Whether you are an expat moving to America or simply travelling there for a few months you of course will need to allow plenty of time for your US Visa Application to go through as well as many other important things. Moving to the USA or anywhere else in the world will always be an exciting yet daunting process. America has always been known as one of the most powerful countries in terms of politics, economic and trade. The cost of living in many cities within the country is surprisingly relatively low and the majority of people who are based there often have a very comfortable standard of life. If you happen to be moving state side then here is a handy guide of considerations to have in mind.
Each country will always have their traditions, in Japan it is considered incredibly rude to tip, as it is seen as the wage is not enough. However in America tipping is a necessity. Whether you are in a restaurant, bar, cab, hairdressers or even nail salon, you will be expected and it is customary to tip between 10 and 15 percent. This amount of tipping can surely add up over time, no matter where you go in the USA the option to tip is pretty much a given where service is provided.
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Many employers and schools can also choose where or not federal holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day mean if you have time off or not. Big holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day are usually given to students and employees. Other religious affiliated holidays including Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr are accorded on more of a case by case basis, which is very strange but something to keep in mind.
Paid Holiday Leave
Many people in the UK take for granted that by law you are entitled to 28 calendar days per year, all of which is paid holiday eave. However in the United States this is not the case. In the US although some jobs will include paid holiday as part of a benefits package, paid holiday is not a guaranteed right.
Medical Care Costs
As well in the UK, there is the NHS which means that citizens have free health care, in the US that is not the case. If for some reason you need an ambulance the bill can be pretty hefty, ranging from 400 to 1,800 dollars. This sum will obviously depend on your insurance provider, and where you live. Medic also have the right to request insurance information or intended form of payment before even taking you anywhere.
The U.S is synonymous with so many incredible food including meatloaf, burgers, and pumpkin pie so if you happen to be moving to America you will be far from hungry especially as most restaurants, café and take out places enable you to go large or supersize everything. The U.S also have a love of all non-perishable food including mac and cheese, sriracha, and peanut butter all of which will be found stocked up in most American homes.