It is no easy feat to cut your roots from one place and start a new life in another. And it surely isn’t going to happen magically in the blink of an eye either. For this reason, here’s a list of things you need to consider when immigrating and moving to another country.
Research Potential Destinations
Immigration has to begin with comprehensive research. Familiarize yourself with each destination’s economy, history, politics, and culture, until you have two final options. Later, visit these places in-person for as long as you can afford to. Then make the decision about where to immigrate.
Look for a Job or Other Occupation
Start seeking job opportunities, applying to universities, or creating your business plan as soon as possible. If your current employer is not in the position to sponsor you, get hold of an international recruiter or international recruiting network.
Address Key Logistical Issues
Once you’ve decided on which country to immigrate to, it’s time to pay attention to logistic issues related to the migration.
- Exiting your current Housing:
If you’re currently living in your own house then it’s best you put it up for sale. In case you have rented a place for yourself in your he country, then it’s best you coordinate your departure with the end of your lease agreement.
- Finding Foreign Housing:
Housing options are different from country to country. Its best if you invest time in researching for rental options. Ideally, look for short-term or month-to-month lease options before you immigrate.
- Moving Possessions:
Moving possessions overseas very costly. It is best if you put up all your possession for sale before shifting and starting a new life in another country. As difficult as it might be to part with your stuff, they can always be bought again.
Apply for the Appropriate Entry Credential
Before (or, in some cases, shortly after) arriving in the new country, you’ll have to apply for a temporary visa. Your occupation –foreign student, investor/business owner, skilled worker, working holiday participant, family member etc– decides the befitting visa option.