to move to the US, it means that you have made your calculations about how much money you are going to need and hopefully saved some pennies in advance. After doing so, the wisest move you can make to control your finances is opening a U.S. bank account – a checking and savings account. To do that, you will need some important documents such as a taxpayer ID, government ID, passport and other confirmation letters that give proof of your address.
4. Getting Medical Insurance
Apart from ensuring that you can easily get medical care whenever you need it, medical insurance is required by law and everyone should make sure they have it. If you don’t, you may have to pay a penalty of more than $300. While most of the time medical insurance is offered by your employer, you can apply for it through Healthcare.gov. But, depending on your immigration status, how many years you held it and your age you may be ineligible to get it.
5. Learning the Culture
Getting to know the culture is important as it helps you discover how to live comfortably in the U.S. While this is something that you will find out in time, the sooner you learn to adjust the better it will be for you to make the most of the U.S. Better yet, if you have friends or any relatives living there, you can ask them to show you around and make your stay there easier more enjoyable.
The U.S. can be a wonderful place to live and work as long as you can come up with an effective plan to do it. Finding the right accommodation is essential, but so it is getting medical insurance and ensuring that you live by the rules of the state.
Are you considering moving to America? What are the steps you have taken so far? Let me know in the comments section below…