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Helpful Links

For information about Office Moving or other Commercial Services, Graebel suggests visiting these sites:

If you’re preparing to move, Graebel suggests reviewing these informative links:

  • Portals for mapping, auto travel and all your navigation needs
    MS MapPoint
    Map Quest 
    Rand McNally 
  • Weather – find out temperature and conditions
  • Chambers of Commerce in top cities across the country
  • Best Places – shares climate profiles, cost-of-living comparisons and crime rate statistics on more than 1,000 cities
  • Mover’s Guide – a cooperative publication between the private sector and the U.S. Postal Service designed to help consumers before, during and after moves
  • Protect Your Move – the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration site designed to decrease moving fraud by providing consumers with the knowledge and resources to plan a successful move.
  • AMSA, the American Moving and Storage Association’s site, dedicated to making your move successful, including resources like a move planner and safety tips.  Graebel Van Lines is an AMSA ProMover - for details be sure to visit this AMSA link
  • Relocation Central provides access to moving information organized by city and categories of interest; plus, National Relocation Directory allows you to search for services in your new town
  • Employee Relocation Council, a non-profit, professional, membership organization committed to the effective relocation of employees worldwide
  • Society for Human Resource Management Global Forum

To research your destination country and its culture:

For the U.S. Department of State travel warnings and travel alerts that can change daily. 

This link will help with details about registering in advance with a U.S. Embassy. 

Researching healthcare and medical conditions and how to secure your medical and evaluation insurance are important elements to become familiar with before your relocation from the U.S.:


These sites feature an easy to use online mortgage calculation tool.

Check out these sites for valuable information about the real estate market, and when conducting preliminary research about home values.  When narrowing your home purchase selection be certain to focus on good school districts, any impending construction or public works that could increase or decrease the value of a property. 

Search online, by zipcode, for appraisers.  Check out for-sale properties prices from various angles vs. relying only comparable sales prices or 'comps' of similiar homes in similiar neighborhoods. 

Halt up to 80% of junk mail from this site's Mail Preference Service Registry and click on 'Remove my name from those lists.' Online registration is free (or $1 via mail) and good for three years.

For five years after registering on this site, stop preapproved credit offers and potentially reduce risk of identify theft.  Or, call its toll-free number 888.567.8688. 

To opt out permanently from pre-approved credit offers this website offers a mail-in form. 

Buying online greatly contributes to catalog overload.  To opt-out just click to this site. 

Responsibility for the environment is becoming a way of life and business.  Ask your Graebel representative about our eco-friendly processes in place to conserve energy and waste reduction.  For eco-friendly ideas for your home or office visit these helpful sites: 

The economic stimulus bill rewards consumers with significant upgrades to energy efficiency tax credits on certain items.  Tax credits previously effective for 2009 have been extended through 2010.  According to the Denver Post, April 19, 2009, special supplement Going Green, the tax credit has been raised from 10 percent to 30 percent.  Even better, the maximum credit has been raised from $500 to $1500 for the two years 2009-2010. 

Home improvements that may qualify according to Energy Star include:  Exterior windows and doors, metal and asphalt roofing, insulation, furnaces and air-conditioning, water heaters and biomass stoves. For more information visit:

With fuel taking a bigger bite out of family budgets, search the Web for lowest pricing using these fuel tools

         On the Web:

        Using your cellphone:

 Check info from desktop application:

Get paid to recyle, if your computer, cell phone or PDA is in working condition, sites such as these will pay you or give you reward points toward new purchases. 

This is where you can find other recycling and certified data destruction companies.  According to Metech Recyling, consumers can bring up to five Sony products to any Metech Recyling location, and Sony covers the costs to recycle them in 2011.

Many schools and non-profits often use 'retired' gadgets.  Many police departments and shelters have cell phone donation bins.  These sites helps consumers donate their old cell phones. 

Or, try online communities connecting donors with recipients to reduce landfill waste and strengthen communities.  Here, you will be on a list serve, and you can inform others you have an old computer or TV you no longer want, and the list serve will be distributed locally, so nothing needs to be shipped. 

Another man's junk is another man's treasure.  Sell your one item or entire home full of stuff virtual.  It's free, unless you upgrade your item listing with photos and with premium page placements. 

To find a nearby Goodwill donation site and a tool that will help you calculate the impact of your donation visit:

When it is broken and you cannot reuse it, donate it or freecyle it, sites like these will give you drop-off locations to recyle your e-waste.

Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that took place on April 20, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.  From coast to coast in the U.S. massive rallies took place on that date.  To find out more about Earth Day visit these sites about its history, annual events and ideas on how to get involved:

Other websites that offer more sustainable ideas for your home or tout green hotels, vacations or destinations include:

Government Agencies

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services


Online Case Status - Check your pending USCIS applications online (requires receipt number).


Appointment Scheduling Service


Citizenship Information


Export Shipment Identification Requirement for U.S. Citizens- Effective December 3, 2009,,id=102767.00.html



Federal immigration statutes and regulations


Fingerprinting requirements


Forms & Fees


Naturalization Information (General)


USCIS Field Offices


Search the USCIS web site


U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP)


U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)


·         Special Registration Information;


U.S. Labor Department -- Employment & Training Administration


Dictionary of Occupational Titles


Foreign Labor Certification Program


Processing Dates for Labor Certification Applications


Regional and Local Office Information   <link aborted >


U.S. Department of State


Visa Bulletin -- Immigrant Numbers For Next Month


Bureau of Consular Affairs


Visa Services


U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions


Diversity Visa Program


Visa Fees and Reciprocity Tables


Travel Warnings


9 Foreign Affairs Manual (Visas)


Social Security Administration


Social Security Card Application Procedures in the US (Immigrant and Nonimmigrant)


Special Social Security Card Processing Abroad for Immigrant Visa Recipients



UC Davis' Migration Dialogue


ACLU -- Immigrants' Rights   

American Immigration Law Foundation

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Immigrants Support Network

National Association of Foreign Student Advisors

National Immigration Forum  


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