International Moving

Next is the question of finding out about moving companies. Do not make inquiries from too many people and get confused at the end, because as many people you inquire, you shall be flooded with as many suggestions. Be discreet and ask only those who are adept in the matter shifting and have had good experience. Such people shall prove to be your Moving Guide. Also, you may go online and find out about various International Moving companies operating in your area. Shortlist the companies that fall within your budget and whose customer service enjoys good report. Draw up a fool-proof written agreement with the company regarding all the terms and conditions of moving. The company should also undertake the task of preparing documents required as per the state and national authorities.

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The Necessary Paperwork for a Move to Another Country

Moving to a different country can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life.  It can also be one of the most stressful and difficult to coordinate.  Many details need to be planned out well in advance and a timeline adhered to.  One of the highest priorities of any move to another country is filling out the necessary paperwork.  Some examples include certificates relating to birth, wedding and educational completion status.  No matter how insignificant a document can seem, it is likely that you will have a use for it in your new country.  There are also many new documents that will need to be created to allow you to leave your country.

Perhaps the most basic paperwork that needs to be taken care of is getting a passport. Regardless of how long you plan to stay in the country or your work status there, a passport will be required. To attain one a few steps should be followed. First, obtain and fill out the passport application. In the United States, these can be found at a U.S. post office, or available online at a government website. In order to prove your citizenship you will need a U.S. birth certificate or a certificate of citizenship. If you were born outside the U.S. you will need records of birth abroad or a naturalization certificate. It will also be necessary to prove your identity with a driver’s license or government ID. Previous U.S. passports are also accepted as proof. Finally, you will need your picture taken at the post office and to pay the required fees.

Another very basic and necessary item to obtain is a work visa if you will be working there. This requires contacting the consulate of the country in which you intend to work and providing them with any documents they require. To find the consulate simply visit the U.S. State Department website for contact information. If you already have a job arranged, ask your current employer to fax a letter of sponsorship on your behalf. Also, be prepared to pay a fee, which can range from nothing to amounts over $100. Be sure to have all the paperwork submitted and the fees paid well in advance to take processing time into consideration. Many recommend at least two months and even sooner if possible.

After you have taken care of these two basic necessities it is helpful to look at other preparations that need to be made. One of these necessities is finding a place to live, and contacting the landlord. This process may require sending a deposit and signing a lease. It is helpful to get this out of the way early in the process to ensure time for all the paperwork to be processed. Another consideration is finding out about the healthcare system of the new country and whether or not insurance is needed in case of an emergency. Having a letter from your current healthcare provider stating they will cover your costs will be very important.

  • Currency

    As a newly minted world traveler or a seasoned globetrotter, you will undoubtedly find currency exchange to be one of the guiding issues in your travel experience. Depending on your budget, the exchange rate may even dictate what countries you visit and how long you stay for.

  • Pets Aboard

    Begin the preparation for the move as far in advance as possible.  You will be making arrangements with your vet, and airlines as well as gathering supplies.  The first thing you should do is make sure the new country will allow your pet to enter.  Some countries have restrictions on certain animals for health reasons. 

  • Documents Needed

    Moving to a different country can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life.  It can also be one of the most stressful and difficult to coordinate.  Many details need to be planned out well in advance and a timeline adhered to.