Many of us have considered moving overseas to start a new life, and some of us consider it more seriously and regularly than a lot of people. However, if you’re ready to pull the trigger on the whole process, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing so with the right mindset and for the right reasons. As such, here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you begin the process.
Why Are You Moving Abroad?
There are good and bad reasons to move. Moving to be with someone you have a serious relationship with (that has already been tested face-to-face) or for your career are fairly good reasons. Moving because you had a good vacation or want to run away from certain aspects of your life might not be enough.
Is This A Fad Or A Real Change?
Aside from the reasons that you want to move in the first place, you should think about just how committed you are to it, in general. If this a plan that you’re cobbling as you go along or have you taken the time to really plan it? For instance, have you researched the costs of the move and planned a budget, or are you simply putting by what you can without thinking?
Are You Ready For The Process?
Immigration to another country is rarely easy. You might have it easier thanks to having citizenship by right of your birth, family on the other side, or work already lined up for you. You’re still likely to need the assistance of an immigration lawyer. Otherwise, it can be very easy to make seemingly minor mistakes that can jeopardize your whole plans for moving. Make sure you have an expert guiding you down the right path.
Are you really ready for a change?
Moving to a different country doesn’t just mean enjoying different weather, different food, and new amenities. It also means a shift in culture, in working traditions, and a lot more. Make sure you do some research on the country that you’re moving to so that you don’t experience the worst aspects of culture shock. It’s best to have a somewhat extended trip in the country you’re moving to or to take time to talk to expatriates who have moved there, before you do it, yourself.
Do you have plans on the other side?
When you arrive overseas, help may be few and far between. It’s a good idea to set yourself up with your new life as best as possible. If you’re moving for your career, then it’s best to try to have a job set-up before you actually make the move. This goes for your accommodation, as well. If you try to arrange these when you arrive, you can find it difficult and disorienting.
Moving abroad is a major change in life and not one that can be reversed easily or without sacrifice. Take the time to think seriously about the questions above. Don’t rush your answer, think it over.