BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Find a job with an H1B visa sponsoring company.
Start collecting documents you will need for the immigration process for you and all members of your family;
Valid Passport - Check with your country for necessary steps.
Education Records - Have them translated.
Professional Records - Have them translated
Extra Passport Photos
Marriage License (where applicable).
Tip... learn from other H1'ers about their experiences - good and bad. Ask questions, get recommendations about desirable neighborhoods, good schools, available child care and your other priorities.
3 MONTHS BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
Research the USA and check Salary Comparisons.
Begin to look for travel bargains and make travel arrangements.
Book your Flight
Book temporary hotel rooms / appartment rental
Reserve rental car.
Visit your doctor and dentist; learn all about Medical/Healthcare in the USA, and get all the immunizations you need.
1 MONTH BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Check about US Tax Tips and what benefits you are entitled to.
Check with U.S. Customs to see what you can and cannot bring.
Find an international shipper to send over things you cannot pack.
Get an International Driver's License.
3 WEEKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
Call to confirm final information for your travel plans.
Read books about the USA for valuable information.
1 WEEK BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
Call friends and family in the USA to let them know when you are arriving.
Double check to make sure you have all documents and items you will need.
YOUR ARRIVAL IN THE USA
Touch down in the USA...your adventure begins.
Go through customs.
Have your I-94 Card stamped.
Rent a car if necessary.
Exchange your money.
Get your Social Security Number(SSN)
Get a US credit card
Open a bank account
Go shopping and get the essentials