Expectations and Conduct in Your New Country

  • Moving Forward

The USA is a great country to live in once you have integrated.  Follow the law, conduct yourself well.

There are adjustments, take it in your stride with a positive attitude.

  • take flight

Once you have received your EAD card, it’s time to fly. 

You received your wings and can start building a new life for yourself and your family

  • Building Foundations

It can be a long wait, but when your application/case has been approved, you are on your way to building your heritage in this great country.

Live with pride.

Your Conduct and What is Expected of You:

                    Asylum Families


First and foremost, you are a GUEST in the United States of America.  Certain codes of conduct will be expected of you, and includes but is not limited to the following:


  • As a guest, you are required to follow the laws of the country. Research the USCIS site to familiarize yourself of what this process entails and what is expected. If you are still unsure of what is expected according to the U.S. law, clarify with your sponsors or contact King Resettlement Program.  Should you in any way violate the law and subsequently, the conditions of your pending asylum case, you will be deported without a hearing.
  • In order to legally drive in the U.S, your South African driver’s license must be valid. Even though some states accept your SA Driver’s License, each state has its own traffic laws and therefore, it is important to check whether the state you are in supports your driver’s license BEFORE you drive.
  • Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 1 year after your entry into the U.S.
  • There is NO fast-tracking or by-passing certain aspects of the asylum process. Methods and systems are in place and will systematically progress as per the USCIS guidelines and laws. These procedures are developed and put in place by Homeland Security, and each asylum application will be monitored and investigated by both Homeland Security and the FBI. There are no shortcuts and there is no manipulating the system. Follow the process as is set out by the above agencies. Failure to do so, or attempting to manipulate the system will result in your immediate extradition.
  • You are not permitted to make use of certain welfare programs. Should you attempt to gain from any monetary welfare benefit from the U.S. government, you will be in immediate violation of your asylum case.
  • You are in the United States at the mercy of the United States government and not in a position to demand anything whatsoever. Should you demand equal rights as that of a U.S. citizen, you could be branded a trouble-maker and it could negatively influence your asylum case.
  • Consider yourself a brand-new addition to a firm and be prepared to start at the very bottom.
  • Be prepared for hard and even physical labor.
  • You are expected to adjust and integrate into the ways of the American culture. You are in no position to pick and choose until you have earned your independence.
  • In the United States Of America, you are expected to perform and execute duties YOURSELF. You are responsible for keeping a clean home, mowing your own lawn and filling up your own vehicle with gas for example.
  • If you are a sponsored family, keep in mind that most sponsors are generous, not wealthy. You are representing your people and those who have not yet been able to leave. Your impression will weigh heavily on your sponsors and will reflect the behavior, personality traits, culture and upbringing of all South Africans. Your conduct will impact the lives of all other South Africans, as well as the community you have entered in the US.
  • The following is not negotiable:
    • DON’T APPEAR TO BE LAZY! Render assistance whenever it is required and help where you can. Don’t just limit yourselves to what is expected of you, but go the extra mile and use initiative.
    • DON’T BE DEMANDING! You are not in a position to demand anything.
    • VOLUNTEER DUTIES. Paint, clean, dig holes, mow the lawn, cook supper or make lunch, walk the dog, etc. Do what you can to make life easier for all involved. Bring your side and don’t wait to be asked. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
    • Make us proud! Your representation of your people, tribe and nation will dictate whether sponsors will continue assisting South African families after you.
    • Keep on giving, do what you can and keep on doing it. If you don’t know what to do, or if you are unsure of how to do something, ask.
    • Be HUMBLE.
    • Be GRATEFUL.
    • Have a great and positive ATTITUDE.
    • Do your best and then, do a little more.
    • Personal habits are exactly that; personal. If you are a smoker or engage in other personal habits, DO NOT expect a sponsor to support or pay for it. Respect your sponsors and be considerate when engaging in your habit.
  • Pets:
    • Pets are expensive and extremely daunting to immigrate and maintain. Although we understand how important your pets are to you, unless you are able to financially cover the costs of bringing your pets over and to care for them once here, we suggest that you place them with a good home before you leave South Africa. It is unfair to expect your sponsor to take responsibility for your pets.
  • Attitude
    • Your attitude is extremely important and will dictate your integration into your new life. It will either result in an effortless integration, or it could turn into the most daunting experience of your life. This however, is your choice.
    • America is under no obligation to fit in with you and adjust to your ways; you are duty-bound to adapt to their ways. Know your place and respect the country that has allowed you entry.
    • Do not involve yourselves with American politics; and do not as much as voice your disapproval of anything American, including the President of the United States of America. You are expected to maintain respect and courtesy towards the President. Do not in any way, stain the reputation of America or its citizens.
    • Get involved in your community. Attend Church. Help out and volunteer where there is a need in your community. Meet your neighbors; offer to help the elderly with mowing their lawn or changing a light bulb. Show yourself as willing to become a part of THEIR community.

It is important to understand that character references will be required at your asylum hearing. These will be requested from your sponsors, your Church and your community. You only have one opportunity to make a good first impression. Consider your behavior, language and attitude carefully.



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