What is the 2020 Census?

You may be wondering: what is census and why is it important? Learn about how information is collected and why it matters. As a recent immigrant, this is my first time participating in the census and I am excited about the opportunity. Someone might wonder, what is Census and why does it matter? Some people in ... Read more

Tips for a career in manufacturing

Manufacturing is a quickly growing industry in the USA. It offers many opportunities for entry-level positions and long-term careers. Read tips about how you can succeed in manufacturing.  In my career, I had the privilege of working with a hard-working team that helps refugees and immigrants get jobs. Most of those jobs were in manufacturing. ... Read more

The GED exam gave me a second chance at the American Dream

Many immigrants do not get the chance to graduate from high school. Passing the GED test shows that you have the same knowledge as a high school graduate. Our USAHello board member Jeanna Lui tells us about the opportunities that the GED diploma gave her. My name is Jeanna and I am an immigrant. When ... Read more

What to do when you are stopped by police

Many people panic when they are stopped by police. This is especially true when you are a newcomer to this country. You might not know what to do in this situation. Being stopped by the police can be scary. This is especially true if you do not know the English language. Without knowing the English ... Read more
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My first pay raise

Asking for a pay raise can be intimidating. But it is common in the USA if you are doing very well at your job. If you prepare yourself, you may be able to earn more money.  I think one of the scariest things I have done in my career was negotiating my salary. I was ... Read more

Working in sales

Working in sales takes a special set of skills. Learn how to succeed when working in sales. Read tips including how to talk to customers and listen well. I still recall my first day as a salesperson until today. It was scary. I got that job not long after I arrived in the United States, ... Read more

Can refugees establish their own small business?

Starting a business is an ambitious project. It is hard but not impossible if you have a plan in place. A former refugee talks about how she is starting the process of opening a small business. I remember when the first time our asylum case was granted in 2015. I asked my husband – now ... Read more

My driver’s license journey

Getting a driver’s license can be a long process for both native-born Americans and immigrants. A newcomer talks about her journey to getting get a driver’s license and how it improved her life. Two years ago, when I first arrived in the USA, I quickly learned that taxis are not only expensive but are mostly ... Read more