Ever considered ditching the bleak UK weather and moving somewhere with a bit more sunshine and adventure, like perhaps Bondi Beach in Australia or somewhere else equally as good? And we are not talking about going on holiday, we are talking about a permanent life decision to live and work abroad. The idea sounds romantic and you might have caught yourself daydreaming about it. But once you start thinking about the practicalities and things involved that initial enthusiasm quickly is replaced with dread. Enough for most people to put it on the ‘pipedreams’ list and be happy with what they have. And although moving to a new country is not insignificant, it’s not impossible or, to some extent, a herculean task. If you get yourself organised and give yourself enough time, you will find yourself in a new country and culture before you know it.
Before you start, consider the immigration rules of the country of choice. Do you need special visas to enter and stay in the country? Under EU rules you can live and work anywhere in its member states. Brexit will obviously have an impact on this. In most other countries you will need a visa and/or work permit to settle, live and work. Make sure you do your research on this and consider that you usually can’t get a visa and work permit in the country you need it for. Also, make sure that your own passport has plenty of valid years left to ensure you can stay without having to jump through administrative hoops. The last thing you want to do is be stranded in a country abroad without valid travelling documents.
Most countries require you to have proof that you have sufficient means to live there, either via savings or having an employment contract ready. The latter is sometimes linked into visa sponsorships, where your employer vouches for you. And speaking of funds, it does help to have a local bank account. In most cases, you won’t be able to open a bank account without residency. Getting a rental property usually requires an employment contract, so it is a bit of a puzzle making things work out the way you want them to.
Another thing to consider is health insurance. Most countries will require you to have some form of health insurance. Health insurance is sometimes hard to arrange not being in your chosen country yet, so you usually have a grace period of a few weeks to get this sorted.
Obviously, fingers crossed you won’t need it during that time.
And if you have sorted out your visas, work permit, employment, housing, banking and health insurance, it’s time to getting your stuff there. Now, you can just get a skip and throw away everything, for most people using an international moving service such as https://www.chessmoving.com.au/ provides the right solution. Get your stuff packed up and delivered at your destination, whilst you relax and enjoy your flight to your new home. Just make sure to put your sunglasses, sun lotion and a good book in your carry on luggage.