Moving to any country or even different city can get very complicated if you don’t know what you should do first after your arrival. Now, US being as large as it is, can make you feel pretty lost in the lights of metropolises. To avoid complications and feel safe right at the start, you should consider the following tips:
- Apply for your Social Security Number
Your Social Security Number is the basis for all your activities and basically everything in the US, not just saying that. It could take around 2-3 weeks until your SSN gets processed but applying for it should be your top priority so consider doing it as soon as you reach your destination.
- Apply for your Work Visa
This factor depends whether you have received your visa already or not, of course. In case you haven’t you should do it as soon as you get your own SSN. Approximately, the process takes around 60-90 days so you shouldn’t waste your time. If you have taken a risk to come to the US and move in permanently, it is obvious that you need a job and without visa, it’s near impossible to get one. For this reason, right after getting your SSN, move to the next step and soon you will be able to work and settle down.
- Open a Bank Account
When you get your own SSN and US mailing address, next priority should be a bank account. When opening one, you will be able to deposit your payment from the US and this account will serve you to pay the pills as well. Assuming you have a job or at least some sort of income you are relying on, keeping your money anywhere else but a bank account is not a smart move. Make sure you are safe and you get enough to function properly.
- Get a US Credit Card
Building a credit in the US without American credit history is very difficult. The smartest step you can make is applying for a prepaid card. You can leave a deposit of $1000 and put the limit on it of the same amount. This way, you can start building your credit history and in the next 3-6 months, you can ask for the return of your deposit. Smaller landlords are known as more flexible so you could kindly offer to pay 3-5 months of your rent in advance, in case the whole situation does not really seem pleasant. Every beginning is hard so if you face firms that require American credit history, do not panic because you will have it once but you have to start first.
- Go to the DMV
You cannot function without a car and moving to a new country, you need to renew your license. You could possibly have around 10 days from your arrival to do this. Go to the DMV shortly after and finish the written driving test. Assuming you pass it straight away, you will receive a temporary license that will expire in approximately 60 days. After that period, you have to book the behind-the-wheel test, once you pass it, you will be able to import or buy your own car! The laws and timing are not the same in every state so you should head over to the DMV and get accurate information and instructions.
Hopefully these will make your transition into the United States much easier, let me know if anybody is thinking of moving over in the comments. I’d love to help anyway I can!