The dream of living in another country can be very enticing, more so depending on where you currently live. Whether the political climate at home is getting hot or you simply crave new scenery, immigrating to another country represents a thrilling challenge that can offer innumerable life lessons and major personal growth.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to accomplish. Not only do most countries have pretty strict guidelines for admittance, they also charge a great deal for the privilege. The financial implications of immigration definitely don’t stop at the government fees, either – there is the cost of travel, moving your belongings, and getting established in a new home.
But before you lose hope, there are certain countries that make the immigration process easier than average. Read on for ten possibilities that you might just be able to swing. Even if you don’t achieve citizenship, several of these places are happy for you to live there indefinitely.
On the decidedly high end of the financial scale, Austria is a choice with a steep cost of living. But, it offers 10 different types of residence permit. If you can afford it, you will likely qualify for at least one.
Austria features incredible scenic beauty in the form of the snow-capped Alps, wild valleys, and sparkling blue ice caves. Residents are reportedly very content, and why wouldn’t they be, living a “perpetual resort” lifestyle? Austria is a lovely little country that serves as a gateway for many of Europe’s capital cities.
The catch in immigrating to Austria is that you must apply from your home country, not from temporary digs within Austria. That makes job (or spouse) hunting a bit trickier. There is an exception for residents of the United States and European Union, who are eligible for a D-visa that allows 6-months residence in Austria prior to application for a residence permit.