Moving abroad, while exciting, also comes with a long checklist of things to do before you go. CareerKnacks thrives on helping answer your questions throughout the hiring and moving process, there are some things that just need to be answered up front. Knowing what you are getting yourself, and your family, into before you make the leap to working and living abroad is incredibly important. So we are answering all your questions about moving abroad.
- How much will it cost to bring my belongings with me?
While there are certainly options for shipping all of your belongings to your new home in America, it can be costly. We suggest bringing a few extra suitcases on your flight over and buying new things for your home when you arrive. The cost of the extra cases is a lot more cost-effective and the options for picking up inexpensive furniture and home goods is easy with sites like Craigslist, etc.
- How will I make friends in my new home city?
Getting out and exploring your new city is one of the easiest ways to get to know people, but if you are missing a little piece of home, there are quite a few expat groups (Meetup, etc.) available for you to connect with people from home.
- Will I be able to live the same quality of life?
Knowing the local cost of living is the key to financial planning in your new home. While your salary might sound like a lot more than you made back home, this could be because rent and expenses are typically higher in your new home. So be sure to do your research and compare costs of both places when considering your new salary. Being financially prepared is one of the most important things to an international move.
- I am bringing my family with me. What resources should I visit to find the best schools for my kids?
School ratings vary from city to city, so be sure to research the ratings and reviews of the surrounding school districts in your new home. This is important before deciding where you will live as you will most likely be tied to a specific school district once you move into your new neighborhood. We wrote a post on resources for finding good schools, so check it out here.
- How much tax will I pay on my income in America?
There is no easy answer to this question, as it varies from state to state and on your overall income level. Bankrate is a great resource for specific tax information for your financial and geographical situation.
- Will I be able to drive in America with my international driver’s license?
Unlike other countries, the U.S. does not require an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in the states, though you may need one if you plan to rent a car. But we suggest you be prepared to get your local state license, by using these resources from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). We know this is an important question so keep your eyes on the Stateside Blog for an upcoming post.
- How do I know what expenses I will have in my new home?
StatesideRN goes to great lengths to prepare our nurses for life in America. That includes extensive area information for wherever the nurse is to be placed. Contact details for local home services, accommodations, government agencies, transportation, and insurance.
Still have questions? Get in touch – we are happy to answer any questions you might have about moving to America to further your nursing career!