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Visas & Documents

Each country has specific guidelines for travel and work visas that are required in order to live and work in that location. Refer to our tips designed to assist you in this process:
  • The first point of contact to seek out when you begin to plan an international move should be the local consulate of the country you are moving to. They can assist you in understanding what documents you will need to obtain. You can locate a listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the Foreign Consuls of the United States directory at your local library or go to www.embassy.org.
  • Organize a trip to your new country's embassy to find out what is needed. In order to obtain a visa you may be required to hand over a letter of recommendation from your current employer or bank manager, including indications of a good credit history.
  • If you plan on working your new country you will be required to provide your place of employment with a work permit. This document is separate from your visa and is mandatory if you plan on being employed in a foreign country. You may apply for a work permit along with a visa and residency.
  • Most countries do have very different requirements if you are planning to travel to that country to vacation as opposed to live and work there. Here at home in the United States it is required that each immigrant living in the country have the proper visa, generally referred to as a green card. There are also student visas or J1's for college students visiting and working for short period of time and business visas for people who specialize in a particular field and where it is difficult to find someone in the US with the same skill set.

Other documents that may be needed are:
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Birth certificate
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