The world is a big place full of possibilities, so why restrict your options to one country? Many people look to begin their careers in foreign countries, either because they’ve fallen in love with the city while on holiday, a dream job became available, or the money was better over there than at home. Whatever your reasons, you have now secured the perfect job and now you have to move abroad to start your new life. Make sure you’ve ticked all these things off your list before you go.
Moving to a new country is not as quick and easy as it seems in the films. You will be filling out official visa and passport forms for your current country of residence and your intended one. You’ll need to make copies of every important document you have ever signed and every policy and legal document (will, power of attorney, etc.) you have in your name. You must jump through the hoops of global money transfers, submitting new tax information to the authorities, obtaining necessary health clearances, and, if you are bringing along family members or pets, arranging for them to have the proper documentation (and quarantine arrangements, for non-humans) to accompany you. You should also remember that you don’t automatically lose your citizenship in your home country just because you’re moving abroad; notify the tax authorities that you are planning to leave, otherwise you may have to pay additional taxes which, as an expat, you are exempt from. You may also be liable for tax on your income, or you could also opt to keep receiving interest income for your savings. Don’t do this by yourself. Consult immigration experts to make sure you haven’t missed anything that could cause you problems later.
Shipping vs storage
Obviously, you can’t take everything with you – the cost of shipping could run into the thousands as it stands – but you don’t want to be overpaying for storage. Fortunately, Shiply transports many large items abroad for a reasonable price – including your car. Just narrow down your belongings to the essentials, and arrange for them to be transported to your new home with Shiply. Alternatively, you could make some extra cash by selling the things you no longer want, or you could loan a few things out to your friends and family for a brief period.
If you’re moving for a job, some of these might be sorted for you already. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to check how your finances will be travelling with you. It’s better to chose a local bank, as the cost of transferring funds will soon add up.
You might be moving abroad for work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore your new country in your spare time. Do some research into your new city and choose a few attractions you’d like to check out. Arrange meet ups on social media, or find clubs to join so you’re not dealing with culture shock by yourself when you move.