Planning to Move to Another Country?

In 2019, 3.5% of the world’s population of about 272 million 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:

Visa application

Some countries do not require visas when traveling. However, if you want to relocate, study, or work,  you’ll have to check the different requirements on the visa application for your target country. If you move for reassignment to a foreign branch or specific training, your company can also do a prearranged employee visa. If you are going by yourselfyou must secure a passport—valid for 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.

Financial matters

The cost of living differs from country to country. Thus, you must 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 in planning how to spend your savings. Try to land a job as soon as possible so you will not have 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 must 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 going from one place to another is convenient without a car. Other countries also have bicycles as their primary mode of transportation.

Long-distance relationships

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, keeping it up might be challenging if you are engaged in a romantic relationship. Aside from that, you will also be parting with your family and friends and miss attending parties or events with them. Just prepare for this since some immigrants tend to be homesick because they miss their loved ones.

Social life

We are talking about relocating to another country, 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 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 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 acceptable social norms in your country might be offensive in your new country. To avoid as many blunders as possible, do enough research, respect, and adapt to their culture. This is also important to avoid culture shock and prepare yourself for the new environment you will be immersed in.

Moving to a different country can be exciting but will also present many challenges. If you properly plan and prepare enough, you will settle into your new world more smoothly. It will open to a whole new world and allow you to adopt a new lifestyle, have new friends, and have better opportunities. You can leave your past behind and reinvent your life.

Jeremy D. Mena
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