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Moving Abroad Checklist for a Successful Relocation Overseas

Moving Abroad Checklist for a Successful Relocation OverseasTeachers in education also move or take up a new challenge overseas and need a moving abroad checklist for teachers going abroad.  Sending bulky items by sea takes longer than air travel for instance.

Even if it is a checklist for moving abroad for a year, each person or family moving to another area or to another country will have different criteria. 


Moving abroad checklist

The following is guidance for teachers moving abroad to think about as some items require attention well before your intended relocation overseas.

A moving house list will be you’re own personal plan depending on a number of factors.  Maybe you have a new education job already, or you require to find a new academic position at a school.

Moving from UK, Europe, USA, Australia to another location has similarities to moving locally.

You’ll need more documentation and possibly arrange to send boxes in advance.

When deciding to move, know when you are moving a list can be compiled in time and by priority order.  Maybe it is easier moving to another country alone with a suitcase than relocating as an entire family.

You’re list will be individual to you and families requirements. Relocating with kids takes much more detailed planning. You’ll require to add other things to do that meets your children’s needs.


Create a plan with a list

Write down: What you require to do, how will it be achieved and time, specific deadlines and dates. Here is a list to do before moving to another country.


  • Research and apply for all relevant paperwork such as planning permission, visa, work and immigration permits and documents that also may require authenticated & legalised at the foreign & Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes
  • Calculate how much the move will cost, decide if you have enough finances for tickets, rental lease, new household & clothing for you and your family
  • Get several quotes from reputable companies, and why not think about hiring your own van and driver to save costs, if you are capable
  • Think about the entire family including animals and rover.  What will happen to family pets if you are not allowed animals or birds in your new house?
  • Sending items overseas or long distance by sea may take weeks or even months to be delivered that you may require immediately when you arrive
  • Start looking for new places to stay. Moving to teach in Dubai or a teaching post in Abu Dhabi, France, Australia or Canada you will require finding your own housing
  • Apply for a new job and see what teaching jobs abroad are available, that is if you have not signed a contract already
  • Contact schools in the new area to find out if there is a place for your children and possible cost of fees and materials.  Also, check for good schools and see what curriculum are offered, and does it meet western international standards.
  • Research and purchase travel tickets when you know you are moving. Do not buy the first tickets, see if you can get a discount booking & paying in advance.  Check with your new employer if they are willing to pay for your flight, even one way.


Few weeks before moving overseas

  • Possibly tell everyone you know that you are moving and where you are going
  • Decide what belongings you are taking. Could be cheaper to buy new items when you move than the cost of transportation such as air freight cost to Europe or the Middle East
  • Arrange a boot fair, garage sale or sell off items that you are not taking with you
  • Start giving away to friends or charity items you are leaving behind.  Not a good idea to leave this to the last few days.  I know from personal experience and more than one move abroad get rid of things before the day of your move
  • Arrange with the company all the details for a smooth relocation day.  Receive packaging materials from the moving company well in advance to pack items and arrange for early sending overseas, if required
  • Cancel insurances, water rates, telephone, internet, sports club subscriptions and standing orders at the company and your bank
  • Notify your employer of your notice to quit.  Make sure you are very certain of a secure contract of employment for your new teaching job first
  • Inform your doctor that you are moving and arrange for your medical records to be transferred.  This would only be possible for a UK move. There would be issue sending National Health Service (NHS) records overseas, with possible issues with many non-European countries
  • Get measurements of the new property dimensions to see what items will fit or even go through the door or window
  • Contact schools and ask to have student records transferred or a copy if applying for a new school position.  Many schools will allow a child to attend while old school records are in the process of being transferred.


Shortly before relocating abroad

  • Post office change of address form filled in that will enable your mail to be redirected essentially forwarded to your new address.  Mail forwarding online is around £30 in 2018 for an entire household
  • Start or continue informing clubs, insurance companies and investment companies of a proposed change of address
  • Arrange for your utilities to be cut off at your present address and connected at your new property
  • Notify banks, credit card companies and other related companies of your proposed move and your new address
  • Begin packing and continue to arrange your possessions
  • Start cleaning and tidying up your home and property, especially for a rented property to get your full deposit back
  • Package all non-essential daily items carefully.  Mark each box or container with a list of contents and or by room
  • Pay all outstanding bills
  • Defrost the fridge
  • Confirm with the movers, details and number of boxes
  • Animal transportation confirmation and check each animal that is able to endure transportation
  • Close bank accounts if no longer required.  You may wish to keep a UK account open to continue paying any bills after your proposed move


Moving day

  • Start early and have all the items packaged to be moved ready to be loaded onto transport
  • Check the names of the people transporting your possessions
  • Turn off all utilities
  • Check outside area for any wanted items and around the property
  • Make sure you leave the property clean and tidy
  • Mention about fragile items
  • Check all items are loaded onto the truck, cars or other transport
  • Check for any breakages, and leaving the property securely locked
  • Pass the keys to another person if required
  • Double check with the moving company the delivery address for your items


Arriving at your new location

  • Check utilities are connected or asked in advance
  • Supervise moving your items into your new property
  • Have spare keys cut
  • Check and count all boxes have arrived and all your items are present
  • Within a few days of arrival registrar for the voting, dentist, doctor, change driving license and many other details and documentation that require to be changed. Your school employer will help with work permit and residency.


Your own checklist for moving abroad will differ from above, such as your new employer could have given you an apartment or villa as part of your salary package.


Specifically for teachers moving overseas

moving overseasPlan months ahead of any move as it’s not easy or even possible to change anything at the last minute. Countries around the world are changing work visa and residency conditions. This means any foreign teacher requires authenticated documents and a possible interview before a job offer.

Gulf & Middle East countries attract thousands of teachers each year to the international and public schools in the region. UAE, Kuwait and Qatar teaching jobs attract new and experienced teachers to these countries with good salaries and employment packages.

All your qualifications require to be authenticated before apply for a work visa at the respective embassy.

Allow at least 6 weeks plus to gather, process and get a work visa for gulf countries.

Popular destinations in Asia like Japan and Thailand attract educators to take up teaching posts in these countries. Teachers in Korea schools must first complete a serious of checks and requirements before taking up a class teacher job in the country. You require university sealed transcripts of your qualifications.

You’ll also attend a face to face interview with a representative from South Korea before you are granted a visa.


Easier in some countries to obtain work & residency visa

Some countries are easier to move to and others require at least 3 months in advance planning.


Think about:

Police record check, 30 days to process in the UK.  Up to 3 months for a FBI certificate

Medical check for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries can take 2 weeks plus for results to be confirmed

Authenticated and legalised documents, and possible copies to be obtained and processed

Best time of the year to apply for the good schools who start advertising their jobs 8 months plus before the next academic year

Complete any training or qualification you require for your job at your next school

Always try and secure a work visa in your passport before moving abroad for teaching

Moving with a family or partners means, school records obtained, marriage certificate processed also, and medical records forwarded


Check to see after you arrive

Is the property large enough for you and your family

Close proximity to shops, services and public transportation

Employers conditions of you being allowed to use the property, such as visitors, parties and pets

Does you employer pay for utilities, licenses and refuse collection cost or do you pay yourself

How far is it to your school or university from the accommodation provided


Money transfer worldwide

When teaching abroad think about the exchange rate and a safe way to transfer money abroad to pay essentials. Getting hold of some money in the local currency is very useful to pay bus or taxi fares or a visa on arrival.

In addition, exchange rates changing can affect how much purchasing power you return home with your savings.

Exchanging money before travelling to another country to start any teaching job is essential for some money in the local currency for small items.  You can transfer money which can be done online or face to face through banks, and currency transfer shops.

There are a number of online businesses operating in the overseas money transfer market, FX Currency dealers that can deal with your entire process online or by a combination of online, telephone and face to face contact.

Companies offer a range of currency transfer products & services when you purchase a home or wish to send money overseas.

Some of the services: (Check the small print and the deal you receive)

  • No commission, No hidden fees
  • The transaction you send are encrypted for safety and security when sent
  • A fast and efficient service most of the time
  • Same day service in most parts of the world
  • Bank to bank transfer


Anyone company that offers overseas transfer of money must have permission (Regulated) from the relevant authority such as customs & excise in the UK and will have a number to prove it.

Purchasing a new home or sending money overseas to volunteer as a teacher in general requires more money than you normally deal with on a weekly basis.

With money laundering laws in place and the general unsafe nature of carrying larger sums of money, most of us require currency and use overseas money transfer services.

Traditional banks provide good services for dealing with transferring currency required.

Banks in general charge higher currency transaction fees, and a combination of exchange rates that may not benefit you.


In closing, you’re own moving abroad checklist is a detailed schedule that needs to be completed successfully before a move abroad for a job in teaching.

Maybe you do not intend to return to the UK or just moving for a short time This will impact on the decisions you make about selling everything or finding a storage lockup in the UK.

This checklist is general and you should think about specific details and arrangements for your needs.


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