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Are you considering relocating? If so, you are probably wanting an easy relocation which isn’t too stressful. Moving to a new place can be an exciting adventure, but it can also be overwhelming. Don’t worry; we are here to help! Ready to get started with your relocation? Contact us and we can get you started right now! Alternatively if you’re still not convinced, look at our blogs on travel & relocation.

In this blog article, we will provide 10 tips to make your relocation process as smooth and seamless as possible. From education to insurance, we will cover all the steps you need to take to ensure a successful move. So, grab a cup of coffee and join us for a journey of making relocating a breeze!


Get a residency visa or permit

If you are planning on moving abroad, whether for studying, working, or just living, one of the most important things to do is to make sure you have a valid residency visa or permit. The requirements for obtaining a residency visa or permit vary depending on your destination country. Generally, you will need to provide evidence of financial stability, any necessary documents related to your employment or educational qualifications, and proof of health insurance.

It’s important to plan and apply for the visa well before you intend to move as processing times can vary significantly. Additionally, some countries may require additional documents or steps such as an in-person interview. Knowing what you need in advance can help to ensure that you have a smooth relocation process.

Want to know what visas we offer? Why not check out our Portuguese visas, Maltese visas and UAE visas to learn more? If you are still unsure feel free to contact us and let us answer any questions you may have.


Find an accountant

Finding a reliable accountant when moving abroad can be one of the most important steps to a successful relocation. Whether you are moving abroad for work, study or just living, having a trusted accountant is essential for understanding and managing your finances. An accountant can help with setting up accounts, tax planning, legal advice, and other financial matters. They will also be able to advise on tax benefits available for working or studying abroad and provide guidance on how to manage your taxes in a foreign country.

When looking for an accountant, make sure to research their credentials and reviews from others who have used their services. If you are already in the process of relocating, you may find a referral from your employer, embassy or consulate helpful in finding an accountant who is experienced in dealing with people moving abroad.

It is also important to know the role of an accountant. For example, in Portugal an accountant is mandatory to anyone who is submitting a tax return there. This differs from the UK in that people can opt to complete a self assessment. Need an accountant? Why not view our tax services to see how we can help you?


Organise a bank account

If you’re moving abroad, one of the most important things to consider is setting up a bank account. This can be a daunting process, especially when studying, working, or living in a new country. Luckily, with some preparation and research, organising a bank account should be relatively straightforward.

First, it’s best to do some research on the types of bank accounts available in the country you’ll be relocating to. You will likely want an account that has a local currency and you should also look into the fees associated with each type of account.

RHJ Law can assist you to open a bank account in Malta, Portugal or the UAE to make your relocation easier! If you are ready to get your bank account then either visit our bank accounts page or contact us to get started!


Find where you will live

If you’re moving abroad, the first thing you will need to do is find where you are going to live. Whether you are studying abroad, working abroad or living abroad permanently, it’s important to make sure your new home is suitable for your needs. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect place to live when relocating:

  1. Make a list of what you need in a home and location. Consider factors such as proximity to work/school, affordability, safety and size.
  2. Research your destination. Look up the local neighbourhoods and compare their pros and cons. Find out about average rent costs, local amenities and public transport options.
  3. Speak to locals. Ask people who have lived in the area for a while what it is like to live there. They will be able to give you advice on the best places to live and what to avoid.
  4. Look for rental options online. Try using websites such as Airbnb or local classifieds to get an idea of what kind of housing is available in the area.
  5. Make a decision. Once you’ve done your research, make your decision and move into your new home!

Finding the right place to live can be a daunting task, but with some research and preparation, it can be a smooth transition. RHJ can provide the support and advice you need when relocating abroad and finding the perfect place to call home. So why not contact us to let us know where you want to live.


Get insured

When relocating, whether it be to study abroad, work abroad, or simply living abroad, one of the most important things to think about is getting insured. Insurance policies can vary depending on your needs and where you are moving to, but there are some common things that all expats should consider when getting insured.

First and foremost, it’s important to make sure you have health insurance in place. Health care can be expensive, so it’s essential to make sure you’re covered. Depending on where you’re going, there may be government-provided healthcare options available. However, these may not cover everything, so it’s important to check what additional insurance you may need.

In addition to health insurance, you should also consider life insurance, travel insurance and property insurance. These policies will protect your assets in case something unexpected happens while you are living abroad. Make sure to shop around and compare policies to find the best one for your needs.

Getting insured is a crucial step when moving abroad, so make sure you do your research and get the policy that works for you. With the right insurance in place, you can rest assured knowing that you are protected during your relocation. Need insurance? No worries! Why not look through the policies we offer for you on our insurance page!


Find a job

One of the most daunting parts of moving abroad is finding a job. Whether you are moving abroad to study, work, or just live, finding employment can be a challenge. To get started, it is important to research the job market in the country you are relocating to. Make sure that you understand the qualifications required and any cultural factors that may influence the job hunt.

The best way to find a job is to network as much as possible. Connecting with people who are already living and working in the area can help you get insight into the local job market and even connect you with potential employers. It is also a good idea to search online for job postings and join any relevant professional organisations or social networks in the area.

Additionally, if you are studying abroad or taking up residence in a foreign country, many universities and colleges offer internships or other job opportunities for their students. Taking part in these programs is a great way to gain valuable work experience and make contacts in your new environment.

Finally, do not forget to update your resume and tailor it to the job market in your new country. This will help ensure that you stand out from the crowd and demonstrate that you are serious about living and working abroad.


Begin learning some of the language

Relocating to a new country can be daunting and the language barrier can be a major concern for anyone moving abroad. Regardless of whether you are studying abroad, working abroad, or just living abroad, it is important to begin learning some of the language of the country you are relocating to. It is essential to understand the language if you want to make the most out of your experience in a new country.

For many people, beginning to learn a language can feel overwhelming. However, there are several resources available to help you start learning the language of the country you are relocating to. Look into online courses, language apps, and even private tutors who can help you get to grips with the basics. Additionally, if you plan on staying in the country long-term, attending classes at a local language school can be a great way to get the most out of your language learning experience.

Making the effort to learn the language will not only make it easier for you to communicate but it will also help you connect with locals and become part of the culture in your new home. Take the time to make an effort with learning the language before you move, and it will make your transition into your new home much smoother! We recommend Duolingo which makes language learning fun for all ages!


Deal with the emotions you feel when relocating

Relocating can be an exciting and thrilling experience, but it can also be daunting and overwhelming. When moving abroad, studying abroad, working abroad or living abroad, it is important to acknowledge and deal with the emotions you may experience. It is natural to feel anxious or scared, but it is essential to remember that these feelings will pass.

Stay connected with your loved ones back home. Social media makes it easy to keep in touch, and talking to familiar faces can help to ease the sense of loneliness and isolation.

Thirdly, get involved with activities in your new community. This can be anything from taking a language class or joining a book club. Getting out and meeting people will help you feel more connected and provide a sense of purpose.

For more tips on dealing with the emotions of relocating why not read our blogs ‘The emotional side of relocating’ or ’10 tips for staying mentally healthy as an expat’.


Learn about the local area

Moving abroad is an exciting opportunity, but it’s important to do your research before you relocate. Taking the time to learn about the local area before you move can help you to make the most of your experience. When studying, working, or living abroad, try to find out as much as possible about the local area, culture, and customs.

Visit local websites and talk to people who have already made the move. You may be able to find information on the best places to live, shop, eat and have fun. Learn about local laws and regulations, such as any restrictions on working hours or social gatherings. Knowing this information in advance will help you to stay safe and adhere to the law.

It’s also a good idea to ask friends and family for their tips on the local area and their advice for adapting to the new culture. By doing your research and getting some insider tips from people who already live there, you will be better prepared for the transition and can ensure that your move abroad is seamless.


Relax and enjoy your new home!

Moving abroad can be an exciting but also a daunting prospect. After all the hard work of organising visas, and sorting out your finances, it’s important to take some time to relax. When you move abroad you want to make sure that you’re taking time to explore the area around you.

Make sure to take some time each day to go out and explore your new home. Check out local museums, art galleries, and historic sites. Explore the streets and get to know the locals. There may even be some festivals going on that you could attend or just wander around in search of interesting places and people.

So if you’re ready to make the leap and relocate why not get in touch with us today and we can get you started on your new adventure!

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