Navigating New Frontiers: Moving to America from UK

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Embarking on the journey from the UK to the USA is a monumental decision. Here at Sanelo, our goal is to ensure that your transition is seamless and stress-free.

In this guide, we’ll uncover all there is to know about relocating to the USA. We explore the diverse landscapes and cultures that await you across various states. Whether it’s a job offer, better education or reuniting with family. Whatever the reason for your move, our team at Sanelo are ready to help get you on the move!

Discover why Sanelo is the ultimate choice for making your move to America a success. Our guide will answer the question: is it worth moving to the USA from the UK?

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Choosing Your American Dream Destination

1.1 California: The Golden State

For families seeking a vibrant lifestyle, California beckons with its diverse culture and endless opportunities. From the beaches of Malibu to the majestic Redwoods, the state promises an active outdoor lifestyle. Boasting top-notch educational institutions and a thriving tech industry. California is an ideal choice for families aspiring to a dynamic future.

Moving to California from the UK can be difficult. Here at Sanelo, we offer specialised services to make your transition smooth and as simple as possible.

1.2 New York: The Empire State

New York’s magnetic allure extends beyond the iconic skyline. Those with families can enjoy rich history, world-class museums, and a myriad of cultural experiences.

With top-tier schools, offering a great education system, New York offers urban sophistication and family-friendly neighbourhoods.

1.3 Texas: The Lone Star State

Texas embraces families with open arms, offering a unique blend of affordable options and opportunities. Cities like Austin and Dallas provide a family-friendly environment. Plus, they also offer a robust job market and low cost of living.

Looking for a balance between work and family life? This state offers both friendly communities and diverse landscapes, making it a perfect destination.

1.4 Florida: The Sunshine State

Families chasing the sun can find their haven in Florida! Pristine beaches and a tropical climate create an idyllic setting. Besides the allure of world-famous theme parks, Florida boasts top-rated schools and a burgeoning job market.

Miami’s vibrant culture to Orlando’s family-friendly attractions, the Sunshine State offers a diverse and fulfilling lifestyle for families.

1.5 Illinois: The Prairie State

Illinois captivates families with its blend of urban sophistication and Midwestern charm. The state’s cultural hub, Chicago, offers top-tier schools, diverse neighbourhoods, and a plethora of family-friendly activities.

With a strong job market and an emphasis on education, Illinois is an attractive option. Families seeking a balanced and enriching life in the heart of the Midwest, this state is a great option.

Navigating the Legal Landscape

2.1 Understanding the Visa Process: How to Move to the US from the UK

Moving from the UK to the US involves navigating the complex world of visas. The type of visa you’ll need depends on the purpose of your move. Lets guide you through each step to ensure a smooth and lawful transition.

2.1.1 Tourist Visa (B-2)

If you’re planning to explore the US before making a permanent move, a Tourist Visa (B-2) is suitable. This visa allows you to stay for a limited period for tourism or visiting family and friends. However, it does not permit employment.

2.1.2 Work Visas (H-1B, L-1, O-1)

For those relocating for employment, several work visas are available. The H-1B visa is common for skilled workers, while the L-1 visa is for intracompany transferees. The O-1 visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities in their field.

2.1.3 Family-Sponsored Visas (IR and F categories)

If you have family members in the US, you may be eligible for family-sponsored visas. These family members need to be citizens or permanent residents of the US.

Immediate relatives (IR) visas are for spouses, children, and parents of US citizens. While the F category includes siblings and other family members.

2.1.4 Investor Visa (EB-5)

The EB-5 visa is designed for investors, who are seeking to establish a business in the US. To qualify, you must invest a significant amount of capital and create or preserve jobs for US workers.

2.1.5 Student Visa (F-1)

If your move involves pursuing higher education, the F-1 student visa is appropriate. It allows you to study at an accredited US institution, and in some cases, work on or off-campus.

2.1.6 Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1)

The J-1 visa is for individuals participating in approved exchange programs. This includes students, researchers, and professionals engaging in work-study programs.

2.1.7 Diversity Visa (DV-1)

The Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as DV-1, is an annual program. They provide a limited number of visas to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the US. This visa is an opportunity for those seeking permanent residency in the country, but not guaranteed.

2.1.8 Dual Intent and Adjustment of Status

Understanding the concept of dual intent is crucial. Certain visas, like the H-1B and L-1, allow for dual intent. This means you can have both temporary and immigrant intent. This flexibility allows for the adjustment of status later on if you decide to pursue permanent residency.

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The Art of Planning: Your Blueprint for a Successful Move

3 Logistics Unveiled: Moving Essentials with Sanelo

Beyond just packing and shipping, Sanelo’s logistical expertise ensures a well-coordinated move. Explore the our comprehensive moving services, to make your relocation a breeze, from home to home.

Cultural Integration

4 Settling In: Cultural Integration Tips

Moving to a new country involves adapting to a different way of life. Sanelo goes beyond the basics, offering insights into cultural integration, connecting with local communities, and embracing the American lifestyle.

Why Choose Sanelo? The Relocation Experts

We are a leading international relocation company, part of the Santa Fe relocation family. Over 130 years experience and 35,000 moves a year.

We make relocating as simple, stress-free and seamless as possible. We use AI Technology to make your home survey simple as well as giving you 24 hour access to track your shipment. All these additional

5.1 Personalized Solutions: Sanelo’s Commitment to Your Journey

Sanelo stands out as the relocation partner of choice. All Sanelo customers have a relocation expert assigned to them, who will support you throughout your journey. They not only plan the logistics of your move to ensure it’s smooth, they also make sure everything happens on-schedule too!

We offer packing and un-packing services, as well as storage facilities, giving you flexibility with your move. We understand when moving to a new country, there may be gaps between your old and new home. With operations in 46 countries, our reliable moving facilities offer peace of mind. Regardless of any changes, we are here to help when it matters.

5.2 Expertise in Key States: Navigating the American Landscape

Sanelo’s extensive experience in organising moves to states like California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Illinois sets us apart. Our specialists understand the unique challenges and opportunities each state presents, ensuring a tailored and efficient relocation process.

5.3 Comprehensive Services: From Doorstep to Dream Home

Sanelo’s services go beyond logistics. We offer a comprehensive range of solutions, from visa assistance to cultural integration support. Whether you’re moving to the bustling streets of New York or the sunny beaches of Florida. Sanelo is your partner from doorstep to your American dream home.

Why choose Sanelo when moving to another country?

Over 130 years ago, Santa Fe Relocation company began, the one stop place for any corporate move. Internationally or just down the road, however, there was always something missing.

Sanelo, born in 2019, represents the consumer side of the business. We continue the legacy and trust that Santa Fe started all those years ago.

We are here for you when life presents an opportunity, an unexpected door opens or maybe you’ve just met the ‘one’. Whether you have one bedroom or ten, two children, or a dog, or both, we can help you start your new life, miles from where it began.

With nearly 1,000 people speaking 60+ languages in 38 countries, our staff are ready to help you on this next adventure. Our relocation experts will be there with you every step of the way.

We now have over 35,000 local, long-distance and international moves every year under our belt. If are moving abroad, you can trust that Sanelo will make it a stress-free, simple and an easy relocation service for you!

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Smart Home Surveys with Sanelo

We are always looking to make your relocation experience as simple and as stress free as possible. With a state of the art AI survey tool, powered by Yembo, this technology can now do all the hard work for you.

How does the AI Technology work?

  1. Using your smartphone, you will record short videos or photos of each room in your house. You can then send these videos/photos to us without needing an app.
  2. Yembo’s AI is then able to identify all the objects within the video and creates a visual house inventory
  3. You can then review the inventory along with a breakdown of the costs
  4. Using a simple e-sign function, you can sign off the contract and send it across to us for review

Moving overseas has many moving parts. This handy AI tool provides a great solution to what can be an overwhelming task, giving you back much needed time for everything else.

What other AI Technology tools do you use at Sanelo?

At every stage of your international move we want to make it simple and seamless. To do this, we are working with companies such as Yembo, as well as using Shipping Tracking technology.

Our shipment tracking allows customers to see the progress of the shipment any time of the day. So, whether you’re on route to work or picking up the children, you can log into the portal when it suits you. You’re unique customer link showcases the shipment timeline, from your origin country, all the way to the final port. Plus, you will be able to see the expected time and arrival at each stage of the journey.

Shipping overseas comes with many challenges and sadly, delays can happen regularly. It might be an issue at the port or a storm has adjusted the route of the boat. Regardless of the problem, if any, our team are always keeping a close eye on the situation. This is to ensure that we are always on top of any changes and we can keep you up to date at a moments notice.


“An outstanding team who came on time and were so efficient, courteous and professional. They were organised and the packing was completed on time. I would highly recommend Sanelo Relocation Services.” Google Review, November 2023

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Whether you are an experienced expat or making your first international relocation. Our team at Sanelo can help connect you with banks, schools, pet relocation services as well as local trades people. All to make your international move as simple as possible.

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As you step forward on this journey from the UK to the USA, let Sanelo be your guide. Our expertise in key states, personal solutions, and commitment to excellence ensure that your American dreams come to life. Contact us today, and let’s make your transition to the USA, the next exciting chapter in your life.


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