Now that a person has successfully gained legal access to the United States there is a lot of very important things that they need to take care of. They have left everything behind to become a resident alien of the United States and now it's time to start building their new life & integrating into the American society. More than likely the person will have some money saved up that will allow them to survive, find a place to live, and make preparations for the next stages of their journey to citizenship. The important thing now is to get started with all the little things which need to be in place to begin living an American life.
Finding proper housing after immigration to the US should be among a persons first concerns. It may be difficult for them to find housing at first as many rental agencies and landlords are hesitant to rent to immigrants due to a lack of verifiable credit, job, and residence history. If a person is able to find a place to live, which someone is willing to rent to them, they might want to be prepared to pay a higher deposit on the property. They should be careful and not get caught into one of the immigrant rental scams which are prevalent, especially, in many of the larger cities.
Finding a job as an immigrant in the US is also something that one might find to be difficult at first. Of course, they will not be able to get a job legally unless they obtain an immigrant work visa first. It's important that they have enough money saved up before entering the US, to live and cover their expenses for two to three months while they are waiting for their immigrant work visa application to be processed. One should also be aware that there are job placement scams which are quite common that specifically target immigrants. Many of these scams will tell a person that for a fee they can help them get a job, despite not having a work visa. First, one should be very clear that if they are caught working in the United States as an immigrant without a work visa, then they will be more than likely be deported back to their home country and any application that they have in progress toward citizenship will be voided. There is also a very good chance that they will not be allowed to return to start the process of legal immigration again for several years. Of course, the biggest risk with these agencies is that they take the persons money and then do absolutely nothing in terms of getting the immigrant into an employment position. There are, however several employment services which are legitimate and will help a person to find a job and to complete the immigrant work visa application. One suggestion is to check with an immigration lawyer for the services in the area, which are legitimate and reliable.
Getting A Bank Account and a CreditCard as an immigrant to the US are two of the most important aspects that a person will need to look at in order to begin building a strong stable financial history. Before they can do this, however they will need to have a permanent resident alien card or in some cases, they can establish a limited bank account with an immigrant work visa. One option that a person can use until they can acquire these things and get a bank account and credit card in their name is to take advantage of prepaid cards. This is much safer than carrying around large amounts of cash, allows the person the convenience and security of direct deposit of their paycheck (if this option is offered by their employer), and the ability to easily make purchases online, over the phone, and at virtually every retailer and merchant.
These are just a few of the many things that a person will need to take care of after they have gained access to the United States. Immigrating to the US offers the opportunity to start a new life, with this new life, however comes a lot of responsibility and some aspects that one might not have had to deal with previously. They say, however that the journey is the reward, and in this case the reward is the opportunity to live in America and have a shot at the American dream.