If you have got an approved H1B Visa and got your visa stamped in passport at a US consulate office in your home country, you would be thinking, what are my next steps before I enter America…Let me shed some light on what you should do in Home country before you enter America.
Booking Flight Tickets:
As soon as you get your H1B Visa stamped, you need to first book your flight tickets. The sooner you book, the cheaper your tickets…You have few choices…you can go to online travel websites and book your flight tickets or you can go to a travel agency. Personally, I prefer to book tickets from a travel agent as you can get the best price. I always check the prices online and then talk to a travel agency…you need to bargain well with the travel agency and use your online price as a benchmark for bargaining.
Health Checkup – Dental, Vision Checkup
Health care and dental are pretty expensive in America. Do a complete health and dental checkup in your home country. Dental would be much cheaper in your home country, so if you have any dental issues, get them fixed in your home country. It is good to get a general medical checkup and get yourself any medicines, if needed. Also, get your vision checked. Spectacles are very expensive here, you are better off checking and getting extra pairs from your home country.
Driving License – International Driving permit.
It would be very helpful for you to rent a car in USA if you can get your Driving license from your home country. Also, it would not be a bad idea to get international driving permit as well. You can use it to rent a car…You can also use that as a Photo ID at many locations. So, if you can get the International driving license, just go for it. You will need to eventually get a US driver’s license, but your home country license can be used to rent a car and learn driving in USA by proper rules…In fact, some states give you US driving license directly, if you have International driving permit…in such case, it is a bumper offer…
Buy Health Insurance for Travel :
It is very important to have health insurance to cover any unforeseen health issues during travel. . Read Why NOT to be without health Insurance. Until you get a local health insurance policy in America, you should be covered by some sort of health insurance. There are many agencies that provide these, especially international banks and travel agencies.
List of Things you can Carry to USA
Many people tell you buy a LOT of stuff from your home country as you can save money…but, it is not wise to buy everything in home country. Based on my experience living as a student and working as a professional, I have written an article, that best describes what would be best to carry, what you should avoid… Read : List of Items to be carried to America
Did I miss anything ? Do you have any other things to add ?