5 Tips On Moving From Canada To The States

Even though the United States is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Canada, there are all kinds of obstacles and steps you'll have to go through in order to relocate there. Even if you plan carefully and get everything perfectly organized, there are many things that could delay your move or make it more difficult than you anticipated. These tips will help you avoid delays and frustrations as you plan and make your move from Canada to the United States.

1. Pack Liberally, Move on a Budget (Choose One)

Moving across any significant distance is always expensive, but the costs associated with international moves pile up quickly. The more stuff you bring, the more it will cost you. Many people find it best to sell everything they can and slowly replace the items once they arrive at their new home. Besides the costs associated with moving things, the amount of physical effort you save in selling things rather than taking them along is enormous.

2. Deal with the Red Tape

  • Apply for your Social Security Number - You need this for everything from applying for jobs to applying for credit cards. It can take a few weeks before you get your Social Security card in the mail, so apply for it as soon as you arrive.
  • Apply for a Work Visa - Even though you may have a job waiting for you once you move, you cannot legally work unless you have a work visa.
  • Import Your Car - You can import your car at any Port of Entry in the United States. Fill out the relevant paperwork and find the nearest Port of Entry.
  • Rush to the DMV - Some states pursue unregistered drivers aggressively, so it is in your best interest to get your license, registration, and insurance taken care of as quickly as you can.

3. Get a Credit Card

It's hard to apply for a loan or make any significant purchase if you don't have any American credit history. Using a credit card for frequent, small purchases will help you to build up your credit quickly.

4. Shop Around for Services Before Committing

Phone plans, satellite TV, and other services come with very strict contract agreements, just like they do at home. However, the terms and conditions are different here, so it is always best to read the terms carefully before signing anything.

5. Integrate

Find a community center or church meeting house (if that's your cup of tea) and start getting involved in the community. The easiest way to get integrated in your new community is to take part in group activities and/or projects.

The rest of the moving process will take plenty of time and may cause some frustration as your complete your move, but following these tips will certainly help to move the process along. For additional information on moving across the border to the U.S., visit Jia Jia International Moving.