Moving to America- International Moving Guide

Moving to America

International Moving Guide

A thousand tales have been written about Living in America, home of the brave, and land of the free. For years moving to America has been the dream of many, but now you’re making the leap across the water to carve out a new life in the United States. In Purdie Worldwide’s International Guide for Moving to America, we’ll go in depth into some of the statistics behind America, what the quality of life is like and most importantly, what is the cost of moving to America?

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Discover America
before you Move

What initially captivated your interest in moving to America? Was it the iconic skyline of New York City or the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon? Perhaps you were enticed by the cultural diversity of cities like Los Angeles, or the allure of the wide-open spaces in states like Texas or Wyoming.

No matter your motivations for relocating to the United States, be prepared to be enchanted by the vast array of climates and landscapes it has to offer. From the sunny beaches of California, to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, America boasts a diverse range of environments waiting to be explored with the help of your Trusted International Removals partner, Purdie Worldwide.

Don’t forget the dynamic expatriate community either, representing a myriad of cultures and backgrounds. Whether you’re in bustling urban centers or quaint rural towns, you’re sure to find a warm and inclusive atmosphere as you embark on your American journey.

So, before you set off on this exciting adventure, take the time to connect with others and embrace the cultural fusion that defines the American experience. With its blend of natural wonders and diverse communities, America truly is a land of freedom and endless possibilities. Check out some of the statistics below on what makes America so great.

America Statistics

Empire State Building at Sunset, New York, USA

Cost of Living in America

Cost of Living America United Kingdom
Family Cost of Living $5,701 $5,140
Family Rent $2,723 $2,363
Food Expenses $619 $500
GDP per Capita $76,330 $46,125
Transport Expenses $105 $151
Life Expectancy 76.3 80.7
Quality of Life 87 90

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Important Things to Know
when Moving to America

• Renting/Buying in America

Upon moving to America, you can opt for temporary housing solutions like hotels, hostels or Air BnB accommodations while you get yourself settled in. Once you’re ready, you can explore more permanent living arrangements. We would always recommend renting during the early stages of your move before looking to buy long term. As of 2024, the average rent in American stands at $1200 per month. This is an increase of 8% compared to 2023, indicating a nationwide, stable and competitive rental market.

• Bank Account

To mange your money and any transactions while you’re in America, you’ll need to open a local bank account. Opening a bank account when moving to America typically requires presenting identification documents such as a passport or driving licence, along with proof of address such as a utility bill. The majority of major banks in America cater to non-residents, with popular choices include Chase Bank, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. However, be sure to review all the relevant documentation to avoid unwanted fees and transaction charges when sending money back home.

• Healthcare

Although not on the same level of healthcare that Australia and the UK offer, America is slowly following suit with the introduction of Medicare, a state funded healthcare system that provides free or reduced-rate appointments. However, non-residents may find private healthcare options more suitable for covering an unexpected medical expenses.

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How can I move to
America from the UK?

Whether you possess family ties to the United States, possess in-demand skills, or are sponsored by an American employer, there are lots of pathways to choose when moving to America.

When considering visas for moving to America, there is a diverse range of options available, which can be found on the official website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In this section, we will focus on the top three most sought-after visas for UK citizens moving to America:

  1. Family-based Permanent Residence Visa: Designed for individuals with immediate family members or relatives who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
  2. Employment-based Permanent Residence Visa: Tailored for foreign nationals sponsored by American employers to work in the United States.
  3. Business or Investment-based Permanent Residence Visa: Geared towards entrepreneurs seeking to establish a new business or invest in the American economy. Typically, sponsorship from a government agency is required to apply for this visa.
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Becoming an
American Citizen

There are several requirements that must be met before you become a American Citizen. The majority of applications have a cost involved to them, with a written test and interview as the final stage of the process, along with an oath of allegiance. Find out exactly how much this costs on the American Citizenship website.

The most common ways to becoming an American Citizen are as follows:

• Birth in the United States – anyone born on U.S. soil automatically acquires U.S. citizenship, with very few exceptions.

Naturalisation – This process is available to individuals who have been lawful permanent residents (green card holders) for a certain period of time (usually five years, but shorter for certain qualifying categories) and meet other eligibility requirements. These requirements typically include being able to read, write, and speak English, having a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics), and demonstrating good moral character.

Derivative Citizenship: Children born outside the United States to at least one U.S. citizen parent may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth through this process. The rules for derivative citizenship can be complex and may vary depending on factors such as the date of the child’s birth, the marital status of the parents, and whether the child was born in wedlock.

Through Parents: In some cases, individuals may acquire U.S. citizenship automatically through their parents, either at birth or after birth through a process called acquisition. 

Through Military Service: Members of the U.S. armed forces and certain veterans may be eligible for expedited naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Check out the famous Golden Gate Bridge

Planning Your Move to America:

  1. Research Removals Companies: Select a reputable removals company experienced in international moves to America. Seek recommendations, read reviews, and compare quotes to ensure a reliable and efficient service.

  2. Inventory and Packing: Make a detailed inventory of your belongings and decide which items to take with you. Consider selling or donating items that you no longer need. Pack your belongings securely and label the boxes for easy identification during unpacking.

  3. Transportation: Depending on the volume of your possessions, consider sea or air freight options. Sea freight is cost-effective for larger shipments, while air freight is faster but more expensive. At Purdie Worldwide, we will guide you through the logistics process and help you choose the best option for your situation.

  4. Customs and Import Regulations: Familiarize yourself with customs regulations for importing personal belongings and household goods into America. Ensure you have the necessary documentation, such as an inventory list, packing list, and proof of ownership, to clear customs smoothly. For example, if you’re looking to move to America, knives, animals, live plants and even Absinthe are not permitted.

Manhattan Skyline, Ney York, USA

Move to America
with Purdie Worldwide

Moving to America offers an exciting chance to embrace a fresh start in the land of opportunity. With proper preparation and attention to detail, you can get your move started with Purdie Worldwide today!

Entrusting your move to America with a reputable international moving company, such as Purdie Worldwide, ensures a smooth transition to your new American abode. From bustling cities to breathtaking natural wonders, American beckons with its diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. Begin your journey today by completing our international relocation form below, and kickstart your American adventure today!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article serves as a general guide. It’s crucial to consult official government websites and seek professional advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the requirements and regulations when looking at moving to America.
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