Quels conseils donneriez-vous à quelqu'un qui envisage de devenir expatrié?

Omar Moonis

Omar Moonis, Lived and worked as an expat in multiple countries

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As someone who has done this a few times, here are my top tips:

  1. Clarity of purpose. Be sure where you want to go and why. Obviously it should be a place where you hope to learn by getting greater responsibilities. However, there usually is a direct correlation between the size of your role and the sophistication of the local market. Typically (and this is a generalization), the bigger roles are in the lesser developed markets where fewer foreigners are keen to go. This brings me to my next point.
  2. Lifestyle implications. As mentioned earlier, the bigger the role the lesser developed the market. And, even if this doesn't apply to your case, any new place will vary from slightly foreign to completely alien to where you currently live. Therefore, how much change and variability can you handle? Even living in a modern country can be very challenging if no one speaks your language. Reach out to people that live and work in the country you're targeting. What are their life and workplace experiences? How long did it take them to adapt and what are the major do's and don'ts they learned?
  3. Family impact. If you're married with kids the decision is even tougher. How will your spouse and kids manage? Can your spouse work if they wanted to? Is quality schooling available for your kids? Is the country you're moving to safe and secure for them or will you always worry about their well-being?
  4. Financial impact. Moving overseas is always more expensive than you think. For starters you have to do something with the things you already have, such as your current home and furniture. Maybe you plan to rent or sell these? Then you need to figure out the cost of living in the new place versus current. Is your company covering that living cost gap? What about tax implications? If you're a US citizen you pay US taxes on all global income and all local taxes in your new country too. Therefore, ask your HR to provide a comprehensive compensation worksheet so you understand what your net take home pay will be which is far more important than your gross pay. And, what other benefits will your company provide such as a hardship allowance (to entice people to lesser developed destinations), housing cost, education expense, health insurance, home leave travel, tax prep, etc. Note, you may be taxed on the monetary value of such incentives as well.
  5. Plan B scenarios. What happens if the job doesn't work out, or you complete the term of your assignment? Being stuck in a foreign country without work isn't much fun. Will your firm cover the cost of relocating you home? Would you be guaranteed a job in your home country (usually not)? Is there a grace period during which you can look for other jobs in the new country or do the work visa conditions require you to leave immediately? What other support would your company provide you in this case?

Working overseas can be professionally, personally and financially rewarding. I've never regretted it. But there are lots of items to consider to ensure you make the best choice for yourself and enjoy the experience.

I had a prior answer on single points of failure in the expat experience which may help you too.

Omar Moonis' answer to What is the single point of failure in the expatriate experience?

Good luck with your move.

Iurii Paimurzin

Iurii Paimurzin, Fondateur de [Sell.Systems] 20000, commande comme un test chez Freelancers (2013-present)

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Learn about new country as much as possible, read on forums, but always keep in mind it can be very different for your own experience. Find a job before you move or find a way for generate money online, also you always need to have some hidden source of money and better if it in different locations or banks accounts, much better if you also have someone who can help you from another country when you moved, also better if you can speak foreign language, also using “google translate” on your phone or tablet will be good, you can translate words and show it locals then they understand you even without talk. And forget about all bad habits like alcohol, drugs and tobacco, it will make you stronger and your brain will work faster and better. Make copies of your documents and all important things on some devices, cloud storages and on paper if possible, just for case. Better if you have some debit cards from different banks, and some online wallets like paypal, webmoney, maybe even some cryptocoins if you can use it for pay for services and goods in this counrty. Also you need to talk with your bank manager and tell them about you will be in different country and will use your card from there, then they will no block it when you will try to use it in different country. And no trust for everyone from begin, critical mind can save your live.

Anna Pyatkova

Anna Pyatkova, Russian woman, economist and orientologist, educator.

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I’d say it’s a great adventurous experience if it’s done right.

  • Tout d'abord, faire votre recherche on the country, their customs and traditions, the character traits of people living there and most important, the things you should avoid doing there because they could get you in trouble or because they could be offensive to locals. Most likely you’ll still get a culture shock but plus vous en savez du pays the easier it’ll be for you to adapt and understand the lifestyle in the beginning. Luckily, there are lots of resources these days you could check (blogs, youtube) just to know what to expect.
  • Take care of the legal matters, make sure you follow the necessary procedures- like getting a legit work permit, residence permit, get all the necessary registrations on the spot.
  • Once you get there, find a community of people you’d like to interact with. It could be your workmates, a local volunteer group, people in your gym or yoga studio. There are communities of expats all over the world, and since you’ll be feeling homesick, it’s important to meet new people.

There’s a social media platform you can use- InterNations, look it up. It’s pretty handy, you can ask for advice there or meet new people (based on your interest, there are different types of get together activities)

  • And the most important- jouir, keep your mind open to new experiences and learning new things, be flexible and your expat life fill be joyful and interesting!

Nathaniel Grey

Nathaniel Grey

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  • What are your goals, long-term and short. If you’re in it for the long-term you’re going to really want to pick up the language and study that quite vigorously, because you can’t adapt to a culture with the language barrier there, not integrate. If you’re in it for the short-term, that erases a lot of practical and long-term plans, although who knows, you might meet someone out there. But for short term it means you’re just going to sort of take an extended vacation, months or years, and then you’ll be back to pick up your life where you left on, which after a few years it’s not going to be so bad, but the longer you stay in a foreign country the more that past where you left is going to have changed or possibly even drifted away. So know what you’re in it for because you need to sort of mentally prepare for that scenario differently.
  • How much do you need family/friends, value your work relationships, your current life. Whatever the situation is at home, it’s fixable, once you move abroad those relationships and connections will start to fade slowly. Even if you’re a loner, you need to realize that being a foreigner in another culture is the ultimate version of being a longer. You will also have other barriers to assimilating. If you have support, like a partner going with you, depending on the strength of your relationship, it can help quite a lot. But going abroad on your own is going to be quite a challenge and you’re going to need to be very brave, independent and self-sufficient, because you’re likely not to have a tight or good support network in the new country so you need to think about that.
  • What do you want out of your life? I moved from Los Angeles, where I had a good paying job and held a lot of respect from co-workers and had a good reputation and a strong voice in the company. When i moved abroad I sacrificed all of those things. I’m not going to be able to make the same kind of money, the opportunities are not here like they are where I’m from, the whole system works differently. L.A. was very competitive, long work hours, things got done in a hurry, materialistic, very diverse place with different lifestyles and cultures, but if you’re in a socialist country, people live a more balanced lifestyle, pay higher taxes so you’re not getting big fat pay checks, you’re paying for all your needs and everyone else’s through the taxing system but they call it “free”, people are not so materialistic or ambitious because the insensitive and/or desire doesn’t seem to be there, or the pressure from the culture, you could be a lumberjack and people couldn’t care less, where in L.A. if you were a doctor you were a chic magnet and the most amazing thing ever but if you worked at Mcdonald’s people pity you and your life is basically a joke. Therefore, it’s of great benefit for you to live in a place that’s going to fulfill your needs, based on that culture, government system and prospects and to be realistic, that your value/worth may not be as valued in your new prospective country, especially if you are not basically fluent like a native speaker in that country. You could have all the skills and talent in the world, but it won’t help you without the language and opportunities to use them, assuming your talents/skills meet their needs in that country.
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I think living abroad is very different than people think, if not completely different from what they think or imagine, that’s what I learned in my experiences, it definitely hasn’t been all roses and I’ve had to swallow my pride plenty of times.

My last piece of advice would be to try it, but don’t be afraid to say “this isn’t the place for me”. Don’t be afraid to change your mind or even try living somewhere else, don’t put a stake into where you are moving and feel like this is where you need and want to live, without having even ever lived there.

The beginning of the experience can be so mesmerizing, interesting, fascinating and all of that, but at the end of the day people go to and from work just like any other place in the world, what they do outside of it and how they do it is what makes it different, and those differences can make it or break it in how you feel living there, you definitely have to be able to take the good with the bad.

So don’t run over to a new country, meet a girl, get her pregnant or married or anything like that, chances are it’s not going to work out once you get your head of your ass, that’s just a word of warning to people going that route.

Katelyn Andrews

Katelyn Andrews, Moved to Madrid, Spain to learn Spanish

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  1. Fais tes devoirs
    If you haven’t already, spend some quality time in that country before you make the move. Of course, you can always return if you don’t like it, but it saves time and money if have invested some time in know that’s the place for you.
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2. If your country speaks another language, LEARN IT!
For example, don’t be one of these lazy native English speakers that move to another country, surround themselves with their own culture, and then only speak their language. In order to fully experience the culture and people, you need to learn the language. I recommend picking up the basics before you go and immediately registering yourself in an academy or with online courses.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul, Président et chef de la direction de Joyful Feet Immigration

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Here is a basic checklist.

  1. Get your passport and possibly visa and go to the country first as a tourist. Get a good idea of the cost of living while you are there. See if it is a place you could picture yourself living and offers things you don’t want to live without.
  2. If you are planning to stay long term are you able to get a long term visa, residency or citizenship. This in my opinion makes life so much easier.
  3. Will you rent or buy a home? Can you afford it? Be sure to check to make sure the local laws allow foreigners to rent or buy.
  4. Do you need to work? If you do you will want to line up a job first and be sure to look into if it is troublesome to work or deal with local immigration when it comes to work permits or visa laws.
  5. Try your best to learn some basics about the local language and culture before you go especially if English is not widely spoken.

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