Considerations Before Moving Abroad

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There are 5 essential things to consider before moving abroad:

Work

Of course, if you’re planning on moving abroad, you’re going to have to find work to fund your stay, even if it isn’t permanent and just for an extended stay. You are most likely going to need to apply for a working visa at whatever country you are headed to and that acquisition process can be long and extensive, so the sooner the better when considering a move.

Housing

There are a number of ways to acquire housing while abroad, for many different situations and circumstances, at various prices and qualities. There are resources provided by organizations like a company or university that might arrange your housing for you. You can also look into Airbnb if you’re planning a shorter stay and save a lot of money on hotels. There are many rental websites for housing abroad, but one reliable one is Sabbatical Homes, where university professors rent out their apartments and homes while they are abroad themselves.

Insurance

Make sure to speak to your healthcare provider before you depart. They can give you more information about your options. Its possible you may need to purchase private health insurance while you’re away.

Finances

The last thing you want while away is an issue with money or financing. Schedule a meeting with your bank before you leave. You may decide to create an account that allows you to withdraw funds internationally and without freezes on your accounts. You may also want to get a credit car that give you points for international purchases and activity. Depending on the length of your stay, you may also want to open a bank account in your new country.

Documentation

Each country has its own specifications when it comes to documentation and visas and work permits. Each situation is different and unique.