A permanent change of station overseas is a thrilling opportunity for your family to live abroad. An OCONUS move comes with the exciting promise of new cultures and experiences for your partner and children. Military OneSource provides online tools, personalized support and practical information to help you manage your overseas move.

Here are four things to consider when making an OCONUS move:

Apply for command sponsorship.

Complete the command sponsorship request and follow the instructions carefully, but keep in mind it’s not guaranteed. If granted, you’ll be reimbursed for your family’s travel expenses and provided with additional housing and benefits, including legal and medical coverage.

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Be informed about your relationship with a foreign-born partner.

Understand that if you have a foreign-born partner, you may field questions about your spouse’s nationality when it comes to maintaining your security clearance. If there’s a language barrier to understanding military jargon or legal documents, translator services for official documents are available through Military OneSource.

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Find the right overseas housing.

Finding the right home is key to successful OCONUS living. You may stay on the installation in government housing or qualify for an overseas housing allowance to live elsewhere.

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Pack wisely for your move.

As exciting as an overseas move can be, there are many unknowns, including what you should bring with you. There are strict weight requirements for a military move, so pack conservatively. Also remember that your spouse’s professional gear will be weighed separately. Hand carry any valuable personal items and important documents.

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