Moving abroad is a huge change in life, and as much as it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement in all of it, it’s also something that can cause a lot of stress and upheaval if it’s not going to be planned or approached in the correct way.
So, in this post, we’re going to hopefully help you make the process as easy and stress free as possible by giving you a list of some of the important things you should have in place when moving abroad – preferably before you move so that things, not only go smoothly during the move but that you can quickly settle into your new life and enjoy the experience of exploring the new place you’ve moved to.
Although it should go without saying, and often if you’re going to be moving abroad as part of a job transfer or to one that includes a relocation package, then it’s likely going to be the case that things like visas and work permits will be organized for you. However, if you’re moving abroad for your own reasons, or your employer won’t be arranging these things on your behalf, then you’re going to be responsible for making sure that you’re legally allowed to work in the place to where you’re moving. Making sure you have all your documents organized and ready before moving, such as a valid passport, visa, work permit, and even things like your birth certificates, etc, are all things you’ll need to have with you. Also, don’t forget, that if you’re moving to a country where the language isn’t the same as the one your documents are in, then these may need to be translated and notarized.
Although you may not be moving into the new place the minute you land, it’s also not the best idea to wait until you arrive in the new place to start actually looking for places. Whether you want to buy or rent, you can start looking and contacting agencies like CT in the place you’re moving to and letting them know about what you’re looking for, so that even if your place isn’t going to be ready the minute you land, you’ll have less stress when trying to find a place, and you’re going to be saving more by not spending so much money on hotels or temporary accommodation.
Again, like visas and work permits, this may be something that’s arranged for you through your employer, but it may not be, and since things like health insurance are mandatory in some countries, then it’s advisable to take a look at what kind of insurance you’re going to need to live there and start shopping around to get some quotes.
Moving abroad will be made a lot easier if you carry out some research on the place you’re going to be living, and this is definitely best done before you leave – ideally as soon as possible when you know that you’re going to be moving, whether it’s researching the best neighborhoods, the school system, or things like where the locals eat, then doing your research will make your life so much easier overall.