Whether for business, pleasure or necessity, moving to another country does not have to be stressful. While we would be hard-pressed to deny that you will most likely encounter hitches and setbacks along the way, there are tips that you can keep in mind to help make the process as smooth and seamless as possible.
Before anything else, apply for a passport. Obviously, you can’t enter another country without a passport. This applies regardless of how long you are planning to stay in the country or whether you are going to work there or not.
Secondly, if you are going to work in the country you plan to move to, keep in mind that you may need a working visa. Conduct ample research and find out what the requirements are for a work visa in the country you are planning to migrate to.
Next, find out if any residency requirements exist for the country you are planning to relocate to. If you have chosen a country that does not have English as its primary language, you may want to consider familiarising yourself with the official or primary language of your country of choice. Pick up a Rosetta Stone and learn a few basic phrases whenever you get the chance. If you have the time, enrol in a class and get fluent in the language.
Fourth, research on any health precautions that you need to be aware of in the country that you plan on moving to, if any. Keep in mind that you may need to take care when drinking water or eating certain foods in some foreign countries.
Fifth, sort out your finances. Are you going to use a credit card while you are overseas or do you plan to set up a bank account once you arrive in the foreign country? It is difficult to accomplish anything without finances, so be sure to work this detail out before you jet off.
If you are not financially stable, secure a job in the new country before making the move. You don’t have to be physically located in the country before you begin your search. Do research over the internet and begin to establish contacts in the field or industry that you work in. You can also do your homework on websites that list the job openings in the specific country or city that you are moving to. If you work for a multinational company, consult with the HR department and find out whether they can help you secure a job in their overseas branch.
You may also wish to find a place to live before you move. While you can live in a hotel for awhile or stay with friends, eventually you will need a permanent place to rest your head. Health care is also an important issue to set up beforehand as you never know might happen while you are abroad.
Lastly, decide what you want to do with your current home or apartment. You may wish to rent it out or put your things in storage.