Immigration to USA, Immigration to America
Immigration to USA is a long, difficult process for just about anyone. Whether you'd like
to immigrate to United States, come here to work, or study in American college, make sure you
fully understand the difficulties you are about to face.
Below is a list of questions you need to ask yourself before you are 100% certain you want to immigrate.
The easier it is to answer these questions, the better you are prepared.
How well do you know about United States?
Have you ever been here? It is a good idea to find about a country from the best source - your own eyes.
Take a vacation here. Stay with your friends, for a longer period of time if possible. Learn for
yourself daily routines of your friends, what challenges you may face if you'd have to be on your
own and make your own decisions.
Have you ever talked to people who live here, Americans or immigrants?
The biggest mistake people make is to rely on false or unproven information.
At the very least, read all information we provide here on RusUSA.com. Get familiar with American laws, read through our
Russian-American Forums, and especially
Immigration Forum and don't be afraid to ask questions.
How well do you speak English?
This may come as a surprise to you, but people in United States speak mostly English.
Spanish, which is slowly becoming second language, is still rare. So if your knowledge of English
equates to several semesters in school, plan ahead and take English lessons now.
Can you use your professional skills in another country?
If you plan to immigrate to United States, you should understand that cost of living here is
one of the highest in the world. So are the salaries of well-educated people. Do you think your
professional skills are easy to "translate" in United States? Here are a few examples:
Professions easily converted:
Professions that are somewhat converted (you may have to take some classes or pass certification exams):
- auto mechanic
- computer programmer
- hair dresser
Professions that are not converted (you will have to study again):
Do you have enough money to live on at the beginning?
- financial advisor
You may have to spend several thousand dollars just to get settled here. Document fees
first-month deposit for an apartment, living expenses, and a car (which you will almost certainly
have to own unless you live in a large city) - all amount quickly. It is a good idea to have enough
money for at least 5-6 months, alternatively you can find a job which will allow you to support yourself while you are getting familiar with new country.
Do you have a back-up plan?
Back-up plan is always a good idea. Do you know people you can stay with if you money runs out?
Do you have a way to go back to the Old country in case you don't like it here so much?
We hope our site will help you answer these questions.