I asked my new employer about the possibility of a relocation allowance but they said they did not provide such a thing. Is this normal? Should I push the issue further...
I've just (in the last 6 months) made a move from Europe to North America. The feeling from most employers was that there was no relocation assistance available.
A few who did offer it were usually upfront about it (like a certain alphabetical online store), a few would offer partial assistance, but most offered no help.
The ones who did offer money usually came with conditions (so you're tied to them for a year for example), and in the case of money it is usually taxable (and mostly only a small percentage of the real cost of such a move) so what you get is really just a drop in the ocean. I ended up not taking a relocation assistance offer with the job to avoid the conditions (they ended up giving me an extra 5K on my salary, which shows how little they could offer).
Be under no illusion, an international move like I made, if you have a house and family, can easily cost upwards of $30,000 US. I had to ready property to sell, pay off accounts, sell cars, sell property, pay moving fees, airlines, temp accommodation, pay additional months upfront for rental house as no credit history in destination, buy cars, additional furniture, pay through the nose for car insurance as no driving history in destination, deal with currency fluctuations when transferring money etc. You also need to have reserves. When I was in hotels the area played host to a number of conferences and the few hotels available (often 60 miles plus away from work) tripled their rates over those weeks.
But the key thing is to be upfront at interview time, and when negotiating discuss assistance. Approaching them subsequent to accepting an offer is going to get the "No" answer you got.