Helpful Links: The U.S.
Which time zone is the US in?
What holidays are observed?
What business hours are held?
- Traditional Business Hours in the US
- Indian Perspective (includes time zones, daylight savings, & business hours)
What post office/mail/parcel services are available?
- For letters, and small parcels: United States Postal Service
- Parcels; overnight: UPS
- Parcels; overnight: FedEx
- Business documents; overnight; international documents: DHL
How do I address letters to the US?
Where can I find my place of worship?
What is the manner of dress in the US?
- Business people from overseas
- For international students (Oregon State University)
Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?
Which electrical outlets are used?
Where can I find a list of US universities?
How can I find out more about my university campus?
What scholarships are available to me?
How can I make contact to find sponsors or partners for my research?
What is the average tuition?
Averages by years & types of institutions
What is the average salary of a professor?
What is the weather like in the US?
What is the weather forecast for this week?
What about extreme weather?
Is my driver’s license valid in the US?
- Depends on what country you are from, but an IDP is recommended. If you are staying in the US for longer than 1 year, you must get a US driver’s license.
How can I obtain a US drivers license?
How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?
- You must purchase your IDP before arriving in the US at your country’s certified Automobile Association.
Which side of the road do I drive on?
Can I rent a car?
- You must have a valid driver’s license (with IDP, if foreign or not in English) and a major credit card.
How can I travel around within the US?
Is there public transport available in the US?
- In the major cities reliable public transportation is available, in outlying areas, it become less common and more difficult.
Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?
What documents should I carry with me?
Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?
What type of visa do I need?
- American Chemical Society's Outline of Visa Procedures
- Visas for Professors & Researchers
- Types of Visas
How long is my visa valid for?
Can I get a visa extension?
Am I allowed to work with my visa?
Am I allowed to study on my visa?
Can I change my visa status while in the US?
What is the cost of a visa?
How long before departure should I apply for my visa?
How do I schedule a visa interview?
What documents should I have prepared for my visa interview?
- American Chemical Society's suggestions on documents to prepare beforehand.
- American Chemical Society's suggestions on documents to bring with you to the interview.
- Documents required before applying for visa by visa type.
What types of questions are asked in the visa interview?
Will I be under increased scrutiny because of my field of study?
- Risky fields of study.
- American Chemical Society's position.
I was refused a visa, can I reapply?
- Des, you may reapply. Depending on the reason for denial, you may be asked to resubmit additional information or an entire new application. A new application processing fee may also be required.
Can I bring my spouse/children with me?
- Each person requires their own visa. A third party may apply on behalf of children.
- Information for children traveling with one parent or with a person not the parent or legal guardian.
Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?
- If you have a multiple-entry visa, you may make several trips. A single-entry visa would require you to re-apply once you leave the US.
Do I need a separate visa when traveling between states?
- No, but bring photo ID when traveling. Copies of your passport, visa, and other important documents could also be helpful.
What customs information do I need to know?
- List of items prohibited or restricted from crossing US borders
- Customs duty information
- What you must declare
- Bringing food into the US
My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?
How can I obtain a social security number?
How can I become permanent resident (gain a green card)?
Can I bring my pet with me to the US?
- Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.
Can I return home with my pet?
- Contact your country's embassy for entry requirements of your pet.
Will my medical insurance work in the US?
Which medical insurance should I purchase?
Is my medicine available in the US?
My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?
What medications am I not permitted to bring into the US?
What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to the US?
What are the general health risks in the US?
Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?
How do I find a doctor?
- Search for doctors by specialty and location
- Contact your embassy/consulate for a recommendation of a doctor who speaks your language.
What is the current exchange rate?
Where can I change my money?
What is required to open a US bank account?
- A US address (PO Boxes are not accepted) and an identification number (passport number is ok)
Can I obtain a US credit card?
Will my debit/credit card work in the US?
Do I have to pay taxes?
- Yes, depending on the type of visa and the nature of your stay in the US.
- Tax information for visiting students & scholars.
What are the average costs of living?
How does tipping work?
How can I make international money transfers?
Which is the best phone service provider?
Will my current phone work in the US?
Where can I purchase a sim card for my phone?
- SIM cards in the U.S.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores
What is the country code for the US?
How can I call home?
How much can I expect to pay to call home?
- Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider
Are there international calling cards available
What about calls/video chatting on the internet?
How do I become a citizen?
What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?
How do I contact my country’s Embassy/consulate?
How can I contact other expatriates from my country?
Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
Are my children eligible to attend public school in the US?
- While parent is on student visa
- Rules for foreign nationals attending secondary schools in the US
- Who can study? Non-immigrants in the US.
Where can I find English classes and/or tutors?
Are there any online English study materials?
Are there any phone apps for improving my English?
- Learning English with The New York Times
- British Council Learn English Apps
- Mobile speech translator
- English Translator
Where can I find a bilingual dictionary for my language and English?
- Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic
- Dutch, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Swahili
- Slovoed (Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish)
What are some American idioms/phrases?
Where can I find a translation service?