Moving one’s family is stressful. The stress is even stronger when you move to a new country. Our Relocation Services facilitate the transition of new families from anywhere (Europe, North America, Asia) to San Diego.
Thanks to our team who has already experienced the move to San Diego and thanks to our multilingual, multicultural professionals who are the basis of our association, we are the perfect partner to help newcomers to settle in Southern California.
We arrange a call via Skype after contacting your employee and understanding his/her needs before departure. Then, we prepare a summary after gathering the necessary administrative paperwork before departure. Lastly, we create a schedule to optimize your employee’s personalized visit or arrival.
During the pre-assignement trip
· Accomodation: Setting up a meeting with our real estate agents, exploring housing options within allowed budget
· Banks: Opening of bank accounts with one of our partner banks
· Schools: Visiting international schools
· Auto dealerships: Setting up meetings to buy or lease
· Exploring San Diego: For options, see « Personalized Visits»
Upon arrival in San Diego
· Setting up utilities and basic public services (water, gas, electricity etc.)
· Communication: Exploring options for telephone/cell phone, cable television and internet services
· Social Security Number (SSN): Setting up a meeting to obtain a social security number
· Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Setting up a meeting to obtain driving license, vehicle registration and official identification
Half-day or day-long personalized visits
We personalize the tour considering specific needs:
· Main Neighborhoods: Downtown, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Coronado, Hillcrest
· Schools, shopping centers, supermarkets, hospitals, places to visit
· Visiting the beach: Del Mar, Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores, The Cove, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Carlsbad
A one-hour flight along the coast is an ideal way to see the San Diego region and to get to know your new city.
While in France
- Request for your visa if not done by your employer
- Make sure every member of the family has his /her own passport in line with the American law. Passports have to be valid at least 6 months after your Visa’s expiration date.
- Bank: check with your bank to see if they have subsidiaries or partnerships with any banks in the US. Either way, open a bank account before your departure and get your payments means including check books, debit card, and credit card)
- Inform the tax department in France that you will live in the US; They will guide you for your next tax form : which template, when, where to send it…
- Cars : if you have a car, you will have to choose between selling or keeping it. Find a parking place safe where your car will be able to stay for a long period of time. Do not forget to tell your car insurance the new address (if needed) where the car will be parked. The same goes for the Prefecture where your car was registered. If your plans are to sell the car, here is a good website to place a free ad: www.leboncoin.fr
- If you are renting your house/appartment, inform the owner of your next departure.
- If you plan to sell your house/appartment, it is time to start the process.
- You can have an international driving license from the Prefecture but it is not mandatory. You will have to get your Californian driver’s license as soon as you arrive (for more information go on this page)
- Go to the post office to forward your mails for 6 or 12 months, non renewable: click here to access the post office page
- Ask for a quotation from at least 3 international movers. Here are some contacts
- Find a school or High school for your kids and register them.
Once in the USA
- First thing to do: get your social security number
- If you were not able to open an account from France, get one. Get your means of payments (credit & debit cards, check books). We advise you to have and use a credit card to allow you to enhance your credit history (click here for more info)
- Make an appointment with DMV in order to get your California driver’s license asap
- Register to the French Consulate. This will be useful to vote for French elections, to be warned in case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a Tsunami.
Retroplanning your expatriation
3 Months before departure
- For homeowners : start to sell it if this is your plan. If you wish to rent it, start consulting agencies to find the best price and then have the time to find renters before your departure.
- Have your kids registered at school.
2 months before departure
- If you plan to sell your car, it is the good time to place an ad.
- For homeowners, inform your insurance of your departure. Whether you decide to rent or not your house, this will modify your contract.
1 month before departure
- Inform the tax department of your departure and give them your next address. Print the templates you will have to fill in for the following year taxes, while you will be in the US.
- Inform the French social security of your future departure as well as other organizations such as the CAF, Assedic…
- If you keep your car, inform your car insurance of the new address where the car will be parked (if needed)