With a little preparation, you can take the headache out of moving to the States and have a smart, stress free move.
Between coming to terms with leaving friends and family behind and wrapping up loose ends to prepare for your move, there’s a very small window of time to deal with the ‘admin’ stuff of moving abroad. Some items, like redirecting your mail, can be easier than others – like opening a bank account in your new home country. You may think the number of things to do before relocating are long and daunting, but with a little foresight and lots of lists, they don’t have to be.
Even if you consider yourself a laid-back traveler, it could still be worthwhile to at least give these lists a once-over before you move to the United States – because we all forget things in the excitement and nervousness 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% – 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.