There are many documents you will need to acquire prior to arriving
at your overseas destination. First of all, ensure that your current
driver’s license is valid and up to date. This proof of identification
will be necessary for the application process for other forms of identification.
If you don’t have a valid passport, you will need to go through
the process of applying for one as soon as possible. It can take weeks
to receive your passport, but it may be possible to apply with an expedited
process for an additional fee.
You will need to get passport-sized photos for the passport
application. When you apply for your passport, take proof of
U.S. citizenship and your driver’s license or another valid
form of photo identification with you to the office. For your
first passport application, you must apply in person. To renew
your passport, you can apply by mail unless it has been altered
or damaged. For more information, see the United States Department
of State website.
Once you receive your passport, keep it in a very safe place.
In preparing for travel, place your passport and other identification
in an easily accessible place along with your airline tickets.
Depending on your destination country, you may need special
travel or work visas in order to live and work in that country.
Visa requirements are different for people who enter a country
for tourist purposes and those who enter for reasons of employment.
There are student visas, business visas, and tourist visas, all
of which conform to varying specifications and permit a person
to enter the country for different periods of time. You can find
out specific visa-related requirements by contacting the local
consulate of your destination country; call the country’s
embassy for further information.
There will also be specific requirements in terms of procuring
a driver’s license in your destination country. Depending
on the area you’re moving to, you may or may not be able
to use your United States driver’s license. You may need
to take a driver’s test as well as a written test to prove
your knowledge of the driving laws and rules in your destination
Be sure to check with your moving company regarding customs
documents, insurance certificates, and any other country-specific
documentation required concerning the transport and arrival of
your property to an overseas location. Info Moving.com can put
you in touch with an international mover that has the knowledge
and experience to make your overseas move as smooth as possible.