Malta Invest has created this checklist to assist with each phase of your relocation process.
Checklist # 1
Visas and Permits- the application process
- First of all you would need to secure a job. Hopefully you will have a signed employment contract or a formal job offer signed by you and the employer
- Based on your particular employment, research what type of visa you and your accompanying family members would need
- Maybe ask HR what assistance they can give regarding you and your family’s visa process.
- Ensure you have all the documents required to accompany your visa application.Gather the originals and make multiple copies. Get the required documents motorised or officially translated
- Make an appointment to drop off your visa application
- Upon arrival at your new expat destination, ensure you show your visa to the customs officer and make sure you get a stamp in your passport when passing through immigration. You might need this stamp later
- Make sure you or your employer registers you with local authorities. Apply for your residence card if necessary
Checklist # 2
House hunting – getting started
- Plan and decide on your budget.
- Ensure you have saved enough for deposits or any fees required upfront
- Make a list of your house requirements
- Get in touch with a reputable real estate company to assist you with your search
- The agents can give you information on tenant laws and rights
Checklist # 3
Which neighbourhood to choose
- Start with some online research about the different areas, those close to your place of employment, those that have parks and outdoor areas especially if you have pets.
- Decide what are your most important fundamentals are when choosing a neighbourhood.
- Reach out to future work colleagues or join social networks to get recommendations about the different areas.
- If you have children look at the schools in each area and the bus routes your children will need.
- Research the crime rate etc in the areas your are interested in
- Once you are in your new city, visit different areas during the day and night to see if they are a good fit for you.
Searching for a house
- Decide whether you will be renting short term while you continue searching for the right area and home.
- Research which are good real estate companies and set up meetings with agents to start your search.
- Start a list of homes that fall in your budget and meet your needs
- Contact the agents to set up a viewing.
- If you have decided to rent short term, make sure you review the lease carefully before signing
- Decide on a move-in date with the landlord before paying a deposit.
Checklist # 4
Getting the basics done
- Opening a bank account
- Find out if you can open a bank account as a non-resident or whether you need a resident card.
- Look at both local and international banks to see which meets your needs.
- Take all necessary documents when you apply to open an account. This would include an address in your new country, or a utility bill.
- Transfer the minimum deposit into your new account
- Cancel your previous bank account if you are switching entirely
- Apply for debit and credit cards
- Connect to the banks online platform and mobile apps.
- Setting up utilities
- On your day of departure, have your meters read for the final time
- Look at the main utility providers in your new country.
- Research the main service providers and compare their offers for internet, TV, cell phone and land lines.
- Choose a date for the set up and organise with each service provider.
Checklist # 5
- Before departure check the validity of your passport, driving license etc. It might be worth renewing before leaving home
- Make sure all relevant documents have the correct stamps and certifications on them
- Research any mandatory registrations needed in your new country. You may be required to register at your local council or police station etc.
- Start application for residency
- Register for a tax or social security number.
- Register for healthcare or take out private medical cover
- Find out where to find a family doctor and register if you need to.
Checklist # 6
- Consider getting an international drivers license before you leave your country
- Research how long your current drivers license will be valid for before it needs to be exchanged in your new country
- Find out if you have to take a driving exam
- Make an appointment with the driving authority to exchange your license, if allowed. There might be long waiting period to do this
- Local transportation may be better than driving, so find out the local transport network and apply for a monthly transport card.
- Make a list of any local services you might need and ask for recommendations from locals or expats.
- Start building your social network. Join local and expat on-line forums and events.
- Join local social and exercise clubs
- Maybe consider volunteering