Setting up a life for yourself can be really scary, but it doesn’t have to be. When you’ve mastered the idea of adulting, and you’re ready to take off your training wills and go at it full throttle, what do you do? Are you hoping to set up a life in your hometown or a big city in the country? Or maybe you want something more, something bigger? Maybe what you’re really after is the American Dream?
The American Dream is often sold both across the US to natives and to us over here across the pond too. And it really is sold of the dream. Pitched as the opportunity to make the most out of life, and a build a life for yourself and your family that really has it all. With the American Dream, possibilities are endless, opportunities are available, and all you have to do is want it and go after it. So maybe, what you really want is to go after it? But maybe you’re not really sure how to do that.
Thinking about upping your life here and taking it over the Atlantic and over to American is big. It’s not a decision that you take lightly, nor one that will be exceptionally easy to get right. But at the same time, it doesn’t have to be impossible. You’re going to need strength, ambition, and some good planning and organization skills. But if you have all of that and you’re excited to make this happen, you can do it. So let’s take a look at how.
Do Your Research
Before you get ahead of yourself, you really need to make sure that you’re doing your research. Yes, you’re probably excited to get started, but this is always got to be your first step. Because you’re going to want to workout where it is in the US that you want to know. You may think you have an idea, but you’ll need to work out if you’re more of a West Coast or East Coast person? City or small town? Country or coast? And research is going to help you to work that out.
As you’re doing your research, you need to make sure that you’re motivated enough to make this happen. Because you’re not going to be able to do this without any money. You really need to have some savings behind you before you make the move. Flights cost, accommodation costs, living costs – and if you’ve not got a job lined up right away, you’ll need more to support yourself until you do. So workout what you’re likely to need and start saving.
Look Into Visas
At the same time, you’re going to want to make sure you’re brushed up on visa knowledge. It’s important to know what you qualify for, or what you’ll need to do in order to qualify. By looking into the different US visas, you can then start to get your plans in place to make this happen.
Scout For Jobs
At this point, you’ll probably realize that you need to land a job. So you’re going to want to start looking. This can be tough to do from here, while you’re not in the UK, but the more you can do now, the better. You may be able to get interviews online so that you can secure the job, or you could look at lining up interviews and carrying these out during our next suggestion.
It can be expensive to go over to the US on holiday or to visit for a set period of time, but you need to factor this cost into your workings out. Why? Because you really do want to be sure that you like it and visiting is the only way to get the best experience. See the locations on your shortlist to figure out which wins. You may also want to use this time to go to job interviews to see if you can get a job that you love.
You’re also going to want to secure yourself some accommodation. And this can be competitive in certain places. So you may want to get yourself something temporary for when you first come over, then start your accommodation search while you’re here so that you can secure and sign when you see something you like.
Open A Bank Account
You’ll also need an American bank account. So you’re going to want to look into bank options and get yourself set up with the financial products that you need. One of those should be insurance – including health insurance in particular, as healthcare can be pricey in the US.
Settle Into Your Community
When it comes to being here, you’re going to want to do what you can to settle into your new community as soon as possible. Whether you look to make new friends online before you arrive, or get out and meet your neighbors when you’re here, you should find that you’ll be able to create more of a life when you do.
Know How To Nationalize
If you love living in the US, or you know that you’re going to love it and you want to make sure that you’ll be able to stay, looking into citizenship is going to be important for you. This means that you’ll need to go through the citizenship interview to be accepted. So knowing as much about this now as possible will help you to prepare should the time come when you think you’re eligible to stay.
Plan For The Future
Finally, the last thing that you’re going to want to do is think about your future. If you do love it in American, then you’re going to want to start working for that American Dream. This means working on your career and starting to save, thinking about children and schools, and even planning for your retirement. But at the same time, you’re going to want to enjoy your life along the way, because that’s what the American Dream is all about.