Moving to another country is easier than ever these days thanks to how interconnected the world has become. Living abroad is a great way to expand your horizons by learning another language, another culture, and about yourself. There are so many benefits to being outside of your comfort zone and experiencing all the world has to offer.
It isn’t without its challenges, however. There are a number of things that have to be understood so you know what you’re getting into. In this article, we will go over some of the basics that need to be dealt with to become an expat.
1 – Send your things or buy new?
There are some people that will move to another country with nothing but what they can fit into a suitcase. Others would rather have the comforts of their old home and fill a container that they ship to their destination.
There is no right or wrong approach, it’s just a matter of figuring out which approach is best for you. For instance, if you have a car that you really love then you’ll need to research the best car shipping companies to get some quotes so you can see what it will cost. Unless you have a very new car, it may make more sense to buy a car when you arrive.
Likewise, if you have a lot of furniture that holds sentimental value or is brand new and top of the line. Then it makes sense to ship it. If not then you are better off furnishing your house when you arrive. There is also the possibility that your stuff may not fit into the new house, anyway.
2 – Understand visas and residence
To be able to live in another country you have to be granted permission. This involves getting a visa to work or study in the country of your choice. There needs to be a good reason to give you a visa to come so it usually hinges on you having a job or expertise that sets you apart from the local competition.
A separate thing from a visa is residence. A visa allows you to enter the country but a residence permit is what allows you to stay there. You’ll need to register with the local authorities to get a permit to stay there long-term.
To understand the requirements you will need to be in contact with the local consulate of the country in question.
3 – Get local
There will be culture shock and you should expect to make a lot of faux pas before you can really settle in. however, don’t let it deter you and lead to you seeking out only other expats as friends.
The key thing to be able to integrate is to live like a local and have local friends. This means making an effort to learn the language and customs. Get involved with hobbies so you can meet others that share your interests.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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