If you’ve recently been offered a job in a different country, you’re likely feeling both excited and nervous about this venture. While having a job means you’ll be able to afford to move to this new area with relative financial security, being new to a country can also present its own problems. So to help ensure that you’re able to quickly get the hang of being in a new country and become successful at your new career there, here are three tips for moving to another country for work.
Scale Down Your Possessions
If the country you’re moving to is one where you can drive or take a train to, you might not need to be as concerned with whittling down your belongings. But if you have to fly to this other country, Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, recommends that you scale down your possessions to only the essentials. It can get very expensive to have to ship your things to your new home. And if some of your stuff isn’t worth much to begin with, it just doesn’t make sense for you to take it along. Additionally, physically having to handle too much stuff can be tiring, so this might be a good chance for you to streamline anyway.
Do The Essentials First
Once you’ve arrived at this new country, it can be hard to know where to begin with setting up your new life there. With your job already in order, JR Thorpe, a contributor to Bustle, recommends that you start with the three most essential things: housing, banking, and medical. Without a place to live, it can be hard to make anything else fall into place. And without any money, you’ll never be able to pay for the things you need. And without a doctor, you won’t be prepared for the chance that you get sick or hurt and need to seek medical attention. So before you worry about anything else, make sure you get these three things taken care of.
Know What Your Work Visa Allows
To legally work in this different country, you most likely had to acquire some kind of work visa. But to ensure that you’re legally able to continue working in that country, you’re going to want to know exactly what your work visa allows. According to Anne Shaw, a contributor to The Muse, some visas don’t allow you to look for jobs in that country if you’ve been fired or quit. In this case, you’d have to return to the country you’re from. Because many employers handle most of this paperwork, you may not be aware of exactly is stated under your work visa, so make sure you get a copy of it so you can educate yourself before it’s too late.
To help make this transition a little easier, consider using the tips mentioned above if you’ll soon be moving to a new country for work.