A lot of us will, at some point, find the opportunity to move overseas to work. For some of us, work is the vehicle for travel, while others might find their career taking them across the water. However, while not as common, some find that they want to stay in the country that they started working in. But how possible is it and what do you need to do to make it a reality? Here are a few tips.
Consider the risks
Before you make any move to turn a place of residence into a more permanent home, you should always do a risk assessment. Are you going to have a support structure in the country you want to call home? Do you have the budget to see through the move from beginning to end?
Have a plan
As well as a risk assessment, you have to ensure that, if you do get the go-ahead to live in that country permanently that you are able to sustain yourself. If you need to find employment due to a contract running out, then make sure you do so well in advance. Most countries will not consider allowing for citizenship or an extended residency without you having some kind of job secured, either.
Get to know the requirements
Every country has different criteria by which they will allow people to apply for citizenship or not. Be sure to get familiar with the different paths that might be open to you. This can include naturalisation, which involves spending enough time living there to qualify. Otherwise, you might qualify due to your ancestry on either side, through marriage, or by having substantial investments in the country of your choice. There will usually be a paths to citizenship guide in the citizen’s information bureau from the country of your guide.
Apply for citizenship
After you have taken whatever steps you can to make sure that application is possible, whether that’s by looking at residency calculators or other online resources the country offers, it’s time to make that application. There are usually plenty of citizenship application resources available online for you to look-up. Don’t rush into the process, take your time to research them ahead of time. For instance, you might find out that you need certain documents for the application, so it’s better to pause, find them, and then start the process when you’re certain you’re ready. Otherwise, you can end up holding your application back or even jeopardizing it.
Get the help of a solicitor
If it isn’t clear already, it’s important to be aware that the step of trying to become a citizen in just about any country is a legally complex matter. Even if your path to citizenship is relatively simple, then you will still need the help of a solicitor to take care of all of the paperwork for you.
It’s important to always bear in mind that simply because you have moved overseas for work does not mean that getting to stay for longer is a certainty. Expect the best, but prepare for a different outcome to be safe.