How to prepare for moving overseas

After making the decision to move overseas and setting the departure date, it is time to start preparing. Moving overseas requires much more than moving to another city or state and it can be quite daunting. Therefore the more you do in advance of your departure the better you’ll be ready for your journey.

1. Start by preparing a moving file with all required documents:

Put inside this file receipts, banking records, birth certificates, immunization records, insurance documents, medical and dental documents, school records, legal documentation, passports, etc… Place the file in a secure location to insure that it won't get lost. Start doing this as early as possible as it will most likely take a while to gather all the required documents. Don’t overlook the possibility of leaving copies of certain documents with a relative or someone you trustin case it’s needed.

2. Start notifying the required parties about your move:

Speak to your doctor and dentist about your move. Ask them for referrals as they might know or have information about doctors and dentists located in your destination country. Make sure that you have current vaccination records and an adequate supply of medication on hand to get you by until you find a local doctor.

You may have a reason not to but it is advised that you notify your bank or other financial institutions you have agreements with about your move. Make all the appropriate financial agreements with these institutions and, if needed, seek legal counseling. You might want to start searching for a new bank.

If you are traveling with children, notify their school about their relocation. Ask for assistance with your children's schooling abroad and don't forget to acquire your children's school records as school requirements differ from nation to nation.

3. Contact the embassy of your destination country:

Obtain information from the host nation’s embassy and make a list of the formal documents you need to present from your home nation like: birth certificates, driving license, proof of health insurance, vaccinations, employment, income status, education, and if needed, any documentation that may need to be notarized.

If you are moving to a country that doesn't use thelanguage of your home nation, you might need to get certain documentation translated. Also, it may be a good idea to familiarize yourself and others traveling with you of the host nation’s language. Lastly, once in your host nation, notify your country’s embassy as soon as possible of your arrival. Give general and emergency contact information, housing location and planned duration of your stay. This may help you to smoothly integrate and settle down. Now, make your time abroad a memorable one.