This blog post is dedicated to reader Amarachi. Amarcahi asked me to talk about the importance of early application and processes. I am most happy to oblige 🙂
“Potentials” who desire to relocate to the United States of America, Listen up. America works on timing. Things will NOT stop just for you. Most of the connections you have at home will NOT work in this new country. Whether you want to relocate here for school, work, marriage or business, get your mind ready for the long haul. It is ALOT of work. It can be very stressful.
FOR STUDENTS: Once you find the school of your choice, the next and most important thing in that moment is to be aware of the deadline! The deadline for application tells you if you have enough time to get all the paper work and materials needed. Do not try to rush anything. Give as much time for each process as possible. I usually add extra 2 weeks just to be on the safe side. I always recommend to my clients, who decide to move here for school, to start the process 8 months to a year early, at least.
FOR WORKERS: If you are moving here because of a job, that is awesome! Count your blessings! However you also want to make sure you are on time and on target with what the jobs need from you. Some countries, like mine, are unfortunately not as time efficient and do not necessarily have the desire for urgency that most immigration processes require.
FOR MARRIAGE: Oh the hassle that comes with the immigration process for either the fiancee visa or an alien in America marrying a US citizen! So in love and ready to fly over the oceans and seas to be with your soul mate. Until you get slapped in the face with TONS of paperwork and fees. Ofcourse marriage is not something anybody should rush into. However, if you know this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, start thinking about not just saving for the cost of bringing/coming over but hiring a lawyer to help fill out paper work (incase you need to). Of course to apply for this process is not free. It can cost unto $2000 just for the paper work (then an additional $2000 for a lawyer).Also keep some money aside for the months that person will not be able to work. It may take anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months before the person can get their work permit. The cost of love in America can be pretty expensive.