Pending approval of your United States employment visa, you might anticipate what it will be like to work in a new country. A different culture, differing beliefs, technological advances and other factors could interfere with your ability to perform your best.
Knowing how to approach a foreign workplace can help you feel confident as you begin your new journey.
Applying for a visa
The possession of a work visa means you can legally maintain a job in the United States of America even if you are not a citizen. However, you must carefully follow the application process, comply with any requirements and maintain your eligibility over time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs, to obtain a work visa, you will need to submit numerous documents including your passport, various civil records and required medical examination forms. You will need to complete an interview and any required medical processes including vaccinations.
You will want to apply for a work visa well in advance of your intended departure. The approval process takes time.
Adapting to the workplace
As you prepare to enter the American work environment, pay particular attention to the cultural hierarchy and the work culture of the company hiring you. Learn about professional introductions and realize that the business dress code might not be what you typically wear.
Before your arrival, try networking with your future colleagues. Express enthusiasm to join their team. Once you begin working, look for ways to engage in the company culture. Participate in training exercises. Ask questions. Get to know your cohorts. Your interest in the team may help you form meaningful professional connections that can add value to your experience.
Your work in the U.S. might propel your career to new heights. Adapting to the work lifestyle of America may encourage you to take the next steps toward citizenship.