Expats in the US Reveal Their Biggest Relocation Challenges

In a recent expatriate study, The Expat Review Vol. 1, Expats living in the United States revealed what their biggest relocation challenge.

It’s one of the most frequently asked questions for many Expats, “What was the hardest part?” To most people, moving to a new country and starting a new life in a new culture is like something out of a movie. But every year, hundreds of thousands of Expats take the leap of faith.

But that question is an important one to ask. Why? Because one of the smartest things to do is to learn from those who came before you. If you know the obstacles in your path, you can start working on your plan to overcome them.

In The Expat Review Vol. 1, Expats living in the United States for an average of eight months were surveyed and each shared what their biggest relocation challenge. The three most commonly named challenges were as follows:

  1. Obtaining Documentation.

Nearly half of those surveyed said that it was challenging to obtain documentation. With language barriers, unfamiliar systems, and the sheer volume of documentation needed, it doesn’t really come as a surprise.

“[The] biggest challenges were getting all of the administration resolved, like [social security] number, driver’s license, bank accounts, etc.,” shared one surveyed Expat, Marc L.

Tip: Remember to stay patient and use your resources. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out answers.