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05 Nov 2018

What to Prioritise when Moving Abroad

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New country, new culture, new challenge – who hasn’t thought about it?

But excitement often gives way to hesitation when thoughts turn to the many things that need doing for the dream move to work out. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to reduce the hassle and keep your focus on the new life that awaits.

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Prepare your to-do list

Start with a to-do list and split it into short, medium and long-term tasks.

Divide the tasks between things you can sort out online and that which requires a call or a face-to-face meeting. This will help you assess how much time you need to get everything done.

Learn the language

Don't put off learning the local language - everything is easier when you can communicate with others.

You’ll find locals appreciate the effort and immersing yourself in another language is a fun challenge.

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Arrange the job first

Many countries won’t grant you a visa unless you have a job lined up. But even if you can move without a job offer, it’s better to hit the ground running and avoid cash flow problems.

Do your research, get familiar with the market, know the salary levels and then tailor your CV to the local economy. Then do what you’d do at home – hit the job sites, network and be ready to negotiate.

Get advice from the locals

Locals know the area best and are often willing to help. Most people simply never think to ask them.

Also, visit ex-pat forums before you travel to learn about how others have solved their challenges. You’re not the first person to move to a new country and you’ll find many have had similar questions.

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Expect red tape

From visas to work permits to residency documents, you’ll be swamped in paperwork and online forms.

Ditch your expectations about getting this out the way fast. These things take time and there isn't much you can do to speed up the process.

Patience, acceptance and above all, politeness will be major assets. You’ll get it all done, it just won’t happen overnight.

Think about your money

Or more specifically, moving it.

Fast, safe and convenient international money transfers are important when moving abroad.  Especially if you want to send money back home on a regular basis.

Set up a Skrill account and move funds to 185 countries in 40 currencies. Reach friends and family using just an email address or send money directly to a bank account overseas.

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