Moving to Asia for work is a dream come true to many. Sure, it’s challenging, especially if you end up in a still developing Asian country, but you will emerge from your experience as a much better person. Asia can toughen you up for any challenge, and delight you with the beauty and diversity that have endured for thousands of years. So if you are moving to Asia as a foreign employee, here are several things that you must get done in advance:
Safeguard Your Belongings
First of all, know that you cannot take everything you own to Asia. Your television set, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner and other valuables will need a safe place to be until you return. If you rent, you will have to pack everything up and store them in your mom’s basement until you are back. If not, you should find proper storage space in your local area. If you own the place you live, make sure you properly store or cover your belonging so they are not dusty, moldy and ridden with household pests when you return.
Take Standard Language Proficiently Tests
Before you go, you will have to take all the necessary language proficiency tests some governments require from temporary foreign workers. For example, China demands all foreign workers pass the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) Chinese proficiency test in order to be employed in the mainland. If you are a non-Native English speaker moving to an English-speaking country like Australia, you might be required to take TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency tests. You will have to know about such exams in advance and prepare months or even years ahead of time.
Get Your Papers in order
Obviously, the most important for your travels will be to get your immigration papers in order. Double check your visa, passport and temporary foreign worker documents. Have two or three print copies of everything that you need to present at the border. Ask advice from the human resources division of your company if something is not clear.
Join a Cultural Enrichment Class
Along with your HSK lessons, you will have to know a thing or two about the culture of the country you are visiting also. You will have to know customs, manners, what’s appropriate and what’s not in order to survive and to not embarrass the employer who is sponsoring the visa. Like with language lessons, you might have to take cultural enrichment lessons for several months in order to master the subject.
For the best help, contact expats and foreign workers already living at your destination country.