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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to United States, they said...

"1. Before moving to the United States, expats should familiarize themselves with the cultural norms of their new home. They should ensure that their visa status is correct and confirm with their immigration specialist that all necessary paperwork has been completed. 2. It is important to research the cost of living in the United States, since it can vary by region and city. Expats should also research healthcare and insurance options to ensure that they have adequate coverage. 3. Most cities in the United States require expats to obtain a driver’s license and international driver’s permit. It is also important for expats to open an American bank account to manage their finances in their new home. 4. Expats need to understand American tax laws and make sure they stay in compliance with Uncle Sam. Additionally, they should make sure to register with their local Social Security Administration office and with the IRS. 5. Lastly, expats should take advantage of the many cultural and recreational activities available in their new home. This could include attending local festivals, exploring the cultural attractions, and taking advantage of the many parks and outdoor activities available in the United States," remarked another expat in United States.

"Check on commuting times via train and car if need to travel to NYC. Ask about transience of population. Discover the variety of family/children's activities available in your town of choice. Towns have recreation web sites. See free magazines for details," said a member in Morristown, US.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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