No matter if you’re moving to America or just visiting, there are things you need to be aware of that not many are, things that can get you in a lot of trouble. Here’s a brief rundown of what to pay attention to during entry to America and during your stay there.
01. Leave yourself a lot of leeway as far as time is concerned – European immigrants from Western Europe often make a mistake of planning their schedule on arrival very tight. From reaching the border and going through the screening to renewing your Green Card/Visa, plan way ahead because the bureaucratic machinery of America can grind very slowly, and you do not wish to run out of time.
02. Entry issues – It took you months to get the card and to prepare for a trip, and you got all the documents, but you can still be turned back at the border if the officials decide you can be a threat. Be polite and try not to pack anything that can get you in trouble.
03. Inform Uscis of address changes – Any stay in America longer than 30 days is carefully tracked, and there’s a rule that is enforced thoroughly – you must inform USCIS of any address changes, within 10 days of the change.
04. Don’t be late – At several points during the legal procedure of obtaining a Visa or a Green Card you will be summoned at the embassy or a consulate, or even at court. Make sure you’re always there on time, as most consulates around the world are pretty tight on schedule and will quickly reject any requests if the applicant is not there. Rescheduling is often not an option.
05. Read the Fine Print – Your visa, your Green Card and your Work Permit all have fine print which doesn’t have to match the general rules and guidelines. Check all the dates of expirations, all rules and regulations that can be applied to you and make sure you do not violate any of them. This involves juggling a lot of paperwork, but it must be done. Speaking of paperwork, there are a lot of things that you need to pay attention to when it comes to your documents that does not come as part of the instructions with the documents themselves. Make sure you understand your obligations, and don’t rely on rumors or friend’s experiences – ask an immigration attorney any questions you’re not sure about.