Each year millions of people make a foreign country their new home. There is a range of reasons for wanting to move to a different country among them job transfer, looking for a cheaper cost of living, inhabitable conditions, or simply looking for greener pastures. Regardless of the reasons when you decide to become an expatriate there are some vital things you need to know about the new country you are about to make your home. It might not be possible to list all the details of what you need to do before buying that one-way ticket to your destination but here are a few core things you need to consider when moving to a new country.
The first thing you need to pay attention to is the safety of the country you are about to call home. Safety should not only be a concern when you are considering moving to countries associated with terrorists or developing nations, even developed countries have safety concerns as well. Therefore make sure you familiarize yourself with the security matters of the prospective country before making the final decision. It is imperative if you make a local friend show you around once you get there. Regardless of where you are avoid traveling with jewelry and other valuables when you are new in a foreign country, you make yourself an easy target. This is because most street even in countries considered safe has street crime issues although in countries with political and religious conflict crime rate is high.
Learning about the culture and language of the country you are intending to go to can contribute to a smooth transition. Communication plays a pivotal role in facilitating things such as interaction with natives, expressing yourself, and it also makes it easy to mingle with locals. Therefore, if you sincerely want to go to a foreign country whose language and culture you are unfamiliar with consider learning the basic things first. At least basic communication that will help you request basic things such as directions, bathrooms, and greetings.
Technology is another major consideration you need to pay attention to before moving to a foreign country. This is far much important if you are moving from a first world to a developing country. However, it is also good to have in mind that even in developed countries they are significant variations in technology and therefore you should learn about it. In other countries, you may experience access problems with some technologies because they are unavailable, restricted, or limited to some areas. Therefore, buy local electronics such as laptops, and phones to make sure you have access to local technology as you learn how to adjust to your new home.
When you move to a new country you have two main options, become a citizen and become a resident or live like a tourist with an extended tourist visa. This is why you need to make your decision in advance. If you choose the extended tourist visa option it is important to have in mind that you will be required to renew it after 90 days and it is not easy to run or operate a business while you have a tourist visa. The process of applying for and acquiring these visas can be lengthy, tiring, and sometimes frustrating and it is recommended you look for experienced individuals such as local immigration attorneys to assist you or other expatriates.