Moving Overseas

Moving to Dallas

Moving to Dallas

Are you moving to Dallas in the USA?

Crown are an international relocations company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!

Our team is available to answer any relocation questions you may have. They can be reached between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday on 0508 227 696 or email nz@crownrelo.com

About

It’s said big things happen in Dallas, Texas and everything here is super-sized from the ten-gallon hat to your steak. The city of Dallas has something for everyone and  offers a unique blend of south-western US hospitality, cosmopolitan flair, old west charm and modern sophistication. Dallas is both a historic and modern city with museums, amusement parks, gardens, historic sites and many other activities to be found.

Dallas owes its origin to a farmer called John Neely Bryan who in 1841 built a hut on the banks of the Trinity River in north-eastern Texas (a replica can be seen in Dealey Plaza, where the President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963). Like most US cities it was the coming of the railways that saw the city rapidly develop as they allowed the region’s grain, cotton and oil to be transported to market. After World War Two the city became home to numerous insurance corporations and banks, making it an important business and financial centre, something that was used to great affect in that greatest of soap operas, ‘Dallas’. Now the city is renowned for architecture, art institutions (such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center). The city is also home to numerous parks providing ample opportunity for outdoor activities such as cycling, swimming, tennis, and golf.

Mentioned earlier, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is where Lee Harvey Oswald is reputed to have shot JFK from the Texas School Book Depository, and this is one of the many well-known attractions in the city. Others are the Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Frontiers of Flight and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Southfork Ranch (where the soap opera ‘Dallas’ was filmed) and The Museum of the American Railroad. Dallas is known for its music and is synonymous with the Blues and Jazz, of which there are many bars and venues where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Dallas. For more details visit the official tourist website.

Visas/Permits

New Zealanders moving to Dallas need an Immigrant Visa to be able to live in the USA, and details of how to obtain one can be found at the United States Diplomatic Mission to New Zealand’s website.

Money

The official currency of the United States of America is the US Dollar, shops and service providers will only accept the US Dollar. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and notes in $1, 2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.

Many migrants have found it helpful to set up a US bank account before moving to the country. This makes it easy for converted money to be transferred straight into your account, as well as minimising the need to carry cash while travelling. There are many banks in Dallas who offer an online sign-up service.

The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transfer companies who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with NZForex to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by NZForex are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there's no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. Click Here for more information.

Transport

Dallas has an excellent public transport system, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) incorporating buses and trains and details can found at www.dart.org

If you do choose to drive in Dallas, the first point to bear in mind is that in the US, they drive on the opposite side of the road to that in New Zealand. For those planning to live in Dallas, then a car will be essential, but when it comes to commuting, the public transport system is again recommended.

You can drive in the US on a NZ drivers licence, but only for a short period, and the US Embassy in New Zealand recommends that you apply for an International Driver Permit, and if staying in the US, you should apply for a US driving licence.

Dallas has two airports, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (the second largest in the USA and the ninth in the world) and Dallas Love Field with services to most cities across the USA and around the world.

Education

Dallas is a centre of education for south-central United States, there are eight universities in the city, with many more universities and colleges in the surrounding area. Most expatriates choose to enrol their children in private or independent schools, this is because state schools are generally based on ‘catchment areas’.

The school year begins in September and ends in June, typical school-days run Monday-Friday from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, although this can depend upon the age of the children. Students generally travel to school by car with their parents, or in some cases, take the school bus (the bright yellow ones you see in the movies), others will cycle or walk.

Crown can arrange an appointment with a Specialist Education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact Crown for information and rates.

Health

America has a public health-care system called Medicare, but most people take out private insurance as well. If the insurance company you were with in New Zealand is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds you may be able to transfer your policy to the USA without penalty at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details or visit www.ifhp.com

Accommodation

When choosing where to live in Dallas the deciding factor for expats is normally how close you need to be to your work or your children’s school. The cost of accommodation and commuting to work are also significant considerations.

Rather than purchasing a home, most expatriates choose to rent, at least at first. This is because house (and apartment) prices in Dallas are expensive. Looking for a home in Dallas can quite often be a daunting task, Crown can advise on rental accommodation or purchasing properties and can also arrange for temporary accommodation.

Networking

As Dallas is a regional business centre for south-central United States it means that you are bound to meet people from all walks of life. Expatriates commonly assimilate into the community through the sports and hobbies they are interested in. The business environment that Dallas is famous for provides numerous opportunities to meet new people. Social media is also a great way to get to know like-minded people.

Next Steps

Crown Relocations has 50 years of international moving experience relocating individuals and families to Dallas and throughout the USA, contact us today for more information about our services.

To arrange a moving quote to Dallas call our office Free on 0508 227 696, get an online Ballpark estimate, complete our Home Visit Request, get a Full Quote or email us now nz@crownrelo.com

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