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4 steps to take before moving abroad




September 12, 2014

4 steps to take before moving abroad

While relocating internationally can be difficult, it can also give you new opportunities. In addition to an entirely new culture to explore, you can also find great jobs and excellent amenities in a new country. While you should prepare yourself for such a move, there are different steps to take than those undertaken during a domestic relocation. Below are some moving and packing tips that can help international movers enjoy a stress-free move.

Determining eligibility
The immigration process can be arduous and confusing. Not every foreign national qualifies for an international move, and some may be asked to complete lengthy qualification processes.

Research your eligibility and the requirements of your new home country. Escape From America Magazine writes that employment credentials and family can qualify you to live in some countries. In other cases, a work visa is required. These documents are temporary but can be extended or lead to permanent citizenship in most cases.

What to bring
USA Today recommends that movers consider the length of their stays before packing their belongings. For extended or permanent moves, bringing most of your personal possessions could be best. It’s often more cost-effective to hire an international moving company than it is to purchase all-new furniture and other necessities.

The news source writes that if you are relocating abroad for a short period, only bring the essentials. It can be difficult to go through multiple moves and you can eliminate some logistical hassles by limiting the amount of items you bring. You can store additional belongings in a storage unit or else ask family members whether they might have extra space in which you can store your stuff for the duration of your move.

Financial concerns
As is true of local moves, you should have a nest egg ready before traveling abroad. Having a financial safety net is important so you can cover unexpected expenses while you settle into your new home.

Additionally, you should inform your credit card companies and banks of your move. Financial institutions flag suspicious activities like continued card usage in foreign countries without proper notification. Give these businesses time to adjust your information so that you can access your funds without any complications.

Prepare for culture shock
No two countries are exactly alike and their citizens most likely won’t practice the same customs. Culture shock is common among international movers, as they aren’t always fully prepared for the differences between two nations.

Move to a country you’re somewhat familiar with by researching its culture before relocating. Studying the country and its customs can make the process less jarring than it would be if you completely were unfamiliar with the area. Consider reaching out to local contacts like family members and co-workers to develop a better understanding of acceptable


More moving and packing tips for international relocations


September 8, 2014

3 more moving and packing tips for international relocations

Moving out of state is a breeze compared to moving abroad. International relocations require people to file mountains of paperwork with foreign and domestic governments before they can start finalizing their plans. Expatriates must go to great lengths to ensure that they are allowed to move.

Consider the following moving and packing tips when you’re planning an international relocation. Failure to take these steps may prevent you from leaving your country for a new one. 

Apply for traveler’s insurance
Traveler’s insurance is a necessity when going on a trip, but it is doubly important when moving to a foreign land. According to Lifehacker, many governments will not allow expats to stay if they do not have coverage. The news source writes that traveler’s insurance is required to obtain a visa in most countries. 

In most cases, foreign relocation boards will only approve your residency for the length of your insurance policy. For instance, if you only have a year of coverage, you can only live abroad for that same time period. Research various policies and determine how long you will need coverage. You can always cancel your insurance if you need to move home. 

See your doctor
Lifehacker also points out that countries have different healthcare systems and that traveler’s insurance does not cover emergencies. Expatriates are surprised when they cannot receive the same treatments that they do at home. Additionally, the bills will be much steeper due to the lack of insurance. 

Visit your primary physician months before you move. Undergo a complete exam to ensure that there are no major health problems that could hinder your international relocation plans. Schedule your appointment months before your household moving company is slated to arrive. This lead time ensures that you have time to address any medical concerns before you leave. 

Research citizenship requirements
When you move out of state, you have to change your address with the post office and update your driver’s license. The Matador Network notes that international relocations feature similar tasks, but you have to be careful not to forget any of your responsibilities

Research citizenship and temporary residency requirements before filling out any paperwork. The news source recommends retaining these documents in case you need to extend your stay. 

Be aware of financial requirements. Some countries like New Zealand require expatriates to earn a minimum income to gain citizenship. Ensure that your finances are in order so you can move to the country of your choice.