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International Move Checklist

Here is a list of the the basic things you should take care of if you are planning an international relocation.

Meet The Immigration Official
You might be getting a visa or work permit by your employer, but it's still advisable to meet up with such an official. You can contact the local consulate or embassy for more information just to be on the safe side. If you are relocating on your own, talk to an immigration lawyer for professional assistance. You need to be aware of the laws, documentation and timeframes so you don't risk anything.

Collect Documents and Records
An absolute must is for each family member to have an up-to-date passport, but there is much more to be concerned about too. All the personal documentation, records, birth certificates, marriage certificate, medical information, school transcripts, diplomas, driver's license - these should be gathered prior to the move. Even if the school of your children agrees to email the necessary school records, insist on having a copy. Also, you need to obtain the required immunizations and make sure everything is alright with the medical record of each family member. If you must, contact a travel health clinic for more information on what you need before and after the move. If you are travelling with your pets, it's a must to get their health certificates too. Remember to take them to the vet for a final check-up before the relocation. Moreover, inform yourself on any entry requirements when moving internationally with pets. There are many tips in terms of moving with pets which will be quite useful. Browse information of moving with pets and flying with pets. Make sure you also check information on tax laws. The more prepared you are, the easier the transition from your country to the new one will be. Moving to an international destination has its pros and cons. If you've been to the place and you love it, you might have really high expectations when you arrive and feel disappointed after you settle in. On the other hand, if you've never been to that place then maybe you are simply idealizing it and don't really know what you are getting yourself into. There are a few things you can do to make this transition easier and stay realistic about it. First of all, buy a travel guide and read everything there is about the place: food, culture, lifestyle, costs and entertainment. Second of all, find people who live there currently and ask your questions. It is best to look for expats so you don't feel like an outcast. There are many critical details about a place that may make you love it or loathe it. Make sure you purchase health insurance for you and the members of your family. It is best not to take risks when doing a long-distance move. The mover that is shipping your goods to the location has to provide you with the necessary forms about different things you will have to fill in (a car, pets or other things). Arrange the access of your bank account funds so you don't have problems with that after you arrive. There are plenty other things to do, but these are the absolute basics when doing an international move. You should think what you can do to make the transition easier for everyone and to adapt to the new place - both physically and emotionally.