If you will require a visa you should discuss the different visa options with your principal investigator (PI) and provide him or her with all pertinent documentation needed to begin the visa process. The international students and scholars office is responsible for providing assistance on immigration matters and for acting as a link with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the Department of State.
Once your arrival date at Einstein is established, you'll want to prepare for the weather conditions accordingly. New York winters are quite cold and require a warm coat or jacket, gloves and scarf, and it is helpful to have a sturdy pair of walking shoes; summers are quite warm and humid.
If you are a recent graduate, be sure to bring (or send ahead) a copy of your degree, or a letter from your university, verifying that you have completed all course requirements and have defended your thesis (if your doctoral degree is a Ph.D.), and giving the date your degree will be conferred. If applicable, please be sure this documentation is translated into English.
Try to be realistic in determining how much money you will need to bring with you to provide support while you are waiting to receive your first paycheck, which takes approximately four to six weeks. You will need cash for food, housing and basic necessities. You also may need to figure in carfare and entertainment (movies,dining out, etc.). A fair estimate would be $2,000 for that period.