Guide to Moving to the USA

The USA is a popular hotspot for families moving abroad. It is the ‘land of dreams’ so it is no wonder why there are over 700,000 Britons living in the United States. America is more than double the size of the EU so it offers a vast wealth of opportunities and for some, it offers a better way of life.

But it is a very long way across the pond so moving there is not a decision that should be taken lightly. One needs to take into account various aspects before making a conclusion including climate, accommodation, politics and economy.

Here is an expert guide to moving to the USA:

  • Holidays

Short holidays are the norm in America in contrast to Europe. There are 11 public holidays; 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.

  • Food and plants

Any shipment arriving to America that contains alcoholic beverages or foodstuffs has to undergo pre-clearance before shipment can commence. You have to have a very thorough descriptive inventory for wine and alcohol and the rates of duty vary. You won’t be able to take any plants with you as the importation is prohibited as well as importing a motor vehicle.

  • Transport

The petrol prices are much cheaper in the United States. In the UK, the standard unleaded petrol price (pence per litre) is 129p in comparison to the US in which is on average 46p.

  • Citizenship

If you want to move to America, you need to apply for a Visa or Green Card. If you want to live in the country indefinitely, Permanent US Immigration involves applying for a US Citizenship or a Green Card. A US Visa allows you to live and work in the country temporarily.

To qualify under US immigration law it takes into account your employment and family. It doesn’t work under a points-based system like Australia. The USCIS is the authority that determines the outcome of individual visa application.

  • Finances

You will need to transfer your currency into US dollar. You will also need to set up a bank account; US accounts are slightly different to UK equivalents and the terminology can be confusing. Most residents have a ‘checking account’ which is used primarily for daily transactions and outgoings. Shop around to find the various bank account types- the most popular American banks are the Bank of America and Citibank. Your current bank may have a dedicated expatriate division.

This article was written by Robinsons, the expert international moving company. Visit the site today for free quote on moving to the USA as well as various other destinations around the world including removals services to New Zealand and Australia.

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