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Things to consider before you move to a foreign country


If you have decided to move to another country, you have to take into account several factors that may challenge you. In order to make the process of relocating go smoothly Mercury Group Luxury Estate offers some checkpoints which you would be well-advised to follow.

If you have decided to move to another country, you have to take into account several factors that may challenge you. In order to make the process of relocating go smoothly Mercury Group Luxury Estate offers some checkpoints which you would be well-advised to follow. 

More haste, less speed

When moving to another country please remember that the legal emigration procedure and relocation procedure can be long, hard, and sometimes demanding. Do not try to take short cuts, which may result in you more wasting time and money. Consult with specialists and competent authorities in order to understand what you need to do and which documents you need to submit.

Do you speak English? 

Nowadays, even though English is considered to be a global language, there may be some countries where people generally may not speak English or other popular languages. According to the Maslow pyramid, communication takes third place in the hierarchy of needs. Therefore, when you move to another country it is advisable to attend language courses before you go and once you arrive.

Why go? 

There are many reasons why people decide to move to another country: climate, political stability, costs, language, education, work, health, a wish to change their lifestyle, etc. These are the positive features which make someone pack their bags and move to another country. But you have to think about other factors, such as taxes, natural disasters, crime, etc.; otherwise they may come as a surprise when you are already there unpacking. 

A doctor, a teacher, and a priest were on a plane… 

It is important to be aware of the medical services available in your communities and how they are rated for quality and consistency, as well as access to prescribed medication. If you move to another country together with your children, you have to find out about all the education system and educational institutions. It is highly advisable for ex-pats to send their children to private and international schools, where education is ex-pat-oriented. These schools are usually expensive and prestigious and you can expect your child to be given the best education. No less important is the country’s main religion. Nowadays, when all nations tend to mix and relocate in search of a better life, many countries have many religious groups. Nevertheless, the religion of a country dictates its traditions, values, rules of interaction, and many other important aspects of life. It is worth finding out more about local etiquette in order not to get in hot water. 

Visa, Residence permit, and Citizenship

Some ex-pats want to become citizens of their new nation; some are content to stay there on extended tourist visas. If that’s the case, you might have some shuffling to do over the border to renew your visa every so often, and your ability to open a business or own property may be restricted. Sometimes there are huge benefits in becoming a citizen, sometimes no real difference, so do your homework and talk to other ex-pats, because it could be a lengthy and expensive process to establish residency.

Cost of Living

Before you decide to go to another county, look into the costs of everyday items. Even though real estate prices can quite attractive, day-to-day living may cost a bundle.  Check out the cost of food, petrol, entertainment, and fuel.

Inheritance and Wills 

If you are sinking most of your savings into a property abroad, check the inheritance laws. Speak to an international solicitor to make sure you can leave your assets to your family as you wish, and find out about inheritance tax. 

 

 

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