There’s been a lot going on in my life lately, so much so that I might be taking a really big step some times soon. It’s sad to say, and also admit that I’ve lost my job while the job market is rough, most of my family has moved north recently, and I’m slowly losing contact with all my friends due to them getting married, having kids, and moving elsewhere to start their lives. This got me thinking…what am I doing here? Is my current life really valuable to myself and others? I’m starting to think I’m just floating by since I’ve lost my job. That, paired with losing contact with everyone I used to see weekly has got me thinking it might be time to move. Start fresh in some place new, meet lots of new people and see new faces, and switch the job market. After much thought, Canada seems like the right place for me. Vancouver, specifically. My family has moved to Seattle, so driving across the border to visit will be no sweat at all, and if I go to visit my friends, it’s easy (and far cheaper) to drive down and fly out from Seattle rather than YVR.
Moving to a new country takes a lot of time, paper work, effort, and patience. It’s going to be a long tedious road, but I’m extremely excited about it!
I’ve devised a small list of things to make sure I do while in the process of moving. I’m hoping it might be of some help to some of my readers at some point in their life! Sure, this might not be my most exciting post, but it sure might be one of the most informative. Here’s a couple things I think are important during the process:
1) Find a good immigration lawyer in the city you want to move to (no matter what country you’re moving to).
You will need an immigration lawyer to assist you in getting a work permit/visa. If you speak a different language more fluently than English, I noticed that there are tons and tons of options for immigration lawyers in any language you may need. It’s good to have a contact as well in case you decide you want to become a citizen of that country at some point.
2) Familiarize yourself with the city you’re moving to.
It’s great to get familiar with where you’re going to be before you get there. Find out some attractions around the city, get acquainted with the downtown core, and look into public transit opportunities (if you don’t plan on having a car right away or at all). It’s nice to see some classifieds ads in your field of work too, to get an idea of what sorts of job openings might be around as well. Facebook, “City of ______” websites, and sites like twitter have a lot of information to offer on any city. For example, my lawyer suggested Surrey and Victoria for different options close to Van City itself.
3) Think about real estate in the area.
Do you want to rent or buy in your new country? It’s great to look into real estate opportunities for either choice. Some neighborhoods are more expensive than others, so be sure to be thorough in your search. If you’re set on living somewhere specific and it happens to be on the higher side of your price range, maybe think about renting for a little bit to see if it’s really worth the money to be exactly in the part of town. Maybe there’s a great area 5-10 minutes down the road?! I’m just saying, you never know what you might find.
Of course there are more things you want to keep in mind, like packing your stuff and deciding what stays and what you want to sell/throw out. The small list above are just 3 that I found really helpful for myself in this decision, and I’m hoping you might feel the same. Good luck to all in your future endeavors, and wish me luck on mine!