Transition to Washington, DC
When Washington Is Your Next "Foreign" Destination... or If You Are Arriving for the First Time
MAKING THE TRANSITION
Read helpful strategies for making the transition including resources for teens and children, English language learning for foreign-born spouses/partners and Transition Center related courses.
Get prepared for your transition by learning about transportation in the area. Find DC Area Field Offices, Public Transportation Providers, Transit Subsidy Program, Metro Tips, Real Time Traffic Reports, HOV = High Occupancy Vehicle rules, Parking, Getting a Local Driver's License, and Titling a Vehicle.
CHILDCARE, SCHOOLS, SUMMER CAMPS
Childcare at the Department of State and other resources are listed here, as well as links to area schools, a great site for searching summer camp possibilities, and information about WorkLife4You (formerly IQ :Information Quest). Read more.
Whether you are interested in history, the arts, or sports, Washington, D.C. recreation has something for you. Learn about available tourism, museums, parks, fun for the kids, summer camps, libraries, fun with pets, concerts and theaters, events guides and the Washington, DC city site.
HOME SERVICE TRANSFER ALLOWANCE
If returning from an overseas assignment to the United States, eligibility for the Home Service Transfer Allowance.
LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS
Language training for Eligible Family Members
In the Washington, DC area, its all about location, location, location. Looking for short term housing? Hotels? Renting a home or moving back into your own? Here are some housing resources, including information about the Foreign Service clause for landlords and renters.
RESOURCES AND LINKS
View these helpful Washington, D.C. based organizations, publications, tourism and events guides, and county resources.