GREEN CARD HOLDERS BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS
On June 17, 2020, a special, albeit unique, ceremony was held in Detroit, Michigan, were dozens of Green Card holders took the oath to become an American citizen – without even leaving their cars! Immigrants living in the USA are still becoming American citizens despite the COVID-19 pandemic, however, US immigration judges and other officials have needed to be creative in planning ceremonies that incorporate social distancing and other safety measures. Since the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit was temporarily closed as a precaution, the American citizenship ceremony was held by “drive-thru” in the court’s parking garage. Dozens of Green Card holders from Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico and Ukraine drove themselves and their family members to a certain location in the courthouse parking garage, all wearing protective masks, rolled down their window, raised their hand, and the US immigration judge, wearing a face shield, administered the oath to become an American citizen. Although having a drive-thru ceremony was not exactly how these immigrants had envisioned receiving their US citizenship, they were, nonetheless, very happy to become American citizens and now have all of the rights and benefits that naturalized US citizens are entitled to. For example, some of the newly naturalized American citizens said they look forward to voting in the November 2020 presidential election. Similar drive-thru American citizenship ceremonies have also been held in Phoenix, San Diego and other US cities so that Green Card holders who have been living in the USA at least five years and satisfied all of the criteria can receive their US citizenship, while at the same time avoid large gatherings of people as would normally occur at such events. To read more, click here!
US ECONOMY BEGINS 2020 BY ADDING 225,000 NEW JOBS
The United States began the New Year of 2020 with very good economic news, as the Department of Labor reported that 225,000 US jobs were created during January 2020. America’s growing economy also started the New Year with an extremely low unemployment rate of just 3.6% (the lowest in five decades), according to Labor Department data. Furthermore, the average hourly wage for people working in the USA increased by a healthy 3.1% between January 2019 and January 2020. Strong economic growth has been producing new jobs in America for a record 112 months in a row (the longest economic expansion in US history) and this is expected to continue in the months ahead. More than 10 full years of US job creation, however, has resulted in a shortage of workers across the country in various business sectors, including highly-skilled workers and also low-skilled workers. To read more, click here!
SURVEY OF 20,000 EXPATS FINDS BEST CITIES TO WORK IN AMERICA
Results of the 2019 InterNations Expat Insider Survey has found that the best city to live and work in America is Miami, Florida. Over 20,000 expat workers were surveyed in 187 countries and the 82 top cities in the world were identified where foreign workers were the most satisfied. The survey discovered that 75% of expats feel at home living in Miami and 70% think the locals are friendly. Houston (Texas) was rated by expats as the #2 best city to live and work in the USA, followed by #3 Chicago (Illinois), #4 Boston (Massachusetts), #5 New York City (New York), #6 Los Angeles (California), and #7 San Francisco (California). To read more, click here!
STORIES ABOUT US IMMIGRATION THAT YOU MAY FIND INSPIRING
The United States is a land of opportunity for immigrants from around the world. Immigrants living in the USA not only enjoy the freedom to pursue the American Dream as they define it, but immigrants also make valuable contributions to society that help to make the United States the greatest country on Earth. For example, an immigrant from Pakistan opened a successful restaurant in Washington, DC, after moving to America and he has been contributing to society by feeding any poor or homeless person who requests his help (he gave away 16,000 free meals in 2018). A Kurdish immigrant from Turkey had the opportunity to relocate to the US and has since opened seven popular pizza restaurants in New York. This generous immigrant entrepreneur has been distributing food and clothing to those in need and is referred to with affection as the “pizza guy” by homeless people he has helped. Inspiring stories about US immigration are not limited only to newcomers. A national Gallup poll conducted in June 2019 found that 76% of the people living in the USA think that US immigration is good for the country. This overwhelming support for US immigration is demonstrated by a woman in Arizona who has provided immigrants with food and shelter in her own home. To read more, click here!
THREE REASONS IMMIGRANTS FLOURISH AS ENTREPRENEURS
A young man from Uzbekistan had the opportunity to move to America as an international student in 2003, improve his English language skills, work at various jobs in the USA and go on to launch his own successful business that in 2019 has $20 million in revenue and 200,000 customers. He believes that his immigrant background is the secret to his success as an entrepreneur who is living the American Dream. The three reasons that he says immigrants living in the USA flourish as entrepreneurs is because they have developed patience and resilience on their journey; they are frugal with their finances; and they have an understanding of different cultures which can help them access international markets. To read more, click here!
THE BEST PLACES TO FIND WORK IN THE US TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
According to a report published by the Brookings Institution think-tank on December 9, 2019, the majority of all US job growth in the innovation and technology sector is taking place in just five major metropolitan areas. During the past 14 years, 90% of US job creation in the high-tech field has taken place in the San Francisco Bay, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle and Boston metro areas. Since jobs in the US technology sector tend to have high salaries, there has also been increased prosperity in these five metro areas. Consequently, skilled foreign professionals who want to find work in the US technology field may want to search for employment in one of these top innovation hubs. To read more, click here!
US CITIZENSHIP GRANTED TO 93 IMMIGRANTS FROM 34 COUNTRIES
Family and friends of 93 US Permanent Resident Green Card holders gathered near Chicago on December 2, 2019, to watch them take the Oath of Allegiance to become an American citizen. The immigrants had moved to the United States from 34 countries on five continents and after living in the USA at least five years and completing other criteria, they had been granted American citizenship. The ceremony was held at a high school auditorium and dozens of government and American history students from the school turned out to observe the event. The head of the high school’s social studies department was also in attendance and declared, “I really wanted our students to see that citizenship in this country isn’t tied to religion or race or ethnicity or even country of origin; that there really is a place for people from all across the world, from all different walks of life and that makes up an American citizen rather than the color of your skin, religion or ethnicity.” A supervisor with the US immigration agency said to the new American citizens, “Thank you for choosing to come to the United States, for bringing your hopes and dreams, your hard work and creative energy, your new ideas and perspectives.” He also told the 93 naturalized US citizens, “The country does long recognize that new immigrants are our life blood, constantly revitalizing America and helping to build and make us into the great nation we are today.” One of the immigrants to be granted American citizenship exclaimed, “This is my dream to be a US citizen and now the dream has come true.” To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT FROM INDIA BECOMES CEO OF US TECHNOLOGY GIANT
On December 3, 2019, an immigrant from India, who grew up without much access to a computer, the Internet or even a telephone, was named the CEO of one of the largest technology companies in the world. Sundar Pichai, who was already serving as the CEO of Google, was appointed CEO of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google, after Sergey Brin and Larry Page decided to allow someone else to run the global technology giant. Sundar Pichai did not own a computer until after moving to the USA to attend Stanford University in California on a scholarship. After he earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering at Stanford, he went on to receive an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and was hired by Google in 2004. He was asked if he thought the American Dream is still alive and this US immigration success story replied that the United States continues to be a “land of opportunity.” Sergey Brin is another US immigration success story who, after moving to America from the former Soviet Union with his parents when he was 6-years-old, also found opportunities in the USA made available through a university education. To read more, click here!
HIGH-PAYING US JOBS IN THE BLUE COLLAR SECTOR
When people think of good-paying jobs in the USA, careers requiring a university degree often come to mind, however, a recent report shows that many “blue collar” jobs also have high salaries. An analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified 30 US jobs in the blue-collar sector that have median salaries above $58,000 per year. Many of these top-paying working class occupations are in the energy industry or law enforcement field. For example, there are 6,280 nuclear power plant operators working in the USA who earn a median annual salary of $94,350, while America’s 33,920 non-nuclear power plant operators make a median salary of $79,610 per year. The 103,450 criminal investigators and police detectives in the US receive a median yearly income of $81,920, while the 661,330 patrol officers working for police and sheriff departments across the country earn a median salary of $61,380 annually. The United States has 131,690 aircraft mechanics and they get paid a median yearly salary of $62,920. To read more, click here!
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR STARTING A BUSINESS IN AMERICA
It can be challenging to start a business, particularly if you are a new immigrant living in America. Nonetheless, immigrants or their children have founded 45% of all Fortune 500 companies and created thousands of jobs in the USA. Famous examples include Amazon, Apple, Google and Tesla – among many others. Of course, many immigrants establish smaller family businesses in America as well, such as local restaurants, markets and specialty shops. A successful immigrant entrepreneur from Russia has shared seven tips for new immigrants living in the USA who want to launch their own startup companies. She recommends that immigrant entrepreneurs: think big; constantly promote themselves; seek a local adviser; feel free to ask for help; conduct their own research; focus on the advantages they have; and be bold, courageous and persistent. To read more, click here!
RANKING OF AMERICA’S BEST HOSPITALS FOR 2019-2020
On July 30, 2019, US News & World Report published its ranking of the best hospitals in the United States for 2019-2020. People who live in America have access to some of the most advanced medical care in the world. In fact, thousands of individuals from other countries travel to the US each year to receive cutting-edge treatments and quality healthcare. Although hospitals in the United States generally provide a high level of care, some hospitals are better than others for overall healthcare and certain hospitals offer the very best treatments for particular medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) or patient populations (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, etc.). US News & World Report evaluated almost every hospital across the country according to various measures and ranked the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) as the best hospital in America. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston came in 2nd place, followed by #3 Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio) placed 4th in the country. To read more, click here!
TOP 10 STATES TO START A BUSINESS IN THE USA
People who live in the USA, whether American citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, have the opportunity to open their own business. In fact, many of the world’s largest companies have been started by immigrants living in America. Entrepreneurs often face a variety of challenges when they launch a new business, however, there are some states where the conditions are more conducive to success. For example, a new study published in July 2019 ranked all 50 states according to 26 factors that are considered favorable for entrepreneurs and scored each state on a scale of 0-100. Texas was ranked the best state to live in the USA for entrepreneurs in 2019. The other top 10 states for startups according to the assessment are: #2 Utah, #3 Georgia, #4 North Dakota, #5 Oklahoma, #6 Florida, #7 Arizona, #8 California, #9 Montana, and #10 Colorado. To read more, click here!
HABITS & VALUES OF IMMIGRANTS PROMOTE SUCCESS
Each wave of immigration to the United States has brought with it newcomers who possess the strong desire to create a better life. Their determination to succeed and hard work in America have brought great benefits to both the immigrants and their new country which they have helped to build. Much of the success enjoyed by immigrants living in America can be attributed to their habits and values, which have allowed many of them to become prosperous entrepreneurs without getting deep into debt. Between 1996 and 2016, immigrants living in the US started businesses at a higher rate than individuals born in the United States. Statistics also reveal that immigrants or the children of immigrants started 40% of all Fortune 500 companies in America. A common habit that many immigrant entrepreneurs share is a reluctance to take out large loans in order to start their own business. Instead, they work hard, save their money, and then launch a small business that grows and prospers, due in large part to the habits and values they brought with them to America. To read the full article, click here!
IMMIGRANT BECOMES AMERICAN CITIZEN AT AGE 103
An immigrant living in the US state of Florida received her American citizenship in a special ceremony held in Miami on June 14, 2019. This was an extra special occasion for this immigrant from Haiti, since she was able to become an American citizen during the Flag Day national holiday and because she is 103-years-old! After living in the USA with a Permanent Resident Green Card for more than 15 years, she decided it was time to take the next step and become a US citizen. Her family and friends who attended the naturalization ceremony said they were overjoyed about this accomplishment. This is a reminder to immigrants of all ages that a person is never too old to experience the American Dream! To read more, click here!
IMMIGRANT WOMEN WHO MADE MILLIONS IN AMERICA
America is known as a land of opportunity, where an immigrant can arrive with few resources and go “from rags to riches” through determination and hard work. According to Forbes, many of the most successful women living in the USA are immigrants who made millions after moving to America. One woman from Barbados immigrated to the United States and launched a successful music and fashion career, which has earned her a net worth of $600 million. Another woman relocated to the US from Romania and initially worked at a beauty salon, but quit that job three years later to open her own company. Today, her cosmetics firm is worth more than $3 billion and this immigrant entrepreneur has a net worth of $1.2 billion. After a South Korean couple immigrated to the United States, the wife found employment as a hairdresser, while her husband worked at three different jobs. They managed to save up $11,000 to open a small clothing store and now have a thriving business with more than 815 stores and a yearly revenue of $3.5 billion. The wife’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 billion. Forbes reports that several of the richest women living in the USA are immigrants from countries such as Barbados, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Myanmar, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. To read the full article, click here!
MORE PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA SHOW GENEROSITY
The United States is one of the most generous countries on Earth, not only in terms of the billions of dollars in humanitarian aid provided annually by the US government to help people around the world, but also as measured by the generosity of millions of individual Americans. In fact, a report released in June 2019 reveals that there has been a significant increase in the generosity expressed by individuals living in the USA during the past year. A US Census Bureau survey of approximately 100,000 adults living in the USA found that 30.3% of adults living in America volunteered their time at least once in a 12 month period to help others, which was a 6% increase compared with one year earlier. It was also reported that 77.4 million people living in the USA volunteered 6.9 billion hours worth about $167 billion USD in 2017. People living in the US state of Utah had the highest percentage of volunteers, women volunteered at slightly higher rates than men, and “Generation X” was the biggest age group for volunteers. Some of the top volunteer activities in the USA include fundraising, collecting and distributing food and clothing, mentoring youth, and tutoring. To read more, click here!
RESEARCH CENTER PUBLISHES US IMMIGRATION FACTS
On June 3, 2019, the US-based Pew Research Center published a report that examines immigrants living in the USA. The research and charts in the report show data about US immigration over different periods of time. One of the interactive graphs displays the rates of immigration to the United States, from the 2.2 million foreign-born residents in 1850 to the 44.4 million immigrants living in the US in 2017. The report reveals that in 2017, 72.2% of immigrants had been living in the USA for at least 10 years, while 27.8% had been in the United States less than a decade. In 2017, 13.7% of the US population was foreign-born and an additional 12.0% were born in the USA with at least one immigrant parent. Facts about educational attainment showed that 17.8% of immigrant have a Bachelor’s Degree, while another 13.4% possess a graduate degree (2017). Where immigrants are arriving from, the various age ranges, top languages spoken, and other facts are also provided in the report. To read the full article, click here!
BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 2019
When you immigrate to the United States, you will need to find a place to stay, but deciding on the best city for you and your family to live in the USA can be a challenge. US News & World Report evaluated cities all across America based on different indexes which included the job market, housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, and net migration. The 125 best cities to live in America during 2019 include each city’s overall ranking and information about the population (including the average age), unemployment rate, average yearly salary, median home price, median rent per month, average temperatures, average rainfall each year, and the average worker commute time. To read the full article, click here!
MANY OF THE WORLD’S TOP UNIVERSITIES ARE IN THE USA
Institutions of higher education in the United States are rated among the very best in the world, according to global university rankings. People who live in the USA (whether they are American citizens, US permanent residents, or international students) have the opportunity to receive a world-class higher education, which can open the door to excellent career options. According to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the United States has seven of the top 10 best universities in the world. Furthermore, 17 of the world’s 25 highest rated universities for 2019 are located in the USA, along with 24 of the top 50, and 40 of the 100 best institutions of higher education. To read more, click here!
POPULAR PLACES FOR US EMPLOYMENT DURING 2019
With 7.6 million vacant jobs in the USA available for workers in 2019, now is a great time to be seeking employment in the United States. Whether you are currently working in America or considering future US job opportunities, you may find this recent ranking of the top employers in the United States for 2019 helpful. Some of the most attractive places to work in the USA for 2019 according to US job seekers are in the technology, accounting, communications, entertainment, and banking business sectors. To read the full article, click here!
THE HEALTHIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA
US News & World Report has released its 2019 ranking of the healthiest places to live in the USA, which used 81 factors to measure health and wellness in communities across America. More than 3,000 counties throughout the United States were assessed according to healthiness factors such as: health of the population, equity, economy, education, environment, food and nutrition, housing, public safety, infrastructure, and community vitality. The report says that the five healthiest places to live in America for 2019 are: #1 Douglas County, Colorado; #2 Los Alamos County, New Mexico; #3 Falls Church City, Virginia; #4 Loudoun County, Virginia; and #5 Broomfield County, Colorado. To read the full article, click here!
MORE THAN 304,000 US JOBS FILLED IN JANUARY 2019
The Labor Department reported that the American economy achieved an impressive milestone in January 2019 by producing new jobs in the USA for 100 consecutive months, including the 304,000 US jobs filled during the first month of the New Year! Additionally, Department of Labor data revealed that the rate of unemployment in January 2019 was only 4 percent in the United States. The shortage of people available to work in America helped to boost the average private sector hourly wage by 3.2 percent during the previous 12 months to $27.56 an hour. To read the full article, click here!
US JOBS WITH THE HIGHEST SALARIES
Immigrants planning on living and working in the USA may want to review the ranking of the highest paying jobs in America which was released by US News and World Report in January 2019. There is an overall rating for each of the US jobs listed plus a score for factors such as work-life balance, future growth projected, US job market, stress level, and median salary. Information is also provided regarding the number of jobs in the USA for each occupation, rate of US employment for each profession, and other details. Many of the highest paying jobs in America for 2019 are in the healthcare field and technology sector, but there are also top-paying US jobs in business, engineering and a range of other professions. To read the full article, click here!
ADDITIONAL 2.6 MILLION PEOPLE WORKING IN AMERICA
An additional 2.6 million Americans were working in the USA throughout 2018, according to the US Labor Department’s end-of-the-year report published on January 4, 2019. The economy produced an average of 223,000 jobs in the USA each month during 2018 and the unemployment rate plunged to 3.7 percent in September 2018 which was the lowest level since men were walking on the Moon in 1969! To read the full article, click here!
NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGES IN THE USA RISING RAPIDLY
Do you know what the fastest-growing non-English language is in the United States today? According to US Census data for 2010-2017 analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, Telugu has the most rapid rate of growth of any non-English language spoken in the USA. This may be initially surprising, until you consider that India is one of the top countries of origin for immigrants relocating to the United States. In fact, several languages commonly spoken on the Indian sub-continent are among the fastest-growing non-English languages in America. The rest of the top 10 non-English languages that are increasing at the quickest pace in the United States are Bengali, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese, Gujarati and Haitian. Of course, Spanish is the most commonly spoken non-English language in the USA, used by over 40 million individuals living in America. This reflects sustained immigration to the United States from people originating in Mexico, Central America and various countries in South America. The other most frequently used non-English languages spoken in the US include Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Russian, German, and Haitian. Although English is the most commonly spoken language in the United States, it should be noted that the US does not have an “official” language. To read the full article, click here!
EXPERIENCE QUALITY LIVING IN US CITIES!
If you and your family want to enjoy a high standard of living in the USA, you should think about moving to Austin, Texas! Big cities across the United States with a population of at least 300,000 were recently evaluated for overall quality of life and Austin came in 1st place, due in part to the city’s booming technology sector, very low unemployment rate, many new start-up companies, excellent employment opportunities, and high job growth forecast between 2017 and 2022. Families living in Austin also earn an average annual salary of $87,380 which helps to make the relatively low median house price of $326,562 quite affordable. Furthermore, Austin offers something for everyone, including great places to dine and many live music events throughout the year. To read the full article, click here!
MANY OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE LIVING IN AMERICA ARE IMMIGRANTS
More than 10% of the richest individuals living in the USA during 2018 are immigrants, according to the most recent listing of the Forbes 400. Taken together, the 43 foreign-born billionaires who made it on the 2018 Forbes 400 list are worth a total of $289 billion. These US immigration “success stories” moved to the United States from 20 countries around the globe which included: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, and UK. Many of the biggest businesses in the USA were founded or co-founded by immigrants living in America. To read the full article, click here!
OPENNESS TOWARD IMMIGRANTS IMPORTANT TO MOST AMERICANS
On October 9, 2018, the US-based Pew Research Center released the results of a nationwide poll of 1,754 American adults which discovered that a majority (68 percent) of people living in the United States think “openness” toward immigrants is “essential” for the country. The survey was conducted in September 2018 by the respected research center which studies the attitudes of people living in America and examines other key issues of national interest. According to this poll, a majority of various demographic groups living in the USA (including liberals, moderates, conservatives, young and older adults) think that it is crucial to the character of the country to be open toward immigrants. To read the full article, click here!
THERE ARE NOW 44.5 MILLION IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN AMERICA
The foreign-born population of the United States has now reached 44.5 million, accounting for 13.7 percent of all people living in the USA (as of 2017), according to an analysis of US Census Bureau data. This is the largest foreign-born population to live in America in more than a century! Since 2010, 80% of new immigrants relocating to the United States came from Asia and Latin America; however, half of the immigrants currently living in the United States are from Latin America, while 31% are originally from Asia. To read the full article, click here!
WHERE TO LIVE IN THE US TO EARN THE MOST MONEY
Utah is the top state to live in the USA for median household income, according to an assessment by the financial website WalletHub. People living in Utah earn a median yearly salary of $64,725, they are the most satisfied with their careers, and they work the least amount of hours. The #2 best state to live in the United States for the highest median income ($64,725 annually) is Virginia, which is followed by #3 Minnesota ($63,407 median yearly income), 4th place Wyoming ($61,865 per year median income), and fifth-ranked Colorado with an annual median salary of $61,114. To read the full article, click here!
RANKING OF AMERICA’S BEST PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS
The Niche website has released its fifth annual ranking of the best public and private schools in the America for 2018-2019, which could be a useful tool for parents. This study examined 10,758 public school districts across the United States and rated 83,542 public schools, as well as 3,903 private schools. To read the full article, click here!
THESE STATES ARE TOP PLACES TO LIVE IN THE USA
Immigrants relocating to the United States naturally want to live in US states that have a high standard of living. A report released by CNBC in July 2018 evaluated each of the 50 states based upon a variety of quality of life measures and rated Vermont as the best place to live in America for quality of life. Among some of the factors that placed Vermont in the Number One spot are its clean environment, the good health of its population, very low violent crime rate, and the state’s anti-discrimination laws to protect all residents of diverse backgrounds. Overall, Vermont received the grade of A+ for its quality of life in 2018, according to this evaluation. Other top states with a high standard of living in the USA include #2 Hawaii, #3 Minnesota, #4 North Dakota, with New Hampshire and Washington tied for fifth place. To read the full article, click here!