Moving from one city to another is a great challenge, even within your own country. But crossing borders, learning a new language and tax and customs regulations make an international move all the more complicated. A lot of everyday affairs, which are self-evident or easy to arrange in Belgium, can become surprisingly difficult when communication and cultural differences come into play. 

We want to emphasise the benefits of a good preparation. A happy expat is a productive expat, a well-prepared emigrant is a ray of sunshine in his adopted country. And this applies to emigrants who hire a relocation specialist as well as to emigrants who arrange the move themselves. A good preparation is the first step. Use our accessible emigration checklist as a first step towards the first step!  

Whether or not you leave because of a professional offer, at one point the decision to leave has to be made. From a logical point-of-view, this is the moment the preparations start as well. From the moment you decide to move, you are divided between two worlds, two lives, two countries. You will have to break the news and say goodbye to your family and friends. From a psychological and a practical point-of-view, it is important to finish one chapter before you start a new one.

More information about the aspects of emigration can be found in the information kiosk.

Your destination

When preparing for a fresh start at a new destination, you can appeal to our country page. There you can find information about local talking points such as VIW representatives, Flemish and Belgian clubs and Belgian embassies. 

In order to finetune your expectations as best as you can with the reality, the foundation Flemings in the World regularly organises information days about emigration. Are you looking for a job abroad? Take a look at our vacancy page with job offers for Flemish professionals worldwide.

You can also turn to VIW with questions about visa and consular regulations. VIW members can count on a personal service by means of the contact form.