For years, you’ve dreamed about moving to the U.S. and building a life there with your family. You’ve initiated the immigration process and are looking forward to beginning this next chapter in your life.
Assuming you manage to obtain residency, what sort of challenges can you expect as an immigrant to the U.S.?
Finding somewhere to live
You’re in a new land and are unsure of the safest areas or average house prices. Many people will go out of their way to help get you settled, but there may be a minority who look to take advantage of you. Some landlords may believe that you’ll accept anything at any price. You can avoid this by carrying out thorough research before committing to a house. You have a right to be treated fairly and you should have access to a safe home at an affordable rate.
Building your career
You were a highly-trained professional, earning a decent amount in your country of origin. You have a lot to offer in the U.S., and you had assumed you could jump right into similar work. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out this way. Some employers seek workers with qualifications and training that were obtained on home soil. Employment discrimination is not uncommon amongst immigrants to the U.S., and you need to be on the lookout for this.
You will face challenges as an immigrant in the U.S., but these can be overcome and many immigrants go on to have a fulfilling life. If you are confused about your legal rights, be sure to seek out a support network that can point you in the right direction.