So you are thinking about moving to Germany?

Are you one of many individuals that want to move to Germany but have no idea how to do it, or where to start?  Well, fortunately, Dewitt Companies is here to help!   Dewitt has been relocating to Germany for years.  We would love to share some basic Germany moving information with you to help ease you into your transition abroad.

If this is your first overseas move, congratulations!  Moving abroad is as exciting as it is wonderful, but we absolutely recommend that you educate yourself prior to packing your bags and leaving the states behind.  It is well worth your time to make the effort and will most certainly ease the transition in to your new life abroad.  Let’s get started:

First thing is first, we highly recommend that you hire a professional overseas mover to assist with your upcoming move to Germany.  After all, you are not moving next door, you are moving across an ocean, and over international waterways.  You want to make sure that you are working with a professional international moving company that has the experience to relocate to Germany with ease, and without potential delay.

Next, we recommend that you attempt to come up with a realistic budget.  Find out how much the overseas move will cost you financially so that you can better prepare yourself for what lies ahead. Don’t forget to include expenses such as travel, moving, paperwork/customs documents and housing, to name a few.

As you are well aware, bills are not going to pay themselves.  For this reason alone, it is a good idea to obtain a “German residence permit” so you can both live and work in Germany.  Please make sure to visit the German Embassy or the American consulate beforehand to gain the most accurate and current information.  German laws and policies unfortunately do have a tendency to change.

Go to the nearest German embassy in your state.  There, you will want to get permission to move to Germany and obtain your “German residence permit.”  Once your application is complete, you will need to wait for approval from German immigration.  The immigration and employment officials themselves will ultimately determine whether your entry visa application is denied or approved.

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Germany before your actual move, great!  Make sure to pay close attention to the areas and communities that you like and dislike.  Try and stay for an extended period of time so that you can have a “real life” experience abroad.  If you so choose, you may even want to apply for a temporary work placement to see if you like working and living in Germany.  After all…knowing the “likes” of today, will certainly help to eliminate the potential “dislikes” of tomorrow.

Best of luck to you and your upcoming move to Germany! Please let us know if you have any additional questions or require further assistance for your upcoming relocation to Germany.  We would be more than happy to assist you further in any way that we can.