Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018

No Matter Which Country You Move To, You Can Be Sure This Paperwork Will Follow

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The majority of us assume moving abroad will be the most exciting experience of our lives. What could be better than starting somewhere new? During the lead-up, we look forward to the culture which will be all around, and the new lifestyle we’ll be able to embrace. What less of us think about is that there’s a lot of tedious paperwork to get through before those games can begin.

Whether you’re starting a new life in India or chasing an Australian dream, you can be sure there’s a fair few forms to fill before you head off. It’s hardly the fast run into the sunset you imagined. But, taking care of this can ensure the sunset comes once you arrive. Skip this step, and clouds will block your final destination pretty fast.

But, what exactly is this paperwork which is so pressing for your move? In truth, it comes in a few different guises. And, we’re going to look at the three main ones here.



You don’t need to be a genius to know visas are a pretty big deal. In fact, it would be madness not to deal with this before your move. While not all countries require you to take this step, many do. A quick online search can let you know if this impacts you. Included on most lists are countries like Australia, China, and Nigeria. Bear in mind, too, that visa requirements vary depending on where you’re from. So, make sure the list is relevant to your country of origin.

If you do need a visa, you’ll then have to get down to applying. Warning; the paperwork is sure to get heavy. Most visa applications are lengthy and in-depth. What’s more, acceptance can take up to two months. So, the paperwork needs to start the moment your move is an apple in your eye.

Health checks

The admin doesn’t end there. You’ll also need to provide completed health check forms. Here in the U.S., this means presenting a I-693 form as a result of appointments with USHP medical services or others like them. The form you’ll need will vary depending on the country you’re moving to. More often than not, though, your doctor will need to fill out some paperwork. In many countries, you’ll also need to provide documented proof of vaccinations before gaining entry. Again, finding out what applies is as simple as checking online or asking your doctor.

Passport applications

Just when you thought the paperwork was over, it’s also essential your passport is in order. If you don’t have one, that means more forms, and possibly even an interview. If you do have one but if it’s nearing its end date, think about filling the forms for a replacement before you go. It isn’t unheard of for countries to refuse entry for a stay which will outspan the date on your passport. Don’t get stung. Get your pen out and sit at your desk for a little while longer before you leave!