Saying good bye to your home country isn’t easy. However, sometimes it’s necessary in order to start a new chapter in your life.

Moving out of Canada soon? Here are a few things to get done at your earliest.

Prepare Your Travel Documents

First things first: do you have a valid passport? What about a long-term visa for the country you’re planning on moving to? You’ll need a valid passport to apply for your visa, so make sure you get it renewed at your earliest.

Once you have your passport ready, apply for your visa based on your specific requirement. Go through the country’s official website and read the requirements for any other supporting documents required. These tend to vary based on the type of visa you’re applying for. For instance, if you’re moving for the next couple of years because you got admission in a university abroad, then you’ll need to present proof of your offer letter when applying for your student visa.

close-up of a Canadian passportStart Saving Up

If you’ve finalized your decision to move, you should start saving up for your future expenses. The sooner you start the better. Even if your move isn’t scheduled for the next several months—or even a few years—you can’t go wrong with having some extra savings.

Relocating to another country isn’t exactly an inexpensive process. Whatever your reasons for moving are, you should have at least enough saved up to be able to spend the first six months comfortably. The exact amount can be calculated by factoring in various aspects such as the average cost of living in the city you’ll be moving to, the cost of international shipments, and of course, the cost of visa application, document attestation, and buying plane tickets.

Prepare an estimate for how much the whole moving process requires, and save accordingly.

Research Your New City

So, you’ve just been transferred to the UAE for a work appointment. Or perhaps you’ve decided to relocate to Spain of your own accord. You know where you’ll be living, but what else do you need to know about the place you’re moving to?

It’s never too early to start your research. If your destination is one of your own choosing, you’ve probably already done some research on what it’s like to live there. If not, now’s the time to begin. Apart from living costs, research the kind of environment the place offers to expats. Join online groups catering to expats and people who’ve relocated from another country, and speak to them for firsthand accounts. Get a gist of the culture, politics, and yes, even the climate of that place so you know exactly what to expect when you get there.

Global Legalization Services is an Ottawa based document legalization service that offers document attestation, document authentication services. Get in touch with our team today to get your documents attested before you move away from Canada.

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