Home Move info More than 9 months


Without fail, moving always takes longer than you think it will.
Getting started more than 9 months in advance will ensure that you’re leaving plenty of breathing space: time to think, plan and react without the stress of looming deadlines.

With more than 9 months to go, we recommend that you:

  • Work out whether you require visas, work permits or residence permits. For some countries, visas can take over a year to be approved, so you should apply as soon as possible. Remember that Gosselin has immigration experts who are more than happy to guide you through this process.
  • Make sure that your official documents (passport, drivers license, ID card) and those of your family are all valid.
  • Start looking into your job prospects in your new country: do you require any additional certifications or training? What kind of salary might you expect? Do you need a work permit?
  • Put together a moving budget. Take into account any expenses for visas and passport renewals, the predicted cost of your move, and settling in expenses.
  • Start gathering information about your destination country, consider learning some basics of the local language or even starting a language course.

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6 - 9 months

With just over half a year to go, you can begin looking for your new home, researching local schools and medical care options, and possibly organizing a pre-move visit to your new country to gather as much information as you can first-hand.

3 - 6 months

It’s coming down to crunch time. As your move approaches, you should be arranging your pre-move survey with Gosselin, notifying friends, family, employers and schools of your impending move, and organizing financial and insurance matters.

Within 6 weeks

Now is the time for finalizing the details. Confirm your travel details, lock in your packing and moving days with Gosselin, organize mail forwarding, and finish preparing your household belongings for the move. You’ll be there before you know it!