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Checklist For International Moving

September 9, 2021

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Checklist For International Moving
Moving to a new country is a difficult process. Here are a few pointers on getting started.

Moving internationally might be a challenge. To prepare for a relocation, there are so many details to take care of, that it can be tough to keep track of them all. Use this checklist as a guide if you're going overseas.

Meet Immigration Officials

You should still speak with an immigration officer, even if you're receiving work permits or visas from your employer. For more info, contact the nearest embassy or consulate. The visa process might be complicated for those who move on their own and don't have the support of an employer. Do your homework on the immigration laws and keep a copy about deadlines (for submitting papers), time frames, and policies for importing household goods and currencies before departing for your new home.

Gather all Important Documents

Obtain all birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, driver's licenses, school documents, medical forms, and social security cards a few months prior to your relocation. Put them in a secure location because you'll need them when you move.


You, your pet, and your family may need to get specific vaccines before entering your new country. A few months prior to the scheduled move, consult with a healthcare professional in the country. Make sure you gather and save all the medical records related to vaccines.

Tax Laws

Research the tax laws in your new nation before you relocate. You may be required to pay taxes in both the United States and your new home, so consult a professional who can assist you in deciphering complicated tax laws and regulations.

Health Insurance

When you move to another nation, your local health care coverage normally does not extend to your new country. Some countries and health-care plans will provide you with a limited number of days of coverage, but it will usually be insufficient. Before you relocate, be sure you and your family are fully insured.

Contact Your Bank

Inform all of your banks of your impending relocation. You should also look into whether your current bank has a branch in your new country. If not, you should consider opening a bank account at your new house once you've settled there.

Get Customs Forms

If you hire a mover to transport your belongings to another nation, the mover will also offer the necessary customs forms. However, it's a good idea to check with the consulate or embassy for the relevant documents to be sure you have all you need to cross the border. You'll need both exit and entry forms, so make sure you have both. You'll need specific documents from the local consulate or the country's official government website if you're relocating a car, pets, or other items that your moving company won't be moving.

If you are moving to another country, contact the International Moving Company for a stress free move. 

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