Coming to live in a new country can be an unsettling experience. As excited as your Russian bride is to start her new life with you in the States, there will be a lot for her to adjust to, particularly while she is getting settled in. She most likely will not be able to work until proper permits are in order, nor will she be able to drive a car until she gets a license. Here are a few things you can work out in advance to make the transition as easy as possible for her:
Find Russian Culture Resources in Your City
Nearly every city will have at least one Russian Cultural Association that hosts meet-ups and socials. Find out what is available in your city so that your bride will have access to people from her home country who speak her language and are familiar with her homeplace.
Think About Transportation
Most American towns are not set up well for public transportation. This can make it difficult to get around if she is not yet able to drive. Be willing to take her on errands and out for fun excursions when you are home from work so she can learn more about her new city. Make arrangements with friends of family members to help her with transportation when you are not around. Ask your love if she enjoys biking; this could be an option for her to get around on her own, at least on short trips. If you are going to be moving to a new apartment or home to share with your Russian sweetheart, consider new neighborhood’s walkability scores when selecting the perfect place.
Help Her Keep Busy
If you are accustomed to having your days filled with working or taking classes, being unable to pursue either of those options can make your time hard to fill. Talk to your bride about hobbies that she might wish to pursue while she waits for work permits, and help find resources to pursue her new activities. English lessons, for instance, would be a great way for her to fill her time and enrich her experience here in the states. If she wishes to take college classes, contact a local college to find out more about their foreign student requirements so she is prepared when she gets to town.
Above All, Remember Patience
It took the two of you a long time and a lot of effort to finally be able to be together. There will be bumps along the road while you both settle into married life and she adjusts to her new home country. But, with some preparation, things will go more smoothly and allow you to enjoy the exciting process of building a new life together.