How to Prepare to Move to Another Country

Diary, passport with paper currency, smart phone and pen on wooden table
Kristin Lee / Getty Images

Moving involves a lot of planning and preparation and steps you have to take to get everything done. But when it comes to moving internationally, there are even more things to consider. Visas, job-hunting, health care, and other support systems need to be in place when you make the move from a country you have called home and are familiar with to a new place. This guide will show you all you need to do to prepare for a move overseas whether that's moving across a country border or to a place overseas.

  • 01 of 10

    Getting Ready

    Couple with cardboard boxes in new apartment

    Westend61 / Getty Images

    The planning and preparation steps in an international move are, of course, crucial. This guide will walk you through all you need to know and do before your big move.

  • 02 of 10

    Finding a Job

    Business man review his resume application on desk, laptop computer, job seeker
    jakkapant turasen / Getty Images

    One of the exciting but also worrying prospects of moving overseas has to do with finding a job and supporting yourself in a new country. This guide will help you find a job when relocating to a new country.

  • 03 of 10

    Work Visas and Permits

    They're always looking for new ways to make business better

    PeopleImages / Getty Images

    International moving can be difficult. Finding a job in another country is even more challenging. Work permits are difficult to obtain, and even harder if you're in a two-income household; some countries only allow one spouse to be employed. Despite the rigorous entry requirements and stipulations to acquire a work permit, people are moving internationally to foreign places to seek new opportunities and to experience life somewhere else.

  • 04 of 10

    How to Pack

    Packing up the last boxes
    PeopleImages / Getty Images

    Knowing what you should pack for an international move can present a challenge. What you take with you to a new country tends to be a little different from what you'd pack if you were just moving across town. This guide will help you figure out what to take with you (or to leave behind) in an international move.

    Continue to 5 of 10 below.
  • 05 of 10

    Moving Your Stuff

    Empty living room with boxes

    Stewart Cohen / Getty Images

    Moving possessions across borders present an additional challenge when you negotiate an international move. Find out how to deal with movers, airlines, shipping, and customs in this guide to moving your stuff overseas.

  • 06 of 10

    Moving Costs

    Passport with paper currency, smart phone and pen

    Kristin Lee / Getty Images

    An international move will certainly entail dealing with money and banking. Opening a bank account, dealing with foreign taxes and trying to figure out how to buy property can all be a little overwhelming. Follow the tips in this guide to deal with the ins and outs of international money matters.

  • 07 of 10

    International Driver's License

    Modern central London traffic

    georgeclerk/Getty Images

    What will you need to drive overseas? Is an international permit enough? Find out everything you need to know with this guide.

  • 08 of 10

    Dealing With Culture Shock

    Young woman looking at lights on market stall

    Ben Pipe Photography / Getty Images

    Knowing about culture shock when moving to a new country is one thing. But now what can you do about it? There is going to be an adjustment period. But there are ways you can make this transition smoother, quicker, and less painful.

    Continue to 9 of 10 below.
  • 09 of 10

    Retiring Overseas

    Older couple in Italy

    Vesnaandjic / Getty Images

    Why are so many retirees looking overseas to retire? There are some obvious reasons and others that are a little subtle. Brainstorm places of interest and consider if moving internationally is right for you.

  • 10 of 10

    Complete Moving Checklist

    Close up of couple with luggage and passports

    Tetra Images/Getty Images

    There is so much to think about in a move. But when it is a move to another country, there will invariably be additional matters you need to remember. Use this useful checklist to ensure you have your ducks in a row for that exciting move overseas.