MOVING TO LA... TOP TIPS
Before making the big move to LA, it is vital that you do your homework. If you don't, you could find yourself with more than just the inconvenience of not being able to buy a bottle of wine. Instead you could be knee deep in thousands of dollars of medical bills (just one accident could set you back hundreds of thousands) and before you know it, you could be on your way back home with your tail between your legs. Check out our list below.
- Get a visa. It's best to go through an immigration lawyer rather than do it yourself as not only are they familiar with the questions that need to be answered, but they are known to the INS and know exactly what's needed to get your visa. The same reason to use a lawyer in Los Angeles and not in your home country.
- Social security Number. Once you have a visa, you can apply for a social security number. You need this to do almost anything i.e. Get a drivers license, get a job, start paying taxes.
- Driving License. Not only needed for driving, this is used as ID for everything in America. You'll need this for building up credit, going to bars, buying alcohol (they card everyone who looks like they could be 40 or younger).
- Health Insurance. This is important as otherwise you will find that you're paying extortionate amounts every time you go to the doctor. Go to www.ehealthinsurance.com to look at the monthly rates and coverage.
- Credit Rating. Forget that great relationship that you've built up with your credit in the UK. Having moved to a new country you're viewed like you're 18 again and you're credit rating is 0. Start with a secured credit card with a bank and a store card.
- Finding a place to live. Okay so you may quickly overstay your welcome with staying on friend's couches and may find yourself quickly needing your own place. Having zero credit doesn't help when you're wanting to rent through the usual channels (www.westsiderentals.com). Talk to friends, friends of friends and put the word out that you're looking to sublet, rent a room, guesthouse or flatshare.
- Craig's List. (www.craigslist.com) A great resource for looking for accommodation and jobs.
- Network. Sign up to networking organizations (Find, Filmmakers Alliance, Women in Film etc.) and schmooze, schmooze, schmooze!
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