The immigration process for anyone can be very stressful starting with finding a country that suits your current personal and even political needs. With that said, it is important to first understand why you are immigrating and leaving your current country and find a country which can satisfy your requirements. You have been given many resources both online and within your current country that can help streamline your immigration process. Personally, from what I have learned over the past few years there are about 5 factors which come to the top of the list when trying to choose the right country when immigrating. Let’s get started…
First, the family and friends alternative basically means that you choose a place where you already have a support system in place. You may know many people that have already immigrated to another country and they can provide valuable insight into why a certain country may be a good choice. They will also provide resources which will help you through the immigration process like forms, filing documentation and collecting the correct personal information. Next, you need to step back and few your current situation and explore the reasons why you are looking to immigrate to another country. I would suggest making a list with your reasons outlined and then prioritized the list with the most important to the least. You will be surprised at some of the reasons and can compare how living in a different country can actually help you or impact you. Explore your reasons like are they medical, educational, employment, financial, for family or even political. Many people need to flee a country for religious reasons and civil war however some feel that their kids can have more opportunities if they are raised and educated in another country with the top 3 being: United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Third, no matter what country you decide to settle in you need to move forward and get on your foot which means securing employment. Personally, this factor is so important that it can’t be avoided since your ability to find employment can affect the outcome of your application status. The last thing that any government wants to do is have to support a family for a few years which cost tax payers a lot of money. Don’t be surprised if on the application the issuing country is asking information regarding your employment and education status. They most likely will take that information and try to compare it to the likelihood of your ability in securing a job when you enter their country and the expectation of time it takes for you to get going. What it comes down to, is that they don’t want to allow people to immigrate who they feel cannot somehow contribute to the country system. It is important to do your own research and find jobs which are related to your field and research the demand for those jobs. If the prospect is high and you have the skills that they require, this can definitely add creditability to your application.
It is very important to look for a country with a solid health care system in place for several reasons. First, if you have elderly parents they will require effective health care as time goes on. Next, if you have kids or are planning to have kids in the future it is always a good idea to have the availability of a solid health care system in place. There are two types of health care systems and a public system is always of your benefit. What is a public health system? It is a system where you do not have to pay for the basic health care necessities. These cost typically come out of the taxes that people pay each year. The United States has a private health care system in place and if you are making above average per year the Medicare conditions may not apply to you so you in most cases will have to pay the cost of health care yourself. Heart surgery can run anywhere from $50,000-$100,000 depending on how serious the condition is which can leave many people with a lifelong debt. In most cases you can get a health plan however these tend to be priced in the higher regions.
Safety is the final condition on our list of most important factor when choosing a country for immigration status. Many times people will often want to leave one place for another due to the political instability within their current country. They are often persecuted or live in a place where they work their entire lives not owning anything and being told what to do like in many communist countries. Having the chance to immigrate to a country where they can start a new life which is more stable and free is something that many of them live for. This is why when choosing a place to relocate they first look at the political climate and multiculturalism with everyone being treated equally. Having this will be an asset and allow them to flourish giving them the opportunity to work hard and be successful. If you are applying for immigration in the near future, the factor listed above will be a good start in searching the right place for you. Do your research and you can always enlist the help of family and friends in the search. Next, hiring an immigration lawyer will provide you with the necessary information you need to start the process. They can provide you with places that may fit your requirement and who have leniency for those who are trying to immigrate due to certain political reasons.
Credit – Ullah Riz – November, 2013.