In 2019, 3.5% of the world’s population of about 272 million people was international migrants. One of the primary reasons why people move to another country is to search for better opportunities. Others are left with no other options when politically motivated wars break out. Some have relatives who have been citizens of such countries, wanting their loved ones to be with them. If you are thinking about it, here are the things you need to consider before moving to another country:
Some countries do not require visas when traveling. However, if your purpose is to relocate, study, or work, you’ll have to check the different requirements on the visa application for your target country. If you are going to move for reassignment to a foreign branch or specific training, your company can also do a prearranged employee visa. If you are going by yourself, of course, you have to secure a passport—valid at least six months longer than your entire stay—and proof of sufficient funds. Also, it is better to consult an immigration lawyer since each country’s immigration law can be complex.
The cost of living differs from country to country. Thus, you have to do your research and plan your budget well since this will also be a significant adjustment. If you are just being reassigned or have already been hired and know how much your paycheck will be, you can do your research and create an initial budget. If you still don’t know your source of income, the more you have to be meticulous on planning how to spend your savings. Try to land a job as soon as you can so you will not find yourself having a financial problem in a foreign land.
Housing and transportation
Suppose you will be staying with a relative or a company dormitory then good for you. However, if you are leaping faith in hopes of a better life, you have to find a place to live and go around the area. It will be a hassle to bring your car if you have one, so you might consider selling it before moving. Some countries have efficient mass transportation systems, so it’s convenient to go from one place to another without a car. Other countries also have bicycles and their primary mode of transportation.
Since you are moving to another country, you leave everything in your home country behind; that includes your social life. Of course, technology has made it easier to maintain relationships despite the distance. However, if you are engaged in a romantic relationship, keeping it up might be a challenge. Aside from that, you will also be parting with your family and friends and miss attending parties or events with them. Just prepare yourself for this since some immigrants tend to be homesick because of missing their loved ones.
We are talking about relocating to another country here, which means being surrounded by foreign people—meeting new people which can be difficult. Your physical appearance differing from the locals can set you apart. If you have already secured a job, your coworkers will likely be your first set of friends there. Otherwise, you can start by finding groups from your home country that have local meetups. You can also join a local organization or take a class on something that you are interested in.
Cultural and linguistic differences
Foreign land means different culture and language. Yes, English serves as the universal language, and lucky you if it is spoken in your host country. Otherwise, you have to learn the language to be easier for you to navigate your day-to-day life, especially in your first few weeks of moving. Also, some social norms that are acceptable in your country might be offensive in your new country. To avoid as much blunder as you can, do enough research and respect and adapt their culture. This is also important to avoid culture shock and prepare yourself in the new environment that you are about to immerse in.
Moving to a different country can be exciting but will also present a lot of challenges. If you do the proper planning and enough preparation, you will settle into your new world more smoothly. It will open to a whole new world and give you a chance to adopt a new lifestyle, have new friends, and have better opportunities. You can leave your past behind and reinvent your life.