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Moving your family can be stressful, especially when going to a foreign country. Our Relocation Services assist newcomers no matter where they’re coming from- many of our team have already experienced the transition.  Our team of multilingual professionals will help make your transition to San Diego a smooth one!

Before departure

We will communicate with the hiring company to outline the employee’s needs prior to relocation. All administrative paperwork will be in order. We will then create an itinerary for the employee’s personalized visit or arrival.

Organizing the pre-assignment trip

· Accommodation: Meet with our real estate agents and explore housing options within allowed budget

· Banking: Open bank account(s) with one of our partnered banks

· Schools: If traveling with children, visit the international schools in our area

· Auto dealerships: Explore options for buying or leasing a vehicle

· Explore San Diego: For options, see « Personalized Visits»

Relocation checklist- While still in your home country

3 Months before departure

  • Request for your visa, if not already done by your employer.
  • Ensure that each family member has a valid passport- passports must be effective at least 6 months after your Visa’s expiration date.
  • 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 find renters before your departure.
  • Have your kids registered in a San Diego school.

2 months before departure

  • If you plan on selling your car before coming to the U.S., consider placing a free ad on www.leboncoin.fr.
  • Check with your bank to see if they have subsidiaries or partnerships with any banks in the U.S. Either way, open a bank account and obtain check books, debit card, and credit card before your departure.
  • For homeowners, inform your insurance of your departure.  Whether you decide to rent your house or not, this will modify your contract.

1 month before departure

  • Inform your country’s tax department of your move to the U.S. They will guide you through your next tax form (which template, when and where to send it, etc.)
  • Inform the French social security of your future departure as well as other organizations such as the CAF, Assedic…
  • Visit your country’s post office and forward your mail for the next 6 or 12 months, non renewable, to your San Diego address: click here to access the post office page.
  • If you plan on saving your car, be sure to find a safe place to leave it for the extended 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.
  • Ask for quotes from at least 3 international movers. Here are some contacts

Once in the USA, we can help with:

· Obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN) ASAP

· Opening a bank account: If you were not able to do so from your home country, open a bank account and obtain your check books, debit card, and credit card. We advise you to have and use a credit card to allow you to enhance your credit history (click here for more info)

· Setting up utilities and basic public services (water, gas, electricity etc.)

· Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):  Obtain driving  license, vehicle registration and official identification.

· Registering to the French Consulate: This will be useful to vote for French elections, or warned in the case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a tsunami.

· Communication: Open cell phone plan, cable television and internet packages.

· Touring the main neighborhoods: Downtown, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Coronado,   Hillcrest as well as the shopping centers, hospitals, and other places to see.

· Visiting the beaches: Del Mar, Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores, The Cove, Pacific Beach,  Ocean Beach, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Carlsbad.

Inquire about a one-hour flight along the coast– an ideal way to see to get to know your new city!