What Are the Challenges of Moving Abroad?

People experience a multitude of changes when moving abroad—and change can be scary. There are some challenges you will face when living abroad that will test your comfort and patience. We understand that moving to a new country can be challenging, so we have provided you with a few tips on how to manage some of the challenges you will be facing.

So, what are the most difficult parts of moving internationally?

Unfamiliarity with Legal Procedures

When moving internationally, there are legal procedures you must go through before moving. Whether it is obtaining a visa or understanding the laws, it can be daunting. Experts recommend visiting the embassy office of the country you are moving to. They're likely to have resources to help you answer your questions, from logistics to questions about the culture.

For example, if you are planning on moving to the U.S., there are multiple programs that can help you obtain the information you need. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs provides important information on how to obtain a visa, employment information, and a list of the U.S. Embassy offices located globally.

Purchasing Property Internationally

Every country has different rules and conventions—which means buyers need to take vital information into consideration before purchasing a home. This may include ownership restrictions, tax ramifications, development regulations, currency issues and political climate. It is best to speak with a real estate company to help you through the steps of purchasing a home internationally.

Below are some of the most established international real estate companies:

  • Re/Max
  • IQI
  • Zillow
  • Century 21
  • ERA Real Estate
  • Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Colliers International Property
  • Mayfair International Realty

Language Barriers

Learning a new language is another challenge you may face when moving internationally. The best way to overcome a language barrier is by being open to try new things and not being afraid to ask for clarification when speaking with others. Attending language courses is a great way to learn and practice the language and interact with other individuals that are also learning. 

Moving internationally may be challenging, but at the end of the day it is amazing and worthwhile. There are endless resources to help you through these challenges and make your moving experience a positive one!

AQMS is also here to make your moving experience as stress free as possible. We can help you move and pack your belongings—whether you are moving internationally or locally. Contact us today for a free estimate!