How to start from scratch as an immigrant in the United States

BECrediverso by BELatina News latinx
BECrediverso by BELatina News

We know that starting from scratch in a new country is a daunting task. It comes with plenty of uncertainty, especially from those in the Latino community. But we don’t have to go through it alone; we want to help!

In this opportunity, we want to share with you some key tips to start a new life in the United States:

Where to start?

  1. Seek legal advice

The most important thing is to know your rights. This will give you the necessary support against any abuse of authority that may occur. Equally important, knowing what your duties are as an immigrant, is key to avoiding legal problems in the future. Find out about your rights, duties, and opportunities through the internet, friends, and legal advisors.

2. Be resilient

For many of us, hard work with below-market pay is the only option at the very beginning. However, it is important to have a positive outlook. You must avoid seeing your job as a disadvantage or sacrifice, and begin to conceive it as the first big phase or a necessary step, to open new and better horizons in the medium and long term.

3. Invest in education

Gaining new knowledge and skills will always give you advantages in the US. And although we know that at the beginning it is not so accessible, you can invest time in a self-taught education — through countless videos and free platforms on the internet.

4. Learn to manage your finances

Financial management is no longer exclusive to a group of people. Currently, we all can have access to this information, this advantage will help you achieve your goals in this country. Use as an ally in understanding and managing your finances in the US.

Backing up your important documents is also important

Accessing different opportunities — such as citizenship — will be much easier if you have your documents well organized. Save your utility bills, rental contracts, work tickets, or anything else that validates your stay in the US. We also suggest that you have a digital backup in case you lose the original documents.

  1. Define your short-term and long-term goals

This will serve as a compass when making work and personal decisions – avoid straying from your dreams and the “easy” paths that may present on this new journey.

2. Prepare yourself mentally

We know that being away from everything we used to know is difficult. Therefore, focus on the present. By highlighting each advance that you are making, you will avoid falling into the nostalgia of the past and the fear caused by the uncertainty of the future. Focusing on the day-to-day is the key.

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