Tips From a Recent Immigrant

If you have just recently immigrated to the United States, or are about to, then you may have some questions about life in the United States. Who better to ask than someone who has also recently immigrated, which was their first experience with life here.

These tips come from a man who had no first-hand experience with the United States, and they are his observations about important things that he learned about.

It is important to:

  • Obtain a Social Security number. This is a very important number that without which you can’t receive payment from an employer. So if not the very first thing, it should be one of the first things you do after immigrating. If you do not have a permanent residence to put on the application, then use the address of the place where you are temporarily staying, and then you can later update it with the Social Security Administration.
  • Rent an apartment. Shelter is one of the most important things, and it is good to be in a safe neighborhood. There are plenty of places renting all the time, and sometimes you can find a place to stay with colleagues at your work. Try to find a place that has a built-in washer/dryer, an air conditioning unit (might be more or less important depending on where you will be living), and a dishwasher. As most apartment complexes run credit checks for all their prospective renters, you should be prepared to pay a 1-3 month deposit up front as you will not have a credit history yet. If you are coming into the United States as a married couple, your spouse will have to sign all apartment forms as well, so be prepared for that.
The immigration process can be very complicated, but hopefully, with these tips and the tips to come, you will feel comfortable that you are getting the most out of your new situation.