Understand the dynamics of immigration paperwork - passports, visas, residency and citizenship as an expat or hire an expat-vetted immigration lawyer.APPLY FOR A VISA
Applying for a visa can be rather complex and difficult, but it is a required step in the relocation process. As the visa requirements vary country by country, it's necessary to understand the procedure for a smooth transition to life abroad.
When determining which visas are available, start off with an assessment to understand the types of visas available at the country of interest. Once you understand the types of visas available, you’ll be able to prepare accordingly with the immigration system.
Here are some of the most common types of visas:
However, there are many more visa types and must be reviewed for the country of preference as new visa options have become available over the past several years (ex. French Tech Visa). In the end, the best solution is to plan ahead and speak with an immigration agency to discuss the immigration and visa options available for you and your family to move abroad with ease.
Preparation is key when preparing the documentation to secure a visa to move abroad. In many cases, it’s important to have extra physical copies, translated by professionals (when necessary) and have secured electronic copies as well just in case.
As you begin the preparation for your visa application, be sure to understand the paperwork required as noted at the immigration and visa application centers, as they are different from office to office. Another great option is to set up time to visit the visa application center to ask any questions or review your paperwork beforehand so that you have everything in place before your official appointment (consider it a practice round) that can be very helpful and reduce the pressure.
Here are a few documents typically requested for a visa:
Once you have your documents organized in one place for easy filing, you’ll feel much more prepared to present your visa application. But if you need additional assistance, don’t hesitate to work with an immigration lawyer or professional relocation specialist on Avvinue to guide you through the process so that you can focus more on the other demanding aspects of relocation.
It’s an exciting moment for an expat considering a residency permit or filing for citizenship in a foreign country. Each country has different rules and requirements for qualifying for a residence permit or citizenship, so it’s important to understand those options available.
Once you meet the requirement, you can file your application for a permanent residency to begin the process of your immigration to a foreign country. Here are the common types of residency permits:
While the documentation, eligibility and process for a visa, residency permit or citizenship varies country by country, it’s important to read and understand the specific conditions applicable for your move abroad. We recommend you speak with one of our on-demand relocation specialists on our expat moving platform to answer any questions you have and prepare your paperwork for your visa application.
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