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What resources are available to immigrants after getting their green cards?

I am an investor considering using the EB-5 Program to get a green card. Once I become a permanent resident, what resources are present in the United States to help me transition (i.e. English classes, interview and resume assistance, etc.)? Will such things be available to me?

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    Your immigration attorney can assist with some of these matters. There are also social or business groups in many metropolitan areas that cater to immigrants from certain countries.

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    There are a number of consulting companies, institutions, your country''s chambers of commerce and social clubs which can all assist with the transition. You will not be alone.

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    There are many resources available, but you will need to research them or ask your lawyer. You should definitely have access to subsidized ESL classes for lawful permanent residents at minimal or reduced cost but it may depend on a state, for example Washington state community colleges offer ESL classes at nominal fee for certain eligible aliens including lawful permanent residents. Ensure you do not use federal means-tested benefits to avoid public charge issue.

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    There are lots of these resources but you would need to seek them out or ask your attorney. USCIS does not provide these.

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    Once you become a Lawful Permanent Resident on a conditional basis through the EB-5 Investor program, you will be like any other United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident subject to paying taxes and would be eligible, as anyone else, for any other benefits. Your local community may have programs offering English classestypically those classes would be through your local city or county governments. Some of these programs would also depend upon your level of income but, for the most part, you will have to enroll in a community college or other program that offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.

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    There is no specific government-sponsored program that is available to you. You may always enroll in a local community college for English classes and there are headhunters who help with preparing resumes and finding work opportunities, including the interview preparations. This will depend on your residence location and your friends and family could help out in finding these resources. While there are some agencies that help with Resettlement process, including connecting you with a realtor for where you could live, opening bank accounts, enrolling you with insurance services, etc., I do not think they help out with the resume and interview preparation for job searches.

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    As a lawful permanent resident, you have full options to work, study and live in the United States. There are plenty of organizations that offer transitioning services for new immigrants to the U.S. that gear their services toward different communities and languages.

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    These type of services are broadly available but you need to go online and research as they are all provided privately. If you have an experienced legal advisor, they can help you find the best benefits available. When you register with Social Security, they also provide details of benefits that may accrue.

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    There are several resources available for settling in the United States. It is advisable to work with businesses that are associated with the mobility industry and other organizations that can help in this circumstance. Also, EB-5 immigration attorneys with access to several of the mobility companies should be able to help.

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    There are many resources available for new immigrants. Many of these are free, but some have fees. You can find a lot of information on the USCIS website, which has links in different languages, including a resource guidebook for new immigrants.

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    There are many resources available, both through physical locations as well as through an online medium. Just ask your immigration advisors, the company you invested in and people that you meetor you can search online.

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