A Quick Checklist for Moving to the States

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Moving to the United States opens up infinite possibilities. 

From the endless national parks offering unparalleled camping and hiking opportunities to eclectic music scenes and diverse multicultural communities; the United States has a state with something for everyone. 

When you start to think about moving to another country, it can be difficult to know where to start. Making a move like this can feel like you are closing down one life and opening up another–in many ways, you are!

It’s important to understand the basics–which is exactly what this blog is going to do.

Let’s breakdown the essential parts of your move:

Location, Location, Location

Each of the United States comes with its perks and pitfalls. The States are made up of freezing skiing climates, white sandy beaches, deserts, and bustling high-rise cities.

Everyone has their reasons for selecting cities; whether it’s where your business is booming or you can’t live without mountains, the United States has a city and a state to match your lifestyle. 

To start narrowing it down, list what you typically look for in a city, from there you can research further into your options. 

Green Cards and Visas

You can’t talk about moving countries without a little serious talk. 

America has several visa options that cater to internationals looking for long- and short-term stays. No matter what visa matches your needs, you need to apply as early as possible. The processes have been known to take up to a year!

One of the most common and easiest visas to get is the h-1B. The best way to get this is to visit the United States, find a job and then move, as the visa is granted to those who already have work in an in-demand field. Once you apply, you can check your h-1B case status through governmental websites. 

Health Care

There is no national health service in the US, which does mean that you will have to pay monthly to access the health care system. 

Many employers cover health care costs in their employment packages, however, it’s best to check and look into appropriate health care cover prior to your move. Similarly, if you take specific medication, look into the accessibility and costs of purchasing before your move. 

Storage and Moving Possessions

A big part of the stress of moving is working out what to do with all of your possessions. Storage services are a great, safe way of leaving prized belongings behind for a small fee. The rest of the essentials can fit into your travel luggage with you for easy traveling. 

For all the belongings that you want to take with you, overseas moving services are possible; however, before you start looking into declaration documents, look into the costs first. It could be cheaper to buy some things in the US instead. 

Preparing to move is daunting, however, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Once you have your visa, the most difficult part is over. Take your time over packing and cover these important things first, the rest will fall into place in time.

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