The ultimate guide to move abroad
January 11, 2018
If you are moving overseas this year, don’t leave anything to the chance and start on a good foot your international move!
Apply for the visa, cancelling your utilities, closing your bank accounts, finding a new home… The list of things to do before moving to another country is never-ending. What it’s worse is that missing any important steps might bring extra headaches – and it can even delay your departure!
To avoid suffering from any “beginners mistake”, read our article, but have pen and paper ready – you might have to answer some questions. And now, it’s time to bring some order to your international move!
12 months before: Preparation and budgeting
After taking the decision to stay in another country, one needs to start paying attention to the requirements:
- Are there any important deadlines or processing timing you should be aware of (i.e. visas, qualifications recognition…)?
- Do you need a proof of language skills?
Living costs and your available income while you are abroad are also things to look at.
- How high are the living costs in your destination country?
- Will you able to continue with your current lifestyle?
6 months before: Organization – part 1
Around half a year before your planned departure date, it’s time to start with the practicalities:
- Do I need to apply for a visa?
- Should I renew my passport?
- Am I going to take my pet with me? If so, what should I be aware of?
- Do I need to take a health insurance? Shall I do any medical examination before I move? Do I need any vaccine?
3 months before: Organization – part 2
- Where am I going to live (type of accommodation, city area…)?
- Should I cancel any contract (phone, internet, utilities…)?
- Do I need to inform my bank about the move?
- Are the (flight/train/bus..) tickets booked?
- How many things should I take? Is it worth to contact a relocation company?
1 month before: Farewells and luggage
Make sure you meet everyone before moving – make a list if necessary- and prepare your luggage with time, so you don’t forget anything.