Starting Over in the U.S. (ebook)

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Description

This is a handbook indispensable for any immigrant, especially former undocumented who wish to have a fresh start in life in the United States. Published in 2008. 264 pages.

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

PART I. What Needs to Be Done Right After You Get Your Green Card

2. YOUR ROADMAP FOR LIFE WITH A GREEN CARD

2.1. If You Worked in the U.S. on a Temporary Visa in the Past
2.2. If You Have Worked Without Papers
2.3. If You Have Been Using Someone Else’s Identity
2.4. If Your Help to a Fellow Immigrant Got You in Trouble
2.5. If Your Identity Got Stolen
2.6. If You Were in Trouble in the Past
2.7. If You Never Lived in the United States Before

3. MORE PROBLEMS WITH THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE AFTER GETTING YOUR GREEN CARD

3.1. Now that You Are a Permanent Resident
3.2. Potential Problems with Your Green Card
3.3. Remove Conditions on Your Two-Year Conditional Permanent Resident Card
3.4. Don’t Lose Your Permanent Resident Status
3.5. Report Change of Address to the USCIS
3.6. Don’t Stumble on the Road to Naturalization
3.7. Forms, Appointments, and Office Locations

4. FOR MALITIESAFTER GETTING YOUR GREEN CARD

4.1. Paperwork at the Social Security Office with New and Old Cards
4.2. Switch from ITIN to SSN
4.3. What Needs to Be Done at Work
4.4. How Not to Get Fired for Having Used a Fake SSN in the Past
4.5. When You Can Leave Your Sponsor
4.6. What Needs to Be Done at the Bank
4.7. Register with the Selective Service
4.8. Convert Your Temporary Driver’s License into a Permanent One
4.9. Where and How to Report Your Name Change
4.10. Address Change

5. ESTABLISHING YOURSELF IN AMERICA

5.1. Your First Place to Live
5.2. Protect Yourself and Your Family
5.3. Education for Your Children
5.4. Evaluation of Your Foreign Diploma and Continued Education
5.5. Pay Taxes that Are Due
5.6. Build Your Good Reputation
5.7. Go Ahead to Achieve Your Dreams

6. FIND GOOD LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

6.1. Your Legal Status Is Just the Beginning
6.2. Employment Background Check
6.3. Get American Job Experience
6.4. How to Increase Your Chances for Employment
6.5. Job Searching in America
6.6. Places to Look for a Job
6.7. Benefits of Legal Employment

PART II. How to Clean up Your Past

7. SETTLE YOUR SCORE WITH THE IRS

7.1. The Tax and Social Security Mess
7.2. How to Get Your Tax Information from the IRS
7.3. Consequences of Failure to Pay Taxes
7.4. Pay Your Back Income Taxes
7.5. Missing W-2 and 1099 Forms
7.6. How to Mitigate the Consequences of Nonpayment of Taxes


8. CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT

8.1. How Earnings Are Posted
8.2. Check Wages Reported Using Your SSN
8.3. How to Pay Back Your FICA Tax
8.4. Earnings Errors
8.5. How to Correct Your Earnings Record
8.6. Problems that Can Be Resolved
8.7. Changing our Social Security Number

9. GET TO KNOW COMPANIES WHICH GATHER INFORMATION ON PEOPLE

9.1. What Are Consumer Reporting Agencies?
9.2. Credit, Consumer,and Investigative Reports
9.3. Your Rights Under the FCRA
9.4. Your Rights to Fix Inaccuracies
9.5. How You Are Scored

10. STRAIGHTEN OUT YOUR CREDIT HISTORY

10.1. Credit,Credit History, and Credit Score
10.2. Consequences of Unpaid Bills
10.3. How to Deal with Collection Agencies
10.4. Financial Obligations of an Immigrant Sponsor
10.5. Find out what Credit Bureaus Know About You
10.6. Clean up Your Credit Report
10.7. How to Improve Your Credit

11. CHECK THE“OTHER” CONSUMER REPORTS

11.1. How Negative Banking History Can Hurt You
11.2. Check Writing History: Consequences of Bouncing Checks
11.3. Insurance Claims Report: How Insurers Size You Up
11.4. Employment Background Check: How Employers Look into Your Past
11.5. Improve Your Tenant History Report to Qualify for a Good Apartment
11.6. Medical History: What Others Know About Your Health

12. FIGHT AND PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT

12.1. How an Identity Thief Can Harm You
12.2. How to Protect Yourself
12.3. How a Credit Freeze Protects You
12.4. How Laws Protect Your Rights as a Consumer
12.5. What to Do First if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft
12.6. Report Fraud to Credit Bureaus
12.7. Report the Incident to Law Enforcement Agencies
12.8. Proving That You Have Been Victimized

13. RECOVER FROM UNAUTHORIZED FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

13.1. What to Do About Stolen Checks
13.2. Fraudulent Credit Accounts Opened in Your Name
13.3. Unauthorized Charges on Your Credit Card
13.4. How to Recover Stolen Money from Your Debit Account
13.5. How to Correct Fraudulent Information in Your Credit Report
13.6. When Someone Uses Your Social Security Number
13.7. When Someone Obtains Phone Service in Your Name

14. FIX YOUR DRIVING RECORD

14.1. Types of Traffic Violations
14.2. Traffic Tickets
14.3. How You Can Lose Your License and How to Prevent It
14.4. Your Driving Record
14.5. How to Obtain and Clean up Your Driving Record
14.6. When Someone Steals Your Identity

15. CLEAN UP YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY

15.1. What Is  aRap Sheet?
15.2. How to Check Your Rap Sheet
15.3. How to Correct Your Rap Sheet
15.4. How to Cleanup Your Criminal Record
15.5. What You Should Know About the Immigration Background Check

APPENDIX: ABOUT THE NEW AMERICAN GUIDES

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