Bored of living in the same country? Moving abroad brings so much opportunity for adventure and exploration as you navigate around new cultures and languages. Recent government data found that, in the year ending June 2021, 334,000 UK citizens emigrated to other countries – and perhaps you’re thinking about becoming the next one.
Before you can enjoy the new country that you’ll call home, however, there’s a lot of life admin that you’ll need to get in order to make sure of a smooth transition.
If you’re not sure where to start or what you’ll need to do when you move abroad, then we’re here to help. Read on to find out how to get your life admin in order when moving to a new country.
Contact an immigration specialist
While there’s a plethora of information online about immigrating to a new country, it may not paint the whole picture. This is why we recommend contacting an immigration specialist from the country to which you’re moving.
These people will have the best information to guarantee that you’re fully prepared for the move. They can guide you and point you in the right direction to get together all of your documentation and prevent any unexpected last-minute issues that might hold you up.
Get your finances in order
Moving abroad with poor finances can be a costly error for anyone; you don’t want to be in a position where you’re stuck in an unfamiliar place with insufficient funds or outstanding debts that could impede your new start.
To get your finances in order we recommend creating a new bank account, paying off outstanding debts or arranging payment plans, and informing your new and old countries’ tax offices that you’re moving. It would also be super-beneficial to keep your credit score healthy.
From birth certificates to household bills, having dedicated folders to carry your documentation and keep it safely stored is vital. This will make it a lot easier should you need to provide proof of residency or confirm your identity ahead of the move.
Whilst the UK is extremely lucky to have the National Health Service, the country to which you’re moving may not offer the same services. If this is the case then you must properly research their medical care and understand how you can access it as quickly as possible. This may include purchasing or applying for cards and passes.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when moving abroad and it could prove costly if you don’t have everything in order before the moving date. The more that you can arrange properly in advance, the better, so use the tips above to stand yourself in good stead to make the best of your exciting new start!