Moving internationally can be a big undertaking. There are many aspects of your relocation to organise besides the actual packing and moving of your furniture. From new jobs for you and your partner, new schools for the kids, quarantine processes for family pets and work visas or family visas to organise, the checklist can seem endless.
International Relocation Checklist
Your whole family should have valid passports to be able to begin any visa processes for your new destination. Make sure there is plenty of time left on the passports, so they are still usable for years to come.
There are a range of visas you can apply for, depending on where you are moving to. Some countries such as the United Kingdom offer two year working holiday visas, employer sponsored visas, partnership visas and ancestry visas. You’ll need a valid passport to apply for these visas before you leave the country.
If you are moving to the United States, and you already have family living there, they can sponsor your visa application. The application process is lengthy no matter what type of visa you are applying for, with approval times taking up to three months, so it pays to do this with plenty of time to spare.
A Job Offer
The visa you apply for may be dependent on having a job offer. Other visas allow you to start applying for jobs once you have arrived in your new country.
Depending on where you’re moving to, you may not be eligible for insurance. For example, in the United Kingdom, you have to have lived there for at least 6 months before you become eligible. Make sure you take out a form or travel or contents insurance to keep you covered before you can apply for local insurance.
To move your pet overseas with you, your pet will have to undergo a quarantine process. Each country’s quarantine process is different. Before starting this process, your pet will likely need up to date vaccination certificates.
Talk to your accountant, your bank, and any service providers to let them know you’ll be leaving the country and potentially closing accounts. You should also get in touch with the electoral commission to make sure you can still vote while overseas.
A Relocation Company
Moving overseas is a huge task, and not one that can be done on your own. An international relocation company can organise moving your furniture for you, so you can focus on organising visas, passports and other important admin tasks.
Use A Shipping Container for Your International Relocation
Full Container Loads (FCL) – Fill up a whole container load with your belongings. Full container loads are the fastest way to move your belongings by sea.
Shared container loads (Groupage) – Shared container loads are a great option if you don’t have enough furniture for a full container load. With this option, you’ll share a container with others, and you’ll also share the cost. Shared container loads have longer transit times as you need to wait until the container is filled.
Less than full container loads (LCL) – A great option for small shipments, your belongings are packaged and secured into a wooden crate before being placed into the shipping container with other goods.
Key Considerations When Using Shipping Containers:
While we can transport your belongings to many locations around the world, there may be some destinations that may not facilitate the delivery of moving containers.
Shipping container delivery times may not be reliable, as there can often be unexpected delays, however we do our very best to stick to the agreed timeframes. Consignment tracking is available, so you can keep updated on the delivery of your items.
Another drawback is that you need to have somewhere to store the container while you unload it and wait for it to be picked up again. There may be council regulations to consider in this instance as well.
However, there are many advantages to using shipping containers for your international relocation. When packed securely, using a container to move to a new house can minimise the risk of damage. John Ryan Removals offer expert packers, utilising brand-new cushioning materials and packaging systems.
Your belongings will be sealed and secured in our shipping containers, which are made of tough steel for the ultimate protection to withstand extreme weather.
Your shipping container can also double as short-term storage solution that can be kept at John Ryan Removals’ secure furniture storage depot.
Containers are an ideal option for international relocations on a budget, particularly when shared with other people moving to the same location.
Transit Insurance, Cleaning and Storage Options:
We offer a full relocation service, including transit insurance to keep your belongings protected during your move, house cleaning of the home you are moving out of and long or short term storage arrangements until you’re ready to move or if there are items you want to leave behind.
Why You Should Use John Ryan Removals for Your International Relocation: