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Important things to do once you arrive in USA

Register yourself in College/University

Go to University's international students office and register your name. You might be asked to get health insurance and deposit fees etc.

Open a bank account

First of all open a bank account (find good bank near your university). Open Savings and Checking account (both accounts are recommended).

Get Health insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for all international students. You can have it from university or private (depending on university). Check if your health insurance covers eyes, dental... etc. Talk to International Student's office in your University.

Get your name on Housing Lease

Guys this is very important to have your housing history. Always get your name on lease. We have seen cases where students share apartments and they don't have their name on lease. If you don't have name on lease and in case if you have to move out or like if you get internship in different city you might get hard time to find an apartment.

Get a P/T job

In case if you don't have any scholarship then start looking for P/T job. Maximum number of jobs are available when Fall session starts (actually few weeks before Fall session). There are less jobs in summer session (but many 20 hrs jobs become 40hr job). You can work 40 hrs/week during vacation(Summer)!

Apply for credit cards

Apply for Credit cards after coming to USA. Its very important. Don't misuse them. Try to make good credit history. Apply to Credit cards Like *Note: Don't apply to too many credit cards. Most Students get AMEX (American Express) and Credit card from your bank( in which you have savings/checking account).

Get State ID or Driving License

Get your state ID from Secretary of State office. Always keep this with you . You will get it within an hour (off course if its not crowded). Don't forget to take all your documents Like Passport and Sevis I-20.

Get driving license

Learn driving properly before you arrive to USA. Get Driving license as soon as possible. Firstly you have to qualify written test if you qualify it you get TIP (Temporary license) with this you can drive with anybody having permanent license. It's valid for about 6 months (I think I am right). After one month of getting TIP you can appear for driving test.
Keep track of visa related information (especially if you are on Student visa)
  • Keep yourself updated on F-1 visa
  • Also be tuned to H1-B visa (work visa)
  • I would highly recommend to learn some basic skills like web designing/programming. It helps in getting good P/T job.
  • Start looking for internships after first semester (depending on your major, improve skills required for Internships).
  • I will highly recommend every student to learn one programming language c++ or java or python etc.

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