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General information
  • The United States of America has fifty states stretching over an area of 9 631 417 km2. The country?s population is more than 315 million of inhabitants with a high immigration rate.

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  • Helpful Hints to get started with your life in the US

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • To get married in the United States, you must generally above 18 years old. If you are moving to the United States, you must apply for a marriage license and obtain wedding certificate within 90 days after the date of issue. You will also need a fiancée visa.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will need a work visa to be able to work in the United States. You can chose among different types of visa according to your profession.

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  • To obtain a Green Card in the US, you must first determine if you are eligible. Choose the category of immigrants which suits you best and file your application online or at the nearest embassy or consulate.

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  • The article offers relevant tips to those who wish to live and work in the U.S.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • You will need a working visa to be able to find a job or to follow a training program. If you are a skilled worker, you will need the H1-B visa while for an internship you have to apply for a J-1 visa.

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  • Want to become a digital nomad in the United States? The digital nomad's guide to the United States will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad

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  • How can I create a business in the United States? Can I get some help to open my business in the U.S? Is it possible to work freelance in the United States?

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  • To find a job in Chicago, you need to apply for a work visa, that is the H1-B type visa. Different types of visas apply to different categories of workers. You need to determine to which category you belong before making an application.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • You can find an apartment for rent in Washington as from $1,100. Renting a studio can cost around $900 per month. As for renting a villa, you will need between $2,200 and $7,000 per month. You can as well consider buying a house with the help of a realtor.

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  • Housing in the United States : How can I find a house or an apartment in the United States? Is it possible to buy a property in the U.S?

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  • Los Angeles is one of the smartest regions of California. Housing prices are quite high in most of the regions. Apartments rentals start at $883 and can reach up to $6,000 per month. You can also rent a villa as from $4,000.

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  • If you are moving to California, you can choose between either buying a house or rent an apartment or a studio. You can also find a roommate or sublet, depending on your financial means. Note that housing prices are rather high in California.

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  • Different types of accommodation are available in Miami, namely condominiums, apartments, cooperatives and townhouses. You can consider buying your own housing or simply to rent an accommodation.

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Student visa, University registration

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Public health system in the United States: I?m I eligible to the public healthcare system in the United States? Should I get a private health insurance?

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Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in the United States : How can I open a bank account in the United States? Which bank should I opt for?

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Tax system, income tax
  • This article is about State Sales Tax Holidays. These are weekends when there is no sales tax on specific items.

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  • Income tax in the USA: useful information about the income tax system in the United States. Personal taxation in the US.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • You can travel across the United States by different means of transportation: by airway, by railway or by highway. You can gather information about these at the town hall of your region or on the Internet.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving in the US: Is my driver?s licence valid in the United States?

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Move to the USA: How to find a removal company.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Numerous telephone companies in the US offer different services and packages. You can make phone calls from a telephone booth, on a fixed-line telephone or a mobile phone. Choose the service that suits you best.

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  • Different kinds of Internet connection are available in the US. You can access to the Internet by a phone line, by ADSL or by wireless connection. You can also use Wi-Fi at public access points.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Moving to a new country can be exciting, stressful, and filled with many great memories. Eery area has its unique perspective on life.

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  • You can discover the United States in an exciting way during your spare time or on holidays. There are numerous natural and amusement parks you can visit, as well as museums if you want to learn about American history.

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  • A “mom’s eye” perspective on the details that can make sightseeing (in D.C. or anywhere else for that matter) that much more enjoyable for your kids and, accordingly, a survivable experience for you as well. First published on my blog

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  • The US government has set up a child care program in order to protect children. You can choose to give your child in a nursery's care, a family or in a nanny's care. Choose the service that suits you best.

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  • If you want to move to the US with your pet, you have to check the conditions with your airline or with your travel agent. On your arrival, your pet will be checked by a customs officer. Make sure to have done the necessary vaccination.

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