If you’ve decided to move back home from overseas and repatriate to the USA, whether it was from working overseas, a dissappointing overseas relationship or just heading back home to be closer to family, here are a number of things you should take into consideration before heading back to the “Land of the Free”.
Despite having the familiarity of being back in your native country and being around your friends, family and colleagues, many people repatriating back to the USA still experience a fair share of culture shock. Depending on where you lived — and how long you lived there — getting back into the American lifestyle can be difficult. This is very similar to the culture shock you probably felt when you first moved abroad — except reversed.
Expert Tip:Prepare, prepare, prepare. Try to jog your memory and visualize your daily routine once you get back to the U.S. or at least think about some of things that you once did while you were here. The more prepared you are mentally for your return, the easier your repatriation will be for you and any family you decide to bring back to the U.S.
Will you be bringing a foreign spouse or children born abroad back to the U.S.? If so, be sure to check out these two very important resources from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services:
1. For Your Spouses“Bringing Spouses to Live in the United States as Permanent Residents”
Essentially, be sure to follow the directions precisely and submit the necessary forms & documentation to ensure your family overseas will be alright once they get into the U.S.
Expert Tip: There are different rules and regulations for you and your family depending on how old your children are and how long you’ve been married so take note of these two conditions before starting your repatriation process. Get ALL of your marriage documentation and birth certificates from your previous country — that includes any divorce/annulment paperwork and death certificates as you MUST prove that all previous marriages were terminated.
Again, depending on where you were living and for how long you were there, your finances may be in a variety of conditions ranging from non-existent to good status. If you severed all connection to your financial institutions it can be especially hard to establish any credit lines or home mortgages. Cost of living in the U.S., generally speaking, rarely goes down — in fact food, gas & electricity have been on the rise the past five years so getting back on your feet may require help from your friends and family for a bit while you re-establish yourself.
Expert Tip: If you’re one of the lucky ones who has their finances in order and have your money in an international bank, be sure to ask them to transfer your account to a local branch as this may help you re-establish your credit here in the U.S. There are no guarantees, but at least you’re in better shape than many people returning to the U.S.
In theory, you should have been filing your taxes even while you were away as the U.S. requires you to file all income earned regardless of where you were living. If you paid taxes in your foreign country you may be able to pay a little less tax back to the U.S., depending on where you were living as many countries have tax treaties with the U.S. that allow you to count foreign paid taxes as either deductions or credits. Other expenses overseas can be deducted as well but be sure to consult with an international tax professional to verify which expense you can deduct.
Expert Tip:Keeping detailed financial records is a must for everyone, but it’s especially important if you’re self employed; double taxation has been known to happen so be sure to have your tax calculations and deductions properly calculated by a tax professional.
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