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Moving To the USA: Expert Tips

America is a very popular hotspot for people relocating abroad. It is the ‘land of opportunity’ which offers a wealth of prospects for its citizens, and to date there are hundreds of thousands of Britons living in the States.

A census back in 2006 published by The Independent revealed that the US has more than 600,000 Britons living there. Six years later and it is still a leading destination for moving overseas as it is more than double the size of the EU.

Moving to any country has its potential pitfalls and emigrating is not a decision that should be made lightly. America is a very long way across the pond and since 9/11 it has its own particular requirements when it comes to immigration.

There is a lot of documentation to consider including copies of visa and passport, US Customs Importers Declaration, and Ocean Bill of Loading and Power of Attorney Form; so it is vital that you select a reputable international removals company to ease the stress.

Are you contemplating swapping the Union Flag for the Star- Spangled Banner? Here is an expert guide to moving to the USA:

  • Where to move to?

The United States is the world’s third largest nation by total area (land and water) ranking behind Russia and Canada so there are many cities to choose from to move to. Popular places include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta and Boston.

Each city has its own unique attributes so depending on what your needs are and what your budget is; choose a destination that caters to your requirements.

  • When to move?

The weather varies greatly across the Unites States. Due to its vast size, it includes most climate types so the key is to research your desired location and find out if there are any problems at particular times of the year.

  • Avoid travelling on public holidays

There are 11 public holidays in America; it has some of the same ones as the UK like Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. The rest are unique to America; Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and the Fourth of July (Independence Day) honours the nation’s birthday.

Further holidays include President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Labour Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Groundhog Day and Flag Day. You may want to avoid these holidays when moving due to increases in traffic and costly flights.

  • Avoid shipping certain items

Any shipment into America that contains alcoholic beverages or food has to undergo pre-clearance before shipment can commence. Customs are very particular and you must have a very thorough descriptive inventory for wine and alcohol so we strongly discourage people from shipping any alcoholic beverages or foodstuff.

You won’t be able to take any plants with you as the importation is prohibited as well as importing a motor vehicle so if you do own a car, you will need to sell it before relocating.

  • Take into account transit times

Bear in mind that the length of shipping transit can vary greatly. Port-to-port transit times are between 7-12 days to New York; 13-15 days to Miami; and 25-29 days for Los Angeles.

  • Apply for citizenship

If you want to move to America, you need to apply for citizenship. If you want to live in the country permanently this involves applying for a US Citizenship or a Green Card. A US Visa allows you to live and work in the country on a temporary basis.

  • Speak to your bank

With regards to your finances, you will need to transfer your currency into US dollar and you will need to set up a bank account. The most popular American banks are the Bank of America and Citibank but your current bank may have a dedicated expatriate division.

Do you need help moving or shipping to America? It can be plain sailing with specialist help and here at Robinsons we are highly experienced in this field.

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