The USA is the fourth largest
country in the world, in terms of area, and
the third largest country, in terms of population.
There are 50 states covering an area of 4
million square miles with a population of
more than 281 million. The density of population
greatly varies, depending on where you are
in the country.
The US is the world's foremost economic and
military power. It is also a major source
of entertainment: American TV, Hollywood films,
jazz, blues, rock and rap music are primary
ingredients in global popular culture.
The US originated in a revolution, which separated
it from the British Crown. The constitution,
drafted in 1787, established a federal system
with a division of powers even at the central
level, which, uniquely among modern nation-states,
has remained unchanged in form since its inception.
American foreign policy has often mixed the
idealism of its "mission" with elements
of self-interest. The latter is exemplified
in its international record on the environment,
which has attracted criticism, and the need
to maintain energy supplies, in which the
US is not self-sufficient.
English is spoken in different ways depending
on the area of the country. Accents can vary
from the sharp fast-paced speech of New York
to the slow-paced drawl of Mississippi. Americans
are eager to help you learn the language,
so you need not hesitate in asking them to
correct your speech and answer your questions.
Apart from this, cassettes are available to
understand and learn the language. Watching
television will also help a lot in learning
the US English.
Lifestyles vary greatly. It is very formal
in the west when compared to the east, while
in the north it is more casual than in the
south. In the south the lifestyle is more
religious and traditional, mainly focusing
on the family. In the east and west coast
it is new, varying and trendy.
Food styles and menu offerings vary greatly
from place to place, largely depending on
the culture of the original settlers in that
area. For example, while food in Texas has
a strong Mexican flavor, food in Louisiana
has a Cajun or French Flavor. The recipes
of the Scandinavian settlers are still maintained
in far northern States, while in Northern
California the cuisine has an Asian flavor.
Weather observations are taken with respect
to time. By Convention, weather scientists
use the twenty-four hour clock, and use one
time zone, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This
time is also known as Universal Time (UTC).
To convert to local time, you must know the
time difference between GMT and local time
for both standard time and summertime (daylight
savings time). Not all states use daylight
savings time in the summer.
Daylight Saving Time, for the US and its territories,
is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa,
Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the
Eastern Time Zone portion of the State of
Indiana, and the state of Arizona. Navajo
Nation participates in the Daylight Saving
Time policy, due to its large size and location
in three states.
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The Two Types of Visa Classification:
Temporary in their nature,
nonimmigrant visas apply to those who want
to enter the USA for a specific yet temporary
purpose such as a visit, study or work.
Those who successfully apply and are granted
an immigrant visa are provided with permanent
residency status and are issued a "Green
Which Classification is Right
When considering traveling to the USA, you
should first pick the visa classification
that best fits the purpose of your travel.
For example; if you will be visiting the USA,
then a temporary visitors visa would be your
choice. Since temporary is regarded as nonimmigrant,
you would select the nonimmigrant visa classification.
If you are the spouse of a US Citizen, and
you are moving to the USA to unite with your
US Citizen husband or wife, then your intentions
will be to stay indefinitely in the USA. The
Immigrant Visa classification would be the
more suited one for this purpose since the
nature of your intentions are permanent and
Each of the above classifications
contains rigid visa categories. For each category
there are specific eligibility requirements.
The system will work best for you if you can
figure out whether you qualify for the any
of the eligibility requirements listed under
a specific visa category.
Your first step is to identify
the visa classification you will be pursuing,
i.e.; Immigrant or Nonimmigrant. Once you
identified the classification of the visa,
you need to identify the category which will
be most suited to your needs.
Proceed to >> Nonimmigrant
Visas (Temporary Visas) or,
Proceed to >>
Immigrant Visas (Permanent/Green Card).
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