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Need advice, not shipping much
« on: October 08, 2018, 11:44:52 PM »
I'm so happy to finally post this question!  (Just got my visa today!!!)  Heading to the UK from US Nov 1st or 2nd.  I don't have much to send.  Maybe one box of books, some plushies, various small knickknacks.  Oh and a sewing machine. I'm thinking three to four 40lb-size boxes?  (They won't necessarily weigh 40 pounds.)  I'll take any paperwork, photos, and super precious things in my carry-on. 

Should I just use UPS?  Is there a moving service for small shipments that would cost less?

Also, I'm looking at the ToR stuff.  Can anyone outline the basics of how that works? 

Thank you so much!  Really happy about finally being with my husband again, and hopefully this will be my LAST international move!


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Re: Need advice, not shipping much
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018, 10:14:48 AM »
I'm so happy to finally post this question!  (Just got my visa today!!!)  Heading to the UK from US Nov 1st or 2nd.  I don't have much to send.  Maybe one box of books, some plushies, various small knickknacks.  Oh and a sewing machine. I'm thinking three to four 40lb-size boxes?  (They won't necessarily weigh 40 pounds.)  I'll take any paperwork, photos, and super precious things in my carry-on. 

Should I just use UPS?  Is there a moving service for small shipments that would cost less?

Also, I'm looking at the ToR stuff.  Can anyone outline the basics of how that works? 

Thank you so much!  Really happy about finally being with my husband again, and hopefully this will be my LAST international move!

I had a good experience with SendMyBag. I shipped a ~50 lb box for about $140, and it came within 2 days (NYC to London). It is the cheapest option I know of for shipments like that. There is a bit of paperwork you have to do, but it's worth it to have less expensive shipping. Look at the instructions before packing up your things if you choose to use them.

ToR is easy. Fill out and email the form along with scanned supporting documents (your passport, shipping list, proof of UK residency and proof of foreign residency) and you should be approved pretty quickly. Also, SendMyBag will take your ToR reference number on their paperwork.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-transfer-of-residence-tor-relief-tor01
Married: June 8, 2018
Application Type: Settlement/Spouse Priority
Applying from USA as US Citizen
Online application submitted: June 18, 2018
Biometrics appointment: June 22, 2018
Package sent: June 25, 2018
Package delivery: June 27, 2018
Email receipt of application: June 27, 2018
Decision made: August 14, 2018 - 35 business days
Documents returned: August 15, 2018

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Re: Need advice, not shipping much
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2018, 07:59:42 PM »
I'm looking at the send my bag website... can you send boxes, or is it only for luggage?


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