5 Things To Know Before Moving Abroad

Written By Alla Levin
March 28, 2022

5 Things To Know Before Moving Abroad

There are many reasons people would like to move abroad: some people want a different lifestyle and the opportunity to experience a new culture; others may have family ties that require them to live in another country.

Whatever your reason for moving, you’ll almost certainly need to consider whether you’re eligible to do so before proceeding. Let’s look at some of the most common aspects of moving abroad you need to know about.

Visa requirements

Different countries have different visa requirements, so you’ll need to research the specific details of your destination country before applying for a visa. For example, the US has several visas available for people looking to move permanently or temporarily.

The H-1B visa is issued to people in specialty fields like science, engineering, and computer programming. In contrast, the L-1A is given to employees of multinational companies who are being transferred to the US. 

If you are moving to Canada, you need to fully understand the correct type of visa for entry into the country. This can vary depending on your circumstances, entry method (personal or work-related), and which province you are settling in. For example, knowing what the provincial nominee program requires can help you determine if you qualify or need to enter on a different visa.

Healthcare know before moving abroad

If you have a medical condition that can’t be treated in your current country and you wish to move abroad, you will need to research the healthcare system of your destination country. For example, suppose you’re moving to the USA and have a pre-existing illness.

In that case, it’s essential to know what health insurance options are available before making any decisions or taking any steps. Ensure that your medical records are translated if they are not in English.

Living situation

The most common reason for moving abroad is because you have family ties that require you to live in another country. These family ties may be due to marriage, divorce, or the death of a family member, making living abroad a necessity. If your reasons for moving are related to work, you will generally need a residence permit before you relocate. You can avoid this by becoming a permanent resident in the country where you’re working before your current visa expires.


One reason people move abroad is to experience a new culture. However, some people can find it challenging to adapt to their new surroundings and may experience culture shock. If you’re planning on moving abroad for this reason and are worried about culture shock, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

One way is to take short trips away from your home country to get used to living in another country before committing your whole life to it. You could also research the culture before you move to understand more about what it will be like. Of course, these tips don’t work for everyone, but they might help you make the process smoother.

Cost of living

Another reason people move abroad is the cost of living. Living in New York City, for example, can be very expensive. People may want to find a place where they can save money. Whether you’re moving for personal or business reasons, you might want to consider opportunities outside the United States.

Some other countries and cities offer lower living costs, making them a more affordable option if you’re looking to get away from your high-cost country of residence. The cost of living is different depending on where you go. For example, London has a higher cost of living than Santiago.

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