25 Sep 2015

Deciding to Work Abroad – the Complete Relocation Guide

As well as being incredibly exciting, the prospect of relocating overseas for work can also be understandably daunting. If you are contemplating moving abroad for work, either with your current employer or to begin work with a new one, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration before you go.

Is This Definitely What I Want?

Before you relocate abroad for work, you need to decide with certainty that making the move is the right choice for you. Sure, moving abroad for work may seem lucrative in terms of progression within your specific career, but there are other factors to take into consideration as well.

Culture, Climate and Lifestyle

One of the first things you should think about is the local culture of the destination country and the city you are planning to relocate to specifically. As well as investing a lot of time on research online and reading books about the country and city, you should also make a cursory visit there if at all feasible. Put a lot of things into aspects such as the climate and the local economy. Are you suited to the local weather conditions? Will you be earning enough money to enjoy the same lifestyle as back home? Weigh up the wage you’ll be getting against factors such as the cost of rent or property and the cost of living.

Weigh up the Pros and Cons

A good idea might be to make a list of the pros and cons of relocating, and then weigh them up against each other. It’s a good idea to discuss your hopes and concerns with a close friend or family member; they can help you assess the move from another perspective and ultimately help you decide if moving abroad for work is definitely what you want to do.


Unless you live alone, you aren’t the only one who will be affected by a decision as major as moving to another country to work. You will have to take your family’s feelings and needs into consideration as well. You may have elderly parents who require care in which case you will need to ensure arrangements are in place to see that they are well looked after. If you have children, you will need to think about how a move will affect their schooling. An important thing to do when contemplating moving abroad to work with your kids is to conduct some research into the local schools of the destination city.

Paperwork, Visas and the Migration process

This is one of the last things to consider whilst deciding whether or not to relocate and one of the first things to consider once you have decided that you do definitely want to move overseas to work. Unfortunately this is one of the most laborious yet highly important aspects of moving abroad to work. The level of paperwork involved will vary from country to country so it’s important to set aside plenty of time before you are scheduled to move to ensure that your visas, work permits and passport are all in order. The best way to ensure you have considered all your options and are properly prepared is to contact a registered Migration Agent. At Immigracious we pride ourselves in assisting people through the entire migration process to ensure you have a smooth and pleasurable experience as possible.


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Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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