The prospect of moving abroad and starting a new life is exciting. Promising job opportunities, fresh cultures to explore, new landscapes to enjoy – there’s a lot to look forward to.
However, relocating to another country is a complex and stressful process that requires a lot of planning. Move too quickly without doing your research, and you could find yourself in a difficult financial or legal situation which can be hard to resolve.
So if you’re looking for some top tips on how to plan your move abroad, check out the ideas below to get started.
Moving house is always an expensive task. Add in flights, shipping costs, visas, and all the other big and small expenses that come with relocating to another country, and you’ll find you’re spending a small fortune.
So the first and most important tip is to start saving money now, and expect to be saving for quite a while before you can move. This is going to be expensive, there will certainly be unforeseen costs which crop up, and sometimes it will be time-sensitive – so be prepared!
Make Sure Your Legal Documents Are Up-To-Date
You may take your legal documents for granted at home. But when you relocate, things like your passport, driving licence and other crucial identifying documents will be essential to proving who you are and securing your visa.
So make sure your passport is up-to-date, renew your licenses if necessary, and be sure to have all your other legal documents safe and to hand when you need them. It’s a very good idea to make copies of everything so you have them digitally and on paper if necessary.
Similarly, start looking into banks and phone companies in the country you are moving too, and prepare to switch your accounts and contracts long in advance.
Apply For Your Visa Early
Visas are complex legal documents (more so in some countries than others), and very often take a long time and a lot of paperwork to complete. So once you are sure you want to move, you will want to apply for your visa as quickly as possible.
It’s a good idea to find a migration agent to support you through this process as they will be familiar with it already. A migration agent will know which kind of visa you need and what stages you need to complete to apply for it. This also provides some protection against potential problems, and is likely to save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Think About Healthcare Options
Healthcare systems work in different ways across the world. If you’re moving from a nation with a universal healthcare system, you may need to apply for health insurance in the country you are moving too.
Similarly, if you already have insurance at home, you will need to contact your provider and see if they will still cover your health expenses abroad. Some health insurance providers will be happy to cover you in your new location, others won’t.
But whatever your situation, don’t take any risks here. Any of us can become ill or have an accident, and expensive medical bills in an unfamiliar country are sure to ruin your relocation!