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IMMIGRATION

All You Need To Know Before Migrating To Another Country

It is human nature to move, either from city to city or from one country to another. Moving across the country can be both exciting and scary at the same time. If you are currently considering migrating between countries there are some things to put into consideration before your big move, this article might even help you to choose the country best suited for you if you are yet to make a decision.

What You Should Know Before Migrating To Another Country

Language Barrier

You need to put into consideration the language they speak in the country you intend to move to. Can you speak their language? Are you ready to learn a new language? Moving to a new country where you can’t speak their language can be frustrating, you will find it rather difficult to express yourself, let’s be honest you can’t read the Billboards, how are you supposed to handle legal documents and mails. Of course, you can get translation services but you might want to rethink that decision or learn the language before you move as this can be tricky and stressful.

Cultural And Religious Rules

This new country you are moving to has a different culture and religious orientation from yours. You should learn about the culture, be willing to embrace it. Learning a new culture is exhilarating so I hope the local custom is something you can live with. For example, abortion or unmarried couples living together is frowned upon in some countries.

Work And Money

What do you intend to do for work and money? It is a new environment, you need to have a means of survival. How will you support yourself? If you intend not to work, you need to have enough money in savings to support yourself. Your income is one of the important things to consider before your move. If you intend to work, make sure the visa you are carrying allows you to do so, or else you might be arrested for working illegally.

Visas

Another thing to consider is your Visa. Some countries might not require you to get a visa and in some, it is needed. Do extensive research on the type of visa that meets your purpose of visit, this is extremely important. For example, getting a tourist visa for a work purpose. Find out more about visas from the embassy or website of your intended country.

Living Arrangements And Cost of Home

Affordable living should be one of the most prioritized things to put into consideration especially if you are on a low income or budget. Buying a home is ideal if you are planning to move permanently but before you do that, consider if you want to stay in that location for a long time and the property rules of the country. You might want to wait for at least a year before any major purchase. In addition, there are countries where you can move into an apartment that is already furnished while in some other countries you have to buy your furniture. The agency fee and accommodation deposits can be quite expensive as well in some countries.

Service and facilities 

For someone moving from a developed country to a third world country, you might want to consider the services and facilities available in that country. You are already used to a certain lifestyle, will you be able to adapt to the new one? Slow internet services might mean no video calls to your friends and no online streaming of music and movies.

Costs of Moving 

Moving your possessions from one country to another can be exorbitant. Are you willing to part with your properties? If you’re being sponsored by a corporate body, the expenses might be paid for but you need to check if it is or if you can cover the expenses yourself. 

Friends And Family 

If you are moving to a place where you have no friends or family, it might be difficult as you might get homesick. Depending on your personality and the work you do it might take a while to make new friends. Some people are deeply rooted in the community they stay in, are you willing to leave all that and start a new life in a place where no one knows you?

Financials

It is advisable to have your finances in order before you move. Find out the cost of living in the country and if you are equipped for it. Opening bank accounts in a new country is a daunting task, the paperwork is endless. Also, find out if you can easily carry out International transactions like transfers.

Weather

You have to consider the weather condition of where you are moving too. Some individuals find it difficult to adapt. For instance, moving from a very cold region like Russia to an extremely hot country like Sudan.

Travel Opportunities 

You might be in for a treat if you’re planning on visiting some countries that allow you access to visit other countries. This is the case with almost all European countries and some African countries.

Electrical Items 

You need to consider if your electrical item can be used in the country you are moving to. Most countries in Europe use 220-240 voltages while the United States uses 100-127 voltages, these differences in voltages can harm your electrical appliances.

Cuisine and Groceries

Getting some types of food products might be difficult in some countries. Some countries are big on eating out while eating out in other countries is expensive. There are big grocery stores in some countries, and in others their grocery stores are small and you will have to move from one store to another to get what you are looking for.

In summary, migrating is exciting, new opportunities and new experiences. You have to find the country in which you can best adapt and thrive. Hopefully, the few points that are pointed out here will help you in considering your migration plans. Also, have you migrated recently? what has been the experience?