Things You Need Before Moving To Europe for Work

Nov 29, 2018 by

The European continent is known for having a diverse array of cultures, attractions and multiple world capitals. There’s Milan and Paris for fashion, London for trade and finance,and we all know that Germany’s the automotive capital of the world.

This means that there are plenty of work opportunities on this continent for professionals in all types of industries. Whether you’re a graduate that’s looking to gain some valuable work experience while exploring a new culture; or a seasoned professional that wants to travel and see the world-Europe is an awesome place to work!

However, there are a few considerations that you should make before you move to Europe for work. Below we’ve got a helpful checklist to make sure that you tick all the relevant boxes prior to your move. Read on for more.

Checklist of things to do before moving to Europe for Work

  • Get your finances in order:

The worst thing you can do is move to another country without the slightest idea of how much it costs to live there. That’s why it’s so important to do your research on the cost of living in the host country that you’re moving to. One of the best sources of information in this regard would be your host country’s embassy.

They will let you know how much money you need to deposit into your bank account before you can move to the country and the steps you should take to setup said account.  

You’ll also want to get some kind of confirmation from your employer or whoever is going to support you financially after you move. If you’ll be working on a contractual basis then make sure that everything is signed and confirmed before you uproot your life and fly over to a new country.

Note: It’s important that you get a signed contract specifically,and not a letter of intent. The difference between the two lies in the fact that a letter of intent is not legally binding as a contract is.

  • Setup your accounts:

It’s also important that you setup several bank accounts as part of the planning phase so that when you have money coming in you know how to disperse it. For example, you’ll need to have a“home account” where you can deposit a fixed amount to cover your monthly costs like insurance, storage etc.

Then you’ll need a “foreign account” to deposit all the money you’ve saved up in preparation for the first few weeks or months in your host country, as well as a “professional account”where your employer will deposit your paycheck each month.

Make sure to open up a local bank account so that you can have a bank card from the host country that you’re moving to. This will help you save a ton of money in transaction fees,especially if you setup debit orders that will go off automatically each month to cover your rent, water and electricity etc. Also, make sure to setup both online and cellphone banking while you’re at it so that you can keep track of your finances while you’re on the go.

  • Apply for a VISA:

Regardless of whether you’re a student, an employee or just a tourist, you need to apply for a relevant visa before you can visit or stay in any European country. A visa is usually acquired from the host country’s embassy and it’s a time-consuming process. So you’ll do well to start the application process at least six months before you have to leave.

The required documents in order to apply for a visa include a valid passport, a work offer or contract, the address of the place where you plan on staying, as well as your last three bank statements. If you don’t have a work offer or contract yet, then you should look for a company that offers PEO services in Europe,such Bradford Jacobs.

  • Find storage:

Since you’re moving to another country you might have to store your existing stuff away while you’re abroad. Storage units are usually inexpensive and can cost an average of $60 per month. Make sure that you list all of your belongings as you pack them into boxes and clearly mark the boxes so that you know what’s inside. This will make it easier for you to keep track of everything when it’s time to unpack it again.

  • Get covered:

Insurance coverage is a must when you’re travelling, regardless of the purposes. Travel insurance doesn’t cost much and can be anything from $500 to $1500. It’ll cover costs like accidents, healthcare, unexpected cancellations or delays etc.

There are plenty of insurance brokers that specialize in long-term travel insurance so do your research in order to find insurance cover that’s right for you.

  • Go for a check-up:

As you would prior to any trip,make sure to book an appointment with your GP, dentist, optometrist and any other relevant health specialist before you go. This is to make sure that your health is in good condition so that you won’t have to deal with any health surprises when you’re abroad.

It’ll be much simpler and cheaper to deal with health concerns while you’re at home than when you’re at your host country, and you’ll need to get an adequate supply of prescription medication as well.

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