Moving to the United States can be a daunting time. You need to be organised and be prepared for a change in culture.
Here are some legal matters to consider:
- Customs & Documentation
The United States requires you have a passport and valid visa. The visa gives you access for up to 90 days a time to stay in the U.S.
If you are planning to work then you will likely need a work permit depending on the type of work you are doing.
There are restrictions of what you can bring into the country. This includes anything that could cause harm to community health, or be a hazard to public safety or the citizens of America.
The list includes but is not limited to:
Toys that may be dangerous
You should check with a removal firm to find out what is permitted or not.
Packing: use a U.S. firm is possible as they will have an in depth knowledge of what you is allowed.
If you find after you have landed that you have brought over more material than you need or the property that you move into has a lot of excess junk, consider hiring a skip removal firm. In the U.S. these are referred to as dumpsters. We recommend this firm and that you negotiate terms before you rent such as cost and length of hire.
You may want to consider vacuum packing to save on space. Also remember that if you haven’t worn any clothing for 12 months, it’s probably likely that you don’t need it (unless it’s a special occasion like a wedding).
Electrical goods in the U.S. operate on a lower power supply which is 110-120v.
If you find that you’re pressed for space in your new accomodation then you can use storage firms.
The U.S. has stores where you can sell used items like books or DVDs that you no longer need. If you want to keep DVDs, make sure that you pick up a multi region player so that you can play your existing collection and any new titles that you buy in the U.S.
The cost of living in the U.S. varies considerably between cities so do your research on different states because places like New York are expensive but there are many other more affordable cities.
We recommend that you purchase health insurance to provide cover for your medical care needs.