International Moving Services in Dallas & Fort Lauderdale
What makes Green Van Lines one of the most successful international movers in Dallas? We have many affiliates from around the world that work with our company to achieve a seamless flow. This allows the U.S. to guarantee you safe transport of your items.
From cU.S.toms clearance to easy storage solutions, Green Van Lines knows from experience the best way to keep your belongings safe and secure while we move them overseas. We are THE moving authority in Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, and we provide a wide array of moving services to suit your move. Below, we’ve outlined a few things to think about as you prepare for your overseas move.
International Movers Guide
Depending on which country you are relocating to, there may be restrictions on the quantity and type of goods you can bring. Our international movers can assist you in finding the restrictions that apply to you.
Contact the local embassy of the country you are moving to, and they will be able to answer any questions on cU.S.toms and specific requirements. Remember: many countries have a policy of what you can and cannot import. Be sure to ask the local embassy about these policies.
You may not need to move your accounts to a new bank; many banks have branches worldwide and some partner with banks in other countries. You can also ask your current bank for recommendations of financial institutions in your destination country if your bank does not do bU.S.iness in that part of the world.
If you keep the same credit cards at your new destination, keep in mind that you will have to pay for the difference in the currency rate. Generally, credit cards work globally. However, we advise you to cut up your current cards and get new ones when you settle into your new location.
Think carefully before making the decision to bring your motor vehicle with you on an overseas move.
Here are some things to consider:
- If the country you are relocating to operates with cars on the left-hand side of the road, then the steering wheel mU.S.t also be on the left-hand side. Even if you can legally right-hand drive on these “opposite” roads, will you feel comfortable doing so?
- If you are relocating on a bU.S.iness transfer, will the company relocate you to pay for the shipping?
- How much would it cost to buy a car in your new country? Compare this with the cost of importing your old car.
- Research any tariffs the country may impose on you for importing a foreign car.
- If you have done your research, and you feel that it is in your best interest to transport the car overseas, contact Green Van Lines. We are an unbeatable international moving company!
It is in your best interest to do research on your destination country and find out if you need specific travel or work visas.
When you know you will be moving to a new country, your first point of contact should be the country’s local consulate.
To apply for a visa within another country, you generally need a letter of recommendation. The consulate will U.S.ually ask for a letter from your employer or bank manager.
Very different requirements apply to travel for vacation, as opposed to for work and residency. Here, in the United States, each immigrant living in the country mU.S.t has a proper visa; this visa is generally referred to as a green card. There are also student visas, or J1’s, for college students visiting and working for a short period. People with specialized skills that are rare in the U.S. have bU.S.iness visas.
During the visa process, you may also need:
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce certificates
- Medical certificates
- Birth certificates
Make sure that your passport is up-to-date! You do not want to arrive at the airport on your date of departure and find that your passport has already expired. Passports are issued by the Department of State; however, your local post office or county council also generally processes them. Applications can also be picked up at the American Automobile Association. If you want to apply for a passport, you will need the following:
- 2 identical, passport-size photos
- Picture ID – a valid driver’s license will do
- U.S. passport or proof of citizenship
- The fee
- Completed application
It generally takes up to three weeks to get your new passport. Be sure to allow that amount of time before you leave. You mU.S.t apply in person in the following instances:
- You are obtaining a passport for the first time
- Your last passport was issued more than 12 years ago
- Your passport was lost or stolen
- You were under 18 when your last passport was issued
If your passport is lost or stolen when you are outside the U.S., contact the local U.S. Embassy. If you are in the U.S., contact:
1411 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20524
You may need to have an international driving permit; you may, on the other hand, be required to apply for a driving license in your destination country. Of course, this depends on the country’s specific laws. An international driving license can be obtained at your local D.M.V and is available in nine different languages. This is really only a certificate of license. You may also apply for an international permit by contacting:
AAA Distribution Center
13144 South Pulaski Rd
Alsip, IL 60658
Some countries will honor your U.S. driver’s license; in others, you will be required to obtain a local license. You will likely be required to do a complete test, including a driving test, written test, and eye examination. A grace period may be given, in which your old license or international permit will be honored while you work to obtain a local license. This varies from country to country.
International Moving Tips
Moving across the world sounds like a headache. An ocean crossing can substantially increase the stresses of any move. Let us make things easier. At Green Van Lines, we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. We can make an international move straightforward and streamlined.
In the meantime, you can take the following steps:
- Leave behind any unnecessary items. For example, you may not need your entire closet’s worth of clothing.
- Leave behind your cheaper electronics, furniture, and miscellaneous items. You can buy more in your new home country.
- Don’t pack any toiletries in large supplies. Only bring what you need for the trip.
- If you own a vehicle, think carefully about whether you want to take it along for the move.
- Consider leaving any important paperwork with family, or storing it in a climate-controlled area.
Day of the Move
If you’d like more information about our international movers in Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, don’t hesitate to contact Green Van Lines today. Our experts can answer any initial questions that you have, and we can give you a quote on your move immediately!