Moving overseas is a huge undertaking, there are so many things you need to consider before you make the move. From finding and applying for visas, through to arranging the logistics of moving your belongings. It can be overwhelming getting started with the process, but I’ve made a selection of four things to do before moving overseas to help guide you through the process. I’ve lived in four countries, so I have a bit of experience with this and hopefully can save you some troubles.
1. Sort Out Your Visas and Taxes
If you’re planning to move somewhere, and to become a tax and physical resident, most places will require you to apply for some kind of visa and residency in advance. Before you choose how you’ll proceed, it’s important to consider what kind of work you’ll do in the country. Will you work for a specific company and if so, would be open to helping you with the logistics of getting a visa. If you’re intending to spend over 183 days in a country, you’ll likely become a tax resident too, so you will want to make sure you understand the taxation regulations between your home country and your country of choice. For example, Americans living overseas have to file taxes no matter where they are, but other countries like New Zealand allow you to become a non-tax resident so long as you don’t have too many ties to the country. It’s important to iron out these things before you go, so you know where you stand and what your obligations are.
2. Begin Your Credit Rating
If you’d like to eventually buy property in the country you’re moving to, or at least want it to be an option for the future, one of the best things you can do is set up a credit card and begin your credit rating as soon as possible. When applying for a mortgage they often want a decent credit rating and a few years of credit history, too. So if you know you’re planning to move in a few months or even years, it may make sense to set up a credit card well before then so your credit history can grow before you’ll want to use it. This can make it easier to get a mortgage through places like Blumortgage.ca when you’re ready to buy.
3. Get a Health Check Up
I suggest that all my friends and family members should get a general health check up before moving overseas. It can be hard navigating medical services in new countries, especially if you’re dealing with a language barrier too. So for that reason it’s worthwhile getting a good check up before you go and at least that way you know you can wait a year or so before doing another one in your new home country. Check out Spectrum Health Care for more information on how to take care of yourself.
4. If You Can, Hire Movers
I know movers aren’t in everyone’s budget, especially when moving internationally, but if you can afford them this is one “splurge” that’s so worthwhile. Moving can be extremely stressful, physically demanding, and if you’re also moving pets, and loved ones, it can just be too much on your plate. Hiring the best los angeles moving company can be a great way to take some of the pressure off and to allow you to focus on the other aspects of moving that no one can help you with, such as finding the right schools for your kids and ensuring that you are emotionally ready for the move.
Moving can be extremely stressful, especially if you’re moving overseas. Hopefully these tips help ensure that everything goes smoothly and you’re well set up in your new home quickly.