How long have you been living in the United States?
When did you decide to move to the United States and why?
Better job, less taxes, better weather, plus I have a sister and brother both living here in US.
How did you get your visa?
I was working for the US government and I had the chance to apply for an SQ visa. That’s a visa issued for people who work on behalf of the United States government. You will find more info about SQ1 at the state department’s website. And you will need the regular 5 years of residency to get your citizenship.
What was the most difficult part of your immigration?
Getting settled and understanding the system (banking, credit cards, health, etc..)
You’ve been living here for a while. What do you like the most?
Although it’s a fast paced life here there’s still less competition than in other countries, so you can work and have a social life and enjoy the nature. I lived/worked in Canada for couple of years and I didn’t like it at all. I’m very happy I chose the US to be my last destination.
Is there anything that you miss from home other than family?
My childhood memories, my family farm and hunting in the desert. I may add cheap gas
How much was gas in Iraq?
50 cents a liter for 87 octane (= $1.89 per gallon)
What techniques worked best for you to learn English?
Just don’t be shy of making mistakes and try your best to socialize with people. One thing I learned about people in the United States; they will support you and understand your need if you show them, that you are trying hard and you don’t give up.
Looking back at your migration to the US, would you have done anything differently?
No, I just wished I had the chance to come to the US earlier. I lived/worked in many countries since 1994, and from my humble experience this is the best place to work and live.
What other countries have you lived and worked in?
Canada, UAE, Iraq and Yemen.
Do you have any advice that you would like to give other immigrants about life in America?
Work hard and never give up, this country is a continent full of opportunities. Focus on what you want to achieve, and again, try to socialize with people and build your network. People here like to help when they see you’re consistent and persistent, finally you will have time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work.