That idea of packing your life up and moving somewhere else is never easy. And when people who move to another country with a guaranteed job or a course waiting for them have it easier, but everybody has to go through the rigmarole of visas, and deciding what treasured possessions to take. If you are ever considering moving overseas, here are some of the most important things to remember.
Tell Your Government You Are Going
Before you go anywhere, you have to go through the relevant channels. You need to register with the embassy overseas, just in case things go wrong, you also need to work through the immigration process. If you want to work through the immigration application, it is a very difficult thing to do alone, and you could get your immigration application accepted with an immigration specialist. But you also need to know if there are things you can participate in in your home country, such as voting. It’s important to notify the authorities you’re going, because you may even qualify for a tax deduction on things like travel expenses.
Expect Some Questions at the Border
It’s not always an easy thing to go swanning in through the airport, especially in the current climate. If you say that you’re coming to live, it’s very likely they will want to check if you are a legitimate immigrant, and they will need to check all the relevant documents, where you’re planning to stay, a copy of a bank statement, as well as any information about what you are planning next. It’s very likely this won’t happen, but you should always be prepared to have everything ready, just in case.
Get ID Issued by Your New Country
Your passport is the only way to prove your age and ID in other countries, and this is especially true if you want to get into nightclubs. If you have an ID issued by your new country of residence, like a driver’s licence, you should carry that around. If not, your passport needs to stay glued to you.
Get Your Records Sorted Before You Go
You need a document that shows all the vaccines you’ve got, and if you are on certain medications. This will make life easier if you need to apply for medication in your new country. The best thing to do is to show evidence of previous prescriptions, but you also should look up if your specific medications are available in your new country, and if you can get them. And on the topic of vaccinations, make sure all your adult vaccines are up-to-date, especially the latest one!
Take it All In
There’s a lot of practicalities of course, but there are so many special moments that you will want to capture because this will be your first time actually living somewhere new, it should feel like home. And you only get this feeling once or twice in your life. If you are looking to move to a new country, it should be the best decision you will have ever made.