Moving internationally is quickly becoming more and more popular, especially with a lot of younger professionals. But with all the activity that comes with relocating to another country, there is also a lot of planning involved, from finalizing all the necessary paperwork to get to know a new culture that is without mentioning the physical move itself. It is important to begin looking into and planning months ahead of time to make sure that you have a smooth transition. Here are the 2 tips to help you get started with your move abroad to think about when getting started.
1. Preparing the paperwork
Like buying a new house, an international relocation includes a lot of paperwork, and it is best to get started as soon as you can, mainly if your family will be relocating with you. Make sure that each family member has an up-to-date passport so that all of you are able to submit for a visa to the new country you will be calling home. Additionally, some countries require a work permit, and in some situations, both a work permit and visa before you can get authorized to ship your residential items and vehicles.
Laws and conditions vary from country to country, so get ahead by completing all the required paperwork and legalities as soon as possible, things like collecting health records and getting any needed vaccinations. Other important documents you will want to gather are your birth and wedding certificates, wills, etc.
2. Familiarize yourself with the culture
One of the most significant challenges with moving to a different country is getting used to a new culture. The longer it takes you to feel at home, the more likely you will begin to feel homesick and second guess the relocation. The difficulty though is in learning and adapting to a new culture, particularly one where you do not speak the language, which can be daunting.
Reading up on common social norms like greetings and dress can help you feel more comfortable interacting with your new neighbors. Expat organizations are another great resource when it comes to settling in or finding clubs and interest groups that you and your family can join.
If you are a Sunset Moving client, and you can also take advantage of our moving services that can help you to move to virtually every country in the world. Moving, especially internationally, is often both an exciting and stressful time in a one’s life. Contact Sunset International Moving if you are looking for a moving company to help you with or have any questions about your impending international move.