Relocating? Here’s What You Need to Know About Moving to a Different Country


Planning on moving abroad?  Then you need to prepare in good time, here are a few things to consider:

Your work

You may be moving abroad as a result of developments in your job. However, if that’s not the case, finding a job overseas can be difficult.  Work permits aren’t easy to come by, and you may find there are stringent conditions in place. If you are moving as a couple, it might be that only one of you is allowed to work.

The most straightforward way of finding a job abroad is to ask your current employer or their parent company for a transfer. Alternatively, if you have a job that is mostly computer and internet based, look into whether telecommuting is an option. Have a chat with your HR department as to whether your employer supports flexible working practices of this sort. Otherwise, contact recruitment firms that work internationally and specialise in your field, they’ll often have in-depth knowledge about visas requirements too. Freelance or contract work might also be an option.

Paperwork to hand   

If your move is not being organised by your employer, then negotiating visas, work permits and all of the paperwork you require can be a complex process. You might find that meeting with an immigration lawyer or a specialist firm practised in guiding people through the work permit and visa process is your best course of action. Some such firms will work on a no visa, no fee basis.

Otherwise, contact the embassy or consulate of the country to which you are planning to move. Pay close attention to the timescales and deadlines associated with the application process. Be clear what rights of residence you’ll have if your application is successful and for how long. The Foreign Office provides lots of useful information online about entry requirements and other essential information, filed by country.

Essential documentation

There is a range of paperwork you’ll need to have to hand including passports, birth certificates, driver’s license, marriage certificates, medical records and details of professional registrations or licenses. If you do engage the services of a firm specialising in international visas and work permits, they’ll be able to advise you on all of the above.

Immunisations in readiness

Check with your local GP practice what immunisations you’ll need for the country in question, or check the Travel Health Pro website for vaccine requirements and other health related information. You’ll also need to check healthcare provision in the country in question and ensure you have adequate health care insurance.

Financial matters

Hand-in-hand with having all of the relevant paperwork in place is understanding your financial situation, from the impact of the exchange rate to your likely bills, understanding the tax implications in the UK and your new country of residence. You’ll also need to look into how you can access your existing funds abroad.

The practicalities of moving

When moving abroad, there are lots of practical consideration to take into account too. You’ll need to consider what you want to take with you and what to leave in the UK. Are you going to sell, put into storage or take your existing possession with you? You’ll need to have a good understanding of the accommodation you are moving too and customs regulations that dictate what you can take into the country. Given the complexity of the situation, you are probably best off engaging the services of removal firm that specialises in relocations.

So there you have a few considerations to keep in mind when moving abroad. If you are still looking for property in your country of choice, there are many specialist estate agents that can assist you. Looking for a property in Monaco? Then contact Icon Property today.


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