It’s here: the ultimate list of tips for immigrants from WES Advisor!
We have combed our archives—including blogs, e-guides, and webinars—to locate the 100 best tips for your journey. There is something for everyone in this essential immigration tips list.
Browse by category:
- Pre-Arrival Tips (15 Tips)
- Immigrating to the U.S. (10 Tips)
- Immigrating to Canada (10 Tips)
- Job Search & Interview Tips (15 Tips)
- Career Advice (10 Tips)
- Tips for International Students (10 Tips)
- WES Help: Credential Evaluations (20 Tips)
- General Immigration Advice (10 Tips)
Everything you need to know is here—read on!
- Learn about your destination country, because immigration policies are very different for the United States and Canada.
- Start looking for a job before you move. Do you know the latest requirements for an H-1B work visa?
- Because you will be communicating remotely, learn how to conduct successful phone and video interviews.
- Or, if you are an international student in the U.S., familiarize yourself with visa policies. For example, learn how different majors can affect how long you can stay and work after graduation.
- Prepare for professional success by learning about local workplace culture. Then, determine what steps are necessary to advance in your field.
- Develop your transferable skills, so you can find a new job easily based on your existing qualifications.
- Make sure you know about the most common visa scams—and how to avoid them.
- Practice your English skills; then, decide what type of language test you might need to take to prove your reading and writing proficiency.
- Determine if you need a credential evaluation. Many employers and academic institutions prefer that international candidates demonstrate their past education and training through an equivalency report.
- Apply for a credential evaluation early, so that your report will be ready on time.
- Look for loans, scholarships, grants, and other financial aid resources to help reduce your costs.
- Protect your mental health. Newcomers often experience a period of stress, depression, loneliness, and uncertainty. However, you can learn to overcome these feelings and embrace your new environment.
- Get advice from others who made the journey before you. Read immigrant success stories for insights and moral support.
- Find out if you will have specific immigration guidelines to meet (for example, if you are arriving from China, India, or Nigeria). Your journey will be easier if you are using the latest, most accurate information.
- Make sure you know all of the latest policy updates that could affect your plans for working or studying in North America.
IF YOU ARE IMMIGRATING TO THE U.S.
- Learn which visas you will need to work or study in the United States.
- Prepare for the visa lottery. That’s because you will have a short window of time to apply each year.
- Determine which type of visa you need. For example, students need an F-1 visa, while the most common type of work visa is the H-1B.
- Consider getting an immigration attorney. They can help you navigate fast-changing immigration policies. Learn about free legal aid for immigrants in the U.S.
- If you are concerned about how you will fit in, learn what others have experienced as immigrants from various cultural and racial backgrounds.
- Learn the benefits of taking an English proficiency test, such as the IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo English test, and then practice to improve your score.
- Cybercrime is one of the biggest risks that you are likely to encounter in the United States. Make sure that your accounts are safe from hackers.
- Engineering is one of the most popular STEM fields studied and practiced by immigrants in the U.S. Discover how to find employment through this career field. Then, determine if it is right for you.
- Before you go on job interviews, learn how to leverage your international education and work experience in the U.S.
- Depending on your field and qualifications, it might benefit you to learn a few “survival strategies” for the competitive labor market in the United States.
IF YOU ARE IMMIGRATING TO CANADA
- Work on improving your Express Entry score before applying for permanent residency in Canada.
- Take a practice test for the International English Language Testing Exam (IELTS) to see if you need to work on your English before immigrating to Canada.
- There are also several provinces where it will benefit you to brush up on your French.
- Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories—each with its own immigration policies. Learn about the differences, and which factors might influence where you live and work in Canada.
- Ask Canadian friends to help improve your communication skills. Build your confidence by practicing with others and receiving feedback. This can help you communicate in a culturally appropriate way.
- Networking will also help you adjust once you move to Canada. Here is some great advice about how to meet people, make connections, and develop your social skills.
- Stay ahead of the labor market: Learn about your career prospects in Canada.
- Consider taking online courses to make you more eligible for jobs. Studying online can be a cheaper and more flexible option for people who are working while they continue to develop their skills.
- You probably want to open a bank account and start building credit right away. Here’s how.
- Learn about Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) opportunities to help you decide where to settle.