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Overseas Moving Checklist

Published by Chris Townsend

Overseas Moving Checklist | International Moving Tips

Moving within the U.S. is one thing, but moving to another country is an entirely different undertaking. Some of the same things apply, but there is much more to deal with when moving internationally. For one, you have to consider the regulations in place when moving from another country. To make it even more complicated, some countries have different guidelines than others, which can make the process all the more confusing. To help alleviate some of the stress of an overseas move, we’ve put together this list of things you should keep in mind before you embark on a vacation or new life in a different country.

Set A Timeframe

As we’ve already mentioned, moving to another country has a number of hurdles that you don’t have to deal with when moving within the U.S. Because this is the case, it’s of the utmost importance that you set a timeframe for what needs to get done and when. Setting a game plan for what needs to get done and when will make the process infinitely easier and it’s recommended that your timeframe extend out at least a few months from your departure date. The more time you give yourself to figure out what you need to do, the less the chance that something will upend your plans at the last minute, or delay your expected arrival date.

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Determine What Documents Are Needed

There are a number of documents you’re going to need if you’re moving to another country. Some countries will have more in-depth requirements depending on a number of factors, but there are a few that common with most, if not all, countries. Those include the following:

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  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Social Security Card
  • Medical Records
  • Tax Records
  • Birth Certificate

These are the main documents needed, but you should consult the laws for the specific country you plan to move to. There are always some legal forms to fill out and you should leave no stone unturned since any hiccup along the way can delay your move.

Three Movers is an overseas and international moving company with years of experience helping people facilitate their move to a new country. With our experience and expertise, we’re confident that you won’t find a more qualified company to help you relocate. We also provide FREE price quotes for moving requests to any country around the globe. If you have questions about the process, or you’d like to get started with a FREE cost estimate today, simply contact us at (888) 202-0036! We’re happy to help in any way we can!

Get To Know the Culture & Language

Hopefully, you have some understanding of the culture and language of the country you’re moving to, but there’s no harm in going the extra mile. Understanding cultural differences and how to communicate with the people around you are key components of building a life a in a different country. Brushing up on the native language is always good, even if you already speak it fluently. There’s simply no substitute for speaking a language when it comes to maintaining fluency and you’ll be that much more prepared when you arrive if you’ve taken this step.

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Research International Moving Companies

Finding the right moving company is another vital step in the process of international moving. While many moving companies claim some level of expertise with overseas moving, the fact of the matter is that very few of them have a proven track record of experience. Look for an overseas moving company that has a history of moving to the country you’re going to and has an established name in the industry. More experienced companies will be able to help you with not just the moving process, but some of the intricacies of what’s required and getting settled when you get there.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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