Understanding American Law and Society
The best way for a recent immigrant to learn about the basics of American law and society is at a government office such as the DMV or a post office. For those who feel nervous about going to a government office, there are organizations that are dedicated to helping recent immigrants become acclimated to American society. These organizations help provide information for healthcare, housing, and other necessary essentials. Hiring an immigration attorney is one of the best ways to ensure the immigration settlement process runs a smooth as possible.
Understanding American Culture
People in the United States tend to speak in a very direct but polite way, often starting the conversation with small talk. For instance, they often start conversation with the phrase, “How are you,” to which the answer often is “fine” regardless of the actual state of mind. In addition to this, American culture values individualism and privacy, which might be disorientating to those who are used to a close-knit community. Despite this, average Americans are always happy to provide aid to those in need around them and try to be as helpful as possible.
Where to Live in America
Finding a place to live is always a priority, yet it can be one of the most difficult parts of settling in the United States. One of the more common options for those who have enough income is to sign a lease with a landlord to rent an apartment, condo, or single-family house. Many available housing units are advertised in newspapers or listed online. Others may have to share a dwelling unit with a roommate, since it allows people to split the housing expenses. Those who don’t have enough income to pay rent may have to seek government assistance.