Working in North America
The United States is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and the federal district of Washington. Composed of 310 million people with one of the world’s most ethnically diverse populations, the US is the world’s largest national economy.
US citizens are subject to three levels of government, federal, state and local; local government duties are split between county and municipal governments.
Living in North America
English is the national language of the United States. Spanish is spoken at home by 12% of the population.
The primary mode of transport, particularly outside a few major cities, is the car. Driving licences can only be obtained from the state in which you reside and driving regulations vary in each state. For further information on driving in North America, please consult your intended state of residence.
Healthcare is not universal and employers usually provide health insurance.
Same-sex marriage ceremonies are not permitted in all states.
The United States currency is the US dollar.
The US labour force comprises 154 million people. The government is the leading employer with a staff of 21 million. The largest private employment sector is healthcare and social assistance, comprising 16 million people.
Non-US citizens require a visa to work in the US.
For further information on obtaining a visa, driving licence requirements, social security numbers and taxation, please visit the United States of America website.