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Have you renewed your passport? Do you know when you should cancel your utilities? Do you need to translate any document? Make sure you have everything ready and don’t delay your international move!


The number of things one needs to organize before an international move can be overwhelming (arranging visas, canceling contracts, finding accommodation..). What it’s worse is that not doing a certain step at the right time might end up with extra costs or a delay in your departure. 

To make sure you don’t miss anything important, we have created the Formalities Checklist, with the important (bureaucratic) actions to do before your move!

1. Passport and visas

There is nothing worse than noticing one day before your move that your passport is about to expire. It takes less than one minute to check your passport validity and it can save you from major headaches!

Also, don’t forget to set some time aside, for the most important document after your passport:  your visa. Depending on the country and the type of visa required, the application process might take some weeks!


2. Housing and utilities 

Finding the best location to live, setting up the utilities, contracting basic services… Most of the expats focus on all the things to be done on arrival. However, equally important –or even more- is to terminate or cancel all the services contracted in Italy before one moves. 

This involves contacting water companies, calling your internet firm, getting in touch with the electrical provider… All these within the required notice period. A long and arduous process which will definitely require time and patience from your side!

3. Language and translations 

If you don’t have qualifications, permits and other important documents in the local language of your destination,  it’s a good idea to check if you need any translation of them either in English or in another language. Searching for a translator and get the documents translated might take some time -  and you probably don’t want to postpone your departure because you are missing a translation!

Do you need extra help in planning your move? Let us help you! 

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