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What do we do after arriving in the United States?

We are a family of four and would like to know a little more about what to expect once we all get to the United States for the first time on the EB-5 green card. What are we expected to do? How do we begin the process of settling in the United States?

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are companies that are geared toward assisting newly immigrated families from abroad. You should look into finding one that is familiar with your culture and/or language. It may be able to assist you in finding other immigrants in your community that may be in the same position, or those have a little more experience in the United States who can help you assimilate.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    The basic point is that once you get to the United States you are free to do anything just like any American citizen, other than vote and hold public office. You can live anywhere, work anywhere, go to school anywhere and you can open a business. Essentially, you are free to do anything you want to as any American citizen. Thus, you would want to pick out a community that you find attractive in an area where there is a good school system and depending upon where you are from, live close to a community that might have an immigrant community in which you could participate, although it is critical to assimilate within the larger American community.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Once you are admitted to the United States as conditional permanent residents, you should expect to receive your social security numbers and green cards shortly, generally within 1-2 months. You may live and work anywhere in the United States. If you plan to depart the United States for longer than one year, you must obtain reentry permits to avoid issues with abandoning your permanent residence in the United States and also continue to maintain ties to the United States, such as a home, filing taxes, family ties, bank accounts, etc.

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    Irina Rostova

    Immigration Attorney
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    After you arrive in the United States on your EB-5 visas, you should expect to receive a social security number within a few weeks and your green cards within 1-2 months. With the SSN and the green card you can start any employment you wish. You should keep in mind that you should spend at least 180 days every year in the United States, otherwise you need to obtain a re-entry permit to ensure you do not lose your green card.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    First decide where you want to live. America is huge and you need to decide where is better for you. Many choose California, New York or Texas. Then, if you have children, focus on choosing a good school. This takes time so you may want to travel around first. I work in Santa Monica, and feel it is very special, but there are so many nice areas.

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