Have enough money in your account
Costs include but are not limited to: the visa application, plane tickets, international shipments, housing, and emergencies. This is why it is important to have enough money in your account that will cover for the before and after you travel.
Apply for or renew your passport
Before you can apply for a visa, you must have a valid passport. Some countries require you to have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your final travel date. Thus, do not hesitate to check.
Do your research
Even if you are relatively familiar with where you are going, you will need to do a lot of research to plan for the big move and ease your transition to your new location.
Contact your bank
It is advisable to keep your current bank account to maintain your credit score and make direct payments for any bills or outstanding loans. At the same time, inform your bank of your travel dates, and consider getting an international credit card to avoid foreign transaction fees. You should also research banks in your new city and find out what paperwork you will need to set up a savings or checking account.
Make copies of important documents
These include your passport, driver's license, birth certificate, and immunization records. You might need them when you least expect it, and it will make your life much less stressful if you can easily access them.