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How to prepare for your job abroad

After landing your job abroad, the next thing that you need to prepare for is your life in a new country. This is the most awaited moment, and you are excited. However, the whole migration process and the lifestyle adjustments can take the fun out of the move. The good news is there are so many things you can do to make this transition smoother. Here are 6 of them.

  • Research your Location
  • Have extra money
  • Prepare the documents needed for your job abroad
  • Sort out the things at home
  • Pack intentionally
  • Banking

Research your Location

Our next tip is quite obvious. But it’s a must; thus, we couldn’t omit it from our list. Before moving for your job abroad, do your research about your destination. This doesn’t mean just the country you are moving to. Look up the city you are going to work in and the area you are planning to live in. Being well informed about the location will give you peace of mind. Also, it will help you get an idea of what to expect. Make sure to learn about the culture, customs, and infrastructure around.


For this, you can use the internet. Also, you can ask your employer or the agent, and they will be happy to provide you with all the details. Talk to someone you know who has lived there to get firsthand knowledge.

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Have extra money

Although you will get paid from your job once you move there, it’s important that you have a buffer fund. You will need the money more than you think once you get there. You will have to pay for travel, food and hotels (if needed). Also, you might have to buy furniture and other household items to make your new place fit your needs. In most jobs, the paycheck will arrive at the end of the month. So you need to make sure that you have enough money to support yourself during that time.

But keep in mind that there are employers who pay a salary advance and even pay for your travels and accommodation. So if you are broke, you are not out of hope.

Prepare the documents needed for your job abroad

Moving overseas isn’t as simple as packing your bag and jumping on a plane. There are complex bureaucratic processes involved. This is where all the boring paperwork comes in. Mainly you will need the following documents when you move for your job abroad.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Work permit
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical records
  • School records (if you are moving with children )   
  • Marriage certificate

Below are some other documents that you might want to prepare based on your situation

  • Driver’s license
  • Divorce papers
  • Tax records
  • Insurance documents
  • Health insurance card

Make sure to have a few copies of each document, and do not pack them with your cargo. Always carry them with you when you are entering the country.

Sort out the things at home

You’ll need to take care of business at home and in your home country before your move.

Also, there is all the documentation process necessary for going abroad. If you have the help of a foreign recruiting agent, the process is going to be much easier for you. They will take care of the entire process on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. But if that’s not the case with you, you will have to handle the visa process, medical tests, accommodation hunting, flight booking and all the other nitty-gritty stuff by yourself.

On the other hand, there can be institutions and services that you need to inform about your move. This can range from your bank, insurance, and utility bills to your gym subscriptions. This is another important task that you need to take care of before taking your job abroad.

Pack intentionally

You might think packing is the last task to do when moving for your job abroad. However, last-minute packing can get stressful really quick. So start packing what you need ahead. When packing clothes be mindful of the different seasons there, events that you have to participate in and your work dress code. It’s always cheaper to buy all the clothes you need from Sri Lanka. So make sure you pack all the clothes you need and bring them with you to your new location.

Banking

Banking is another important task you’ll have to put on your to-do list. First, make sure your bank card is accepted at cash machines abroad. Know the fees involved and consider getting a credit/debit card with no foreign transaction fees.

Another important tip is to always have at least one backup card. So even if you lose your card or it gets stolen, or the card gets rejected, you have a backup to fall back on. Also, inform your bank that you will be using your card. Because some cards get blocked by the bank when used abroad if they are not aware of your move.

Plan for your job abroad with confidence

These tips will help you prepare for the move abroad for your new job. Our advice is to prepare ahead with all things so you can be relaxed through the entire process. We wish you all the best with the new phase of your life. To find the best job vacancies visit ikman.lk.


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