If you’re thinking about becoming a US resident, congratulations! The United States is a great place to live, work, and play. However, navigating the residency process can be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand everything from visas to naturalization.
Visas: Getting Your Foot in the Door
Before becoming a US resident, you’ll need to obtain a visa that enables you to enter the country legally. There are several types of visas available depending on your background and intentions.
The Tourist Visa:
A tourist visa allows foreigners entry into the United States for up to 90 days with no intent of conducting business or working.
The Work Visa:
For foreign nationals who intend on being employed in America but do not possess U. S citizenship.
International students planning on studying full-time at any degree-granting university in america should apply for sente student visa prior travel and study there.
To learn more about each type of visa and their specific requirements, check out our detailed visa guide.
Making Yourself at Home
Once you have your visa sorted out, it’s time to make yourself comfortable. . . both physically and culturally!
Finding somewhere suitable reasonable rent may seem daunting while living here that fluctuation based upon geographical location exists sometimes immediately next door so weigh all options before choosing an apartment. Make sure what housing would cost per month as it varies depending upon various factors like security deposit etc.
It is important also that inspect said apartments once u find something within budget because certain issues exists if fittings are damaged easily since owners usually don’t plan for long term maintenance at times consider getting insurance coverage too – ‘the extra expense now may save thousands later’.
Worried about the stereotypes? Check out our cultural guide for more information.
Congratulations, you have found your new home! Now it’s time to make a living. If you’re already in America with an established employer or from outside of the country though it is double important to ensure all necessary working documents are ready as legal system can be exhaustive.
Finding a Job
Having some experience helps, but if you don’t then searching online and physically are key strategies sometimes checking out usual spots/sources like Facebook, twitter events works fine but great research should be done first than clicking on everything one sees.
For job hunting tips including building your professional network and customizing your resume check our [career guide] .
Healthcare: Staying Healthy Is Expensive!
US healthcare costs ranks among the highest globally with substantial portions bared by patients themselves same caution applies before receiving care/results irrespective of payment co-payment pre-established before visitdation.
Here are tips
Ensure details while making appointments or fixing conference prior visits.
Determine whether prescribed drugs costs efficient using prescription comparison databases like “GoodRx”.
Inform all known allergies type within medical form filling process.
For detailed explanation health services see our [healthcare guide] .
Becoming a Permanent Resident
If you’ve spent years learning the ins-and-outs of American life, maybe it’s time to take on citizenship fully. In order to become a US citizen there are several ways
One of which is through naturalization
Naturalization: Making It Official
In general if someone wishes upon being granted permanent residency & eventually U. S. citizenship then they must live in America steadily for no less than five years unbroken receiving no criminal convictions since admission that could blacklist them from gaining citizenship applying after certain identification/documentation processes have being satisfied.
Application cost and acquisition process might vary with locality e. g. states counties etc, but plan to multiply estimates of expenses when calculating budget.
For further information appreciate reading our citizenship guide.
Q: What happens if I come to the U. S. on a tourist visa but end up wanting to stay longer or work here?
A: Changing ones status in a bid prohibited thereby one needs file change request immediately as staying beyond certian time frame without correct documents is fraudulent/hurricane ground for deportation.
Q :What are some ways I can prepare myself culturally before moving to the US ?
A:Some things you could do include:
– Learning as much about American culture as you can through books, tv shows, podcasts.
– If you know people who live there already then talk to them about their experiences
– Follow Social media accounts that offer helpful tips on how Americans interact with each other
Disclaimer: This article only provides general guidelines and shouldn’t be taken as professional advice. Make sure that before making any legal decisions pertaining your residency in America consult legal authorities/experts first.
And there you have it! We hope this guide has helped make navigating becoming a US resident less intimidating.