12 Things to Consider Before Migrating
Considering migrating to another country? Before you pack your bags, let’s discuss what you need to know before you go.
Some countries offer simple immigration policies. Others don’t. Before moving countries, make sure you’re going to be allowed and welcome with as little hassle as possible. Do you need a visa to visit? What is the country’s immigration policy? What are the advantages of residency in your dream country?
Life is full of risks. When moving to a new country, there are a myriad of risks to consider, including economic, social, personal, political, and environmental.
Eating, Drinking, and Going Out
While this may seem unimportant, elements such as habits, requirements, and dietary options can have a major influence on your happiness. Choosing places to eat at is another issue: what is the hygiene like? Are they washing salad in water that will make you ill?
Social Habits and Customs
Do you hate changing habits? Get frustrated by slow responses? Then you’re going to want to stay away from Caribbean islands. But then again, slowing down could add years to your lifespan.
Stability, Personal Freedom, and Form of Government
This ties in with risk and stability as well as how much freedom of rights you’ll have in another country.
Housing and Real Estate
It is important to look at the housing market before moving. Consider the cost of rental rates, ownership costs, and availability.
What is the educational outlook in the country you want to migrate to? Is education accessible and affordable? What languages are classes available in?
Cost of Living, Banking, and Currency
Many people migrate to another country for the lower cost of living. However, an important long-term consideration is your income, savings, and pension in another currency.
Import Taxes, Shipping Costs, Duty on Household Goods
How easy is it going to be to move your belongings overseas? What will you take with you and what will you leave behind? This will vary from country to country and it’s a good idea to discuss these issues with an immigration lawyer in Melbourne.
Some countries do allow expats to bring in almost all their possessions tax free, including vehicles. There are others that limit what you can bring by placing tax on imports.
You also need to consider the location of the country versus where your goods are. Where will your goods arrive and how will you get them home?
Remember to check duty rates, too, and acquire an accurate bill of lading along with a customs freight forwarder.
You may assume that moving around the world means staying connected. But many countries experience frequent Internet downtimes. What is technology like in the country you’re considering?
Health Care and Health Risks
What is the healthcare situation like in the country you want to move to? How is the availability, cost, and accessibility of the services?
Taxis, Public Transport, Cost of Petrol and Getting Around
Where you move to will determine your transportation needs. If you’re heading off somewhere urban, you may not need a car. Then there are cities that offer world-class public transportation. What will the various costs involve and will you be able to manage?
There is literally a world of opportunities at your fingertips but you need to be properly prepared and do thorough research. A well-thought out destination is going to be better for your health, happiness, and personal satisfaction. Sure, adjustments are going to have to be made wherever you settle down, but with the right advanced planning, you’ll be better able to handle challenges.
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