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Your checklist for moving to the United States
With a little preparation, you can take the headache out of moving to the States and have a smart, stress free move.
Coming to terms with leaving friends and family behind and wrapping up loose ends to prepare for your move leaves little time to deal with the admin stuff of moving abroad. Some items, like redirecting your mail, are easier than others — like opening a bank account in your new home country. With a little foresight and lots of lists, your to-dos don’t have be daunting.
Even if you consider yourself a laid-back traveler, it’s worthwhile to give our lists a once-over before you move to the United States — because we all forget things in the excitement of a life-changing decision.
Things to know before you arrive
- Learn the weather of your destination – you’ll want a nice umbrella, sunscreen, or both – depending on where you land.
- Tipping is customary, and ranges from 15% to 25% of the cost of the bill (including tax) based on the level of service.
- Get a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) so you can work and pay taxes as a foreigner.
- Learn which public holidays your employer recognizes (not all holidays are required to be observed).
- The emergency number for the US is 911.
- Know your clothing and shoe size in the US system, so when you’re out shopping you can find pieces that fit.
- Prepare to convert from the metric system to the Imperial System for weights & measures.
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