We kick-off the episode with a discussion of what ‘expat activities’ each of us has undertaken over the past few weeks.
CJ recently helped a friend, Armand, move across the country. ‘Die groot trek?? Fits in perfectly with the theme of the podcast’s first season 😉
Corrie and Celine recently spent a week in the sun in Ibiza… Heerlik. Die man het sommer ‘n skakering of 2 donkerder terug gekom.
Eduan en Laverne enjoyed a few ‘typical Dutch’ things over the last few weeks: Tulpe, fietsry, chill in ‘n sonnige park, en ‘n biertjie en bitterbal geniet op ‘n die terras / by ‘n restaurant (nou dat dit weer oop is).
Important documentation when moving abroad:
Unfortunately, none of us can just rock up at the airport, pass through the boarding gates, get on a plane, fly to a new country and start a whole new life there. Nope, there are a few checks and balances to do and also in most cases a number of important documentation to have in place before you are able to get on that plane.
First “Voice Note guest” – jip, we are claiming it.
We received very handy tips via a voice note from an awesome listener who is smack bang in the middle of the emigration process. Petri and Ewald are in the process of applying for residency in Canada. They were so kind to send us a summary of all the things they had to get in place to be able to apply for residency in Canada.
The two most important admin / documentation to have in place:
- Valid Passport
- Visa or Residency permit to live/work in the new country
Then depending on a few factors (choice of country, age, work, type of visa etc.) you might need a combination of
the following in place:
- Police clearance certificate
- Birth certificate (unabridged) – Just apply for this thing in any case!
- Marriage certificate (unabridged / ‘apostille’ in some cases)
- Proof of partnership in the case when not married.
- Medical examination.
- Qualifications (accredited / assessed)
- Proof of work / job offer in the new country
- Proof of English proficiency (IELTS / PTE / TOEFL)
- A visa sponsor (normally your employer in the new country)
- Proof of accommodation in the new country
- Proof of funds (for certain visas / residency permits)
- Point System: Qualify through a ranking or point system (e.g. Canada)
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