A resource for things you should be aware of in the US:

  1. Change of Address: http://www.uscis.gov Online Form-Notify your change of address within 10 days
  2. Find ‘Department of Motor Vehicles’ in your city or county to make a State Identification card and a Driving License http://www.dmv.gov
  3. Read the following if you are a New Immigrant or a GREEN CARD HOLDER in the US : http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf
  4. Students: Do not engage in unauthorized employment. You can find authorized 20 hours/week job at your school. Once you get an offer letter for the job, ask your Designated School for Social Security Administration Letter which will enable you get a Social Security Number. The SSN is restricted for on-campus employment only. Engaging in unauthorized employment will result in losing your status.
  5. Open a Bank Account and see if the bank offers a ‘secured credit card’. This will in a matter of time help you develop a credit history.
  6. To rent apartment, if the management asks for a credit history, explain to them that you do not have one and provide them with a copy of I-20 as an evidence of financial source.
  7. Always maintain status and inform your DSO of any travel plan, semester break, health issues, employment issues etc. A DSO can help you in almost any situation. Maintain a cordial relationship.
  8. Watch out for spam phone calls, emails and mails. Do not depend on the information. Always double check for the credibility of the source by calling them, doing a quick internet search. The site http://www.ripoffreport.com/ will be useful in determining ripoffs, scam and remedy.

WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services 

An ultimate resource for greencard holders in the US who have just arrived and need to know various things: