Before Immigration: Preparation is Key

So this is it. Your papers are in order, your visa’s been approved. You’re finally migrating, about to move on to the next phase in your life. There’s a lot to do, but where do you even start? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready to migrate.

Tips:

Research:

Customs and culture

Take the time to learn more about the country you’re moving to! Little facts about its history, its culture, and its customs can come a long way in helping you acclimate to your new environment.

Cost of living

The cost of living often differs from country to country, so it’s important to do some research before you plan your budget. Look into exchange rates, property prices, quality of living, so you have an overview of the economy before migrating!

Job opportunities/Good schools

If you haven’t already secured employment, online career expos are a good place to start. Many expos offer online conferences for different job types and experiences. If you have a child, getting to know potential schools is as easy as visiting their web pages to see what type of education they have to offer!

Modes of Transport

This is often overlooked, as modes of transport may be taken for granted. But it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the modes of public transport in your new location. Learn about the bus schedule and route you may need to take, familiarize yourself with the railway and how it functions.

Prepare:

Official documents

Make sure to compile all the necessary documents. Take the time to create a folder of hard copies, and back them up online or in a flash drive as well, just in case.  

Pack up

This is the perfect time for you to decide what to take with you, what to store, and what to throw away.

Settle your affairs

Cancel any accounts or subscriptions you no longer need, and see if there are options to move others to your new location.

Say goodbye

It doesn’t have to be sad! Plan a party, and let your loved ones send you off in style.

Remember:

Homesickness does happen

You’re far away from everything familiar to you, and starting out in a strange, new place. It’s okay to be afraid, it’s okay to worry.

It will be hard.

Starting out somewhere new isn’t easy. You will have to work harder than you ever have before to ensure your decision to migrate was not made in vain.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to people.

When starting out in a new place, it is in every instinct to be wary of meeting strangers. But don’t be afraid to form bonds and join the community around you. With their help, this strange and unfamiliar place can become home.

With the right mindset, you’ll thrive.

It’s difficult to start again, difficult to adjust, and difficult to acclimate. But never let that daunt you. Remember, first and foremost, this was your dream, the dream you had of a better life for yourself and your loved ones. Migrating was only the first step. With a positive outlook and the right mindset, you’ll be able to succeed and fulfill the rest of your dream.