Moving abroad or to another city? You’ve got some work to do and need to look at all the implications that go along with this. We’ve got some things to consider when moving your family abroad.
Spend ample time learning about your new home country. It is important to know the basics including: culture, language, major cities, religion, holidays and festivals, weather throughout the year, neighboring countries, and even rules of conduct, especially if you’re moving with a family.
Everyone needs to be safe and secure. You should consult visa solicitors to ensure you have the necessary information, documents and insurance. However, it’s also important to look at other factors, some of which are below.
- Cost of living: What are the basic costs of basic consumer goods, housing, public transportation?
- Health: How the local health system works, what are its requirements, treatments, and what medical options are available?
- Money: What is the local currency and exchange rates, methods of transferring money, banks and bank costs, the form of money management, accepted forms of payment, local and international credit cards?
- Code of conduct and dress: How is it customary to dress at work, in leisure time, at leisure, in various public places – both for adults and children?
- Local Laws: In many countries there may be significant differences in what is acceptable compared to where you may be coming from. You need to understand the basic rules in order to avoid unnecessary glitches and entanglements. Learn the rules of your job and consult with local colleagues to ensure you are well informed.
- Language: Even if you aren’t staying long, you’ll gain huge points by knowing some of the local language. Consider private lessons for the whole family and learn basic words even if English is widely spoken. Knowing the language is always helpful, and especially in the beginning and also it will encourage your children to learn and ultimately become bilingual.
- Security: Pay attention to the security situation in the country you are moving to, including crime rate, violence and what places should be avoided. Check your country’s travel advisories to see if where you are headed has any advice on what you may encounter.
- Education: When children are involved in relocation you’ll need to understand the local or international education system in country, including registration dates, start of school year, and time off. The level of education and choosing an appropriate educational institution will be critical.
The bottom line: make sure your family’s transition will be smooth by knowing about where you are going. At the end of the day, knowledge will provide security and make the adjustment more seamless.
Change should occur slowly and naturally, this is healthy. Focus on ways to integrate with your new surroundings and be sure your children are happy and healthy. If they have reservations or fears, address them right away and encourage them the best you can. You can never be too prepared.
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