Relocating To The USA? What Factors To Consider
Moving to a new country can be an exciting time in anyone’s life, offering the opportunity to start afresh in a new culture and complete change of scenery. However, any international move requires thorough planning to ensure it is legally and logistically possible. Relocating to the USA will require several months of organisation, and here at Simon Long Removals we aim to make our customers’ international relocations as efficient as possible.
Check our guide to moving to the USA here for some top tips on what you will need to consider before relocating.
The VISA process
The VISA process when looking to relocate to the USA can be complicated and difficult to organise, so be sure to thoroughly research what is required of you. The USA has very strict guidelines for applying for a visa, and being granted one may be difficult and take time. You will need to comply with the strict immigration laws, and follow all procedures in place for the process. You should ideally have your visa arranged before looking into any other aspect of the move.
The last thing you want on your moving day is to check your passport and find it’s been expired for months! Make sure your passport is valid, and that you have renewed it in plenty of time if necessary. You will also require your birth certificate and marriage certificate (if applicable) for your visa application.
Inform the relevant authorities
When moving abroad, it’s important that you notify the relevant authorities of your impending move. Notify HMRC and Inland Revenue of your relocation and any change in employment status, which will enable them to update your tax records, as well as any pensions or benefits you are entitled to. Your local council should be informed to update your voting circumstances, and you should also ensure you contact your utility providers to make sure you are not paying unnecessary fees for gas, water etc.
Pack in advance
Packing for any move can be a stressful task, so when relocating abroad it is a good idea to plan ahead to ensure you are prepared well in advance of the moving day. Use this relocation as an opportunity to clear out any items you no longer use or need, cutting back on the amount you are transporting overseas. You should take sentimental items with you to help you settle better in your new home, or consider using a secure storage facility such as the one offered here at Simon Long Removals if the relocation is a temporary arrangement.
Choose your removals company
An experienced removals company can be instrumental to ensuring that your move goes smoothly, so make sure you book your moving day in advance to avoid disappointment. Here at Simon Long Removals, our team have a wealth of experiencing in arranging your overseas relocation, assisting with every step of your move. Our movers are BAR-approved, meaning you can rest assured that your possessions will be transported professionally and securely without a hitch.
For more information, feel free to contact us today to discuss your relocation – we’ll be more than happy to help.