Sophia Antipolis - Expat files
Here are all the documents you need at one time or another when you move.
You need to keep them current to ease your transfer to another country.
Records to keep track of include (but are not limited to):
- X-rays (make sure you ask for copies of the important exams prior to leaving a location);
- vaccinations (the vaccine type should be reported on the vaccinations booklet/card, and where possible with the lot number listed)
- if there is a pre-existing condition or cronic illness make sure you have all the files with you as well as any current treatment or therapy (name of medications, active ingredients and dosage or proposed action to be taken).
- if you are travelling to countries where medical assistance and availability of medication is limited, ask your doctor to give you medication for a certain length of time (check the expiry date). Enquire about the possibility of having prescriptions made up from other locations and being mailed to you (in the event of difficulty acquiring specific medication).
Useful facts to record
- keep track of your 'wellness' or health check-ups and always have a copy of any check-ups in your health file
- doctors (and pediatricians in particular) keep a log of each visit you make. Ask for a copy of those files
- record any specific problem (allergies, intolerance, etc.) and if a condition is life threatening make sure you have it detailed on a laminated card that you carry with you and where possible on a bracelet or medallion.
As the evolution continues in this area, this sector will be reviewed.
Excerpt from Personal Finance for Overseas Americans
Copyright © 2000 by Barbara Frew
Permission to reprint given by the publisher GIL Financial Press
Make a list of the services you need to establish
Keep a list of contact numbers, names and addresses of previous schools (teaching staff, administration etc).
Letter of recommendation from the teacher(s): This letter should give an outline of the child in the school environment, covering not only the curriculum side of it, but also abilities, social behaviour, strength, weaknesses etc.
Description of curriculum (it may be necessary to translate it): The official version is a good starting point, but it is extremely useful having the teacher define the outline of the programme (as it may differ slightly or greatly from the official one). Keeping a copy of the textbooks may come handy to substantiate the programme followed.