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Maintaining a U.S. Address as an Expatriate

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A growing number of people are gravitating toward the expatriate lifestyle, and for good reason.

Advances in technology have made it easier for people to work remotely, and the pandemic helped to normalize the idea of remote work in many industries. 

This has led to an increase in the number of digital nomads and remote workers who are choosing to live and work overseas.

Living as an expatriate can be an exciting adventure, but it also comes with some unique challenges. 

From receiving mail and packages to renewing your driver’s license and voting, having a US address is crucial for expats who want to stay connected while living abroad. 

However, renting a P.O. Box or relying on friends and family to receive mail on your behalf can be inconvenient and expensive. 

Fortunately, there is a better way.

In this article, we will explore the advantages of using a Virtual Mail Now’s virtual mailbox service to maintain a US address, and how it can simplify your life as an expat.

How can expatriates benefit from a virtual mailbox?

A virtual mailbox provides expatriates with a cost-effective and convenient solution for maintaining a U.S. mailing address while living abroad. Some of the biggest benefits of our virtual mail service include:

Convenient mail management: Expatriates can access their U.S. mail instantly from anywhere in the world using an internet-connected device. 

Mail is received digitally as a PDF image file, so you can view, share, forward, and store your mail in any manner that is convenient to you.

Increased security: Our virtual mail service offers a number of security features that can reduce the risk of identity theft or mail fraud when managing your mail remotely. 

For starters, your mail is received and processed by HIPAA trained and certified professionals, then stored in our secure facility under 24/7 surveillance, instead of sitting unattended in your mailbox for weeks at a time.  

Your digital files are protected with password protection and encryption, so you can view your mail online without any worries of prying eyes. 

Plus, we provide free professional grade cross-cut shredding for all of your physical mail items, ensuring that your private information is protected, even after your mail has been discarded. 

Cost-effective: Renting a physical mailbox or using a mail forwarding service can be expensive, especially if you plan on receiving a lot of mail. 

You’ll end up paying premium shipping rates and exorbitant service fees to have your mail items forwarded, and you’ll be nickel and dimed at virtually every corner from these services. 

With our service, everything is included up front.  You’ll be able to view your mail instantly without forwarding, receive mail under an unlimited number of recipient names, and securely shred your mail for free, saving you a ton of money and a lot of unnecessary back and forth. 

Plus, you’ll get to view your mail the day it arrives, saving you from the headaches of late fees and missed mail caused by long forwarding times. 

Easy to use: Our virtual mail service is user-friendly and straightforward, allowing you to manage your mail with ease. 

Every mail item delivered to your virtual address is automatically opened, scanned, and uploaded to your account without any intervention on your part. No more obnoxious mobile apps,  no more sifting through pictures of envelopes. 

You receive mail at your mailbox, you view it the same day. It’s that simple.  Added Flexibility: With a virtual mailbox, you can relocate as often as you need to, without ever having to jump through the many hoops required to update your mailing address with USPS. This is especially useful for expats who move or travel often.

Better than a P.O. Box: Many expatriates assume that a P.O. Box is a simpler way of maintaining a presence in the U.S. but that is dead wrong! There are many differences between a P.O. Box and a virtual mailbox that make it a poor choice for managing your mail from afar.

What comes next?

If you’re currently an expatriate living abroad, or are thinking about embracing the digital nomad life, but wish to maintain your presence in the U.S., you’re in luck! Our virtual mail service makes it simple and affordable to manage your mail no matter where you end up.

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