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Many immigrants border close to despair due to these challenges

When you arrived in Georgia, you assumed everyday life would include various types of challenges as you learned to adapt to life in the United States. Some days were better than others, and some days likely made you wonder if you did the right thing in coming here. Overall, you were fairly confident that if you could persevere, you would overcome any obstacles that may arise and set roots for a new, happy life in America. In the back of your mind, however, you feared deportation.

Stories of immigrants being taken into custody and slated for removal make you nervous. Many such people are hard-working individuals who obey the law, pay their taxes and try their best to be productive members of society. There are often commonalities among people in your situation, and so long as you know your rights and where to turn for help if needed, you may be one of the lucky ones who succeeds in building a successful life in Atlanta.

Most problems can be overcome

From your perspective, many problems may cause you to worry that if you can't resolve a particular issue, you may wind up having to return to your country of origin. It's only natural that you might encounter certain struggles as you lay the groundwork for Georgia living. In fact, the list below shows several types of challenge that most immigrants deal with when they cross borders into the United States:

  • Language barriers: Unless your plan to emigrate began years ago and you were able to study English and become fluent before you arrived here, you have likely faced situations where you did not understand what someone was saying or had difficulty conveying your thoughts to an English-speaking person. The sooner you can learn to speak, understand, read and write English, the easier your transition is likely to be.
  • Finding a job: If you're currently dealing with the struggle listed previously, then seeking gainful employment will probably be even more difficult for you (than for those who are fluent in the English language). Many people in your situation are forced to take very low-paying jobs that offer no opportunities for benefits or advancement.
  • New customs: Although the United States is comprised of people from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, it doesn't make adjusting to new food, religious practices or social customs any easier. It may help to read about daily life in America so you know what to expect and how to approach various types of situations.
  • Missing your former country: Even if you left your country of origin under dire circumstances, since it was the only life you ever knew, it's understandable that you may feel a bit homesick as you strive to build a new life in the United States. Speaking with others who emigrated from similar areas may bring you comfort as you adapt to life in Georgia.

You may also encounter political or legal issues that cause you stress, either when you first arrive in the United States or even after living here several months (or years). This is when it's most helpful to know what resources are available to help you over the bumps in the road and to find solutions to your problems that best meet your needs and goals.

Where to turn for help

In addition to seeking support groups where other immigrants share their stories, you may want to speak to someone well-versed in U.S. immigration law if a particular legal problem has you worried.

Many immigrants turn to experienced Georgia attorneys when facing issues regarding visas, threat of removal or application for citizenship.

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