There are many benefits of moving abroad, whether you are moving for a change of scenery or pursuing new career opportunities. However, it’s often not as easy as it appears at first glance. Unlike the movies, you can’t simply throw a dartboard at a map and move to the location the next day – a lot of hard work and research has to be done behind the scenes to make the move possible.
With that in mind, here are four questions you need to ask yourself when moving abroad.
What are the legalities of moving abroad? There are various different legalities attached to moving abroad which you might not consider right away. For example, you need to ensure that you obtain the appropriate VISA ahead of time to ensure you can legally live and work in your new home. To do this, you may need to reach out to an immigration lawyer who can simplify the application process and ensure you have a better chance of your application being accepted.
How much money can I spend? Whether you are moving to a new city or a new country, you’ll likely have to dip into your savings a little to make the transition as easy as possible. After all, you have to be able to cover a variety of costs, including:
- Removal fees
- Immigration fees
- Transport fees (flights etc.)
- Accommodation fees (cost of new property/rental fees)
As a result, you should figure out ahead of time exactly how much money you are willing to spend on the move. Putting together a budget is essential, as it will stop you from overspending and landing yourself in a difficult financial situation.
What kind of lifestyle am I searching for? Before moving, you must figure out precisely what you are looking for from your new home. For example, there would be no point moving to a countryside location if you are looking for a bustling, city lifestyle. Therefore, you should research your new town or city carefully ahead of time. If possible, you should visit the area at least once ahead of the move to see what it is like for yourself. Alternatively, you should try to find ways to connect with locals to gain an insider’s perspective. When searching, you may want to consider the following:
- Nearby educational facilities (Whether you are seeking higher education or raising a family)
- Nearby leisure facilities (Parks, gyms, restaurants)
- Employment Opportunities
- Transport facilities
Am I moving for the right reasons? Furthermore, before moving abroad, you need to ensure that you are making the decisions for the right reasons – and that you are fully prepared for the changes that will be thrown your way as a result. For example, many people choose to move away when working their way through a difficult situation. While it can be tempting to escape and start anew, you need to ensure that you aren’t bringin any emotional baggage or struggles with you – as this will have a negative impact on you further down the line. Make sure you are moving for the right reasons – and that you are happy with the decisions you make.
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