Life as a New Immigrant

Its always exciting to move to a new country. Whether it’s for a job or being an immigrant. Both the scenarios are completely different, due to obvious reasons. If you are moving because of your job, most of the things are presorted. Sometimes your employer helps you with some of your stuff and the rest you figure out as you move.

But when you are an immigrant you do go with a bit of your homework. But in this case, you do not have a job. Which is the main source of your income! So, you are going to live on your savings for a while till you find work. This can be tough for a few and not so tough for the others. It depends entirely on your circumstances.

Depends on your family size, your expenses and how you manage them. Whether you are willing to compromise on your luxuries which you were used to before moving? or not?!

The issue is that people who make it to the country to fulfil their dreams (the unknown) are often well off at home, so they leave behind everything that they’ve achieved so far. But not to mention that some of us would already have relatives there so they would know what to expect. Furthermore, the Internet with numerous immigration forums paints a picture very close to reality. So an average educated person would be already aware of the pros and cons.

At home, the immigrant has a standard of living higher than the average and now they find themselves below the average. If they find a job and they do what they like (or not dislike) everything will be fine. But if the job is well below their qualifications and more important expectations, problems will appear and the immigrant will start seriously thinking of going back home. Only the fact that they spent so much money coming here and somehow the shame of ‘not making it’ would make them think twice about the return.

If you have a family or a friend that’s a major advantage. You do not have to worry about a lot of things. But still, you cannot rely entirely on them. Sooner or later you do need to find a place for yourself.

It is very overwhelming and tough at the same time. You can feel depressed about a lot of things. But everything takes time and sooner or later it shall pass.

Few Pointers:

  • Lots and Lots of Paperwork: It takes a considerable amount of time to complete your paperwork. First, you need to gather them and then apply in time. As you receive deadlines for those. You still get sufficient time to get those done, and you can do as you please. If you are not in a rush.
  • Finances: You need to figure out your finances. How you will be managing things. Because you probably will be finding a job after you land. So by the time you get a job, you will be relying on your savings. So plan wisely.
  • House Hunt: If you can already afford one, you may want to purchase the house.  If not you will probably rent out.
  • Buying a car: Its a necessity to own a car these days. But if you are planning to live in the city or nearby then you probably won’t need it immediately. The vast network of public transport is a great choice. But sometimes you choose to live in the suburbs then you may want to choose a house wisely as to how you will be managing the travels, school and groceries etc. For these reasons, you may be needing a car.
  • Also depends on which country you are going to and the weather.
  • Choosing a School: If your children are school going.
  • Health Insurance: You will definitely need one as soon as you land.
  • Societal Pressure: The most difficult part to cope up with. But do not care about what your family or your friends or your neighbours think. Do what you got to do.
  • Most of all: Finding and making good friends. Connecting with other people is what you really need to do otherwise you will rot due to boredom. So stop being an introvert and get out of your shell.

I know people can be very mean and selfish. Sadly that’s the world we are living in right now. If we do not make an effort on our part nobody is going to give an F*. You will always face good or bad. Its what you choose to be!!

These are just the main pointers that you have to deal with. There are a lot of other factors which have an effect on you. Mental and emotional health can also get affected.

You feel lonely as you do not know a lot of people so you obviously miss your family and friends. The pressure of getting a job and settling in. Managing finances can be hard and holding yourself back from a lot of things before you are well settled can be challenging.

But things do get better with the time you only need some patience. A lot of our friends and family thinks that oh you are moving to another country that must be great – but trust me it isn’t! It does have its own charm but it surely comes with a lot of difficulties and worries.

Am I right?

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