Often times when people decide to move overseas, it’s due to an employment opportunity. The chance to move around the world is an opportunity of a lifetime for some, while others are more hesitant to take the offer. There are a lot of factors to consider when facing an international moving decision, especially for people who have families or other strong ties to home.
If your potential move overseas is related to a job opportunity, there are a few things you may want to include in your discussion on international relocation with your employer, before you make a final decision:
- International moving can be complicated and expensive. Some employers will cover the costs of moving arrangements and destination services for the employee. You may want to inquire if this is true in your case.
- Will your employer arrange temporary or permanent housing for you and your family? Do you have any say into what type of housing you will be provided?
- Will your employer assist you in listing and selling your current home? Are they willing to cover mortgage payments until the home sells? Will they cover the difference in expenses, should you incur a loss on the sale of your home, before the international move?
- Will your employer arrange medical insurance? Will they provide resources to help you find your child’s schools and set up cell phone plans, banking accounts, drivers licenses, and other types of paperwork?
- Will your employer seek legal counsel to help you complete the necessary paperwork and submit payments to obtain travel passports and visas?
- Look into the cost of living for your new location, it may be higher than what you currently spend. If the country you are moving to is significantly more expensive, will your employer factor in cost of living adjustments into your compensation package?
These are just a few broad items that should be remembered when discussing an international relocation with your employer. Moving to a new country is a big deal, especially if you have a family, and you do not want to be surprised with things once you get there.
Most employers that move employees internationally will have the experience and proper resources to carry out such an endeavor, but you will want to bring all these things up before committing to this type of a move.