Settling In with Community Connections
With so many details to consider in an interstate or international move, we offer comprehensive support to the relocating transferee and family to ensure that necessary documentation and registration is accomplished as seamlessly as possible.
Our settling in services can be fully customized to suit the transferee’s needs and can either be bundled with our home finding assistance or offered as a stand alone service. We also offer all services a la carte. Services can be provided as online/email or accompanied support, depending on the package selected.
In person orientation
Having established a connection by phone prior to relocating, we meet with the transferee and family with a day or two after their arrival to provide a face to face overview of all aspects of Bay Area living. We also discuss the timeline for our services and answer questions.
We provide the transferee with all the various options for banking, then set up an accompanied appointment at a local bank of their choosing. They are welcome to use our office address temporarily until permanent housing is secured and, in the interim, we arrange to deliver their mail to their home or office location. After their bank account has been established, their personal banker can assist with any follow up questions and assist with applying for a credit card at the appropriate time.
Social Security Number (SSN) application
Prior to their Bay Area arrival, we provide the transferee with guidance on applying for their SSN. Shortly after arrival we give them the necessary application forms, review the process, answer questions and confirm the date for the visit to the Social Security office. On the day of their application we can pick the transferee and family up from their accommodation and accompany them to the office.
CA driver’s licensing
We provide the transferee with all the necessary forms and study materials to assist with the driver’s licensing process. For the written test, we book a convenient appointment and, if their package includes accompanied assistance, we guide them through the process at the DMV. We also offer escorted behind the wheel test appointments.
Other services and guidance
We have an extensive library of information sheets which we share with the relocating transferee. These may include (but are not limited to):
- Information about utilities set up
- Health and medical information
- Sports and recreation
- Advice about insurance
- Child care
- Schools programs
- Religion and worship
- Baby and toddler classes
- Travel and transportation
- Shopping and entertainment
- Clubs and Associations
- Pet care
- And more…