Must things to do before you come to the U.S.
When you stay abroad for a long time, whether in the U.S. or in another country, there are many things you wish you had done when you were in Japan before coming.
I have to take a plane back home to renew my car license, for example.
That reason is quite hard.
If you renew your driver’s license before you leave Japan, you will be fine for a long time, but if you have to leave immediately, it will be very difficult.
So, this time, I would like to introduce you to the things you should do while you are living in Japan if possible.
I would like to talk about what you need to do before you leave for overseas.
This article is written for:
- If you are planning to stay abroad for a long period of time.
- If you are going to the U.S. for study or work.
- Those who are planning to live abroad.
When I came to Japan, I brought two credit cards with me, but if I wanted to use cash, I had to pay cash advance, which cost me a lot of extra money due to fees, Visa rates, Visa fees, etc. There is only one card that can prevent this problem.
I had one card that can prevent this, so it would be convenient to have it made when you are in Japan. It is not easy to make a Japanese credit card or cash card once you are in the U.S. or abroad. So, my initial thought was.
Make a Cedyna card.
It is very easy to withdraw money from Japan, and more importantly, with the weak yen, you can deposit money quickly and save on fees, so it is the best way to wholesale Japanese yen for dollars with the lowest exchange fees.
It was also a good decision to keep my account and SMBC account open and not close it, and to make a credit card and bring it with me. In a situation where I needed money suddenly, having even one credit card was very helpful.
Make your passport for 10 years.
It costs a lot of money to renew a passport, and it is quite a hassle to do so in the U.S. (I recently renewed mine in Los Angeles). (I recently renewed mine in Los Angeles and it was quite expensive. I had to go to a building in downtown LA twice for $148, cash only). I would recommend that you start out in Japan with a 10 year passport and go abroad.
If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend, it is best to end the relationship if you are not ready to get married at this point.
I had a girlfriend at the time, and to be honest, we didn’t have a very good breakup. It is a good idea to talk things through before you leave and then decide what you both want to do. If you plan to live abroad for a long time, be especially clear about your relationship before you leave.
I think this is quite important.
Even now, I still feel sorry for what I did. At the time, I was young and didn’t think too much about it, but it is important to be clear.
Remove your certificate of residence.
If you have a certificate of residence in Japan, you are obliged to pay taxes. If you plan to stay in Japan for a long period of time, it is better to get rid of your certificate of residence. Taxes will also be paid in the land where you live, so you will end up paying twice.
If you remove your certificate of residence, you will not be obligated to pay national taxes if you do not live in Japan, but if you still have a certificate of residence, you will be obligated to pay taxes.
Don’t worry too much about learning the local language or money.
This is something that you will inevitably feel anxious about, and you may think that not being able to speak English at all will be a problem, but it can be managed somehow. If you don’t think so, you will not be able to withstand unforeseen circumstances. Anyway, it is necessary to have perseverance when moving abroad, so it is better not to worry too much about it before you arrive.
The insurance provided by your credit card is sufficient overseas.
However, if you need overseas insurance for visa acquisition, etc., you can search for “Tokio Marine & Nichido Overseas Travel Insurance Long Term” to find overseas insurance for long-term visitors. If you are traveling abroad for a long period of time, you can get by with the insurance attached to your credit card.
When my parents came to the U.S., they had their car ransacked in Las Vegas and about 100,000 of the things they had left in the car were stolen. The next day, they immediately reported the theft to the police and received a police report, so after returning to Japan, they were covered by the travel insurance attached to their credit card and the money was safely returned.
If you are the victim of a theft or car burglary, call 911 or go to the police station and explain the situation. If you do not have a police report, you may not be covered by insurance.
Maintain one bank account in your country.
It is very convenient to have one bank account in Japan. If you suddenly need money, you can withdraw from that bank if you have a credit card, and it is safer to have a bank when you want to send money overseas to Japan.
You need to have enough English to get through there to be able to answer questions at immigration.
When you enter Japan, you will go through immigration. At this point, if you do not speak English well and you say you are going to a university or working, you will be looked upon with suspicion.
You should be able to answer questions such as where you are coming from, why you are coming, how long you plan to stay, and where you plan to stay. In the worst case scenario, you may not be allowed to enter the country. You need to take measures to show and prove your visa and other documents in particular.
Spend plenty of time with your family before you come.
Once you go abroad, it will be difficult to fly back home often. It is expensive and time-consuming, so it is a good idea to spend some quality time with your family and do things with them before you leave.
That is all.
- Make a Cedyna card.
- Keep your passport for 10 years.
- If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend, you should end the relationship if you are not ready to get married at this point.
- Remove your certificate of residence.
- Do not worry too much about learning the local language and money.
- Credit card insurance is sufficient to cover overseas expenses.
- Maintain one Japanese bank account.
- You should be able to speak enough English to get through immigration.
- Spend plenty of time with your family before you come.
The last is the most important thing.
If you try to do all of these things after you leave Japan, you may be surprised at how difficult it is. Things you can do if you live in Japan will not be easy to do. It is a good idea to do things that are worth doing beforehand.
It would be great if you can enjoy your life abroad.
I hope this article will be of some help to you.
Thank you for reading.