Are you one of the estimated 300,000-plus Brits who will choose to emigrate in 2017? According to official statistics, there are currently more than 5 million UK-born people living abroad. Popular destinations for a new life abroad include Australia, Spain, America, China and France.
If you made a new year’s resolution that 2017 will be the year you leave UK shores for a new life, our top tips could help to make your move smooth, simple and hassle-free.
Plan, plan and plan again
Research is crucial if you want to emigrate in 2017. Factors to consider include work availability, visa rules, housing and living costs and lifestyle.
Talk to someone who’s done it
The internet is a great resource to help you connect with others who have already made the move and emigrated. Forums, blogs and articles will all provide invaluable information to help make the transition to your new life a smooth one.
Be realistic about what emigrating will and won’t change
People emigrate for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps you’ve visited a country and fallen in love with the lifestyle, perhaps a work opportunity has presented itself, or you’re just in search of new adventures. Whatever’s made you decide to emigrate in 2017, it’s important to be realistic about what moving to a new country will and won’t offer you.
Whilst plans can be open to change, it’s important to consider your long term options. Are you planning for this to be a permanent one-way move, or do you plan to move back to the UK at some point in the future? It’s important to consider the various implications of each option, including healthcare eligibility, pensions and financial impact.
Simplify your move
Choosing to emigrate in 2017 is a big decision, and one that takes considerable planning and coordination. Make use of services available to you in order to simplify your move. Services you might want to consider include:
- Packing and removal services
- House clearance services
- House buying services
- Job finding services
- Visa management services
- Relocation agencies
If you’re just at the beginning of thinking of emigrating in 2017, considering these 10 simple questions will help you decide whether it’s the right move for you:
- Where would I live?
- How would I feel about leaving my friends and family?
- What is the visa application process and would I meet all of the necessary requirements?
- Could I afford to emigrate?
- What would I do with my things? Sell/store/take with me?
- Would I be leaving for good reasons?
- What costs would I need to consider? Healthcare, living costs, housing costs vs. likely salary
- How often would I want to/be able to travel back to see family and friends?
- Would my children (any future children) have positive opportunities in the country?
- Would I have a better, happier life there?
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