Planning an International Move to the United States

Planning an international move to a new country is bound to be an adventure, no matter where in the world you’re relocating—and moving to the United States is no exception. If you are planning an international move to the USA, relocating your life in the land of business and opportunity can mean a major life change for you and your family.

Still, as exciting as moving internationally can be, it’s also a rather complicated process. Between border crossings, customs, visas, vehicle entry requirements, and other laws and regulations, international moves can pose quite a challenge—especially if you’re arriving unprepared for the journey.

Fortunately, with proper organization and planning, you can avoid the most common pitfalls commonly encountered when moving internationally, especially when taking the time to learn the do’s and don’ts of moving to the United States. Continue reading to learn our top tips to handle your international move and how the team of professionals at Winnipeg Moving can be of assistance with your international relocation today.


Create a Detailed Moving Calendar

In our years of moving families and businesses across international borders, our team at Winnipeg Moving has learned that careful planning and preparation are what keeps a relocation project from feeling stressful and chaotic. There are plenty of things that must be done before an international relocation, from visa and other document registrations to inventory lists and real estate paperwork, and all of these will require strict adherence to a moving timeline.

Hiring international movers can help you determine what needs to be done and when long before moving day arrives. At Winnipeg Moving, we provide each of our customers with a personal move coordinator to help you create a detailed plan and timeline, to make sure that everything is ready long before the time comes to make your move.

Streamline Your Move: Sell, Donate, and Give Away What You Can!


It’s a simple and well-known fact that most families, households, or commercial businesses own more than they think. When planning for a move, especially a long-distance, an international one, packing is likely to take a lot longer than you would imagine—usually at least double the time you’d expect for it to take.

Whether you live in a 10-bedroom house or a studio apartment, you probably have more things than you think you do. Additionally, it’s usually the case that a good percentage of your things are unneeded, unwanted, or not useful. It’s always very helpful to get rid of whatever you can before your move by selling, donating, and giving away all that no longer serves you. In doing so, you can streamline your moving process dramatically and give yourself a break at customs when it’s time to report all your inventory.

Work Visas and Other Documents

If you’re moving to the United States for a job, your employer will be sponsoring your move. Make sure you’re in constant communication with your work to find out what needs to be filed and when, and to see that all documents are being registered on-time and correctly in order to receive your green card.

You should also be aware of what needs to take place to keep your green card for the duration of your stay in the USA. If you plan on residing in the US permanently, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for permanent citizenship after ten years—provided certain requirements are met. Know what those requirements are, and how to achieve them in order to meet your future goals.

Gather Your Health Records

Going to a new country will likely mean the need to apply for a new health insurance plan, and to see a new medical provider and other health professionals. Make sure your medical records are updated, and that you have all your health information, and medical history gathered together ahead of time, before your move.

Superior Moving Services with Winnipeg Moving

Winnipeg Moving has been the international movers of choice for our clients in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Whether you are planning a residential or commercial move, our team of international movers in Winnipeg is there for you with the expertise, state-of-the-art resources, and superior quality services you can trust to ensure a smooth and successful relocation to anywhere in the world.

From logistics planning, custom packing and unpacking, vehicle shipping, and other assistance, we offer highly personalized services designed to deliver a smooth and successful international moving experience—no matter the size or scope of your relocation. If you’re ready to start planning the perfect international move, give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional international moving services, or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

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