Moving Abroad Opens A Whole New World Of Challenges

Are you thinking about packing up and moving to a new country this year? Who could blame you, when the earth is so vast it doesn’t make sense to stay in one place your entire life. You could be missing out on something truly remarkable that’s only half a world away. That said, you are going to face some challenges so when making a move like this it's something you need to really prepare for. This extends beyond actually uprooting your life and travelling to a place that might have a different cultural model, legal system and society to what you are used to. 

Instantly Targeted 
As soon as you start thinking about moving to a different country, you’ll find you are immediately targeted by scams. These businesses are desperate to take advantage because they know you won’t be aware of certain facts about the place you’re moving too. A perfect example of this would be buying a home in Spain. The real estate market there is filled with agencies that specialise in selling homes to potential expats. While a lot of these companies are helpful and friendly many more are trying to shift property at extortionate prices that they wouldn’t be able to sell to locals. That’s why you need to familiarise yourself with an area before you move. Travel there a few times, scout locations, figure out the problems and you won’t be hit by a scam sale. 

The Immigration Irritation 
You need to look at the UK right now to understand the issue with immigration. This week, Article 50 terms are being debated in the House of Lords. Within this act, there is no protection for the EU nationals currently living in the UK. What this means is that you might be living there today and in a few years, you could be facing deportation. You must understand your legal rights when you move to a new country. It is crucial that you don’t settle in, only to discover your rights to stay in the country are questionable at best. You'll need to make an appointment with an immigration solicitor to make sure you're aware your legal standing, and what you need to do to make your plans reality. 

Easy Road
If you are moving to a new country the easiest way is to find work before you move. Don’t go over there in the hope you’ll be able to find a job. You can do this by taking out a short term Visa. This will allow you to stay in a country for a few months when you can look for work. If you have the support of an employer you are going to find immigration is a lot easier. Particularly in countries like Australia where there is a point based system determining who can move to the country. 

Give It Time 
Finally, it can take an average of two years to find a job, get permission and migrate to a new country. You don’t want to rush this process because if you do, you might find important details are missed. Make sure that you have thought about all the potential problems before you commit to the move.

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  1. Love this post! I'd love to move away, I feel like it would honestly make me so much happier - I'm definitely stuck in a rut!x