Advice on Your First Days In the USA for K-1 and IR-1/CR-1 Visa Holders
Your First Days
As a K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa holder, your first days in the USA are very tiring. In the first place, a 7 – 15 hour flight from your country is pretty normal. Furthermore, going through immigration, gettting your luggage and going through customs at the Port of Entry takes time. Meanwhile, you are not even home yet.
Now you need to travel to your new home, and based on the size of the U.S., you may have a several hour plane, bus, car, or train ride ahead of you to get home.
You are so tired right now from the long flight and time change. For example, your body clock is all messed up. As a result, you want to sleep so bad.
So do you think our advice on your first days should be to go get your social security number or get a job. No Way!!! On the contrary, you need to rest and acclimate!!!!!!!!
All things considered, you are very tired and have some serious jet lag.
So what is our advice to you on your first days?
- Go home to your new home and get some rest. Hopefully, when you get home there is not a crowd of your new relatives waiting for you. Also, don’t unpack your bags until the next day. Get some sleep.
- Try to have the next day with just you and your fiance(e) or spouse (children, if applicable). Fiance(e) or spouse, “Hold off the horde of your relatives or friends wanting to meet your new love for a day or two.”
- When you get up in the morning, have a good breakfast with your love one(s) and then start to get accustomed to your new surroundings. First, tour the house or apartment. Then, find out where things go. Finally, unpack and put your clothes away.
- After unpacking, go out and go for a walk with you loved one. See the outside of your new home. Tour the neighborhood.
- Have a nice lunch together.
- Go out and drive around. See your new town or city. Find where the grocery store is, and maybe you need some groceries. See other landmarks.
- In the next day or two, you will be ready to meet your fiance(e) or spouse’s family and friends. Hopefully they have planned a get together
or dinner for you and your fiance(e) or spouse.
- Don’t run right out and get a job yet. If you are a K-1 Visa holder you don’t have to worry about this because you are probably not allowed to work yet. If you are an IR-1/CR-1 Visa holder and allowed to work as soon as you enter the POE, take at least 2-3 weeks to acclimate before you get a job. Your fiance(e) or spouse may need to go back to work, but take the time for yourself.
- Go and do something fun with your loved one to get used to the area. We went apple picking.
- After a few days of rest and acclimation, you can start doing the next things that you need to do like getting your social security number, opening a bank account, health insurance, ect…….
We hope this advise was helpful to you.