Moving to Los Angeles
Things to know before moving to Los Angeles
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Visa requirements for those who immigrate to Los Angeles
Moving to Los Angeles or anywhere else in the United States can be quite confusing, as visa requirements will differ depending on the duration of your stay. There are two main visas for which you can apply:
Non-immigrant visas are for those who do not plan to stay permanently and only wish to reside in the US temporarily, such as:
- Specialist workers;
Immigrant visas require a sponsor and are more difficult to obtain, but if relocation to Los Angeles is your long-term plan, you can apply on the following grounds:
- Family reunification;
If you need more visa-related information prior to immigrating to Los Angeles or anywhere else in the USA, visit the American immigration website or contact your local embassy.
Relocation to Los Angeles | Apartment rentals and buying property
To give you an idea of your living expenses in Los Angeles, the cost to rent an apartment in downtown L.A. can range from $1.700 (€1.400) to $3.000 (€2.470) per month, and to buy property, it may cost you around $8.000 (€6.600) per square metre.
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LIVING IN LOS ANGELES
Immigrating to Los Angeles | Living expenses
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Job market information for those who wish to move to Los Angeles
You will be surprised to learn how many people organise their move to Los Angeles without a job, and not only those wishing to break into Hollywood! Many newcomers have a day job while they are first starting out. L.A.’s thriving tech-scene has thousands of start-ups with job opportunities for locals and foreigners with desired qualifications in I.T, engineering, marketing, and manufacturing. Vacancies can be found online, but many employers are skeptical about remote interviews. Thus, online job research is not always successful before you immigrate to Los Angeles.
Schools for expats in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, both private international schools and local public school also offer programs for foreign students. The public school system in Los Angeles consists of:
Healthcare for expats in Los Angeles
The healthcare available to expats in Los Angeles, and its citizens is almost the same right across the United States, with world-class medical facilities but a confusing and expensive system to access. Healthcare is paid out of your own pocket or by your employer. In most cases, employers cover between 85% of medical expenses incurred by their employees an up to 75% of the premium for the collaborator’s dependents. Therefore, private health insurance is an option to consider regardless of employment status.
Driving in Los Angeles
Although driving in Los Angeles with a UK, Australian or other type of foreign license is allowed, it is also recommended to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). L.A. traffic is some of the busiest in the world. You can avoid some of the gridlock by carpooling where you can, which will give you free access to special lanes on the highway for 3 or more occupants.
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