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Checklist when relocating to another country

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international moving
June 7, 2014 |

International moving can be an overwhelming experience. You may be moving thousands of miles away from everyone you’ve ever known. The culture differences between you and the local residents could be enough to have you running back home. However, chances are you are moving for work and you will be forced to get over this brief period of discomfort. Of course, before you can even get this far you will need to have a well thought out checklist to help you relocate properly without any surprises along the way.

  • Consult with an immigration professional. Although you are likely receiving work visas from your work, you still need to chat with local immigration officials to get information about the embassy and how your visa is applied.
  • Make sure your passport is up to date. Along with your personal passport, make sure your children have passports and that your spouse’s passport is also up to date. This prevents any setbacks during travel.
  • Get the necessary immunizations. When traveling abroad, it is always a good idea to make sure your shots are up to date and that you have received any immunizations that are important in the area you are moving to. You would be surprised at some serious diseases that exist in developed nations.
  • Get health records transferred for pets. This is important as well so you can ensure the safety of your pet’s health. Animals are required to have different shots in some countries so it is a good idea to obtain this information well in advance.
  • Research tax laws so you know what to expect. Depending on the country, you may be subjected to more or less taxes than you are currently used to. Plan ahead and look into local tax laws to know what to expect.
  • Transfer your cash. This can be a tricky process, so get started on it as soon as possible. The currency exchange rate will likely be quite different than what you currently understand so familiarize yourself with the process early in the move.
  • Buy maps and travel guides. Get to know the streets and areas surrounding of your new home to be prepared for what is located in the general vicinity. This will also make it easier for you to get around.

There is much more involved with moving to a new country than we can list here, but the goal should be to be well prepared for the move in every way possible. If you are, then it will be much less of a hassle for you and your family.

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