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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.

Immigration

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?

Risks

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.

Education

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.

Communications

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?

Conclusion

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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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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    10 Comments

  1. Good tips. Surely there are many things to take care of when considering moving abroad.

    • Thanks Rubiana – there absolutely are :)

  2. Hey Meg Jerrad !!

    Its been great to read such blog.Every year 6.6 million citizens call another country home. They do so for a variety of reasons — work assignments, warmer climates and better medical care, and a cheaper cost of living. But whatever the reason for buying a one-way ticket to being an expatriate, they have some important choices to make once they get there.There are people, especially those who can afford to travel from country to country in search of one where they can settle and call it as their “home”, their personal sanctuary. Deciding to move to a new country, whether it is for retirement, work or lifestyle, is often the result of having had several vacations in the area or is based on a good review in a travel magazine or on T.V.

    Keep sharing !!

    • Thanks for stopping by Clay :) So glad you enjoyed the blog. Absolutely, living abroad is a wonderful adventure, and looking forward to seeing that 6.6 million continue to grow!

  3. Absolutely agree with this post, all tips and suggestion are great.

    I want to strongly recommend, not to rely on lay-persons (= non-lawyers) to guide you, prepare any documentation for you, or to supervise your case with the government authorities on your account.
    Such individuals, more likely than not, are NOT qualified to present such guidance and assistance.
    Many unlicensed, untrained persons will keep themselves out to be “knowledgeable”, “experts”, “advisors”, “visa consultants”, “visa professionals”, “visa preparers”, etc.

    • Thanks Joseph :)

      And thanks for the note on avoiding untrained legal persons. Honestly, we’ve found there to be quite adequate info available online for those willing to do their own research, so wouldn’t say it’s always necessary to consult lawyers, usually the government forms come with quite comprehensive information packs and guidelines too. But definitely agree to make sure you find a legit firm if you do decide to seek advice.

      Happy travels!

  4. Hey Friend,

    Liked your post…!

    Migration could be a stressful process if not planned properly. One should know that the place where they are going to migrate is equipped with all the necessarily required services like good communication, healthcare, etc., as already mentioned in your post. Beside this, we should not forget the importance of hiring a good shipping container. For safe shipment of our goods we should select a shipping company carefully.

    Thanks for sharing these basic, yet important tips with everyone…!

    • Thanks for the tips on considering a good shipping container Jimmy :) Definitely an important aspect to consider if you’re migrating along with your accumulated belongings :)

  5. I can see how some countries offer simple immigration policies and others offer complex policies. I can see the benefit in researching that. The immigration law in the US is on the more complex side; it could be valuable to get an immigration lawyer if you’re moving here.

    • Yes absolutely, very important to make sure you’re aware of the imigration policies, and if it’s a country like the US where the paperwork is very complex, a lawyer can definitely prove to be a valuable resource :)

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