If you’ve taken the grand step of moving abroad, a few congratulations are in order. It’s a stressful and exciting time of your life, no matter if you go at it by yourself or want to bring your entire family with you. With children in the picture, you need to think about a few more things though, and you’d want them to find their feet and enjoy the experience as much as you.
Here are a few of the best insider tips on how to successfully move abroad and be financially stable.
Have a good amount of savings
The main concern for most people moving abroad is the simple fact that back in their home country, they used to make a decent living. In this new and foreign land, on the other hand, you have to start afresh and might not even know where to look for a job.
The first tip that will settle your nerves and make everything a bit smoother is to have at least three months of savings ready. It’s not to live off in case you won’t find a job, as you should have one before you move over, but to have a backup in case something unexpected happens.
Many people who move to London, for example, are taken by complete surprise by the high council tax and amounts that need to be invested just to find a proper place to rent. It’s not like this in all countries, and these are the kind of expenses you’d like to safeguard yourself against before moving by having a good amount saved up.
Finding a job
Next, you need to find a way to make a living. If you work for a larger company, you can start by asking them if there is a way for you to be transferred to their office in the country you’re moving to. If not, see if they have opportunities for telecommuting and remote work; modern technology has made it a lot easier to be on the other side of the world while still making yourself useful.
When your job declines everything you try, it’s time to find something better. A lot of recruitment companies work internationally and are looking for people like you; have a look at www.eagleheadhunters.co.uk or get in touch with a company in the country you’re planning on moving to.
Getting a visa
Unfortunately, our world is controlled by borders, and we need to adhere to the different regulations and tedious bureaucratic processes that come with this. You need to get a visa before you move, first of all, and consider if a work visa is right for you.
While it seems simple enough to get this, it’s really not; a work permit means that the specific company is basically taking responsibility for you and inviting you over, which means that you’re stuck with them – for better or for worse.
If you’re transferring from your regular job, this might be a good option – if not, you should consider other alternatives to avoid being stuck with a job you dislike. Have a look at www.thespruce.com for some more insight on what it means to get a work permit.
The more you manage to settle before the actual move, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the fantastic journey of learning to know and love another culture. You might rediscover a love for your home country while you’re there, and find that you have several homes all over the world. Lucky you.