What Documents Will I Need for a Successful International Move?

If you are considering moving internationally, here's what you need to know before you go.

Moving internationally can be exciting, but it can also be a complicated venture. It requires significant planning in advance in order to execute it smoothly. The place you are moving along with the length and purpose of your stay will determine what type of documents and paperwork you need to move internationally. Once you make the decision to move, you need to contact the consulate for your host country, so they can give you all the information regarding what is needed to move to their country.

Is Your Passport Current?

A government issued passport is usually required to enter any country. It verifies the identity and nationality of the holder and authorizes them to travel internationally. Before you move, make sure your passport is up-to-date. It is important to note that some countries won't let you use a passport if it is set to expire during the length of your stay in that country.

Is Your Visa Ready?

A visa is an authorization of the government of your destination that allows you to remain within its borders for a specific purpose and timeframe. A visa is sometimes issued as a separate document and sometimes it is stamped onto your passport. There are student visas, resident visas, tourist visas, business visas and medical visas.

Do You Have a Work Permit?

You may need a work permit in addition to your passport and visa. This is usually the case if you are relocating for a job. Your employer can help you obtain your work permit. Depending on the country, work permits can be difficult to obtain.

What Other Documents Do You Need?

There are other documents you may need when you move internationally. These documents help verify your identity, verify legal arrangements, pay taxes and apply for licenses and permits. They include:
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Medical records
  • Driver's license
  • Social security cards
  • Immunization records
  • Child custody papers
  • Veterinary International Health Certificate
Having multiple copies of these documents is important. Do not pack them with your goods to be shipped, but rather take them with you on the plane. Moving internationally – without losing your mind – takes a lot of planning and paperwork. On top of all that red tape, you've also got to take care of moving your belongings from here to there. Contact the Nilson Van moving experts today to get all the help you need.

Whether your move is big or small, our skilled movers are dedicated to helping you every step of the way, no matter where life takes you.