Published On: Tue, Oct 31st, 2017

Following A Spouse For Work: Make It Work For You Too

Following A Spouse For Work

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There are many international companies that regularly ask their employees to move abroad to another office for a set period. This can usually be a really great career opportunity, as most companies will pay for all the moving costs and often give the worker a significant pay rise. More often than not, taking the chance to move abroad for work is too good to turn down.

However, even if this move can be very positive for the individual who has been asked to move, any following spouses can often have a hard time. After all, they might not have any job prospects for themselves in the new country and might not even be able to speak the language. But that doesn’t mean you need to struggle with life if you do follow your spouse abroad for work. These following tips can help you through it all!

 

Make Sure You Are Able To Join

There are some countries that require each visitor and non-citizen to get a visa before they enter. For instance, those who are traveling to Australia will need a tourist visa if they are only going to be there for a short period and not working. But if they want to settle and find work, they will then need a work visa. Thankfully, most companies who transfer their employees will help with all the paperwork and applications for a visa. However, they won’t be obliged to help you or any other family members who are making the move.

So, you will need to look for de facto visa information to ensure that you can easily get a visa along with your spouse. Remember that not every country offers a de facto visa, so it’s important that you know if any possible stumbling blocks stand in your way of being able to move.

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Take Language Classes

If you are moving to a country that has a completely different language, you should try and find some classes before you make the move. This way, you will understand the basics before you get there, and won’t find it such a struggle to get around in your new home. You might also want to carry on with your language lessons once you’ve moved so that you continue to improve. It’s important that you try and immerse yourself in the language as much as possible so that your vocabulary and grammar keep on improving, helping you with your fluency.

 

Carve Out Your Own Path

It is ever so easy to end up living in your spouse’s shadow when you do follow them for work. This is especially the case if your particular visa prevents you from working. So, it’s important that you follow your own interests and passions and take up some hobbies. You can do so by joining clubs and groups, which is also a great way to meet new friends in your new location. Just remember that it’s important you have your own life so that you don’t become so reliant on your spouse.

Good luck with the move!

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