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Be Prepared: Six Papers You Need to Move Internationally

By Mike Wheatley | July 10, 2014

Moving internationally can be a very exciting time, but it is also an extremely difficult task as well. It takes a lot of planning to coordinate your move with your new country. Since the entire process is so intricate, you will need several documents in order to move to another country.

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1. Passport

Passports are required to enter any foreign country, so you will need to make sure you have an up to date passport before moving. Passports take several weeks to months to process, so you will need to prepare ahead if you do not already have one. Your passport will allow entry into your new country and any other countries you plan to visit after your move.

2. Visa

A visa is an authorization by a government to allow you to stay for a specified period of time. Since you will be living permanently in your new country, you will be required to obtain a residence visa. A residence visa will allow you to legally live in your new country for an infinite period of time.

3. Work Permit

If you plan to work in your new country after the move, then you will be required to obtain a work permit. It can be very hard to obtain a work permit depending on the country, and some places require that you already have a job before applying for a work permit.

4. Birth Certificate

Much like the United States, you may need a birth certificate in order to prove your identity. While you passport or visa may work in most cases, you may be required to show a birth certificate also.

5. Will

If you have a legal will, then it should be taken with you when you move internationally. While nobody wants to think about something tragic happening to them, it is always best to be prepared for anything. The only way for it to be executed correctly in a timely manner is to have the will when you move.

6. Medical Records

Obtaining medical records is much more difficult internationally. The only way to get the best care possible is to take your medical records with you. Ask all your doctors for necessary medical information.

If you take the proper time to plan you move, then there is nothing more exciting than moving to another country. If you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly after the move, then you should make sure you have these six documents.


About the author: This guest post was provided by BC Alberta Movers, Canada international moving companies.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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