Re: should I move to the United States?
Five to six years from now? ...
Originally Posted by uchihadesendent
The discussion will only be relevant about four years from now. So take anything you hear now with a grain of salt.
Unless the federal government manages to balance the budget (don't listen to any politician when it comes to this issue - just look up the U.S. Federal budget for that fiscal year and see whether or not expected revenues will even be close to expected expenses) - then no.
here are some of the things that I'm worried about!
Will the economy be better in five to six years?
There again - it's troubling times for all economies, period.
This... could change.
Do you have to pay for healthcare?
Right now, I pay for healthcare through a program offered to military reservists. It is relatively cheap, but is also somewhat restrictive.
I would recommend, if you have the option, of investing in what is called a "Health Savings Account." Basically, it's a high-deductible insurance plan (meaning that you pay all expenses up to a certain amount of money. Low deductibles are very expensive for the frequency people actually end up using them - high deductibles mean more money out of pocket, but less money spent on insurance) tied to a tax-deferred savings account to be used for medical expenses (money put in this account is not taxed and can only be used for medical expenses until the age of retirement, when it can be awarded to death beneficiaries and treated like a normal retirement account, if I remember correctly).
The other advantage of this is that you still get the advantage of having an insurance company's rates for services. Insurance companies enter into an agreement with any doctor who accepts their terms, and members of insurance companies can only be charged so much for a certain medication, operation, etc. This means that, even when you aren't encountering expenses above your deductible, you are still paying less than if you didn't have insurance to begin with.
Though this is more of an advantage when you are younger and have a couple decades to pay into your savings account before you start hitting personal or family health costs.
However, the "healthcare reform act" requires all employers to provide 'government approved' insurance plans to employees who work more than 29 hours a week and some other stuff. Or pay a fine. There is some other garbeldy-gook in there... but it amounts to an attempt to try and instate free healthcare, but it's going to increase the deficit spending by our government by another 300 billion dollars, easily - so I wouldn't count on it lasting any longer than the U.S. will at that rate.
That said, I do not recall how foreign nationals under visa are handled in this system (if at all).
It depends upon the area in which you live. Some states have higher minimum wages because of their costs of living. The national minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. You need a room mate or two at that pay grade to be able to save money and work on improving your career (any minimum wage job is the same in that regard).
Technically, you are supposed to have a valid reason for being here, to begin with (not sure what tourist restrictions are). Though, honestly, our immigration system is a wreck. People have come here on vaccation and never left, and that was 20 years ago.
do I need a work permit to be able to live in the US for longer than 6 months?
If you are here for work, you will need a work visa, I would imagine (and expanding that to work longer than 6 months should not be a problem). If you are wanting to stick around longer than that - you would be looking at a resident visa and a path to citizenship (which wouldn't be a bad thing to go for if you are here and so long as your home nation would not get pissy about it).
Well, except for personal/sentimental things - I would take as little as possible with you and have a plan for buying it once you get here. It would, also, be a good idea to take a trip or two (if you can afford) to the geographic region in which you expect to be working. Better to spend a few thousand dollars and discover that you'll end up hating living/working there than to try to end up stuck on a one-way trip.
what do I need to move to the US?
You'll need a plan for where you are going to stay - a friend, apartment, rental home, etc. Honestly, I wouldn't move unless you already had job placement (and see what that company offers as far as relocation - if they have no official plan/policy, see how they would be willing to work with you in that regard... if they guarantee a service or payment - get it in writing).
I'm not sure what the area you live in is like - but in my world travels, I've noticed that few places are as 'spread out' as the U.S. tends to be. Unless you will be living -very- close to where you work, you will want a vehicle or a very good idea of how the public transport works (the U.S. tends to have less organized public transport than the rest of the world). If you do live close to where you work, you may not live close to where you want to go - and a bike would be a solid investment (particularly considering that cars can be considerably expensive when you compound that on top of moving to a new nation).
how much does a dual citizenship cost?
I'm not sure how dual-citizenship works for your home nation. That is a factor that I know nothing about.
This will give a better explanation:
what do I need to do to get a immigrant visa?
The other thing I would recommend is trying to get a hold of people who have immigrated from your country to America (or have spent any time living/working here) and get their opinions/advice on it.
any information would really help thanks!
Remember - the U.S. is a virtually a continent unto itself. While there are similarities amongst all locations in the U.S. - the atmosphere of Kansas (thousands of square kilometers of open grassland used for farming and where 'towns' are 50 people in population) and the atmosphere of New York are two completely different things, and the people a little different (and, as you can imagine, the economy).