This is a collaborative post.
Moving home for any reason can be a challenging, demanding, and stressful time for just about anyone. The longer the distance, the tough it can be and, if it’s an entirely different country, it’s riddled with a lot of new questions to answer, as well. Like as an expatriate isn’t always easy, but if you’re moving country, here are a few ways to make sure that you make that move as smooth and correct as possible.
Research the process of entering the country
If you don’t have any leave to enter the country, getting that should be your first option, and talking to an immigration lawyer can help you with that. However, you should also do your research on the procedures for customs and immigration control when you first arrive, as well. There are differences to the customs procedures of each country based both on where you’re arriving and where you are coming from, so be sure to read up and make sure you’re ready for when you first land.
Making the move permanent
A lot of people who make a move overseas and start living there do not have permanent plans to stay there. It may be that you first move with a work visa, but that is only going to cover you for some time. Some countries will not have easy processes to help you stay for longer, but there are others with options like an indefinite leave to remain application. Get to know the criteria for being able to make your move a more permanent change and start working towards meeting all of them. It’s best to start researching these options before you move to the country so you can make sure you’re taking the right options that will allow you to stay long enough to meet those criteria.
Acclimating to your new home
After you have safely and legally found a new home and you’re content that you’re able to stay, then you can start worrying about how well the environment fits you, or vice versa. Logistically and emotionally, moving overseas can be a big deal and culture shock can hit a lot of people. It’s a good idea to visit the country you want to move to in advance if you haven’t already been living there. There are culture guides that can help you learn a little more about the lives and perspectives of the people you’re sharing a country with, too.
Making connections in your new home
A lot of people find problems with loneliness when moving to a new country. However, the internet has made it a lot easier to find people to hang out with, whether it’s through shared hobbies or simply by joining nearby clubs. Granted, lately, this has been a bit more difficult but as society opens back up, don’t be afraid to get out there and try joining hobby groups or other social clubs and you might find friendships can form pretty naturally.
It’s a good idea to start talking to other expats while you’re getting ready for your move. Hearing the experiences of others can help you also get a good idea of what to expect.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.