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Do you want to relocate? Moving to another country can be thrilling, but it’s not something to take lightly. If you’re considering relocating, it’s important that you address the relevant issues well in advance of your departure date—your relocation preparations should be one of the first things on your to-do list, not an afterthought or an impulse decision at the last minute.

Here are some of the things you need to consider before making your move overseas so that you can make it as easy and seamless as possible.

 

Visa requirements

The first thing you need to do is find out if you need a visa. There are different types of visas for different types of people, and it’s important that you get the right one for your needs. For example, if you are just wanting to explore a new country while having residency there, then your visa should state that.

However, if you go on a non working Visa and end up getting a job, you will be breaching the rules f your Visa.

This means you will have to ensure when you get your Visa that you get one which covers your needs. If you’re unsure as to what you need, don’t worry – that’s what we’re here for! Our team will be able to talk through your options and present our opinion on what is better for your situation.

 

Housing options

You may also want to consider renting an apartment in your new location. Renting has a lot of advantages: it can save you money, as well as give you more flexibility in terms of when and how often you move. Plus, renting is an option if you’re not sure where you want to live yet.

But there are a few things that renters should look out for before signing the lease:

  • Utilities; some apartments come with all utilities included, but others will charge by the month. Make sure you know what type of deal your potential landlord is giving you so that you don’t end up paying too much for utilities
  • Inspection Checklist; many landlords ask for an inspection checklist from the tenant when they move in and out.

 

Schools for the kids

If you want to relocate with children, one of the most important factors in finding a home is schooling. Schools vary by country and region so make sure to do some research before deciding which school is best for your family. One thing parents should keep in mind when looking at schools abroad is that they are very competitive, with entrance exams and interviews required of students. Be sure to visit the schools and ask plenty of questions before making a decision.

If you want to relocate with teenagers, there are a few things to consider when choosing a school abroad such as whether or not it offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or if it has enough courses for your child’s interests.

 

Cost of living

One of the first things you should do when considering relocation is research the cost of living in your potential new city. If your income won’t be able to support your current lifestyle, then consider looking elsewhere. There are many factors that contribute to the price of basic necessities and housing. For instance, if you’re moving to a large city with a higher cost of living, then you might want to make sure that you’re bringing along a sizeable salary package.

Remember, it’s important not just for your current lifestyle but for future financial stability when you want to relocate.

 

Moving with pets

If you have a pet, it’s important to research the rules for bringing your pet with you. For example, some countries require that animals be quarantined for six months before being allowed into the country; others may not allow pets at all.

There are also certain documentation and permit requirements that you’ll want to be aware of and make sure are taken care of well in advance. If you are moving to Portugal with your pets why not check out our recent article; ‘The Ins and Outs of Moving to Portugal with Your Pets’

 

Health insurance

To protect yourself, your family and your income, it is important to have appropriate health coverage. For example, foreign citizens moving to the United States for a short period of time may want to consider purchasing short-term travel insurance that provides coverage for emergency medical and repatriation expenses.

If you are relocating permanently, or for more than 180 days, you will usually need to enrol in a health insurance plan. This will allow you yo live without fear, as if you need any medical attention, you’re covered.

 

Finding a law specialist

If you need legal advice or assistance, be sure to contact the experts at RHJ Law. We’re able to guide you through what you need to know before moving abroad.

Our legal team at RHJ Law assists foreign nationals in moving to Malta, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and also to the USA. Our English speaking team of lawyers, accountants and other experts, specialise in helping entrepreneurs and families to set up, manage and grow their life in another country.

Working with our trusted partners; we can advise you on where to settle and how to go about purchasing a property, obtaining a visa and more.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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