Joining family abroad Saying hello is always easier than goodbye Ready to join family members who live abroad? Check the rules and requirements for your specific country before you buy your ticket. In many cases, the answer depends on the relationship between you and the family member. In some countries, any other family members who reside there are allowed to 'sponsor' your entry, making it relatively easy for you. Other countries have stricter laws, such as requiring a spouse or child to sponsor you entry. To get the facts, call the embassy of the country you’d like to relocate to or check government web sites on-line.