Most people think to settle abroad. The reason behind the settlement is for study purposes, to improve social life, better climate, grow employment traits, and a lot more. Meanwhile, by doing so you can experience new cultures and get a chance to explore new things.
“Why did I hope we would be happy abroad? A change of environment is that traditional fallacy upon which doomed loves, and lungs, rely.” – Vladimir Nabokov
Moving abroad can be the best ever decision but scary at the same time if you are not prearranged. You need to create a to-do list to organize everything in a proper manner before setting abroad because without planning you’ll be confused about where to live? Where to go? How can I manage living there? How can I be a fully-fledged expat?
Here are the 6 things you can consider to become a fully-fledged expat.
Be ready with all required and necessary documents. Like a driving license (per requirement), birth certificate, educational proof, photos, visa, passport, and a sponsorship letter (if someone sponsored you). However, a visa and passport are mandatory for traveling so visit an embassy in your country or government websites to get your work done.
If you are sponsored for a work visa then you must have the skill to qualify for this purpose. You might ask for the experience letter and written test. Organize your original documents and apply for immigration to your desired country. Happy traveling!
Oftentimes, it is asked to attach the language course proof along with the immigration application to assess your speaking skills. Local language should be taken into consideration before setting to another country. Life can be problematic if you don’t understand the language. By learning languages, you can overcome cultural differences and your life can be easier by doing so. You need to socialize to learn new things out there. If the local language is not English then do some research and learn some basic language skills of specific countries so with the passage of time you’ll learn more living there. Adopting language is also helpful for you in many aspects like if you visit a doctor you can consult properly about your health, you can better communicate with shopkeepers, estate agents, neighbors and any type of people.
Your assumption around the foreign exchange rate is not supposed to be the same when you finally reach another country. Do some fresh research to find out whether your currency is stable against the foreign country or not. You need to change a bit into your local currency by frequently transfer the currency between two countries to assess the recent rates. Foreign banks are offering good services for better exchange rates.
Beware of buying currency online. Some countries are offering cheaper transactions like Currency UK is offering transnational overheads in different currencies. You are provided cheaper services in Currency UK than banks, you can save about 4% on transactions. You can avail the best services of foreign exchange in Australia. BPAY (an international outlet in Australia) is also offering the best cash give-and-take policy. Meanwhile, many airports facilitate foreign exchange services via Travelex (an easy way of the transaction).
You need to consider your finances before moving to another country. Assess the cost of living like if you are buying a house what will be the legal taxes? Or if you are supposed to rent a house what will the monthly rent? Do check the ongoing taxes of different regions. In addition to it, check the cost of food, transport, petrol, entrainment, electricity and education institutes, etc.
The best thing about setting abroad is looking for new connections with people, and make friends. You can build strong bonding with your neighbors.
By doing so you can learn and adopt a lot of new things like new cultures, traditions and their way of living. Do make phone calls and keep in touch with your family and old friends. In this way, you feel less anxious even living far from your loved ones. Occasionally, you can return to your country and meet your family and friends.
It might be easy to visit a doctor to consult about your health issues per appointment in your country but it’s not stress-free in foreign countries. As healthcare systems vary extensively from country to country (for instance in some countries you are supposed to secure the health insurance to settle there).
You should also evaluate the weather conditions because a little fluctuation in weather can be harsh for your health. So instead of making an assumption of being covered by the overseas healthcare system, you should look for ways to avail yourself of the healthcare services. Do check the medical treatment, medicines, and all the necessary information regarding health before setting abroad.
You can visit Edvise Hub (an immigration and career counseling company) for more information.