5 important factors to consider when moving from one country to another

July 3, 2018

Sometimes you may leave your country for another to get greener pastures. It may be because of a new job offer that you can’t pass on, or even an educational opportunity. Whatever the case, you may have to move and leave your friends and family behind. This can be a bitter pill to swallow. However, things might get better with time. Before moving, here are some factors that you should consider to ensure that you have made the right decision:

  • Immigration policies

Every country has its own system of governance. As such, there are different rules and regulations to be followed with regard to immigration policies. If it is going to be your country of residence, you should probably do as much research as you can. Find out how easy it is to access their migration services. This will help you to know the requirements for your relocation, and how long it would take to attain citizenship.

  • Loved ones

When moving, you might have to leave your family and friends behind. If you are married, this might affect the dynamics of your relationship. It is advisable to consult your spouse and listen to their concerns. If you need to take them with you, find out whether it is possible, and make the necessary arrangements. If you have elderly family members, you may need to find them caregivers and a place to live while you are away. Make sure you look into these so that you leave everything sorted out.

  • Shelter

Different countries have different housing policies. Once you have made up your mind to move to another country, think about your housing situation. It is advisable to try and find a house before traveling. This is so as to avoid being stranded once you are there. You can do this online or through your travel agent. Alternatively, you can book yourself into a hotel for a specific period until you get a place to stay. By then, you would be more familiar with the city, or have friends you can share a house with.

  • Education

If you want to work while studying or you plan to take your children with you, you need to check out the education system of the country you are going to. Certain schools have an age limit or a different curriculum from the one that you are used to. You need to genuinely evaluate whether you will be able to catch up. If not, look into the classes that they offer to international students to get them up to speed. Look into it beforehand so that you have an idea of what is expected of you.

  • Healthcare

Health tends to be a very delicate affair. If you are suffering from a certain condition, chances are that you already have doctors that you are working with to get better. Moving countries could mean that you have to find other doctors to attend to you. The ones you have may not be able to administer treatment while you are far away. Ask your doctor if they have anyone they can recommend to you, and get in touch with them. Make sure that you carry a copy of your medical records with you to make the whole process a breeze.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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