As you walk through getting your visa to relocate to the USA, there are several things you should consider and plan for once you arrive in the USA. There are three core things you need to consider when you are moving to the USA; Accommodation, Transportation, and Food
Most of us stay with relatives or friends when we arrive in the USA. Hence, you need to think of ways to support the relative or friend with whom you are staying. I would advise you support by buying grocery or paying some of the utility bills. Keep in mind the average rent in the DC/Baltimore area could be between $1000 and $2500 so supporting your relative with paying for utility and grocery will be appreciated.
If you decide you would like to stay on your own the below sites are good resources to search for accommodation to rent:
If you are a student, join the school groups on LinkedIn or Facebook and inquire if anyone is looking for a roommate (This is a cheap route to finding accommodation). Most often, students need fellow students to room with to help reduce their cost of living.
Based on where you will be living, you might need a car. If you are buying a car, craigslist is a good place to start for low budget cars ($1000 to $1500) or also through Auction. You can also check cars.com or auto trader. Your major take away from this should be if you do not see the car DON’T wire the money.
If you are staying in the City, they will probably have a good transportation system. You can look up the metro transport in that city for cost and bus/train routes.
Not sure there is much to talk about here but shop according to your budget. And there are a lot of African stores in the USA (Not sure about Alaska) but you will always find something comparable. Have a monthly food budget and stick to it. Try to prepare your own meals as opposed to buying from outside.
In America, a side hustle is your friend. As you are waiting on your VISA to be approved continue to develop and refine your skill-set so you can make some money while you are in school or applying for a job. See some side hustle ideas below:
• Wedding planner
• Make-Up Artist
• Uber driver
• Playing Instruments
• Freelance – Coding (Fiverr/Ifreelance)
• Baby Sitter
• Dog Walker
• Teaching Online
• Pizza delivery
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