Tuesday 21 October 2008

Emigration ChecklistEmigration Checklist

Left Quote18 Months To Go

  • Plan a visit to investigate the country. If this is not an option, start researching the web, and contact other migrants.
  • Take a look at the different regions and cities, and investigate house prices.
  • Decide when you will tell friends and family. Older children sometimes need a bit of time to get used to the idea.
  • Attend recruitment expos to find out more about potential employment.
  • Take a look at your finances and plan how you can best repay debt and save for the move.
  • Select a migration agent. Find out what you need to prepare for entry.
  • Investigate what type of visa you would be most suitable for.
  • Begin to get your house ready for sale or renting out.

12 months to go
  • Check your passports are still valid for at least two years.
  • Collect all your personal papers, including driver’s licence, birth, marriage and adoption, references for employment and qualifications.
  • Talk about your plans with extended family.
  • Start the visa application process.
  • Put your house on the market.
  • Start job hunting and contact companies that match your skills and qualifications.

6 months to go
  • Inform schools that your child will be moving to give them time and help them adjust.
  • Book your flights.
  • Review your pension and research transferal opportunities.
  • Talk to a specialist relocation company about assistance in setting up your new life.
  • Ask several freight companies for quotes for moving personal effects and furniture.
  • Research schools and read their websites.
  • Find out what you need to do to ship your pets or find new homes for them.
  • Go for your medicals and apply for police checks for visas.
  • Sell any unwanted furniture and belongings.
  • Ask your employer for your P45, and give formal notice.
  • Open a bank account.
  • Request credit references from your bank/lending institute.
  • Find temporary UK accommodation to bridge the gap between selling your house and leaving.

2 months to go
  • Book temporary accommodation and look at property prices.
  • Research cost of living and taxes.
  • Register your children at their new schools.
  • Book your pet’s kennel accommodation.
  • Begin goodbye functions and social occasions.
  • Give notice to your landlord if necessary.
  • Start packing any non-essential items.
  • Book hotels and car hire for your first few weeks.

1 month to go
  • Give a forwarding address to all official contacts including your bank, passport office, DVLA, Inland Revenue and accountants.
  • Cancel accounts for TV, Internet, phone and insurance.
  • Bring all your utilities and council tax up-to-date.
  • Give away or sell any remaining personal effects.
  • Pay off any outstanding debts.
  • Arrange for your post to be redirected.
  • Transfer funds to your new bank account.
  • Confirm bookings with travel agents and freight companies.
  • Cancel direct debits coming from your account.
  • Ask for a copy of your no claims bonus form from your insurance agency.
  • Arrange a web-based email address to make it easy to stay in touch with your family and friends.

1 week to go
  • Cancel milk and newspaper delivery.
  • Sell your car.
  • Cancel car insurance.
  • Wind down the goodbye parties, leaving you with a bit of breathing space.
  • Finalise packing and ensure your possessions are ready to be sent.
  • Arrange any thank you gifts for friends and family who have helped.
  • Organise transport to the airport, leaving yourself plenty of time.
  • Change money into local currency for spending when you first arrive.
  • Purchase little treats for children to keep them entertained on the flight.

1 day to go
  • Confirm transport to airport.
  • Double check your hand luggage has everything you need.
  • Try to have an early night!

On arrival
  • Pick up a copy of "On Arrival" magazine at the airport; it contains lots of ideas, information and helpful websites.
  • Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation.
  • Contact people back home to let them know you have arrival safely.
  • Try not to sleep through the day.
  • Set up a PAYG mobile phone to start your off - you can buy a cheap SIM card and use it in your UK phone.
  • Find your nearest internet cafe for property and area research.
  • Take a few days to get over the journey and explore the area.

1 week later
  • Get a tax number.
  • Contact your new employer to confirm you have arrived.
  • Explore the area or suburb you think you would like to live in and ask the locals as many questions as possible.
  • Meet with rental agents and start reviewing some accommodation property options.
  • Find a solicitor to help with rental or purchase contracts.
  • Consider buying a car sooner rather than later. Used cars are cheap if you don't yet qualify for credit.
  • Get car insurance.
  • Register at a local school and arrange to meet your children's new teachers.
  • Get a landline installed and set up internet access.
  • Invite your neighbours around for drinks and focus on making new friends for you and your children.

1 month later
  • Review your financial position and transfer more funds if required.
  • Set up standing orders for utilities.
  • Register for your local doctor and dentist.
  • Meet with mortgage brokers to understand your borrowing capacity.
  • Visit your children's schools to ensure that they have settled in.
  • Identify a reliable plumber, electrician and mechanic in your area.
  • Consider re-writing your will.
  • Discuss your first month with your employer and resolve any problems that may have cropped up.
  • Start to attend social functions or join a sports club.
  • Establish a routine and settle into your new life!

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