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So, you landed your perfect job in a country that you have always dreamed about moving to but you’re not sure where to start in terms of relocating? Then this checklist will point you in the right direction.
Even if you are from a western country say the UK and moving to Australia there are still things to learn about that culture of that country. This is even more important if travelling to a Middle Eastern gulf such as Dubai or Qatar. These countries have certain society norms that may be different from the country you currently reside in. For example, in Dubai it is expected that outside the resorts you dress appropriately, i.e. covering your shoulders and knees. So, it’s best to educate yourself on the country you are planning on working in before you move there. This way you won’t suffer any social faux pars, especially in the work place!
Where are you going to live?
In a lot of cases companies who recruit candidates from overseas will provide relocation costs or arrange somewhere for you to live while you settle in. But this is not always the case so its best sometimes to double check and find out what arrangements have been made by your new employer. Its always good to look on websites created by expats living in the country you are planning to work within. This way you will have a better insight into what it is like to live there and have a better idea of what you can do once you settle in to your new place of work.
If you are working abroad the chances are that you will need a visa or work permit. This can be in the format of a working visa which normally comes with the proviso that you have a sponsor (normally your employer) so you can work in that country. Dependent on which country you move to, they all have different requirements. But if you meet the specific requirements of your chosen new home there shouldn’t be a problem.
Plan your move
It takes a lot of time and effort to secure your dream role abroad, so you don’t want to rush your move! There are lots of things to consider, especially if you are moving with your family or have children in the education system. It may take many months to get all your affairs in order so its important that you plan your new life abroad as soon as you accept an offer from your new employer.