4 Steps to Starting a New Life Abroad

Still, if you are following your dream then you won't let a bit of red tape stand in your way. Here's our quick guide to getting you on the road to a new life.

Step One - Eligibility

Your first step is to check out if you are eligible to migrate to your target country. This depends on meeting certain criteria including age, qualifications, skills, work experience, family circumstances and varies by country and by the type of visa you will be applying for. You can do a free, quick eligibility check at www.fourcorners.net. This is the easiest way to find out if you could qualify to live and work overseas. More importantly, it will also help identify what options are available to you.

Step Two Visa Application

From here on you can be a 'DIYer' and decide to handle the visa application process on your own. Or, you can also seek help from a migration agent who is experienced in helping applicants navigate what can be a very complex process. Your agent is likely to have first hand experience of the country that you are planning to move to; the processes and procedures involved in successful migration and they should be able to anticipate any potential problems before they arise.

When applying for a Visa, the sort of documentation you will require includes:

  • Passport(s)
  • Birth certificates for migrating family
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Marriage certificates (if applicable)
  • Any relevant family background information
  • Educational/Professional qualification certificates
  • Divorce papers (if applicable)
  • Details of any custody agreements (if applicable)

If your application is admitted you will also be required to have medical tests and police checks.

Step Three Finding Employment

Finding suitable employment will be an important issue in your new life. Research has shown that employment opportunities can make or break a successful resettlement. Sites such as hairandbeautyjobs.com may have suitable vacancies and your migration agent will be able to put you in contact with recruiters and employers to assist you in your search for employment.

If you are thinking of starting your own business abroad then, depending on the country, you may need to demonstrate that you have a successful track record in running a business, have significant net assets and present genuine, well prepared business plans.

Step Four - Resettlement

There is a great deal more to resettlement than you might initially imagine. Things that you have dealt with over the years as they arise will have to be attended to either before you move or soon after you arrive at your destination. Be methodical and tick each item off your list as you go along. The list will included the following issues:

  • Taxation
  • Healthcare
  • Schooling
  • Overview of the local property market
  • Home search/real estate advice
  • Shipping your personal effects including pets, classic cars etc.
  • City maps and guides
  • Currency exchange
  • Financial planning
  • Exploring your chosen destination
  • Finding relocation experts at your chosen destination
  • Preparing to leave

The above may seem daunting but it is not impossible, more and more Britons successfully migrate each year. In 2004, 359,000 Brits moved abroad which was up a third on the numbers a decade before. And, with the right advice and support to guide you this is likely to be the most exciting time of your life and the journey to get there is where it all starts. Good luck!

For further help and advice contact David Roberts at emigration experts, Four Corners Emigration on 0161 608 1617 or visit www.fourcorners.net.

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