There are many reasons why people migrate to another country. There has been a significant increase in Filipinos migrating to the United States in recent years. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Filipinos living in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2007, reaching a total of nearly 4 million in 2017. This growth is largely due to the fact that more Filipinos are obtaining permanent legal status in the U.S., either through family ties or employment. The process of moving to California as a Filipino citizen may appear difficult. Here are some useful information about California that may be useful to you as you get started:

Required Documents.

Before they let you go, your passports must be valid for at least six months.You must apply for an immigrant visa if you intend to immigrate permanently to the California. This form of visa requires sponsorship from a US citizen, a family member who is a lawful permanent resident, or an employer, as well as an authorized petition.

Cost of Living in California

One of the states in the country with the highest cost of living is California. It's crucial to understand the cost of living in California and the expenses you'll incur if you're thinking about relocating to this beloved West Coast state. According to USA Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics, you’ll need an income with at least $46,636 per year of take-home pay just to meet the average cost of living in California.

Opening a Bank Account

When you go to the California, one of the things you must do is open a bank account there. Unfortunately, the American banking system is still fairly outdated, making it difficult to open a new account, especially if you're an immigrant. You can still open a bank account as a non-resident as long as you have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN),

Healthcare system in California

California's public health care systems operate in 15 counties where more than 80% of Californians live. The cost of healthcare in California is high, therefore get health insurance to prevent paying massive hospital expenses. The good news is that some businesses offer health insurance and the option to cover part or all of their employees' medical expenses.

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Ray Christian S. Lopez

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