When participants are getting settled in the United States, VIPP staff are on hand to help. There are required processes to follow, which VIPP staff will walk participants through upon arrival. These include obtaining a social security number, driver's license and opening a bank account.
After completing these tasks, it will be much easier to move around and begin to experience American culture. Here are some starting points of reference to help with the process.
- Get a Social Security Number
Participants will need a social security number to ensure proper identification when opening a bank account, obtaining a driver's license, etc. Social security cards must be applied for at the local Social Security Office. Driver's licenses are applied for at the Secretary of State Office after taking written tests. More information on both of these is available at the Michigan Department of State Web site.
- Open a Bank Account
Participants may also choose to open a bank account during their time in the U.S. This will make it possible to safely manage money and apply for a credit or debit card to use at local businesses. A bank account can be opened by following the instructions at the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Web site.
- Find On- or Off-Campus Housing
Participants may choose from a variety of housing options during their time with VIPP. The MSU Department of Student Life offers a variety of services to help find housing whether it be on- or off-campus. For off-campus housing, visit the Off-Campus Housing Listing Service Web Site for a list of affordable housing options in the MSU area. For on-campus housing, visit the University Housing Web Site.
- Research Area Public School Systems
Some participants will want to enroll their children into a public school while they are staying in the U.S. Location, quality of school and other components can help participants decide which school they would like your child to attend. To learn more about the school districts in the area, and for help deciding which one is right for your family, see the following sites: