Expat Moving Checklist

Expat Moving Checklist
Dr. Salam Slim Saad
By Dr. Salam Slim Saad

In our previous blog, “What to Expect When You Become An Expat With A New Job”, we discussed what to expect when you are about to leave your home country and start a new life abroad. Today, we are going to talk about what you should do before relocating to your new country or city. Here, we give you some ideas on how to prepare for this and make sure everything is good to go!

Across the globe, people are moving overseas to be an expat. There are thousands of men and women from different countries who are employed overseas because of their expertise in a certain field. There are others who choose to leave because of financial reasons, for example, the cost of living is expensive in the country that they are currently in.

If you are planning to move overseas as well, then it is a good thing that you are reading this article. You see, when you prepare for a move, you will have many things to consider. The things that should be given greater importance are the visas, passports and other documents which will be required by the host country in order for you to stay there. These documents may be needed by the host country in order for you to stay there; this would make it possible for them to keep track of your travels.

If expatriation is in your future—or if you have already made the transition—these tips will surely come in handy. Moving overseas requires preparation, and it’s better to prepare before you start than to discover something is missing once you’re moving. These things will prove relevant in your new life and career. What are these?

1. The employment

Check to see whether what you’re getting at is real. Many individuals have had negative encounters with employment that they were meant to be receiving. Check the employer’s eligibility when evaluating whether you are qualified for the employment. You need to ensure that the job offer is genuine and not a scam. There are several ways to do this:

-Check the employer’s eligibility: Does the company have a valid license? If it does, then you can be sure that it is legitimate.

-Look at the company’s website: Do they have a website? If so, then check it out for yourself and see if it looks like something you’d want to work for.

-Do your research on the company itself: Look up reviews on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter; this will help you determine whether or not people like working there and why.

Once you’ve determined that it’s readable, think about the advantages you’ll get from that firm. Are they more valuable than what you’re receiving now? Is it something you know you’ll like and want to remain in for a long time? 

These are the queries to which you must have strong responses. Remember that after you’ve relocated yourself and your family, it won’t be that easy to return to your previous life or job. Make certain that you will not be disappointed by your foreign relocation and new employment.

2. The location.

Before you move to a new country, make sure that your company’s location is not that far away from your residency. You want to be able to commute easily and quickly, as well as have easy access to public transportation.

The next thing you need to consider is the cost of renting in the area. If you’re paying too much for rent, then it might not be worth it for you. Also, look into commuting fees and rental fees before making a decision!

Finally, consider the state of the area itself: Is it safe? Are there any potential issues with safety? Even if the company offers you a large sum of money to relocate there, you must prioritize your safety above all else.

2.The place you will move into.

Some companies will provide housing for their employees, at least for a certain period upon arrival, but if yours does not, then you need to apply for an apartment or house before you move. This includes what type of accommodation you want and how much it will cost. Check for power and water supplies. Whether you have children, see if it is near a commercial facility and a school. Check the method of transportation from your location to other locations as well. 

Take some time to get familiar with your new city, neighborhood, or country and make sure that it has the amenities and services you need. You can also use this time to look into local resources that might help you acclimate easier—like language classes or community groups—and plan how and when you’ll reach out to them once you arrive in your new location.

 You should also consider the cost of living in the area and whether there are any extra fees

If possible, try to find an apartment or house that has been furnished, the first step is to find a place that feels like home, even if it’s not exactly the same as what you’re used to. 

There’s no doubt about it—if you’re moving abroad, there are plenty of things to think about. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that you’re more than ready for the adventure. And that should be enough to get you through all the stress and anxiety that inevitably comes with a move.

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