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Tips for Immigrating to the U.S. With Children

 Posted on June 27, 2023 in Immigration

shutterstock_49320484-min.jpgMoving with your children within your own home country can be stressful enough. Many children respond negatively to moves, at least until they are able to get acclimated to their new living environment. If you are considering immigrating to the United States with your minor children, there are a few important ways you can help them make the transition while making the move easier for yourself as well. Immigration to the U.S. is often a very complicated affair. There is quite a bit of paperwork to be done and there are quite a few records you are likely to need, such as your children’s birth certificates and passports. It is better to begin talking to your children about your plan to immigrate early on so that they can begin getting used to the idea. An attorney can help work to make your legal journey towards immigration as smooth as possible. 

Helpful Tips for Moving to a New Country With Minor Children

Children are generally quite adaptable. While they may initially be upset about leaving their home country, they will likely adapt to their new living environment rather quickly. Parents planning to immigrate to the U.S. with their minor children should consider tips including: 

  • Tell them early - As soon as you make the decision to begin the immigration process, it is best to tell your children so that they have plenty of time to adjust. 

  • Keep familiar things - Make sure to bring your children’s favorite toys or comfort objects, even if it means leaving something else behind. The familiarity of a favorite toy can help children maintain a sense of stability. When you arrive, it may also help to locate a grocery store with familiar foods from your home country. 

  • Involve them - It can help to involve your children in the process, such as by making them responsible for packing some of their own things and giving them some choices where possible. 

  • Start the paperwork early - To make a smooth transition more likely, it is a good idea to begin getting your paperwork together early. Make sure you have plenty of time to gather documents and submit your applications well in advance of your expected arrival. 

While immigrating with children can be challenging, it is often well worth it for the opportunities your child will have growing up here. 

Contact a Dallas Immigration Attorney

Law Office of Jae Lee is experienced in helping people immigrate to the U.S. legally. Our skilled Dallas immigration lawyers will do all we can to simplify the legal process for you and your children. Contact us at 214-295-3014 for a free consultation. 

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