Moving to a new area can be an extremely exciting time in anyone’s life. This is especially true when that move is taking place overseas. The opportunity to experience a new land and culture is a life highlight for many. Time should be spent on making the most of this experience, not the logistics of a move.
Many of the moving tips we’ve outlined before, apply to moving internationally as well, but there some unique things to remember when moving internationally. That’s why we’ve compiled some helpful tips for anyone anticipating an international move.
Have a Financial Plan – Having a financial plan of actions cannot be overstated. Have a detailed outline of sources of income and expected expenses. It’s good idea to also create a written, monthly budget that you can stick to. Also, whatever your reason for moving it’s always good to have a Plan B. Homeowners should consider renting their home out, instead of selling it, for the first few months of international relocation.
Visit Your Doctor – No matter where in the world you’re planning on moving to, make an appointment with a physician first. Laws regarding vaccinations may be different depending on where you’re moving, so be sure to check the requirement in that country. Some places won’t let you apply for a visa without proper vaccination records. Be sure to have up to date medical records and, if you take medication, evidence of past prescription.
Always Carry I.D. – Having identification in a foreign country is just as important as having it at home, if not more. While you’re still new, your passport will pretty much be the only internationally accepted way of proving your identity. Until you can get a new I.D. in your new country, always carry your passport.
You may also want to consider obtaining an International Driving Permit. This is a form of I.D. that allows you to drive in many countries, provided you have a full, valid license in your home country, for a certain period of time, usually 12 months.
Know The Local Etiquette – International cultures may differ from your home culture in little ways that you may have never heard or thought of before. Study the local etiquette to ensure that you understand cultural expectations. It’s also a to adapt the local culture.
Career – This depends on whether or not the reason for your move is a new job. If so, evidence of an offer of employment is a great piece of documentation to take with you to the border. Also, make sure to check the shortest routes between your new home and work on Google Maps.
If you will be seeking a new career after you move, you have some options. First, consider taking some time off if you can to visit your new country and scout out jobs. Also, remember that there several online sites like Monster allow you to search for jobs internationally.
Regardless, make sure to check employment regulations and restrictions in your new home.
Taxes – Be mindful of what the tax and credit laws are like in the country you’re moving to. Credit ratings do not necessarily travel overseas, so be mindful where you’ll be starting out. U.S. citizens are subject to worldwide taxation, but if you’re working overseas you may be entitled to tax considerations in the U.S.
If you’re moving internationally, then this will be an exhilarating experience. The tips we’ve provided should help keep your mind on the great new opportunities before you. Good luck in your new home!