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Checklist for moving to the United States

Your checklist for moving to the United States

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With a little preparation, you can take the headache out of moving to the States and have a smart, stress free move.

Between coming to terms with leaving friends and family behind and wrapping up loose ends to prepare for your move, there’s a very small window of time to deal with the ‘admin’ stuff of moving abroad. Some items, like redirecting your mail, can be easier than others – like opening a bank account in your new home country. You may think the number of things to do before relocating are long and daunting, but with a little foresight and lots of lists, they don’t have to be.

Even if you consider yourself a laid-back traveler, it could still be worthwhile to at least give these lists a once-over before you move to the United States – because we all forget things in the excitement and nervousness of a life-changing decision.












Things to know before you arrive

  • Learn the weather of your destination – you’ll want a nice umbrella, sunscreen, or both – depending on where you land.
  • Tipping is customary, and ranges from 15% – 25% of the cost of the bill (including tax) based on the level of service.
  • Get a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) so you can work and pay taxes as a foreigner.
  • Learn which public holidays your employer recognizes (not all holidays are required to be observed).
  • The emergency number for the US is 911.
  • Know your clothing and shoe size in the US system, so when you’re out shopping you can find pieces that fit.
  • Prepare to convert from the metric system to the Imperial System for weights & measures.

Living in the United States as a newcomer

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    SandileAugust 9, 2018

    Hi my name is Sandile
    Me and my wife wish to move to US .
    Reason been we feel not safety in South Africa in last 3months we experienced 3 house breaking and the last one was to bad that we list our 8 year old son so anyone with helpful information please help

    • finder Customer Care
      johnbasanesAugust 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Sandile,

      Thank you for leaving a question. I understand that you want to move to the US due to security concerns. You may want to read this article we have specific to newcomers who wish to reside in the United States. This article will give you an overview of what documents you need and processes you may need to complete should you wish to move to the US.

      https://www.finder.com/living-united-states-newcomer

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    LethaboJuly 26, 2018

    How to get a citizenship for moving to the United States afrter turning 18 ?

    • finder Customer Care
      joelmarceloJuly 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Lethabo,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Children can be or become US citizens through their parents. Children can automatically become United States citizens, even if they were born outside of the United States. In addition, a United States citizen parent can apply for the naturalization of his or her children. To know more about this matter, please go to THIS government website.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    JackJuly 1, 2018

    What if I want to join the Military?
    And what about Air Soft guns, Do I need to declare them?

    • finder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoJuly 9, 2018Staff

      Hi Jack!

      Thanks for leaving a question on our page.

      Should you wish to join the military, here are the basic eligibility requirements.

      To join the enlisted ranks, in general you must:

      Be a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder
      Non-citizens must speak, read, and write English fluently.
      Non-citizens must currently live in the U.S.
      Be in good health
      Be 17 to 40 years old (different branches have different age requirements)
      View a chart of age requirements by service
      Have a high school diploma (some branches will accept a GED)
      Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test

      You can bring over airsoft guns (sport purposes) but you would need an ATF Permit. For more information, you check this page.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Nikki

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