You have found your best friend, the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you have been lucky enough to marry them, congratulations. Now that you are past the nuptials, requisite ceremonies, and celebrations, it is time to settle back into reality. This may be a time when you and your new spouse need to have thoughtful discussions about what comes next in your new life together.
If your plan involves moving to another country, you will want to read the following information for helpful tips on how to make the move easier for everyone.
Obtain the necessary paperwork.
One of the first things you will need to do is determine what type of documentation or paperwork is required for your spouse to enter the country, such as a spouse visa. The application and immigration requirements will vary based on the countries involved. Another factor may include whether you are already married or intend to marry in the country your spouse will be emigrating to.
You will both need to get all of your essential documents in order before applying. Financial paperwork, birth certificates, current citizenship papers, and marriage certificates are among some of the required documentation you will need to have in hand.
Learn about the citizenship process in the new country.
Every country has its own unique process regarding the right to become a citizen. It is important to learn and understand what that process is as soon as possible. Sometimes the undertaking can be quick and relatively easy. In other countries, it will be considerably more work-intensive and longer to complete.
Regardless of the country and the timeline, it is necessary to learn what your spouse needs to do so that they can get started as soon as they can do so. Be cognizant of requirements and deadlines. Add that information to your family calendar so that everyone is on the same page and can better help one another through the various stages.
Help your spouse find their culture.
Your partner’s culture should not be something they leave behind just because they are emigrating to your home country. They can and should bring their culture with them wherever they go.
You can help your spouse find cultural heritage groups to join that will aid them in maintaining a connection to their past. These groups often meet weekly or monthly. Many of the members speak in their native language. They will also hold special meals with favorite dishes from their homeland. All these things add up to help your loved one remember that what they have left behind is not lost.
Teach your partner about their new home country.
It is also important for you to be a guide and a helper in teaching your spouse about your country and their new one. Watch this video for an insightful appreciation of how you can communicate between cultures.
When you know you and your spouse intend to move to another country, you need to begin making preparations as soon as possible so you do not miss any deadlines. Help them enjoy their new home as much as they appreciate their old one.