Making the Move – Living Abroad

Moving abroad can be a fun, yet daunting, task. There are many aspects to consider, including whether or not you can get a job, how to stay living there, visas, work permits and much more besides. These requirements will vary, depending on which country you are from and what other membership status you hold. Some countries will require no visas at all, whilst others may need reams of paperwork.

For example, moving to Malta is a rather straightforward process if you are a member of the EU, EEA or even a Swiss national. Malta also has a residence scheme in place which allows those of you from other countries to gain residence within Malta. In some situations, it can help to have a professional to guide you through the logistics of such a move.

Most people will not have that many troubles in moving, but will still have to think about some of the more mundane aspects of life abroad. Moving money saved in the country of origin to the country being moved to can be expensive if using international payment methods. Likewise, locating a new home and negotiating getting onto the housing ladder in a new country can also be problematic. Things such as these should be checked out in advance, and a certain number of preparations should already be in place before even leaving the home country. Healthcare, insurance and taxes will also have to be looked at, in order to provide a safe living environment for you and your family.

There are also other aspects to master, such as language barriers. It can be important to know some rudimentary words in the language of the new country, or indeed choose to move somewhere that speaks your native tongue. Pensions, living costs and personal finances are all things that should be looked into and sorted out prior to leaping feet first into a new life. Looking into all of these areas, and being prepared, should help give you an excellent start on your new adventure.