Moving within the city can already be stressful enough. Notch it up a level to ‘international move’ and you might just panic and not think of going for one second. Moving abroad can be an exciting but daunting experience, especially if you’ve never lived in another country before.
Because, yes. It is not an easy affair to move internationally- whether you are doing it for work, pleasure, or family. The whole process can quickly turn haphazard. And so, to avoid the same, listed below are the four most important tips which will help you to smoothly transition into your life as an immigrant in a new country.
Start planning as early as possible
International move are no piece of cake. You have tonnes of visas and documents to get processed and double-checked. So, start planning as early as possible.
Get in touch with the embassy or consulate of your destination country. Rules and regulations vary by country. They’ll efficiently provide all the help you need regarding living and working in a new country including the authorities to be in touch with or the prescriptions that you are allowed to take.
Even if your company is the one arranging permits and visas for you and your family, it is important to do this work yourself, since you will be held responsible for any troubles during moving and not your company or the embassy.
Before moving abroad, it’s important to do your research on the culture, language, and customs of the country you’re moving to.
Get these documents sorted
Work permits, residency permits, visas, and passports are a must. Apart from them, bring the following:
→ Birth certificate
→ Marriage certificate
→ Driver’s license
→ Dental records
→ Medical records
→ Health insurance cards
Leave these in your home country in a safe deposit box:
→ Power of attorney
→ Deeds for property in home country
→ Titles for vehicles in home country
→ Notarized copies of birth, marriage, adoption certificates
Arrange to transfer your goods
If you don’t opt for a company which has global branches, the company which moves your goods won’t be the one to deliver it. This can lead to an asynchronous process which becomes more of a hassle. Hence, prefer a mover and packer with global services. Consider hiring a reputable international moving company to assist with your moving abroad, as they will have the expertise and resources to ensure a smooth transition.
Your possessions are more risk-prone while crossing international waters. So, be sure to properly clear the terms of insurance coverage so you understand all terms and conditions.
It is also important to declutter. Take the international move as an opportunity to go through your stuff and dump what you don’t need. International moving is the most expensive of all so you’ll need to double-think what you are taking.
If you still want to keep some stuff but not take it, you can lease a self-storage unit which will safeguard your goods till the time you come back.
Throw a goodbye party
No, moving internationally is not all work.
After all the hassle and the planning, it’s time to finally sit down with friends and family and create some final memories before your international move. This is not to say that you won’t see them again, but there are the daily meetups that you won’t be a part of, a lot of birthdays you will miss, and dinners you won’t be able to plan together. For the love of all that was and all that won’t be, a goodbye gathering is a must.
With the help of the above tips, we hope your international move transforms into an exciting experience that you anticipate eagerly. Tonnes of new adventures await you. Bonne chance!