Some people have dreamed of making a move overseas for years while others might have emerged from lockdown with a new attitude to taking advantage of opportunities. If you’ve been toying with the idea of relocating for a while or you’ve decided that you want a change, here are some tips to help you make a decision.
Relocating – Opportunities
Many people choose to move abroad as a result of a job offer but plenty take the plunge hoping to find work when they reach their destination. If you plan to change careers or you’re looking for a new job in a different country, it’s important to research the jobs market and ensure that there is a demand for your skills and qualifications. Some roles are sought-after and this makes getting a visa easier but many countries have very specific requirements related to gaining entry. Some countries have special requirements for employers to hire immigrants. So, you need to be aware of these requirements as well, which will help to avoid being employed illegally. For example, in Canada, companies need to consider LMIA applications for employers (Demande d’EIMT pour les employeurs) before looking for foreign workers.
Moving house costs money even if you’re only relocating around the corner. If you decide to move overseas, you’ll need to figure out how much it’s going to cost you to actually make the move in terms of flights and transporting your stuff but you’ll also need money to help you get settled. If you’re not starting work immediately, make sure you have a savings pot to tide you over until you’re earning a steady wage.
Visas and entry requirements
If you’ve ever worked with colleagues from overseas or you have friends that have come to the UK from different countries, you may be aware that you need to apply for a visa and meet certain requirements to stay for a prolonged period. Every country is different but similar rules apply in most nations. If you’re not a tourist, you’ll need to seek advice from immigration lawyers and make sure you’re eligible to apply for a visa. It’s critical to check the requirements in advance, especially at the moment when there are restrictions in place limiting movement.
Relocating – Pros and cons
Any move will have pros and cons but jetting to a different country is very different to moving to the next village. It’s a big decision and it’s wise to take your time to explore the benefits and the potential drawbacks. Consider the impact of language barriers, lifestyle changes, being away from friends and family and earning potential, for example. Research possible destinations and locations, talk about the move as a family and think carefully about whether the pros outweigh the cons. For many, moving opens new doors and paves the way for a better quality of life but if you’re blissfully happy where you are, you might not want to take a risk.
Travel plans may be on ice at the moment, but it won’t be long before people are thinking about booking holidays and exploring opportunities to live and work abroad again. If you’ve been toying with the idea of relocating overseas, take your time to carry out research, weigh up the pros and cons and consider different destinations and locations.