Expatriation in the United States
Each year, more and more French citizens settle abroad. In 2016, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs counted 1,782 million French expatriates, 157,849 of whom were living in the United States (compared with 135,837 in 2014).
The reasons for this change are multiple: occupational transfers for civil servants, military staff and diplomats for example, but also spouses following their partners to the United States, personal choice, etc. Before the big move, it is important to know about all the formalities and specificities involved in moving to the country in order to avoid bad surprises.
FIDI France members are specialists in international mobility and understand the difficulties involved with expatriation to the United States.
Administrative formalities before leaving
The formalities involved in moving to the United States will be different depending on whether the move is permanent or temporary. An immigrant visa is necessary for any individual wishing to settle in the United States permanently. The first step, therefore, will be to apply for an immigrant visa at the United States Embassy in Paris.
If expatriation is due to professional reasons, the administrative services of companies usually manage formalities related to registering expatriate workers. What’s more, American legislation usually allows children and spouses to join the individual for the length of the transfer. FIDI France members can support you in all administrative procedures and are highly experienced in managing an international move.
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Once you have completed the necessary administrative requirements, you will need to learn about customs procedures concerning an international move and those specifically related to the United States.
Travelling with animals for example, with dogs and cats, in particular, the health certificate and vaccination certificate will need to be up to date. They will need to be vaccinated against rabies and have a clear identity document. Furthermore, transfer of a vehicle will need to be made by sea container.
FIDI France members are able to answers all your questions concerning the steps to follow and inform you about mandatory checks for the transfer of your vehicle.
Whether your journey in transcontinental or intercontinental, by air or sea, FIDI France members are your privileged partners, they all have FAIM certification, a guarantee of quality of service.