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Working Abroad

   Traditionally, emigration was a life-long commitment to settle in a land far away for a chance of, or at least hope for, a better life. These days, there are as many reasons as there are individuals. Sometimes it is love, other times money that feeds the drive. Or adventure. Escape. For some, a few years spent abroad improves the chances of advancing their professional growth. It may even be a prerequisite for their further career. Others follow a dream, grab an opportunity, or just “give it a shot”. Whatever your motive may be, the actual step to pick up your belongings -or leave them behind- and move abroad, to survive in a different culture, requires a solid dose of courage and at least as much preparation. You are, after all, leaving your comfort zone.

   There are many issues you must prepare for before you leave. Some are of a general nature; others are specific to the country where you want to settle. Yet others pertain to work or the employer you will work for. Your new country may well turn out to be very different from what you anticipated. That idyllic holiday island might have been wonderful for a vacation but it is another thing to actually live there, to be part of the local fabric on a daily basis. Your company may have placed you at a prestigious post and given you a coveted title, but once you interact with local customs on a daily basis you may discover that the global network you are part of has local flavors which you are unprepared for.

   No matter how eager you may be to leave, even if you are fully focused on your pending move you do need to take care of a few issues before you leave. Indeed you should prepare for your stay in your new country before you set sail, but it is equally important to settle certain administrative issues in the country you are about to leave. If you don’t, you may be able to leave but not to fully part. The issues that you need to take care of before you leave will be addressed in this chapter.

   You need various documents when you want to legally stay or work in another country. These include a valid passport or identity card, an entry visa, work and residence permits, medical documentation. Other documents you need are a domestic drivers’ license and car title or import documents, insurance policies, birth and marriage certificates and other, specific documentation. Some have to be obtained before you enter the country; others have to be arranged within the country itself. These documents are personal and you must be able to produce them to the relevant authorities upon their request. In the event of loss or theft they should be replaced as soon as possible.

Each country imposes different requirements and conditions to both the issuance of the documents and the purpose for which they can be used. Most immigration laws require that you submit proof that you are able provide in your own means and not become a burden on the state. Even if you are independently wealthy you may have to show a regular and steady flow of income generated by your assets on a domestic bank account. Foreign health insurance may be either valid or redundant. Some documents must be applied for in the official language of the country; elsewhere applications in English, French or other ‘second’ languages may be accepted.

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