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Moving abroad for a job, education, spiritual quest, or for luxury is always emotionally and mentally overwhelming. Immigrating is simultaneously thrilling and horrifying. Leaving behind one’s family and friends to begin a new phase of life isn’t as easy as it appears. Keeping that in mind, it’s best to begin things on the right note. There are many things to take care of before moving to a distant land. Start preparing early; this will help you to make the process easier. To make your immigration easy, we have curated a list of 5 things to keep in mind when moving abroad.

Language Restrictions

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The most important thing to keep in mind while moving to another country is the language of that country. Not many countries have English as their national language. Moving to a non-English speaking country with zero knowledge about the regional language would make things difficult. In fact it will be nearly impossible.

Knowing English will only be sufficient for bare needs. Beyond that, speaking only English would do no good when it comes to building relations or making a career. But this shouldn’t stand in your way because now there are numerous courses available to learn a new language in three months. Take these courses before engaging in a new culture.

Also research and learn as much as you can about their culture. Start practicing the essential introductory words with your friends and family. Learn the greetings and basic etiquette. Moreover, get to know their bathroom arrangements because many countries have different toilet arrangements.

Accommodations

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To make living arrangements beforehand is immensely important. Arriving at a new place without having a place to stay will put you in a panic situation. Renting a home without seeing it is not a great idea.

You can book a place for a week in the city you travel to and then look for something permanent. After living in the town for some time, you will know the localities and the real estate charges. Some local websites and applications can ease your task of searching for a house or apartment. A lot of Facebook groups are also there to find roommates and research locations. Consider installing a cargo roof rack on your car for any immediate purchases and transportation at the new destination.

Get a Local Sim Card 

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If you plan to move abroad, it will come with network restrictions. Your original sim card will not work or will come with massive roaming charges. Obtaining a local sim card at your destination will save you from the unpleasant charges levied on you by your network provider. This will also ease your communication with your friends and family in your home country, who are waiting for updates from you. Research all the best plans available and choose one. Change all your accounts from OTP authentication to email authentication. This will prevent you from being locked out of your social media accounts when you’re unable to verify OTPs due to cellular restrictions in the new country.

Complete Your Monetary Arrangements 

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Usually, no one moves abroad without a monetary arrangement. Your actual expenses are always different from what you planned, so it’s important to save some extra cash than budgetted. The best method is to save up enough money for six months of survival and a return ticket to your country, if things don’t work out. After that, you will have to figure out your international banking and transaction facilities with your local bank. Look for internationally accepted debit and credit cards with no or minimum transaction fees until you open another account in the country you’re moving to. Also, don’t forget to clear all your taxes in your home country.

Get Insurance and Look For Medical Facilities

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Getting insurance will reduce your risk of leaving everything behind and moving to a foreign land. While choosing an insurance plan, make sure the policy covers your health, booking cancellations, transportation damage, and belongings that are expensive to replace. Cancel any existing insurance in your country or check with them if they can cover you abroad. Consult with your doctors, get copies of your medical records, and get necessary vaccinations. For ongoing health treatment, check if the prescribed medications are allowed in the country and are easily accessible. Some places allow healthcare insurance on arrival, and some do not give access to their health care facilities on day one. Countries have different healthcare policies and plans, which immigrants have to comply with.

Conclusion

Before leaving, don’t forget to double-check your documents, bookings, passport, visa, and belongings. We all have heard stories of people reaching the airport with missing documents or tickets. It will take time to adjust to a different place. You might miss your loved ones and feel like going back, but then remember why you moved in the first place. Moving to another country is an extraordinary experience, with endless opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Do not let it be in vain. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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