Expat Exchange – Making The Move Abroad: Where Do You Start? – Moving Abroad, Moving Overseas, International Relocation

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Making the decision to relocate was one of the biggest, and most exciting, choices of my life. I was offered a job in Johannesburg and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse, so I accepted in a minute. Literally, 1 minute. Once the initial excitement died down, I found myself in a bit of a panic. Just how do you go about packing your life into a suitcase and relocating to the other side of the world?

Before you get carried away in the excitement and romanticism of emigrating, read our guide on getting the process started.


First come visas. Ahhh, visas. If you’ve already got a job waiting for you, then talk to the company as early as possible about what visa support they will give you, if any. Some companies go all out, paying for visas and overall costs – whereas others will leave it to you. Find out, and budget accordingly.

Visas and permits can be costly and time consuming to arrange. The paperwork and documentation may seem endless at times, but you will eventually get through it. Some destinations (such as South Africa or Australia) require you to have a full medical examination and chest X-Ray in order to be eligible for certain permits. You can arrange this through your doctor for a fee.

You might need to get a Police Clearance Certificate from ACPO for certain countries (such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.) This will cost £45–£80, depending on how quickly you need your certificate.

Chances are that the embassy you apply to won’t return the documents you submit so make sure you get plenty of copies made and have each one certified as genuine by a Commissioner for Oaths.

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Expat Exchange – Making The Move Abroad: Where Do You Start? – Moving Abroad, Moving Overseas, International Relocation.

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