Do you need some migration help? If you are thinking about moving overseas or you have already started your application, we are here to help! This is the second installment on the top tips for a smooth migration from our team at Worldwide Migration Partners.
If you missed part one, please click here.
6. Know your own areas of expertise and limitations.
You may be extremely organised, well-versed in government forms, and come from a legal background. Many individuals applying for visas or residency may be fully-capable of handling their own visa application depending on the complexity of the case. However, many cases require much more expertise and experience where you would want to engage a professional. It is for this reason we encourage everyone to ask for migration help from a specialist. Avoid the unnecessary stress by trying to do everything yourself!
7. Family matters.
If you’re moving overseas, you likely want to take your family with you! However, every country recognises family members differently. Some countries do not recognise de-facto partners, others do not recognise same-sex partners. Additionally, most countries will have an age limit for your children. It is important to know the specific national laws regarding accompanying family members for the country you will be traveling to.
8. Be flexible!
Regardless of where you are heading, governments are all bureaucratic with many unforeseen and unexpected delays. Processing times often speed up and slow down with very little warning. Additionally, laws change that may greatly impact a visa or residency application. It is therefore important to discuss your specific situation with a specialist to find out what the current processing times and costs for a case like yours would be. Plan your application with extra time and be flexible!
9. Plan ahead!
We strongly encourage everyone to plan your first 60-days upon arrival in your new home country. Plan ahead to know how to obtain medical insurance, open bank accounts, apply for a driver’s license and request a social security number.
10. If moving to the United States, know the difference between your visa and your I-94.
As odd as it may sound, your visa does not govern how long you can remain in the United States. The I-94 entry document, which is issued upon each entry into the United States, controls the length of your authorised stay. Your visa only controls your ability to enter the US. Many times, these have different expiration dates, so it is critical that you keep track of your I-94 expiration date.
11. Speak with a Migration Agent or Immigration Lawyer to know the requirements of your Visa Application.
Even if you are applying for a basic visa or submitting a simple application, it is always a good idea to speak with a specialist in the early stages of your application and get some migration help. Government procedures and laws change on a regular basis. Public, online forums often have outdated or inaccurate information. Consequently, a licensed agent or lawyer should be able to add substantial value even with an easy application.
We hope you enjoyed our two-part series and gained some valuable information from our posts as well! If you are planning on migrating, contact us to see how we can help. Don’t forget to also follow us on Facebook!