Some questions for expats

[name_m]Hi[/name_m], I’m a teenberry so even without the virus this is a long way away, but I’d like emigrate out of the United States (Right now I’m thinking [name_f]Canada[/name_f] or [name_u]New[/name_u] Zealand, leaning towards [name_u]New[/name_u] Zealand, but I’d like to hear as many stories as possible). If any expats (from any country!) in this community would like to answer some of my questions, I’d be pretty grateful!

  1. At what age did you immigrate?
  2. Did you immigrate with anyone? If yes, who?
  3. About how far away did you immigrate? From what country to where?
  4. [name_m]How[/name_m] long did it take for you to get citizenship in your new country/what kind of permits or visas did you have in the beginning and how has that changed?
  5. What is your favorite thing about your new country? What is your least?
  6. What was the hardest thing to adjust too in your new country?
  7. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you travel back to your birth country to visit anyone (family, friends, etc)? If yes, how often?
  8. If you have kids, have they been to your birth country? [name_m]How[/name_m] often have they visited and what is your “routine” when traveling with them?
  9. If you could go back and change one thing about how you immigrated, what would you change?
  10. [name_m]How[/name_m] did you tell your family that you were immigrating? What was their reactions?
  11. What do you do to stay in touch with your family? [name_m]How[/name_m] do you get around a big time zone difference when calling or face-timing?

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds!

Hi there! I’m not an immigrant but I am a born-and-bred Kiwi. If you have have any questions about [name_u]New[/name_u] Zealand fee free to flick them my way :blush:

My family are not expats any longer (we moved back home after two years), but I can still provide some answers.

At what age did you immigrate?

I was in third grade, so I must have been about seven, going on eight.

Did you immigrate with anyone? If yes, who?

I immigrated with my parents.

About how far away did you immigrate? From what country to where?

We immigrated from the US to China. The flight was about fifteen hours.

How long did it take for you to get citizenship in your new country/what kind of permits or visas did you have in the beginning and how has that changed?

It took me and my mother about two years to get a six year visa, and my father had already been gone for that time.

What is your favorite thing about your new country? What is your least?

My favorite thing was being able to interact with people of all different cultures. I was one of the only Indians in my school at home, and I really liked the exposure. I didn’t like how bad the WiFi signal was at home, though.

What was the hardest thing to adjust too in your new country?

It was hard to adjust to walking everywhere instead of driving. I had never taken the metro before, and that was a new experience for me too.

Do you travel back to your birth country to visit anyone (family, friends, etc)? If yes, how often?

When we lived there, me and my mom went back home every summer. We also made it a habit to come back for New Years’.

If you could go back and change one thing about how you immigrated, what would you change?

I would change how little I stayed in touch with my school friends. A lot of friendship-changing events went down when I was away, and I would’ve liked to hear about them firsthand.

What do you do to stay in touch with your family? How do you get around a big time zone difference when calling or face-timing?

My grandparents lived nearby, in India, so they flew in to see us much more often than they do now. There wasn’t as big a time difference, so it was much easier to talk to them than it is now. My family friends, though, all of whom live here, I did not interact with until we came back for the summers.

Also, I’d like to add, moving back was a horrible experience for me. For the remaining two years I had in elementary school, I was known as “the girl who lived in China” and no one ever really treated me normally.

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[name_f]My[/name_f] family immigrated to :tr: when I was a baby (so I don’t remember it), but I’ll try to answer your questions.


1. At what age did you immigrate?

I was few months old :blush:

2. Did you immigrate with anyone? If yes, who?

With my parents and my triplet-brothers (I have another older brother, but he was already an adult when we immigrated, so he didn’t came with us)

3. About how far away did you immigrate? From what country to where?

From [name_f]England[/name_f] to Turkey, takes 2/3 hours by plane.

4. How long did it take for you to get citizenship in your new country/what kind of permits or visas did you have in the beginning and how has that changed?

I got citizenship when I was 5.

5. What is your favorite thing about your new country? What is least?

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourite: Friendly, cheerful people
[name_f]My[/name_f] least favourite: System of education

6. What was the hardest thing to adjust too in your new country?

I can’t answer that, I’m here ever since I could remember!

7. Do you travel back to your birth country to visit anyone (family, friends, etc)? If yes, how often?

We visit our family every summer.

11. What do you do to stay in touch with your family? How do you get around a big time zone difference when calling or face-timing?

There isn’t a big time-zone difference between :uk: and :tr:. Only two hours.

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I am currently an expat and I left home to get my [name_m]Bachelor[/name_m]’s! I will be moving back to my country once I graduate but when I first left I was planning on staying abroad.

1. At what age did you immigrate?
I left at 19 to go study abroad.

2. Did you immigrate with anyone? If yes, who?
Nope, all alone!

3. About how far away did you immigrate? From what country to where?
I went pretty far away from home… I was born and raised in the Caribbean and I moved to Southeast [name_f]Asia[/name_f].

4. [name_m]How[/name_m] long did it take for you to get citizenship in your new country/what kind of permits or visas did you have in the beginning and how has that changed?
I’m currently on a student visa and it was a fairly easy process for me… I guess it’s because the immigration rules here aren’t very strict since I know of others who have gotten working visas and permits and it wasn’t difficult for them either.

5. What is your favorite thing about your new country? What is your least?
I love living here! The culture here is very different from back home and, while I do miss how much more outgoing, loud, and open people are where I’m from, I do enjoy the experience and learning about all the cultural differences.

6. What was the hardest thing to adjust too in your new country?
Honestly, I’m a pretty adaptable person so regardless of how different some things were, it was really easy for me to adapt to living here and I didn’t have any trouble adjusting.

7. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you travel back to your birth country to visit anyone (family, friends, etc)? If yes, how often?
I’ve been living here for two years and so far I have only been able to go back once… sadly, since it’s so far away it’s pretty expensive to travel back and forth so I have to limit myself. I will be going next year though!

8. If you have kids, have they been to your birth country? [name_m]How[/name_m] often have they visited and what is your “routine” when traveling with them?
No kids yet! But if I were to have and be living away from my home country, I would definitely try to visit with them as much as I can!

9. If you could go back and change one thing about how you immigrated, what would you change?
There’s nothing much I would change really… I guess maybe plan a bit more? Moving here was a bit of an impulse decision and I didn’t do much planning before coming so I had to figure everything out once I was actually here haha!

10. [name_m]How[/name_m] did you tell your family that you were immigrating? What was their reactions?
I was searching online for universities and I found the website for the one I’m currently studying in… I told my mom I was going to apply and if I got accepted I would move. She always knew that I wanted to leave home and never come back (funnily enough, living abroad made me realize how much I actually love my country and once I graduate I’m moving back… even though the original plan was to live somewhere else) and was completely supportive as she had traveled and lived across [name_f]Asia[/name_f] when she was my age as well. I didn’t tell my dad I was moving until after I got accepted to my university… he was pretty shocked and didn’t wan’t me to leave but he accepted that it was something I needed to do and let me go… but not without complaining lol!

11. What do you do to stay in touch with your family? [name_m]How[/name_m] do you get around a big time zone difference when calling or face-timing?
There’s an 11 hour time difference so it’s quite tricky managing our schedules! But regardless I still talk to my family almost every day, mostly messaging but we do video calls often as well.

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