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What you need to know when relocating to the United States...

Schools

America is ranked 23th in the worlds educational ranking, yet they are still home of some of the best Universities there are to offer. School is mandatory for children until the ages of 16 and 18 (depending on the state).
In the table below you will find the basic information about the American education system:
 
 

General level or category

                      Level

Student age range                 (start of education)

Pre-School

Pre-kindergarten

2 to 4 years

Elementary School

  • Kindergarten
  • First grade
  • Second grade
  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade
  • Sixth grade
  • 5 to 6 years
  • 6 to 7 years
  • 7 to 8 years
  • 8 to 9 years
  • 9 to 10 years
  • 10 to 11 years
  • 11 to 12 years

Middle School

  • Seventh grade
  • Eight grade
  • Freshmen year
  • 12 to 13 years
  • 13 to 14 years
  • 14 to 15 years

High School

  • Sophomore/ 10th
  • Junior/ 11th
  • Senior/ 12th
  • 15 to 16 years
  • 16 to 17 years
  • 17 to 18 years

College University (undergraduate)

  • Freshmen year
  • Sophomore year
  • Junior year
  • Senior year

Ages vary but often between the ages of 18 and 22. (Bachelor’s Degree)

College University (Graduate year)

Various degrees and curricular partitions.

Ages vary

Continuing Education

  • Vocational School
  • Adult Education

Ages vary

 

Housing

 Types of Housing
 
Semi-detached dwellings: Mostly referred to as two separate residences who are attached side by side. But it can also mean a two decker, this a building plan wherein the houses aren’t side but side but one is up+ another. These kind of houses are commonly found in New York and San Francisco.
Detached single unit housing: Meaning the house doesn’t share any inside walls with any other houses or dwelling. Mostly 2 or 3 storeys high and with a large front and back yard.
Attached single-unit Housing: Mostly authentic American 90’s houses with a Victorian style to it (2 or 3 storey houses with 3 or 4 bedrooms).
 
 
Prices
Prices of real-estate in America are pretty cheap compared to houses in Europe because it is a huge country. Most preferred and used houses are the detached single unit houses because they are designed for family usage with plenty of room, a garage and likely a large piece of lawn on both sides of the house.
In the table below you will find basic information about housing prices in America. Keep in mind that location and condition always play a role in these matters.
 

Medical Care:

American health care is mostly private but not every hospital is only looking for profit. How the hospitals and health centres are arranged in America is as follows:
  • 62% of the hospitals is private owned but those hospitals are non-profitable ones.
  • 20% is government owned and is after profit
  • 18% is private and is all about the profit
American health care is ranked 50th of the 221 nations that were taking that quality test. Health insurance for the public sector workers is provided by the government. The others are mostly insured via their family member and there is also big part of the population which is not insured. In America you are not obligated to have a health insurance. Health insurance in America is not expensive, it is about 40-50 US dollars what is about 35 Euro per month. 
 

Jobs:

America has quite a few very fast growing markets where you will a have a good chance of finding a job.
  • Hot sauce production
  • Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Green and Sustainable Building Construction
  • Solar panel Manufacturing
  • Gaming on Social Networks
These are the fastest growing markets in America. If you want to apply for a job in America you can do it also thru internet. There are several websites where you can apply for a job.
USA Job  (this site is made mostly for foreigners to find job)
On all of these websites you can put your CV and apply for the job you think you are qualified for. 
If you are a visitor and you want to start working you should first apply for a work permit and a green card.
 

Bank Accounts:

If you are a foreigner and you want to open a bank account in one of the America banks you don’t need to pay any special fees if you meet the following requirements.
Once you have opened the bank account you should be able to immediately deposit 250 US dollars. That way you activate your bank account.
Your daily balance must be 1500 US dollars or more to keep your account without getting any extra fees.
If you cannot do that the bank will take 25 US dollars from your account every month for the maintenance of your bank account. Also you cannot apply for any kind of credit card in the first year.
List of banks in America:
 
 

Visas:

 The first thing you do when applying for a US visa is sign for a petition. Once your petition gets approved you will become a petitioner which means that you became a legit U.S resident with your family.

The second thing you do after you became a petitioner is start a process at NVC (National Visa Centre). The process cannot be done without you as applier having an agent which represent you. Once you have started the process and found an agent than the only thing left to do is pay the fees. The fees are mostly for the paperwork and for the agent.

The third thing you need to do is start collecting all of your paperwork like Visa application form, financial documents and supporting documents. If you have collected all of that you must send it to the NVC.

Once you have done all of that you will be called for an interview. The interview is being held just to see if you have done everything like the law says you should do. To the interview you must bring all of the paperwork that you work with among the visa applying process, also every member of the family must be present at the interview.
 

Cost of Living:

Costs of living in America are pretty average compared to other cities, of course it differs in a lot of subjects but here is a useful link where you can check the prices of common expenses:
 
Cost of living in the USA

If you want some useful tips about budgeting while relocating to USA you can find here.
 

Transportation:

 America has all sorts of public transportations like rail road, road, air, subway and waterways (boats). The most residents use their car for the shorter distances and the public transportation for the longer distances because the roads are very busy. In America is it very normal to take the cab everywhere you go because it is not that expensive as in Europe.

The prices of petrol and diesel are very low compared to Europe. 1l of petrol 0,96 USD and the diesel is 0, 84 USD.

In America you can begin with your driving course at your 14th but in North Dakota it is 17 years. So it varies a bit but the procedure is the same. As a foreigner you can get a temporary driver’s license called IDP (International Driving Permit) and with this one you are only allowed to drive while you are staying in America.

If you want to swap or get a whole new driver’s license you should visit this website because it shows all the requirements for each state.

Requirments to apply for a driver license
 

Tax:

This table shows the income tax in the USA. The tax rate depends on the money you and your family make a year. The more money you make the higher the tax rate will be.

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME ( DOLLARS) TAX RATE
$0 - $11 950 10%
$11 951 - $45 550 15%
$45 551 - $106 800 25%
$106 801 - $117 650 25%
$117 651 - $190 550 28%
$190 551 - $373 650 33%
$ 373 651 no limit 35%
 

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