Thinking of taking a new job abroad? Maybe
you're taking your career in a new direction? Or maybe you're ready to explore new
countries and cultures, with or without kids in tow? Perhaps your spouse or
"significant other" is being relocated and you're ready to explore employment
opportunities for yourself in the same country? International relocation takes a great
deal of time and effort to coordinate. We recommend that you use our information to
research, plan, and prepare for all that will be involved.
Whichever your particular circumstances, you are about to
embark on a new way of life. What will it take to get there from here? More than a road
map and a full tank of gas! Are you ready to uproot and try out new cultures and styles of
doing business? Do you know enough about the country you're headed for? What will your
everyday life be like? How long will your assignment last and where will you go next?
You'll also be facing long lists of things to do as you prepare for your move: the key to
success will be to be well-prepared and organized. The practical considerations should be
tools to success not obstacles in the way of this exciting new path you have chosen to
Here are just a few of the issues you will want to consider:
- Family issues: how will everyone adjust to
the new country and its culture? What special considerations should be made for the
children? What about the family pet?
- Personal paperwork: time to start getting all your personal, financial, legal and income tax affairs in order.
- Finding a place to live: how to go about
home-searching and how to decide whether to rent or buy.
- Schools: some tips on how to go about
choosing a school suitable for your children's needs.
- What to take: how to decide what to take
with you and what to leave behind. How well do computers and electronics travel, and will
what you have now be suitable for the destination? Should you take your car and will you
need an International Driving Permit?
- Health and insurance: what to expect of the
health services where you're headed and what insurance arrangements need to be made for
medical and other coverage.
Here are some other helpful external websites for international relocation:
Calculator - OANDA, The Currency Site is the advanced and comprehensive provider of
foreign exchange information, currency trading, and forex services.
Translation - enter in a word or
phrase, and translate it into another language! useful for translating foreign text
into your language, or finding out how to say something in another language.
BR Anchor publishing has a wonderful
book called "Home Away From Home: Turning your International Relocation into a Lifetime
Enhancement." This book is absolutely indispensable to anyone making
an international move. Chapters include topics such as real estate, medical &
elder care, children & schooling, documents & assignment planning, customs &
manners, moving, learning the area, etc. There is also an excellent reference
section of very useful resources. In addition, there is a children oriented book
Move Overseas" which is a must for international moves with children; and a
teen-oriented book called "Footsteps
Around the World" which is one of a kind!
BR Anchor also has a great Spouse International Moving FAQ
that is a must for anyone contemplating an overseas assignment with a spouse! Support for the spouse
improves assignment success rate and enhances the international experience for the family.
Quiz - Do you know in which country businesswomen generally aren't expected to pay for
a meal? Or where walking on the grass can be illegal? To give you an idea of how cultures
differ around the
world, BR Anchor has created this fun customs and manners quiz.
Sacks & Kolken Immigration Lawyers
- full service immigration law firm, which concentrates its practice in assisting citizens
of Canada and others to obtain lawful status in the United States. The firm handles
cases in all areas of immigration and nationality law, including visas, NAFTA application,
Green Card status, labor certification, immigration court proceedings as well as issues
involving naturalization and United States citizenship.
Overseas Digest features more than 30
of the most important government documents for Americans abroad. Also offers a free
monthly e-mail newsletter.
Expat Exchange is an online
community for people of all nationalities who are moving or living abroad.
iAgora offers destination specific
information, practice languages & more in German, French, Spanish & English.
Talk to people around the world about studying & working abroad.
TCK World is a resource site for
parents and teachers of Third Culture Kids who are dealing with the challenges of cross
cultural transition. TCK World provides material for cross-cultural moves, culture
shock and repatriation.
American Citizens Abroad is a non-profit organization that works for
legislative and regulatory reform around the world.
International Schools Services publishes the Directory of Overseas
Travel Warnings issues travel and
safety warnings for every country in the world.