Tips for moving to paradise: Getting settled
8. Know the immigration process. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada site (cic.gc.ca) is a one-stop shop for all your immigration questions. “If we were to do it over again,” says Steven, “we would have used
a legal consultant specializing in immigration. It’s reported to be about $1,000.” Visit immi.gov.au to learn about the Australian visa and immigration process, immigration.govt.nz for New Zealand, and mexico.usembassy.gov/visas.html for Mexico.
9. Approach making friends like it’s a job. Join a community organization, whether it’s the local soccer team or the hospital volunteers. If you have kids, help out with school events. And print up cards with your email so it’s easy for new acquaintances to get in touch with you.
10. Give yourself time to settle. If you’re moving within the United States, it can take a year to really feel settled, and longer if you go outside the U.S. Expect to navigate fairly big cultural differences if you move to Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand.