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10 Things to Consider Before Relocating Abroad

April, 2024

Moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be challenging. Whether you are relocating for work, study, or personal reasons, there are a number of things you must consider. Read on for expert advice from the King Relocation Services team on ten essential tips for navigating the international relocation process more smoothly.

  1.  Research Your Destination. Conduct thorough research on your destination country beforehand. Having insights into the culture, language, climate, and cost of living will enable you to better prepare yourself both mentally and financially for the new life that awaits you abroad.
  2.  Visa and Legal Requirements. Be sure to research the visa requirements, application procedures, and necessary permits or legal documents to stay legally in your destination country. Noncompliance can lead to legal complications and jeopardize your residency. A good resource for finding out information about visas and document requirements is through the U.S. Department of State.
  3.  Financial Planning. To plan your finances accordingly and ensure that you have enough money to cover your expenses while living abroad, it's essential to consider expenses such as housing, healthcare, transportation, and daily living costs. You should also factor in the currency exchange rates and potential income differences in the new country. Consulting a financial planner can help ensure that you are financially prepared for your relocation.
  4.  Health Insurance. Because healthcare systems vary from country to country, it’s important to arrange comprehensive health insurance before moving to a new country. Research healthcare options and ensure insurance coverage meets your needs, including emergency medical care and repatriation.
  5.  Cultural Adjustment. Prepare for cultural differences and the adjustment period of moving to a new country. Keep an open mind and embrace diversity when traveling to new places. Taking the time to learn about local customs and traditions can help enrich your experience and build relationships with locals, which can make the transition easier.
  6.  Language Skills. If you're moving to a country where English isn't the primary language, consider learning the local language or improving your language skills before you arrive. Even basic proficiency can significantly enhance your ability to communicate and integrate into your new community.
  7.  Employment Opportunities. If you don’t already have a job lined up, research job prospects and employment regulations in your destination country. Understand the job market, industry trends, and any qualifications or certifications required for your profession. Networking with professionals in your field can also help you find job opportunities abroad.
  8.  Housing and Accommodation. Finding suitable housing is essential for a smooth transition. When selecting a new home abroad, research the rental options, neighborhoods, and housing costs in your destination city and consider proximity to amenities, public transportation, and safety.
  9.  Tax Obligations. It’s important to understand your tax obligations in your home country and your new country of residence. Research tax laws, filing requirements, and any double taxation agreements that may apply to you. Consulting a tax advisor helps to ensure compliance and minimize tax liabilities.
  10.  Relocation Services. Only reputable international household goods movers will be licensed by the FMC as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary, or OTI. Keep in mind that different licensing is needed for cross-border relocations to Canada and Mexico, so ask your relocation firm for verification of licensing status. When vetting relocation firms, ask about insurance and what to plan for in the event of loss or damage to your personal property. Many firms will offer special insurance and protection plans for international moves.

In partnership with United Van Lines, King Companies can help you create an international moving plan customized to meet your individual needs and budget. If you or someone you know is planning an international relocation in the future, we hope you will consider King Companies and United Van Lines. For more information on international relocations, check out these resources:

  United Van Lines International Move Planning United Van Lines Corporate Relocation Services
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