Here are the top tips (part one) for a smooth migration from the team at Worldwide Migration Partners!
Whether you’re moving from Australia to America or Zimbabwe to New Zealand, the team at Worldwide Migration Partners can help! We have compiled some of our top tips below to help you enjoy a smooth migration overseas.
1. Make sure you have a current and valid passport.
It may sound very basic and logical, but many people forget to check their passport’s expiry date. In almost all cases you will be required to lodge your application with a valid passport. Some countries will also require not just a valid passport, but a passport with a certain amount of time of validity remaining. So be sure to check your passport’s expiry date before starting your application. Children’s passports usually have a shorter duration of validity, so be sure to check theirs and not just your own. In general, infants require passports to travel internationally.
2. Have easy access to your original documents.
A visa or residency application will require a range of supporting documents. These could include university degrees, transcripts, or medical records as well as marriage and birth certificates, divorce decrees and previous passports. Having easy access to these documents will reduce any risk in delaying your application.
3. Have electronic access to all other important documents.
As you’re moving overseas, it may be impossible to have easy access to all of your original documents. Make sure to have back-up scans and electronic access to all other important documents. Some applications may require pay slips or copies of bank statements, so it is important that you can access those documents.
4. Keep an updated and detailed CV / resume.
While you may have already landed a job overseas, it is critical to have a detailed and up-to-date CV or resume. In most visa and residency applications you will be required to provide detailed information. This includes your education and professional background. List specific dates and locations of your previous employment.
5. Know the laws if you have a criminal conviction or arrest.
Any criminal history could impact a visa or residency application. This is regardless of the type of conviction or arrest, of your age at the time of conviction, or penalties imposed. The various laws of the country where you are migrating to will be the determining factor. If you have a criminal history, it is always best to consult an immigration lawyer. It is important to note that previous criminal history may significantly delay the application process.
We hope you enjoyed the first installment of our two-part series! Stay tuned for part two when we talk more about our top recommendations for moving overseas. Also, if you are planning on migrating, contact us to see how we can help. Don’t forget to also follow us on Facebook!
Part two has now been published, please click here.