If you have been offered a job in the United States, then you are extremely lucky! Moving to the USA from the Baltic can prove to be a shock in more ways than one. Here is a quick guide to some of the considerations you need to make before heading to the land of the free.
Unlike Lithuania, the United States of America does not have a compulsory health insurance fund. Instead, individual citizens are responsible for the provision of their own health insurance. You will have to pay for procedures if you do not have health insurance, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to a healthcare system geared towards profiteering. If you are lucky, your new job in the USA will provide you with a health insurance plan. This should be a prerequisite for your signing of a long-term contract. Health insurance benefits are one of the most important parts of any American contract.
If you want to drive in the United States, then it is a legal requirement that you acquire some form of auto insurance. Insurance companies take lots of variables into account when offering quotes. Car insurance in Las Vegas NV, for instance, is more expensive than insurance in rural Pennsylvania due to the increased risk of traffic accidents in large cities. If you have a medical condition or a history of driving offenses back in the Baltic, then you may also have to pay more. Take this into consideration when budgeting for your move.
Green Card Authorization
Green card authorization is essential if you want to legally work and live permanently in the United States. If you have already been offered a job, your new workplace should help you by sponsoring your application. If not, you need to be able to prove that you have extraordinary skills in the sciences or arts and will be able to find gainful employment. Green card authorization is notoriously hard to get unless you are sponsored by a place of work. If you have previous serious convictions at home, then you are unlikely to get approved.
Where To Get Home Comforts
Baltic food and drink are world-famous, but that doesn’t mean that they are easy to acquire in the USA. It is highly likely that you will miss these home comforts when you move abroad. Luckily, you can plan ahead and figure out the best way of getting good Baltic food near you. First of all, you’ll be better off living near a city with a large Eastern European or Baltic population if you want to get decent home comforts. By 1990, the U.S census recorded over 800,000 Americans with Lithuanian heritage in the United States. Many of these Lithuanian families had moved over during times of war or during the Russian reoccupation of Lithuania in the 1940s. The areas with the largest Lithuanian populations in the USA are Illinois and Pennsylvania. Consequently, Chicago and Philadelphia have excellent Baltic grocery stores and community centers.