Moving To The USA

by mfefadmin on August 4, 2009

movingtousaIMAGEAs well as being the economic powerhouse of the world, the USA offers an unrivalled mix of cultures, religions and employment opportunities.  The tourist market is also enormous, with every tourist attraction you would ever wish to see!

The terrain is by far the most varied in the world, with glacial plains and deserts, high mountains and sub sea level hot beds and everything else in between.  The USA is the world leader in a variety of areas, and if something is popular in the USA you can guarantee that it will spread worldwide at some stage – the ultimate trendsetter. These are just a few of the positive aspects why the number of Expats living in America is growing.

Content: American Cuture | Employment in the US | Real Estate in America | State Benefits in America | USA Facts

American Culture

The creation of the USA was based on mass immigration upon the opening of the gates of Ellis Island that resulted in the culture, religion and social structure of the country as very diverse and differentiated.  The basics of the so-called “mainstream” culture were heavily influenced by both the English and Dutch settlers who were the first countries to send inhabitants to this newfound land.  However as time passed, the culture has been further influenced by the Irish, Germans and Greeks, and the Italians and Spanish to a lesser degree.  The US is one of the few true multi-cultural countries of the world, the true melting pot of the world.

The US has also built up a strong position in a variety of areas, with Science, Cuisine, Visual Arts, Literature, Cinema and Sports among the strongest.  This has allowed the US way of life to be “exported” overseas serving the many pockets of US citizens based abroad.

Perhaps one of America’s greatest successes has been in TV and Media, with the US produces the best TV shows and movies in the world.  Hollywood is renowned throughout the world as the centerpiece of the movie business, with the industry able to re-invent itself and adapt to new technologies, styles and trends with the passage of time.

Employment in The USA

While the US is the largest economy in the world, it can be a very difficult market for expats to break in to, due to the restrictive labor laws and protectionist policies designed for the benefit of US residents.  In order for any foreign national to work in the US you need to apply for a VISA (the famous “green card”), which can be time consuming with no guarantee of success at the end as there are immigration quotas in place.

Even though there are strict regulations in place in the US, over 11 million foreign residents have relocated to the country over the last 10 years, with up to 1 million applications received each year.  There is a vast difference in unemployment figures across the many parts of America, with the unemployment rate in 2013 at 7.0%.

The government has a major influence on the US economy with the majority of the work force working for the state in some shape or form.  Additional areas of industry operate with a fairly free reign, although there are tight labor laws to protect employees.  The US economy is a service led economy, with many of the manufacturing processes hived off to more cost effective countries around the world. Though the past years have seen the US economy in crisis, there have been adequate steps taken in order to correct the market, mainly through government bailout schemes designed to stimulate the growth industries.

Real Estate in America

The current financial crisis has been brought about by the unbridled mortgage loan securities that have proliferated in the last decade. The US has experienced something of a property boom over the last decade that turned to bust when the mortgage owners were unable to pay back the loans creating this domino effect in the financial world.

While there is a healthy property market in the US, historically residents have preferred to rent rather than buy outright.  While this is starting to change, the majority of US residents are content to rent for the foreseeable future.

As you would expect from such a larger country, the style of housing available is enormous, and the prices are just as wide ranging.  However, the country does have an excellent infrastructure offering foreign residents the chance to purchase property outside of the main employment hot spots and travel by public transport. There is a house price and a house style to suit everybody!

State Benefits in The USA

The US taxation system and benefits system is one of the  most complicated in the world.  The collection of taxes may well involve an individual paying possibly four levels of  taxes, from government to county to state to federal.  The rate of tax is based upon the person’s income over a tax year, and highly penalizes those who earn high salaries.

The US state benefit system is a very topical subject in the run up to elections as it seems to have a life of its own.  Again the system is complicated by the fact that there is direct interference at all levels, with benefits varying from state to state.  Often criticized for encouraging lower skilled citizens to live off the welfare state, there are now concerns that it is now penalizing those in lower paid employment.

There are the traditional benefits available including income support, housing benefit, etc although it is vital that you check the situation in your area if you do decide to become a foreign national and settle in the US.


The USA is most definitely the land of opportunity, and offers massive variation in cultures, employment, housing and communities.  Most nations of the world will have a significant foreign national presence in the US, and you will often find pockets in various areas of the country. One of the best examples is indicated in the America Expat Forum:

“used to live near San Francisco – in Silicon Valley, to be precise. SF is an absolutely magical city, with loads of character (and plenty of characters roaming the streets) – but as you say, it’s pretty expensive.”

Employment can be tricky for foreign nationals, as there seems to be an unofficial queue for employment, which allows original US residents to be considered first.  If you are qualified in an industry which is crying out for professional workers, then you may be able to “fast track” your application though it can sometimes take years to complete.

For those able to gain entry to the US on a permanent basis, the potential is enormous, in a country that encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and offers a great variation of industries.

More facts about the USA :-

Capital : Washington D.C.

Official Language : English

Government : Federal Constitutional Republic with a President and Vice President.

Size : 9,631,420 km2

Population : 317  million

Currency : US Dollar

International Dialling Code : +1

Economy : The largest in the world

Religion : Various Forms Of Christianity Content: American Cuture | Employment in the US | Real Estate in America | State Benefits in America | USA Facts

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

modify wordpress February 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

Eversince, it is a dream of most people would like to move in USA. There is a lot of opportunity awaits for our service.


john December 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

i am 18 and am doing my second year at uni. i want to move to the usa but dont know how and wen to do it. i live in the uk right now and have a relative in the states. how hard is it for me to move? i will be working in IT (software development) will it be easy to find a job there or do i need a couple of years of experience behind my back? it has been my dream ever since i was a kid and hope i go there one day before i settle in the uk and realise its too late to move.


Eric January 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I am not sure about the US but here are a few facts for you:
– Moving country with no professional experience is going to be very hard regardless of where you want to go
– It is never too late to move, there is no age limit
– The easiest country to move to if you want to live the UK is Australia. You will access to medical care for free as a British, Salaries are higher than in the UK, than in the US and unemployement stands at about 5% (US is about 10%).


BAH January 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

i should like to move 2 USA to find job such as security officer,CCTV Operator or taxi driver but i dont what 2 do, i went usa for holiday i did like it because i am a british citizen i have been told i need a work permit, please people let anything regarding how 2 apply for it and tell anything is helpful on this matters and thanks very much 4 your help n god bless you


alex January 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

I am a shift manager for a bar/hotel in the uk. I have been working in the hospitality industry for 5 years and managing for 3 years. Just wondering what are the chances of me getting a visa if i got someone to sponser me with a job managing a bar over in the US. I would like to move with my partner and son.
Any information would be helpful.


jack February 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

im only 14 years old but i can surly say that the usa is the place for me. iv had this reaccuring dream about it since i was 6 and its nice 2 look at good comments and stuff, it makes me think i can live the dream. i use 2 slack abit but i try really well just 2 get 2 the us and im literally desperate 2 move. then again why would u not. i hope that the government lightens up abit on immigration because ill be like the age of 30 when i can move there. i wanna be living the american dream but in my 20 s


oby April 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

i have a 2years visiting visa to the US, and i am planing on moving my family there will it be posible for us to stay back in US while we
process our permit with a lawyer.


Gordock January 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I am working as a IT contractor in the UK, my wife is a nurse. We are looking to move to the US. Can I get a H2B visa based on the fact that I want to run my own company and contract in the US?


satyendrakumarb June 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

Hiiiiiiii,….. I am An Indian Marine engineer, with C1D US visa, I would like to work in US. how can I get a job and work permit visa. are there any workshops or companies who provide a work visa sponsorship


how to outsource June 19, 2012 at 12:42 am

It is incredibly hard these days to get into the usa. Unfortunately it looks like illegal immigrants made it that way, its not fair for those who apply legitimately and get turned down. I run a business in the Philippines but I am a USA citizen and I can't even get my employees to visit me or move here as their employer – visas get turned down.


sunday.oyibo June 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Hi… Sunday by name, am from Nigeria, leaving in delta state…i have a family here i nigeria , my wife just put to birth 2months ago….i want to move my family to the united state of America due to d present condition of what is happening in d country…Hw do i go about it?


Taposh Kumar Roy June 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

I am a citizen of Bangladesh by birth. It is a matter of great regret that DV lottery excluded Bangladeshi citizen for about 3-4 years ago. But I want to go USA as a permanent resident. Is there any way to go there without DV lottery? Is there any possibility to reopen DV lottery for Bangladeshi citizen?

I will be indebted to you if you give me information about this?


Gada June 30, 2014 at 6:51 am

There are not a lot of opportunities for people to come to the US as a permanent resident unless you have family members who can petition for you, and even then the wait times are significant. You might have better luck looking at some of the types employment visas if you are well educated or have a unique skill.


Arinze December 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hi, please advice me on what to do as I do not have a family member in the USA , Is there no other way to live there. I want to live there with my wife and children and I live here in South Africa at the moment on a business permit. Can’t I seek for assylum ? Or what do you think. Please somebody should help me . Thanks


Arinze December 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

And what should I do to get a permanent residence of USA from South Africa


Clare February 24, 2015 at 1:58 pm

My husband and I are keen to move to USA. I have a degree in applied social sciences and a Masters Degree in health studies. My husband is a plumber/maintenance technician. We both work for the NHS – my husband has worked there for 25 years and I 10 years. My current job is in health improvement – also called health educaation or health promotion. I am 47 and my husband is 43. Would this be a possibility for us and what would our options be?


Amie July 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Hi, I am 20 years old and I graduate next year. I am planning to do a masters in the UK in Speech and Language Therapy and hope to move to the States once I have this qualification and a year or more of experience. I have done a lot of research on housing, health insurance etc in the USA and I have a friend that is moving over there shortly, is there any hope for me with the career I’m hoping to go into?
Thanks for your help!


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