Working and Living Abroad – A Complete Guide

Today the world has become a global village and we are all free to choose where to live, study or work. Although it’s usually a rewarding experience, living abroad might be stressful if you haven’t considered all risks and responsibilities in advance.

Make a Research

Before you buy a ticket or accept a job offer from an employer abroad, you should think of the safety and security issues in your destination country; the economic and political situation there, cultural and climate peculiarities as well as health and educational systems. This will help you determine the social environment you’ll be living in, and prevent you from isolation. Also, try to calculate your costs abroad – the cost of living in your host country, how much you’ll need to spend on shipping, accommodation or tuition, take into account all duties, taxes and fees you’ll need to pay there.

First Steps to Take

– Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months

– Start preparing your paperwork. Roughly, you’ll need to prepare the following items:

  •  valid passports and other identity documents for you and your accompanying family members’
  •  birth certificates for yourself and your dependants’
  •  marriage certificate or evidence of a de-facto relationship
  • trade or professional certificates and diplomas
  • bank accounts, payslips, employment reference letters from previous employers
  • up-to-date CV, etc.

– Think of safe accommodation arranged before you arrive in your host country. If you are going to Australia, you can arrange an accommodation pack.

– It’s preferable for you and all your family members travelling with you to visit your health-care provider at least six weeks before departure to ensure you don’t have any health issues upon arrival. Health is always with top priority.

– No matter how long do you intend to live abroad, you need to purchase the best health insurance for the long term you can afford covering your personal health needs and those of your dependants. Contact VisaFirst for more information on this.

– Arrange your financial matters before you go. Managing your finances is a crucial part of living abroad. Ensure your income is enough to sustain your living abroad. You’ll most certainly want to set up a bank account in your destination country and preferably transfer funds there from your current bank account. Contact TraveltoWork to help you organize a foreign bank account before you go as well as to transfer funds abroad fast and hassle-free.

– Taxes are different in each country and also it depends on whether you are resident or non-resident in the country. You need a tax number which will allow you to work at lower tax rates. You can usually claim part of your taxes paid back. Contact for more information.

– If you are travelling with your kids, speak to them in advance to see what are their feelings or concerns about living abroad. Then arrange an appropriate daycare or school for them. You need to keep their passports, birth certificates and other identification documents handy. Consult with your paediatric how best to protect their health and check if any immunisations required are still missing.

– Rent or Purchase of Property – the laws concerning real estates can be very different compared to those at home, so be very careful especially if you plan to purchase a property abroad. Research local property laws before you make this big decision.

What Visa Do You Need?

In most countries, you need a visa if you want to spend there more than three months. The type of visa you need depends on the purpose of your stay – student, working holiday, work or residency visa but you may also need a visitor, business or other short-stay visa. VisaFirst handles more than 800,000 visas per year for people travelling to more than 100 countries every year.

We organize tourist and business visas, working holiday visas, student, spouse, marriage, relative, entertainment visas, employer-sponsored, skilled migration and work visas. With VisaFirst you can get everything you need before you go, including bank accounts, tax numbers, arrival packages, job advice and much more.

Stay in Touch

Once you are settled abroad, do not forget to stay in touch with your family and friends at home. This will help you adapt to the new country quickly. The technologies today allow us to communicate over vast distances and it’s easier than ever.

So, use telephones, Skype, Facebook, emails, mail, whatever you prefer but don’t keep the people you love at home far from your life abroad. You’ll find out that you depend on them more than ever while living abroad.

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