You may have your roots in your hometown with your family, but there will be instances when you look around you and feel foreign in your own land. You may realise that the grass is indeed greener on the other side (hello, Adele) or that you can better grow where you’re independent and focused on work. Regardless of reason, if you’ve been planning to move permanently to another country but can’t seem to get around to it, here are four steps you should take to get started.
Know the Requirements
Different countries like New Zealand offer varying visas and living and work arrangements for its immigrants. You can check an embassy’s website and check the requirements to prepare yourself. There will be international language requirements. Some embassies also follow a point system; you can check their website and see if you’re eligible for immigration.
Prepare Your Papers
Once you’ve checked the requirements, it’s time to prepare your documents. You may need to get tonnes of documents to be included in an embassy’s pool of candidates. Usual papers are certificates of employment, birth, and even marriage if you’re including your spouse in your application. It may take weeks to get your papers from government agencies, though, so factor that in your timeline. You may also need to write an essay expressing your interest to migrate.
Look for Employment Opportunities
You need a job to live in a foreign country permanently, of course. You can do this once you’ve arrived there but it’s better to look for potential jobs while you’re still in your home country. There are certain job categories available: skilled migrant, immediate, and long-term. It’s often easier to move if you’re in the medical or engineering fields. It depends on the country, too.
Consult Immigration Experts
When you’re still unsure of your eligibility, papers, and potential job, perhaps it’s time to consult immigration experts such as Business Immigration NZ. They know the bowels of immigration requirements and can effectively advise you about your plan. They’re licenced by the embassy or consul and are authorised to provide advice for immigrants like you.
These four steps may take a month to a year or more, depending on your efforts and how much or how soon you want to move. Make sure you have the time, money, and patience and you’ll get there when it’s time.