Moving to the United States (USA)

United States moving guide

Moving to the United States of America

Thousands of people start the process of moving to America every year, from the UK, EU, and all over the world. It is seen as a land of opportunity, with plenty of job opportunities and a modern way of living. With our shared language and similar culture, it is no wonder that the USA is a major destination for Abels Moving Services.

Before considering your removal services options, you should ensure that you follow the correct Visa process for moving to America. There are several common methods of moving to the USA from the UK, including the following:

  • Gaining a Green Card: If you have a family member who is a US citizen, they can petition for you on your behalf to acquire a visa. This is a common and stable type of visa to live and work permanently in the USA.
  • Sponsored Employment Visa: If you agree to US employment before moving, particularly an in-demand occupation, this could be the right visa option for you.
  • Temporary Working Visa: This is a good visa option for domestic labourers to fill empty US positions. There are usually very specific criteria for these visas, and will only permit temporary stays.

Moving to the USA with Abels Moving Services

If you are moving to America from the UK, there are a myriad of elements to consider, from visas to transporting your possessions. Abels Moving Services offers comprehensive removals and shipping services to the United States, ensuring you peace of mind while you concentrate on the other more demanding components of your international move.

Moving with your Possessions to the USA

Transporting your personal effects when you are moving to the USA will either occur by air freight or sea. We have prepared some guidance on the various shipping options to the United States, to enable you to make the right choice.

Moving to the USA does involve specific arrangements and documentation so that your effects and household goods can be imported. We have prepared a guide for moving to the United States which will give you an insight into the specific requirements, including customs regulations for your belongings. If you choose to move to America with Abels Moving Services, your customer services manager will thoroughly brief you on the relocation process and assist in ensuring you meet all the requirements during your move.

Packing Possessions for Moving to the USA

Moving to the USA will initially involve our team expertly packing and export wrapping all your personal effects and household goods, using quality materials. Depending upon your chosen shipping method, these will then be loaded into a vehicle for consolidation into a container at our warehouse, loaded into a dedicated container for shipping direct or packed into air freight pallets ready for shipping by air.

Whichever shipping method is used, your goods will travel unaccompanied – we have prepared some general guidance on what you can and cannot include in unaccompanied baggage in our downloadable Moving to USA guide.

In the USA, our agent will then deliver your personal effects and household goods to your new home, and unpack them, taking away the wrapping and packing materials.

Living in the United States

If you are moving to America, you should do your research about the country, particularly if you one day hope to become a citizen. We have put together a short and simple guide about the main facts about the large country.

The United States of America is probably the most cosmopolitan country in the world – it has a huge mix of people from all over the world, with the four main ancestry groups being Irish, English, African and German, with the Hispanic group the current fastest growing.

The USA is the third-largest country in the world by land area and population, with English the main language, spoken by 80 per cent of the population, followed by Spanish, spoken by 12 per cent, and Chinese. Religion in the USA follows ancestry groups, with over half the population Protestant and a quarter Roman Catholic.

USA Geography

The capital of the USA is Washington DC, not to be confused with Washington State, which is on the other side of the country. The United States was established in the 18th century following the declaration of independence of 13 British Colonies. Today, there are 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska.

The main cities in the US are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Washington and Boston.