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What you need to know before immigrating to the United States. 

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Large numbers of people immigrate to the United States every year. People who leave their home country want to improve their lives: get new career opportunities, get quality education, or find a comfortable place for old age.

In the United States, everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential, regardless of age, nationality, physical, mental, and other individual characteristics. However, moving to another country where you must face a new culture and have a totally different life is not so easy. What do you need to know before immigrating to the USA? 

1. Determine your ambitions and goals

How you want to live, what exactly do you expect from Immigration, what step of the social ladder are you ultimately aiming for and what are you willing to take risks. This is the basis for everything: it is the understanding of your plan that provides the basis for all further actions.

For example, if you have a dream that cannot be fulfilled at home, will it be possible to fulfill it in the United States? What prospects do you think will open up for your profession and career? In short, what meaning can emigration to the United States add to your life?

If your acquaintances live in the States, communicate with them and feel free to ask them questions about life in this country, consult with them on issues that interest you. In particular, ask questions about which state, where, and with whom to start initially, discuss job search opportunities, and find out where the best schools for your children are.

2. Learn or improve your English

Communication in the native language is an integral part of our daily life. But to find a job, you must know English. The main difficulties faced by immigrants are related to their lack of knowledge of the language. Entering a university, taking short training courses, looking for a job, submitting documents to government agencies, registering children in school or kindergarten is an overwhelming task for those who do not know English. Therefore, after you decide to emigrate to the United States, start learning this language. If you own it a little bit, work on improving it.

3. Choose the city you plan to move to and decide on a job plan

Look for vacancies in an interesting state, district, or city, check yourself for eligibility, look at typical assignments – make sure that the job will be, and you meet the employer’s expectations. Your profession may not be useful at all in this country. On the contrary, skills that are not useful to you at home can help you find a job as soon as possible, and earn good money. Get ready mentally to get a new profession and work on it. 

Also, it is not customary to say everything directly here, so the words of approval for your work may hide dissatisfaction or even an impending dismissal.

You will need to learn to read between the lines, delve into the intricacies of culture and find the root causes of certain words and deeds. 

4. Be psychologically prepared for difficulties

Even if you have set a specific task for yourself, speak English, and believe in your skills, in the USA you will face unexpected and unforeseen problems. In addition to positive things – like a high standard of living, the emergence of new friends and skills – the life of an immigrant is filled with difficulties and even disappointments. For example, it’s hard to get used to how much life in the United States costs: despite high incomes, almost half will go to taxes, and another third to food. You will have to get used to the fact that, most likely, your social capital in another country will practically disappear, and your status (including property) will go down a step lower: the transition from the rich people of your country to the middle class of the target state is the norm.

If you live in your home country, then in the USA you will have to shell out a large amount of money for renting an apartment. In general, do not lose sight of lifestyle, work, working conditions, and family life, and be both mentally and psychologically prepared for the fact that all this can present unexpected surprises.

5. Health

Take the time and money to complete a full health examination in your home country. A US immigrant visa or status cannot be obtained if you have a serious illness such as tuberculosis or hepatitis. If you have such illnesses, do not even start the immigration preparation process.

Besides, persons who suffer or have suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, as well as mental and/or physical disorders that pose a threat to society, cannot be admitted to the United States.

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