Prepare for your move
Prepare for your move – Pre-arrival Orientation
Look & See Trip, What are the Benefits? Getting settled shouldn't be an overwhelming experience. To get your new life in smooth running order as soon as possible, we strongly recommend you to arrange a Look and See Trip (L&ST) about one month prior to the final move. During this trip, you will familiarize with your new place of residence and local lifestyle by touring houses, visiting schools and points of interests. Here is a list of benefits of the L&ST:
1. Reduce your culture shock
If you visit Mexico at least once before moving, you can explore various aspects of your new location that intersect with your interests. A L&ST helps you to get a basic picture of the country and its culture. Upon the completion of the trip, you will be better prepared to plan the move.
2. Tour your New Town
The L&ST is a great opportunity to narrow down neighborhood choices. A good L&ST will drive you through the most attractive residential areas, explaining the differences between one place and another. A L&ST will note the location of your office, the schools favored by expats, and the neighborhoods with good proximity to social facilities.
3. Test Distances from Office to Living Areas and Schools A L&ST helps you to evaluate how long it would take to travel from your prospective housing to the office, schools and other facilities. Traffic jams in Mexico are recurrent. A L&ST tests the commute times to the various residential areas to identify traffic patterns, as this will affect your choice of housing.
4. Identify Schools & Housing Alternatives for housing and schools often go hand-in-hand. Since education is a very important concern this decision need to take top priority. A L&ST contacts schools for an appointment prior to your arrival so they can be prepared for your visit. Once the list of possible school candidates is defined, the L&ST takes you to visit houses based on proximity criteria, so you can see what is available.
5. Save both Time and Money Visiting properties can be an exhausting and disappointing process. A L&ST removes the stress by finding the property that best suits your requirements. A good L&ST service view all suitable properties on your behalf and only take you to those properties that match your budget and criteria. A L&ST offers you the best possible opportunity of having your application on any rental accepted. The result is that you spend the least time possible in short term accommodation and the cost in time and money is minimized.
6. Start New Connections A L&ST introduces you to expat community associations and networks in Mexico. It is worthwhile to visit these associations and evaluate what activities are available. Making a few expat or local contacts can help you to tackle the many challenges of setting up.
Our L&ST includes:
City Orientation Tour
Housing and Living Area Overview
Tour showing medical services, shopping areas, and leisure facilities
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Settling in – Get Ready
Immigration and legal services
Expat Point® assists expat individuals and their families with the highest standard of quality and expertise in the process of obtaining their visas, work permits, renewals, and other immigration requirements.
We are pleased to become your Immigration one stop. Our specialists coordinate with Mexican migratory authorities the progress of your applications, taking care of all paperwork and related procedures until the process is complete.
Specialised Immigration and legal counselling.
Management of applications with Mexican authorities.
Guarantee for our Services
Customer Service: ExpatPoint understands the importance of punctuality and efficiency. For this reason we provide end-to-end guidance, easing all related procedures and minimizing your intervention.
Visa Expiration Tracking: We provide database tracking of documentation expiration dates, notifying you about renewal procedures.
24-Hour Assistance: Immigration and legal support within Mexico City.
ExpatPoint facilitates a more comfortable transition for the expat and their family, in situations where they are not able to move into their permanent residence right away, or where their assignment is too short. We have carefully selected short-term accommodation providers to offer the perfect solution to stay-at-home comfort and to save on hotel costs. ExpatPoint searches and secures fully furnished accommodation for a period from 1 week to 6 months.
Our short-term accommodation program includes the following: Option 1: Accommodation Research and Booking: Forward a maximum of 4 preselected accommodation options to choose from, according the budget and criteria. Ensure information is available of how to get there and check-in procedures.
Option 2: Accompanied Viewing – In addition to option 1, coordinate a visit to 4 alternatives. Accompanied accommodation check-in.
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Hundreds of expats come to Mexico every year. It is not difficult, but it does require planning and organization. So, where do you begin? Find out how to make this happen:
Estimate your living expenses since you are at home
Don't underestimate the start-up costs
Learn as much Spanish as possible
Set up a bank account here
Start your social networks as soon as you arrive.
And don't miss the most important, your living arrangements. When you live in comfortable accommodation that meets your needs, you are better able to make the most of your time here. There are many different types of housing available and many different ways to search. Have in mind that in Mexico Real Estate is not regulated as in other countries, agents get paid by the owner of the property so they will always show you what they have available and not really what you are looking for.
Whether or not you are familiar with our country, we aim to assist you and to make your arrival and stay here as smooth and easy as possible. Through one central point of contact, ExpatPoint makes available to you several real estate solutions. We perfectly know that every home is as unique as the people living there, so we perform a scrupulous search to guarantee the best accomplishment of your criteria. Our team is prepared to react quickly, while we provide proficient solutions enabling you and your family to relocate with simplicity.
If you're moving to follow a dream, you might feel excited and as if there are no limits. However, if you're moving because your partner is following his or her dream, you might have feelings of anger and frustration about your future. Badly, these feelings of hopelessness of your life overseas easily cause you to become homesick, isolated, and depressed.
So, what can you do? ExpatPoint has some ideas to help you handle this negative mind-set and start creating a satisfying life.
Cross-culture Coaching. Consider utilizing coaching to help you make the positive changes that you need. Developing a good attitude is a key determinant to the level of happiness and satisfaction you'll enjoy while living abroad. ExpatPoint offers specialized workshops that will help you to deal with anxiety, fears, stress management, culture shock and cultural adjustment.
Relaxation techniques. The best investment that you can make is in your own health and well being. Approaches that help to minimize anger, anxiety and fear and to maintain relaxation will be quite beneficial. ExpatPoint introduces two forms of relaxation that will help you stay calm and balanced: Naam Yoga and Harmonyum.
Keep healthy and active. Make an effort to exercise regularly, moderate exercise such as walking, swimming, or bicycling. We have a good way to exercise while you meet people, try our Salsa Dancing Lessons.
Business Start Up. If your profession is not so easily transferable you can start your own business in Mexico. Being entrepreneur is a rewarding but engaging career and life choice. ExpatPoint supports you from researching and writing a detailed business plan to trying to make money out of it. Try the Get Started - Business Start Ups.
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It is never easy to move to a new country, but relocating with a baby can be challenging and an overwhelming experience for all parties involved. It requires getting extra attention on the welfare and the happiness of the little one. However, as any other relocation experience, the success of this endeavour depends on sound preparation. If you have babies or toddlers, be prepared to minimize any additional stresses. Below is a list of tips to help you easily relocate with newborns:
· Schedule a doctor's visit before you leave to make sure your baby is in good health.
· Make sure his/her vaccinations are up to date.
· Find a new pediatrician before you arrive at your new place, and keep the child's medical records with you, just in case.
· Search in advance for a babysitter. Plan some interviews with people before your arrival so you can have a person immediately at your disposal for the care of your child. Mexico is a great place to have a baby; life can be much easier here with the availability of home help.
· Be proactive and learn as much as possible about Mexico, local diets for mothers and formulas for babies.
· Print out a list of hospitals, child healthcare centres and where to obtain medicines along the area you plan to move to. Contact your local Embassy for recommendations on preferred doctors and hospitals.
· When booking your flights, consider your baby's wake/sleep schedule. Overnight flights sometimes work well because that is when babies naturally fall asleep.
· Try to cause minimal disruption to your baby's routine. Having your relocation process organized, will help calm newborns before you even leave for your new destination. Start packing early to avoid everything being done at the last minute. If you're unorganized and the relocating process is chaotic, the baby will feel this and respond accordingly.
· The baby requires constant attention and you will be performing million tasks to make sure that the move goes off without any problem. Have someone else look after your baby on moving day, preferably someone that your baby knows well and make sure that your baby will have a good time.
Pack a special "handy pack" for the baby, and carry this with you all the time until your arrival. Include diapers, changing mat, wet wipes, towels, change of clothes, bottles, snacks, formula, and plastic bags (for diapers and clothes). Take any extra items you can manage, and be prepared for possible delays. Also, keep the stroller with you on the plane, so that you are ready to move around with your baby as soon as you arrive at your new city.
Be prepared for emergencies. Before leaving home, it’s a good idea to make up a sort First Aid Kit. Include medications and baby products with which you are already familiar. This is far better than trying to source foreign equivalents at the last minute.
Make sure you take toys, lots and lots of toys that can distract fussy babies. Familiar items, like their blanket or teddy can make babies feel more comfortable and will help them adjust more quickly when moving in.
One of the best ways to pacify your baby is to play comforting sounds, whether it's classical music or anything that puts them at ease. Record some relaxing and soothing music and play it on when your infant gets nervous.
At your Arrival
Moving to another country can upset the normal patterns and mood of your baby. If the child has a regular feeding or sleeping regimen, try to keep the same schedule as long as possible. Let your baby to adapt slowly.
Identify someone who can watch the child until you're completely settled and everything has been arranged just the way you want it. Inform your new babysitter what is it that your baby likes, dislikes, what foods to avoid, etc.
As soon as you choose your new home, be sure to contact local child care centers and kindergartens. Sometimes they have long waiting lists. This also applies to schools for older children.
· Make sure the baby's room is the first thing you set up, and try to recreate as much as possible the baby's former home. Since smells are so important to newborns, try to cook the same smelling dishes at your new home. This will make the baby more comfortable and the adjustment period will be lessened.
· Having a baby in a foreign country can also be stressful especially not having the support of your family and friends in your new country. Enquire about expat communities to build up a new network as soon as possible. Expat networks are a great way to meet new people and an invaluable resource to find quality medical care and doctors who speaks your language.
· Be positive and look on the bright side. Babies are sponges, even though your baby is too young to fully understand what's going on, your baby will pick up the stresses or calms of your relocation process. Don't forget about you, take time to relax and be good to yourself. Try yoga classes or massages.
Hopefully these tips can make your transition smoother with babies. Let ExpatPoint take care of your relocation, while you are taking care of your baby. email@example.com to make sure your move is as organized and stress-free as possible.
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Are you moving abroad with your children?
It can be quite frightening for the parents, but by encouraging your children, you can make the moving process an altogether positive experience. Here are some tips:
· Talk openly with your children
· Involve them in the moving process
· Let them express their feelings
·Welcome their questions
· Highlight the benefits of moving
· Teach them about the new culture
·Prepare them for the language barriers
· Keep traditions from home alive
·Maintain regular ties with family back home
·Research School immediately.
Need some help?
· English / Spanish / French / Dutch-speaking psychologist specializing in work with children.
· Our psychologist counseling has training from Brussels, Belgium. She has a US Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. During her studies she specialized both in working with children and with expats.
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