Moving to Europe? Congratulations!!
As with any relocation, especially from one country to another, there are some essential/pertinent things you would want to consider. Firstly, you have to ensure your documents are ready. Next, you should know how to obtain a European passport.
Meanwhile, you have to get other things ready. It’s a herculean task.
Here’s your checklist:
#1: Sort Out Financial Matters
How is your financial health? Research living costs of the host country. Check with their embassy to understand the exact amount of cash you should possess in a bank account as you enter the European country.
If someone is helping you, your parents, or sponsors, collect their letters confirming the said amount, date of delivery, and agreement terms.
If you are under a contractual agreement in your homeland or overseas, bring the copy. If you would be doing freelance jobs but do not have any agreement, get a signed letter of intent from your client(s). The letter of intent has no legal binding, unlike a contract.
#2: Get Access to Funds
Consult with the bank representatives and prepare your bank accounts to meet all your needs abroad.
Set up accounts. Know your options from the bank.
Get a local card from the bank. Avoid the home bank card as much as you can as it costs dearly. Having a local account can save transaction charges.
Get quick access to mobile banking and online banking. Work with your bank to sort these things out.
#3: Visa Application
In European countries, you must hold a student visa or a work visa for stays over three months. Consult the embassy of your destination country a minimum of six months in advance. You are required to present the following:
- A valid passport up to 2 months after the date of your return
- Enrollment certificate in a school or work/job offer
- The address you would be residing
- Last three months bank statements
- Proof of your financial independence
A student visa does not entitle a candidate to work in any European country.
#4: Store Your Belongings
It’s important because you cannot rely on your stellar memory in such times. American suburbs charge $60 a month for storage. Maintain a list of belongings with the location.
#5: Get Your Insurance
Healthcare needs are unforeseen. You should have coverage for healthcare, trip cancellation, accidents, and other events that may strike unexpectedly. Fix a budget between $500 and $1200 a year. Consider your options.
#6: Renew all IDs
Before leaving your homeland, make sure your passport, health insurance card, driver’s license, credit cards, and all other cards. Once done, ensure you have photocopies of all your official documents, including birth certificate, insurance, cards, agreements, and your plane ticket.
#7: Update Driver’s License
All European nations do not recognize foreign driving licenses. For example, Germany and Spain require candidates to hold valid international driver’s licenses before they can lease a vehicle. Licenses do not cost much. Get your international driving permit before you board.
While there are countless things to prepare before moving to another country, these aforementioned ones are important. Make sure you are mentally prepared and focused to go through this.