09 Jan An Overview of Moving to America
The American dream is still alive and well across the world. Thousands (if not millions) of people of countless nationalities dream of moving to the US. Whether you’re dreaming of starting over in America, creating a business, or raising your family here, there are a few things to keep in mind before starting the process.
If you’re wondering how easy it will be to relocate to America, it really depends on a few different factors. What you do for work is specifically one of the primary factors involved in how easy the relocation process will be (including how long it will take). For example, if you’re a professional in an in-demand industry, you can most likely find a corporation that will sponsor your visa (which will speed the entire process along much quicker than normal).
Below is our list of the best tips for relocating and working in the USA regions (i.e. states and territories). We go into detail about the type of research you should be doing, visa requirements, bank accounts, and other vital pieces of information.
Do Your Research
This is the first tip on our list for the simple reason that it’s one of the most important things you can do prior to even starting the relocation process. The internet has a huge wealth of information regarding anything you could hope to know about relocating to the US.
We recommend developing a list of everything that you’d like to know more about. Specifically, your list should include the following:
- Cities/areas you’d like to move to.
- Jobs you’re interested in.
- Areas in which these jobs are prevalent.
- Visa requirements.
- How long the visa process will take.
Make the Effort to Come to the USA (Before Moving Here)
It’s important to actually visit the USA before starting the process to move here. You need to evaluate your reasons for wanting to move to America. Are they based on feelings? Work reasons? Family? These are important considerations to think about.
But, you shouldn’t come here to relax and go on vacation. Rather, your trip should be all about learning what it’s like to actually live here, as well as learning about where the jobs are, which cities are preferable, what the housing market is like, etc. It’s very easy to overlook these things during the planning phase (because of how exciting it can be).
Start the Visa/Green Card Process
The biggest challenge of the entire relocation process is without a doubt obtaining a valid green card or visa. You’ll need to start the visa application process a few months before coming here (at an absolute bare minimum).
After you’ve completed your visa petition, you will receive more detailed instructions regarding additional applications, interviews, etc. from the National Visa Center. More information regarding the US visa process is available on this page.
Housing in the US
Another important aspect of the relocation process is housing. Do you know where you’re going to be living in America? Will you rent an apartment or condo? Or, do you plan on buying a house? No matter what your plans are, chances are that your permanent accommodation won’t be ready when you get off the plane. So, you’re going to need to find temporary housing. This could be a hotel, a short-term apartment, etc.
Moving Your Belongings
Before you leave for the US, you need to take a complete inventory of all your property, and decide which belongings will be coming with you. Anything that’s large will need to be shipped via freight (i.e. boat). However, anything that’s small can be packed in suitcases (or even shipped using courier services).
Social Security Numbers & Bank Accounts
Having a social security number is an important part of being a citizen/green card holder. This number is used for everything from opening bank accounts, applying for credit cards, and even for applying to jobs. It’s also used for paying income tax. If you didn’t take care of this during the visa application process, you can do it once you arrive in the country.
Bank accounts are another necessity. Most banks are regional, however there are also quite a few national banks as well. Research the differences between banks, and then choose the one that you feel the most comfortable with. Most banks will require that you have a social security number to open an account, so keep that in mind before applying (however this isn’t always the case). More information regarding setting up US bank accounts is available at this link.