Destination and other services

Most FIDI Affiliates offer a range of additional 'destination services' for moving overseas, which can be very useful and in some cases essential for your family. These services can include :

Home search

School search

Moving with pets

Visa, immigration and work permit services

Cultural and language training

Home search

Finding a new home is extremely time-consuming and can cause great stress, especially when you don't know that much about the area you are moving to. Some customers can have unrealistic expectations about the kind of properties available.

Services such as finding a house that matches your criteria and budget can be very helpful, whether they are offered as a basic self-help service or expanded to include, for example, negotiating the lease, facilitating the preparation and signature of an appropriate lease, and so on. These programmes save customers or the HR department a lot of time and money. When a home is found quickly, you are more likely to settle in and be happy and productive from the outset.

School search

If you are moving with your family, your children’s education may be a major preoccupation, often exacerbated by the excessive bureaucracy and unfamiliar regulations you encounter.

Education assistance programmes will ensure you and your partner understand the best schooling options in your new location and help you find the most appropriate school for your child(ren).

The moving company will make sure they understand the parents’ preferences and the needs of the child. They can advise on the international system, or local private and public schools.

School places may be limited in some locations or allocated on a first come, first served basis, and advice should include the most suitable options for your budget and chosen location.

Providing education assistance brings peace of mind to the relocating family.

Moving with pets

Moving internationally with pets presents special challenges and expats are faced with an ever increasing mountain of bureaucracy. There are many different factors to consider. These can include import and export permits, special airline carriers, veterinary visits, and paperwork. Countries have different regulations concerning health certificates, and certain destinations have more stringent rules than others. Pets may have to be kept in quarantine for a while.

Visa, Immigration and Work Permit Services

Immigration regulations can be incredibly complicated and frustrating. They differ greatly from country to country, and change frequently. It can be hard to know what the right requirements are, and the consequences for getting it wrong are serious.

Immigration services cover the coordination of immigration processes, from processing documents at the beginning, to de-registering documents at the end, including renewals of visas and work permits when needed. 

Cultural and language training

It’s important for the expatriate to understand something of the culture and language of their new country, if they are to be successful in business and in integrating with local people. Cultural training may even be necessary where there is no language difference. Comprehensive cultural training is regularly included in the destination services offered by international moving companies and helps the family settle in quickly. Lessons in conversational or business language can also be arranged.