Moving abroad is a huge decision. Be sure to consider these 4 things when making a decision that is right for your family.
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Moving Abroad with a Family
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Deciding to move your family into a new home is always a big decision, but moving to another country is life changing. There are a lot of benefits to moving abroad with your family. Perhaps you want to move somewhere where they’ll have better opportunities when they grow up. Or perhaps you just want them to experience a different culture for a while. It might even be a necessary move because you or your spouses’ job moves to a different country. Whatever the reasons for it, it’s a monumental decision to make and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Before you decide to take the plunge, be sure to consider these 4 things!
The Stress Of Moving
Anybody that’s moved house with children will tell you that it’s incredibly stressful. Add airports, finding your feet in a new country, and possibly having to navigate a language barrier into the mix and things get a whole lot harder. Moving the family abroad is so stressful and you need to consider whether it’s really worth it. If you’re moving for a good reason, it is. But if the idea just popped into your head and you ran with it, consider whether you’re really prepared to go through all of that stress.
Before you can legally live in another country, you’ll most likely have to sort out visas for the family. Depending on where you’re planning to go, that can be difficult. The best thing to do is get in touch with a family immigration attorney and tell them your plans. If your family is moving for work, it’ll be easier to get a visa because you already have a job. If you don’t have any work sorted out yet, getting a visa might be a bit more difficult. In most cases, you’ll have to get a temporary visa. Then when you find a job you can look into getting a permanent visa. Before you make any decisions about moving abroad, you need to find out whether you’ll actually be able to do it.
Making sure that your family is healthy is essential. So have you considered how healthcare works in the country that you’re planning to move to? The system is likely to be different to what it is at home. In some cases, it might be better, but it could also be worse. If that’s the case, do you want to move your family where healthcare is not as good?
Schooling is another important consideration for parents and, just like healthcare, the system is going to work differently in another country. The quality of education, in general, might not be as good either. It’s important that you do a lot of research. Look to see how the education system is? If it is not up to the standards you are used to is homeschooling an option?
The most important thing when deciding to move your family to another country is research. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself in for and be sure that the new country will be right for your family before you make any decisions.
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!