Preparing to move home and migrate to a new country brings with it a whole set of new logistical issues that you need to be on top of months, if not years ahead of the move.
Unlike the movies, choosing to make a new life for yourself in a new country can’t be achieved by heading to the airport with just your credit card and passport, especially if you have a family.
What important steps do you need to follow to ensure your new move goes smoothly?
Your visa is vital to being able to live and work in a new country. An immigration lawyer can advise you on what applications you need to make to ensure you have the correct permits and requirements for your move.
Save as much money as you can prior to the move. This will allow you to settle in easier and not have to find a job right away or worry about having to head to work as soon as your plane lands. It is a good idea to have 6 months salary saved regardless but especially in this situation. Factor in exchange rates and the cost of living in your new country and moving costs flights etc. This all adds up quickly and can be costly.
Renew your passport
In most countries, you need to have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport after the date you are due to leave. If this date is indefinite, then you can renew your passport at your local embassy or consulate when it does expire.
Check healthcare requirements
Does the country you are moving to have healthcare you can access for free at the point of contact, or will you need to take out health insurance? This is different all around the world, and different rules apply depending on your circumstances. Always investigate this thoroughly, so you know what to expect before you get there.
Research the area
Have you been to the location you are moving to, or is it completely new to you? It is always a good idea to research where you are moving to familiarise yourself with any local laws, customs, traditions and the general way of life. Making a cultural faux pas can be frowned upon in some countries, and they have strict rules regarding behaviour in public. Make sure you are aware of this before you move to know what to expect and what is expected of you.
Close your accounts
Ensure you close or finalise any contract and agreements you have with companies in your current home location before you move. It is easier to do this when still in the country and ensures you are ready to move and all loose ends are tied up. The same goes for registering with these services. When you move, you can be confident everything is as it needs to be for your arrival.
Allow Yourself Time
Try not to do too much at once especially when you are ready for the main move. Leave your current employment with plenty of time before the move to avoid rushing and not being able to be fully prepared. Give yourself time to become acclimated to your new surroundings and way of life before diving into your new work schedule too.