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When you are an immigrant to the USA or Canada

Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:16 pm
by Ganesha
You have a friend or relative coming over to the US or Canada with a Green card or Permanent Residence with the intention of immigrating here permanently. He/she might be coming alone or with his/her family. Let's list all the things he needs to remember to do and not to do to pass his/her "transition period" successfully until he/she feels comfortable in the new surroundings. (We have already discussed some here but this is specially geared towards newcomers.)

Some of the issues could be:
  • Which state/provice to land
  • Getting an SSN/SIN
  • Where to stay for the first few days
  • Renting a flat
  • Phone & calling cards
  • Job Search, Resume services & Networking and so on...

[Please re-edit the title of your post each time you discuss an issue. This will help readers find the topic that they are most interested in quickly.]

Re: When you are an immigrant to the USA or Canada

Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:18 pm
by Ganesha
Empty post. Saved for later for administrative purpose.

1. Thoughts About Where to Land in the USA or Canada

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:21 pm
by Ganesha
People generally take these two choices.

1. Relatives/friend(s)
2. Job(s)

A lot of newcomers go to where their relatives or friends are. This provides them with a guiding hand for the transition period for everything from accommodation, finding a place to rent, completing the necessary paper works, etc.

A few others who do not have the luxury of friends or relatives go to the largest city or the city that has the possibility of finding a job quickly. It is harder for this enterprising type to sustain themselves during the transition period. But is a better choice as you get to be independent as soon as possible.

A great way to immigrate however is to first obtain a student visa, i.e. to come as student to the country you want to immigrate to. This gives you ample time to assimilate and understand the new environment. But then many immigrants do not have this luxury.

Whichever method you choose for your first landing, a good amount of research on the internet about the place does empower you with dependable knowledge. Also, nowadays, almost all places in the world that Nepalis are, have Nepali organisations that provide information and help for newcomers into their region. Contacting them in advance and asking them all your questions will not go to waste.

Re: When you are an immigrant to the USA or Canada

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:16 am
by kazi
Sometimes there are situations where we have no choice but to terminate a lease before the end of the contract. I wonder if anyone has advice on terminating a housing lease before the end of the contract.

2. Believe in Yourself

Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:14 pm
by Ganesha
Always remember that your confidence is the most important thing that you have in the foreign land that will forever come to your use.

Re: When you are an immigrant to the USA or Canada

Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:42 am
by kazi
@Ganesha, I know what you mean.. :) But I doubt if other people reading the posts will understand. Could you clarify a bit more for the benefit of the general public and Aawartaners?