Coming to the United States

For international visitors, coming to Dallas, Texas, for the first time to work at UT Southwestern Medical Center can be exciting and challenging. But it can also be difficult and frustrating as well, especially when encountering cultural or bureaucratic differences that are not expected.

Your cultural and linguistic immersion in life in the United States is sure to be a tremendous source of personal and professional growth. But we recognize that it helps to have a reliable source of information about what to expect as a new resident and how to manage the basic tasks of establishing a new home and new routines in an unfamiliar city.

In this section, you will find detailed information about how to apply for a visa and what to expect at each stage of the process. The purpose of this section is to introduce you to living in Dallas so you may become aware of differences between Dallas and your home country, make as many arrangements in advance as possible, and prepare yourself to make the most of your visit.

Information about housing; child care; buying, insuring, and registering a car; obtaining driver’s licenses and Social Security cards; the U.S. tax system; resources for additional English language training; and things to do for fun is also included.