Guide for Pakistanis Living in
People who get an opportunity to go to USA,
UK or Canada from Pakistan, you, generally,
call that their good luck has knocked at the
door, but it is not as easy to settle there
and be able to live a comfortable life as is
considered. It is, no doubt, beneficial, but
having some demerits as well, if you are not
well-familiar with the rules and regulations
of the USA. If you want to lighten the name
of your country, always go through the right
way for each and every step of your life over
The US Expat Guide:
When you reach there, you have to face so many
challenges for the sake of proper adjustment.
In this article, we will provide useful suggestions
for those Pakistanis who are living in the USA,
which issues they can have and how to resolve
them. Besides, you can get the contact numbers
and online support of Pakistanis already residing
in the USA and further information by installing
the US Expat Guide available on several websites
or by joining different online forums.
Get Prior Information about USA:
You should have enough information about the
USA, its capital, currency, language, climate,
etc. in anticipation because many problems arise
due to unawareness.
First of all, you have to manage for the residence.
Detroit is the city and Michigan is the state
of America where you can buy a house at the
most affordable rate, i.e. within $200. You
can also get a home inspection and moving services
at the lowest rates. If you are not in a position
to purchase a house, room sharing or renting
is equally beneficial. You can read ads of real
estate agencies in newspapers.
Work Permit & VISA:
To follow rules in the USA is utmost important.
Secondly, collect enough information what kind
of work is there for you in USA. For this purpose,
you can search over the internet. There are
some work delegacies that accept online application.
You can submit your resume. They will employ
you for a short time. The labor work is also
there for those having less education. Meanwhile,
you can find a suitable work. Once you are done
with it, apply for a work visa. If you are a
graduate, H1B is a general visa with the duration
of 3 years and regenerated after every 6 years.
For health and medical treatments, USA has devised
2 systems. Medicaid system is for poor people,
kids and disabled patients. Federal Government
has the responsibility to organize it. The second
system is Medicare that is especially for old
people whose age is above 65. It is managed
by EHCM (European Health Care Model). The contact
number in case of emergency is 911. You should
also be fully aware of the injury claims.
Bank Account & SSN:
Open an account with Citibank or Bank of America.
It is very useful and will take one hour with
free savings. You should apply for Social Security
Card and driving license as soon as possible.
In many cases and to avail from the privileges,
you will need the SSN (Social Security Number).
When you get it, keep it confidential and do
not tell anybody otherwise your credit history
can be approached. For the procedure of the
SSN, follow the link ssa.gov/ssnumber
For driving license, you have to go to the DMV
(Department of Motor Vehicles) in the state
you are living. You should have your Social
Security Number, passport, visa, etc. with you.
They will give you traffic book rules. Go through
it and after getting complete familiarity about
driving, take the test. The fee will be almost
$20. Visit http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Foreign_Visitors_Driving.shtml
for online help regarding driving license procedure.
There are free ESL (English as a Secondary Language)
programs by which you can interact with the
students and educated people and learn a lot.
These are run by the government and the whole
content is provided free by the institutions.
They are helpful and guide the newcomers.
Manage to get an internet connection. Skype
is very useful software that is used for online
communication. You can download it from www.skype.com.
Make your Skype id and enjoy free video calls
all over the world. In this way, you can be
in touch with your near and dear ones living