Preparing for a move overseas
So you're looking to move overseas from the UK and wondering where to start. First off you need to be committed to moving overseas, there can be a lot involved to do it correctly however, it's not as scary as you may think - here are a few steps you can follow to help you on your way.
Inform your Council that you're moving abroad
You will need to advise your council that you're moving overseas and provide them with a forwarding address in case they need to contact you in an emergency. If you're on benefits then the relevant benefits offices will be able to tell you if you can continue to receive your benefits whilst you are abroad. If you have a pension then you will need to contact the International Pension Centre. If you are a tax payer then you will need to tell HM Revenue & Customs if you move or retire abroad.
You will need to sort out your residency papers and visas; requirements may be different depending on the length of time that you will be staying.
Find a place to live
Arranging accommodation is a main part of moving overseas, if you are moving to live with a friend or family then this will give you a great opportunity to choose the right property for you. You will also need to set yourself up a with bank account in that country. If you are doing this alone then it is advisable that you look online and find as many details as you can of potential properties that you are interested in. You may need to fly over and view them - taking the chance to set up a bank account whist you're over there. If you're buying then don't be afraid to negotiate, this can save you a lot of money, even if you are looking at renting you might be able to knock the price down. There is no harm is asking as long as you are being realistic.
Learning the lingo
Moving to another country can be stressful, add on the language barrier and its makes things even more difficult. Don't think to yourself that you will just pick up the language over time by just living there. If you're a student then you might be alright, with a strong social network and the willing to learn the language - you may pick it up however, you will need to put some effort in to learning the language and the culture.
Be sure to familiarise with the countries law as things may be very different from what you are used to in the UK and the crime and punishment system can be a lot harsher.
If you require any more information then please contact us, our friendly staff have been helping people move overseas for over 20 years and have the experience needed to help you every step of the way.