Sibo Z. is a Chinese Expat who relocated to Pennsylvania with his wife a year ago. Sibo found that his first few months in the United States he was kept busy getting his paperwork and documents in order. Read more about his relocation experience, and read his advice about getting your SSN.
Q. DID YOU RELOCATE WITH FAMILY? CHILDREN? HOW ARE THEY ADJUSTING TO RELOCATING? WHAT DO THEY ENJOY MOST ABOUT THEIR NEW COUNTRY?
A. Yes. No. My wife is doing well. The environment and the life is more relax[ed] comparing to Shanghai, China. Like we don’t need to take 2 hours’ metro every day to work
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST FEW MONTHS IN YOUR NEW LOCATION? ANY CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU RESOLVE THEM?
A. I was busy with SSN/bank/driver license, in one word busy material required by government when you try to No shortcut, with my friends colleagues’ kind help, I finally collected everything.
Q. NOW THAT YOU ARE SETTLING IN, IS THERE A BIG CHANGE IN CULTURE? DID YOU FIND ANY HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR EXPATS?
A. We’re doing well. We’re still working on improve our English. Luckily there is already a network formed all by Chinese, we’re sharing information and foundings with each other. Like rental appartment/car/bank/insurance/shopping/tourism/entertainment, everything
Q. ARE THERE ANY TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW EXPAT THAT YOU WISH SOMEONE SHARED WITH YOU BEFORE YOU BEGAN YOUR FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT/RELOCATION?
A. The transition preparation is very important, some of the processes are in sequence:
1. SSN is the very start
2. with SSN, you can have credit card, driver license
3. With driver license, you’re almost settled. So try to get SSN/DL as soon as possible
Another important thing is the car – either rental or buying, it has to be prepared early as possible
From my perspective, the other things like apartment rental, home appliance, furniture, those were pretty easy as shopping here is not so different than Shanghai