Millions and millions of people choose to become expats and move to a foreign country every year. They do that for various reasons – more opportunities, career, educations, love… But settling in a different country is not a decision that should be made in a rush. You need to take the time and consider a number of different things. Otherwise, you may not like or never get used to your new surroundings.
Where – Before you even think of packing your bags and leaving, consider basic things like the country’s climate or political stability. Also, you may want to live in a country that is closer to your old home so that you can travel and see your family more often.
Language – A language can open a lot of new doors. However, if you don’t know the language of the country to which you are headed, you will have limited opportunities and you may face some difficulties getting around it. It is better if you go to a country the language of which you are familiar with.
Safety – Research the crime rates in the region, especially if you plan to go and live on your own. In addition, stay informed about the country’s political situation since it often reflects on the crime rates and expat well being.
Taxes and Insurances – In some countries expats are required to pay higher taxes and insurances. Also, keep in mind that you may still need to pay taxes in your home country even after you leave. This is another topic on which you need to do a good research.
Work – The demand for different professionals vary in every country. That means that if your current job is not really popular in the country you are moving to, then you may need to try out in a new sphere. Therefore, come up with a good backup plan.
Visas and Residency – When you become an expat, you basically have two options to travel home to renew your visa a few times a year or to become a citizen in the new country if this is according to the local regulations. Both of them have their pros and cons. For example, getting a citizenship will allow you to start a business more easily. On the other hand, getting a residency can be quite pricey in some countries without giving you any benefits at all.