Welcome to Georgia

Welcome to the US! I am Melanie Oberlander, your LCC, and I am here to help you with anything you might need during your stay. I am excited to work with you and look forward to meeting you very soon. Below is some helpful information to help you get started that I will share with your host family as well.

There is a lot of information in this email, so read it carefully and save it to review later. Know that I (and your host family) are here to help you have an amazing and successful year. If there is anything else that I can help you with, please let me know.  

Bank Account

To open a bank account you will need all of your official documents

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I94 form (this can be printed out here)
  • DS 2019 form
  • Letter of participation from Cultural Care online account (this is in your host family’s online account as well)
  • *Social Security Number – some banks will let you open an account without a Social Security number but you will need to add one to your account later.
  • Some cash for your first deposit ($10-20 should be enough)

Social Security Number

All Au pairs should apply for Social Security Number (or SSN). You will need to go to the social security office in person to apply for SSN, after you have been able to print your i94 form off.

You will need the following to apply for a Social Security Number:

  • Passport
  • DS2019
  • I94 form (this can be printed out here)
  • Social Security letter from your online account (this is in host family’s account as well)
  • Completed Social Security form (available to print here)

The closest Social Security Office is:

 1415 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, GA 30067

Please check google to see if there is one closer

Hours:

Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed

GA Driver’s License

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) can be overwhelming, but luckily you can make appointments and fill out forms online. You must get your driver’s license as soon as possible. You must bring your license from your home Country and present it. You do NOT have to surrender license from your Home Country.

First, study to that the knowledge test and learn the rules of the road.

  1. Read the Georgia drivers manual http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/driver/
  2. Take a practice test https://online.dds.ga.gov/ddsgeorgiagov/practicetest/index.aspx

There are other practice tests online, take a few and once you’ve passed a few times go online and book a test. You should be able to make an appointment for the knowledge and road test.

There is an online form to fill out that will help you know exactly what to bring. Please fill this out carefully.

https://online.dds.ga.gov/onlineservices/preapply/

The Closest DMV Location is on Roswell Road, but we recommend going to the Norcross location as its bigger.

Roswell Road
8610 Roswell Rd #710, Atlanta, GA 30350

Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Thursday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Friday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Saturday 7:30AM–12PM
Sunday Closed

Norcross

2211 Beaver Ruin Rd, Norcross, GA 30071

Monday Closed
Tuesday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Thursday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Friday 7:30AM–6:30PM
Saturday 7:30AM–12PM
Sunday Closed

If you have any trouble getting your driving license, please let me know as soon as possible!

Education:

There are many options to complete your educational requirements.

http://moberlander.aupairnews.com/2017/04/04/education-the-basics/

http://moberlander.aupairnews.com/2017/04/04/education-schools-english-classes/

http://moberlander.aupairnews.com/2017/04/04/education-weekend-classes/

Please read ‘The Basics’. It is very important that the classes you sign up for are at an accredited secondary institution so they count towards your educational requirement. Ask me if you’re not sure!

Mandatory Monthly Meetings!

I host mandatory monthly meetings every month. Be sure to talk with your host family about the meeting dates, so they can plan accordingly. I encourage you to put any known dates on a communal calendar, so your host family is aware in advance.

These meetings are for you to have fun, meet other au pairs and bring up any problems or concerns that you may have. I try to keep the cost very low or free, but you are responsible for your own expenses. Please tell me if there are activities you would like for our meetings, I try to let you choose the activity for your birthday month.

If you are having a problem that needs to be dealt with immediately or is personal, do not wait until the monthly meetings. I want to know if you have any problems or concerns!

Monthly Meetings are required by the State Department. At the end of your year, we will have to verify and sign a form verifying your attendance. If you are unable to attend a meeting, contact me as soon as possible and I will work with you to keep you in good standing.

Have A Great Year!

For both Au pairs and host parents, the key to a successful year is communication, communication, communication!  If you keep the lines of communication open, you will have a much easier and rewarding year. It is okay to continue to ask questions if you do not understand! If you are experiencing any problems, talk to each other as soon as they occur. If you cannot discuss it with each other, then please contact me –remember that is one of the reasons I am here for you.

Never forget that the children you are taking care of are the most important thing in the world to your host family. The host family is entrusting their whole world in your hands. Please take care of their children as if they were your own, and be open and honest with your family in every situation. This will hopefully be one of the best years of your life and, if there is anything I can do to help make that possible, please let me know.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:09 AM

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