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Moving from Germany to the US

German residents looking to move abroad will find an easy home within the US. Although there are some differences, such as language and an expensive education system, most Germans will not experience much culture shock in the States.

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On the surface, moving from Germany to the US may not seem like much of an adjustment, but Germans settling into their new home may be surprised by a few American ways of life. For example, whereas it is easy to get around Germany without a car, most American cities and towns are reliant on personal vehicles. Areas in the US are very spread out and public transportation is only effective in metropolises like New York City and Chicago.


Shipping your goods from Germany to the US is not terribly difficult. The US allows the import of most household items duty-free as long as the goods are meant for personal use or have been used for one year or longer. Vaccination requirements between the two countries are also fairly standard. As long as you are up to date on your shots, you should not need any extras. If you are moving with a pet, be sure to start the process a few months ahead of your departure.

Visas and Work Permits

Any expat moving to the US is advised to get a job first. In many cases, you will need a separate employment visa and work permit. Your employer may also be required to petition for your stay, as well as formally invite you into the country. There are different types of business visas that expats can apply for, including some that are only valid for a few months or available to certain professions.

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While many German cities are experiencing a housing shortage, the same cannot be said for the US. America has an abundance of accommodation options and Germans will face few restrictions. That being said, German residents moving to large US cities should be prepared to search extensively and act fast because competition for decent housing can be stiff. Rental prices are also dependent upon where you are moving, but the average cost should fluctuate between the most expensive, 2,400 USD for a one-bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C., to 550 USD for the same layout in South Dakota.

Whether it is the multitude of tax rates or the confusing and costly healthcare system, there is much to learn about relocating to the US. High proficiency in English is required as it is the dominant language throughout the country both in business and everyday life. If you feel the need to brush up on your language skills, there are many language schools to choose from, or look into one of the many German areas of the US, such as Pennsylvania or Indiana.

Do you want to relocate? If you have never moved abroad, the process will be overwhelming, and if you have, you know the burden that lies ahead. Whatever stage you are at, InterNations GO! can help you with a complete set of relocation services, such as home finding, school search, visa solutions, and even pet relocation. Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!

Updated on: August 08, 2019
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