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Key Facts

Official Name: The United States of America

Capital City: Washington D.C

Official Languages: English, Spanish

Religion: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and others

Currency: Dollar ($)

Time Zone: Eastern - GMT + 5 hours, Central - GMT +6 hours, Pacific - GMT + 8 hours

Country Domain: .us

Country Tel Code: 1

Moving to USA

The United States of America is the third most populous and the fourth largest nation in the world. It occupies 40 percent of the North American continent as well as several island territories. Consisting of more than 9.6 million square kilometers, the country spans an amazing array of geographical features, and its people reflect a wide range of cultural influences.

A nation of immigrants, the United States continues to be predominantly populated by those of European descent – approximately 74% of the population. Despite the Europeans' presence, Asian and Hispanic populations are the fastest growing groups in recent years. Ethnic diversity remains a defining characteristic of the country.

The U.S. economy experienced unprecedented expansion in the 1990s. A recession beginning in 2001, and exacerbated by terorist attacks in September of that year, slowed economic growth. After rebounding from that slump, the global financial crisis of 2008-09 led to a deeper recession that was felt worldwide. The economy has been recovering, with GDP growth of 2.8% in 2012 and just under 2% for 2013.


The U.S. Constitution, approved by the 13 colonies in 1788, provides for three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judiciary. The executive branch is headed by the President, elected for a four-year term. Legislative power is vested in a Congress made up of a House of Representatives and a Senate. House members are elected to two-year terms by popular vote from the districts in each state. Two senators from each state are elected for six-year terms. The Supreme Court, comprised of eight justices and a Chief Justice, heads the judiciary branch.


The U.S. economy, with minor fluctuations, experienced unprecedented expansion in the 20th century. During the 1990s and the better part of the 1980s, unemployment and inflation were at low levels, fueling an optimistic investment environment.


Housing is in abundant supply and variety in the United States. Cost similarly varies widely, dependent upon type and location. Accommodation is most expensive in and around the major cities, but actual prices vary greatly from region to region.

American housing of any type is generally larger and often better equipped than similar accommodations in other developed countries.


As an alternative to the American public and private schools, there are a number of international and foreign-language schools. The latter are concentrated in areas where there are large communities of foreign diplomats and businesspeople, notably New York City and Washington, D.C.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for the USA and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

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Address: 1001 S. Dairy Ashford, Suite 390 Houston, Texas 77077

Contact Number: +1 (713) 554-4320

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CEO Americas: David Byers

Let us assist you with obtaining a USA visa, finding an apartment or school in New York City, and more!”

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