American Eating Habits

American Eating Habits

I’ve been living in this great country now for several years and let me tell you here a few things you need to know about the American culture. Here are some of my experiences when it comes to American Eating Habits.

Life in this new country is fun and exciting but usually requires quite a lot of adjustments. Often you will find yourself wondering “What does a certain phrase mean?” or “Why do Americans do certain things?” Mostly, you’ll be wondering about American habits. Let’s take a look at some of the most common things that surprid]se us most when it comes to American culture and the things Americans do.

In America, everything is big, bigger, and great. They think big. Even their Ancestors were great and did great things. Just take a look at Mount Rushmore. Where residents of other countries often are thinking practically, compactly, or quickly, are Americans usually doing things rather large, big, and luxuriously.

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U.S. Naturalization Test-100 Questions

U.S. Naturalization Test-100 Questions

US Naturalization Test / US Citizenship Test 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens need to take and pass the American Naturalization Test. If they become American citizens, they have the right to vote and enhance the possibility that family members who live in other countries may come to and live in America. As American citizens, they qualify for federal jobs and they will be able to show their loyalty to the United States.

To become U.S. citizens, immigrants must pass the U.S. Naturalization Test which includes 100 questions about U.S. history and government. This civics test must be taken orally and is administered by a USCIS Officer who will ask the applicant to answer generally ten out of one hundred civics questions.

Of these ten questions of the naturalization test, applicants will have to answer at least 6 questions correctly. Applicants need to be aware that some answers are subject to change due to elections or political appointments. Studying for the naturalization tests requires applicants to ensure that they are aware of and learn current answers to the questions at hand.

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US Education System – What I Know

US Education System – What I Know

If you plan to study in the US you might want to know what is exactly the US Education System. What I know after quite a few years now is what this post is about. So here is your guide. Though it may be (too) brief to include all possibilities, this post will give you a general idea of your options. For more specifics, please contact the college or university of your choice. See also this video that explains more about the American education system (and probably better explains things than I can):

High School (Secondary Education) in the United States

  • Calculated from grade 9 to grade 12, usually students aged 14/15 years to 17/18 years.
  • After graduating from grade 12, students are awarded a high school diploma.
  • Students who have not received a high school diploma may take the General Education Development (GED) exam which is the certification of high school equivalency testing. This is actually a pretty good path to study in the US for the international students. There are now two alternative options, the HiSET and TASC exams. All three are state exams, and states decide on which option(s) they provide.

Post Secondary Education in the United States

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Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

If you want to be living and working without any limitations in America, you will basically need to have a Green Card and to get a Green Card is not that easy. There is, fortunately, one exception: the Green Card Lottery, or the Diversity Visa Lottery. So this post is about the Green Card Lottery-What is it exactly?

With this annual lottery, practically everybody is qualified to win the highly desirable card. The Green Card Lottery comes only one time per year, and it is recommended to get optimally prepared. The American Dream is a great tool to help you avoid mistakes on the road to freedom.


WHO QUALIFIES TO PARTICIPATE?
Basically everyone, but there are exceptions for individuals that are born in countries that already have an extremely high emigration ratio into America. A person’s country of citizenship is irrelevant for this process. What matters is a person’s country of birth compared to a current world map.

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Only In America – TroopSwap For Military And Veterans

Only In America – TroopSwap For Military And Veterans

TroopSwap can only be found in America. I wouldn’t know of any part in the world or any other country where an event like this take would (or could) be set up, and in Germany for sure NOT. Just read this story that a good friend of mine (an army guy) sent me:

TroopSwap is marching on San Diego very soon.  TroopSwap was founded by Harvard Business School Alumni Blake Hall and Matthew Thompson – who also happen to be Army veterans with more than a few deployments under their belts.  You can get to know them a little better at the TroopSwap Founder’s Blog

TroopSwap’s goal is to negotiate deeply discounted offers from local and national businesses and bring them exclusively to the military community.  Membership to the site is free, though there is a verification process to make sure only those who’ve served gain access to the offers.

But, they’re not daily deals, they’re bi-weekly or 10-day deals.  Because the founders know that you can’t always have access to your email to find out what deals are being offered and because they don’t want you to miss out, all deals are available for 10 days to 2 weeks – which means they also straddle a payday somewhere in there too.

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Auto Business – America’s Largest Retail Market

Auto Business – America’s Largest Retail Market

At 30, Scott Painter is already a serial entrepreneur in the auto business. His first startup, a car-detailing business he launched at age 12 in his rural hometown of Loomis, Calif., was really just a sneaky excuse to drive the local Mercedes-Benzes and Porsches down the family’s driveway. In college, he created an auto referral service called AutoAccess which linked individual shoppers to some 175 dealerships in Northern California.

Today, Painter wants to turn the $500 billion auto industry on its head, transforming the frequently grueling and “slimy” car-buying experience into a mouse-clicking joyride. Painter, along with idealab!’s Bill Gross (see “Free Style,” May ’99, p125), has founded CarsDirect.com, an online startup that lets customers not only research and configure a car online but lets them buy it, finance it, insure it, and arrange to have it delivered to their home or office.

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Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

Review of the book: “Good-bye Deutschland”

“Goodbye Deutschland, with the Green Card to America” is a great story of a family, Christoph and Simone Puetz. In 1998, they emigrated with nothing but their remaining belongings in suitcases from Krefeld, Germany, to Denver in the U.S. state of Colorado. The Puetz family emigrated from Germany to live their own American dream in Colorado.

The book is available on Amazon Kindle.

“… no home, no job, no friends … so we found ourselves suddenly in America again, and only the strong will to make it here…!”

The Puetz won the Green Card lottery, and the emigrants tell of how they realized to live their own American dream in the hard every-day American ‘hire and fire’ mentality.

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Germany-What You Should Know

Germany-What You Should Know

 

Today, Germany is the most affluent and populous European democracy and among the most significant nations on Earth.
Germany is continuously rebuilding since in 1990 the Berlin Wall collapsed and West and East Germany were unified. Germany is a sophisticated and modern country that boasts a fascinating past. Tourists from all over the world visit Germany to marvel at its legendary medieval castles, the stylish cities, and the countless historic and cultural wonders, both from the past and present.

  • Facts & Figures:
  • Official Name: Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
  • Population: almost 83 million 
  • Capital: Berlin (almost 4 million)
  • Currency: Euro 
  • Language: German

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Maintain Permanent Residence-Tips for Green Cards Holders

Maintain Permanent Residence-Tips for Green Cards Holders

Listed here are a few things you need to do if you want to maintain your status of permanent resident. Bear in mind that these things are also important if you would like to be applying for U.S. citizenship later on.

  • Do not leave the U.S. for a longer period of time.
  • Do not move to some other country to permanently live there.
  • File local (if applicable), state, and federal income tax returns.
  • In case you are male and in the age group 18-25, you need to register with the Selective Service.
  • Submit your new U.S. address to DHS. 

How To Maintain Keep Your Immigration Status

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Paying Taxes in The USA

Paying Taxes in The USA

Taxes are paid by U.S. residents and citizens to local, state, or federal governments. Taxes are paying for all sorts of services rendered by these governments. We know several sorts of taxes, such as sales tax, property tax, or income tax.

Sales taxes. Sales taxes are taxes imposed by local and state governments. Sale taxes are added to products you buy, and are based on what an item costs.

Sales taxes are helping to pay for all sorts of local or state government services like police, firemen, and roads.

Property taxes. Property taxes are local and state taxes on your land and house. Generally, property taxes are helping to support local services such as public schools.

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