Frequently Asked Questions about the USA

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Expats considering a move to the USA often have all sorts of questions, particularly regarding the country's complicated visa and Green Card regulations. Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about moving to the USA.

Is an immigration attorney necessary to apply for a visa or Green Card for the USA? 

Immigration attorneys can be a big help when filing for visas or Green Cards but they are not absolutely necessary. Companies that hire many expats may already have an immigration attorney or may be familiar enough with the necessary processes. In order to employ expats, companies often need to prove that foreign workers are needed because a US citizen cannot adequately fulfill the position. This process is most easily facilitated by an attorney.

Can my family work in the US?

Members of families are usually allowed visas if their spouse or parent has been given permission for employment in the US. Once residency is established, spouses can apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for permission for employment.

Do I need a social security number to live in the US?

No, you do not need a social security number to live in the US, but you do need one to work in the US. This number is crucial for those who'd like to collect their wages lawfully and who'd like to qualify for and receive social security benefits in the future. If you've been lawfully admitted to the US, you do not need a social security number to get a driver's licence, register your little one for school, or apply for health insurance. Expats can learn more about the process on our social security number page.

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