Moving to the United States is a goal for many, but preparation is key to success.
While people can and do immigrate suddenly, those who have time to plan should also consider taking steps to make acclimating to their new home a lot easier. Here are three ways to do it:
1. Learn as much English as you can
One of the most important things to do is to ensure that you’ll be able to communicate when you get here. Some places, such as hospitals, have translators available. Others, such as restaurants and grocery stores likely won’t. Learning at least a few basic phrases can make it much easier to find what you need, get help and start your transition.
2. Be realistic about your expenses
Don’t underestimate the expenses you’ll have. You must ensure that you have enough to support yourself when you move. Even if you’re going to be living with family members, having some money can help to take pressure off of you. It’s also a good idea to learn skills that you can use to earn a living in your new home.
3. Find a community
Moving into a new place, especially a new country, can be challenging. One way that you can make it easier is to meet new people. Think about places where you can find people who have similar interests or look for immigrant community groups in your area.
Anyone who’s filing an immigration petition to come to the U.S. should work closely with an attorney who’s familiar with these cases. This can help ensure that everything is filled out and documented appropriately. It can also be beneficial to already have an attorney on your side if you have to file an appeal or have any issues during the petition process.