Guide to Moving Abroad with Your Family to Malaysia

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Making the leap and moving to a new country is tough, especially when you are moving internationally with your family. You not only have to organise the logistics of your move, but also have to prepare your children for this change. Taking time to coordinate your international move to Malaysia can assist in a smoother transition for your family, and give you peace of mind in an otherwise stressful period.

To keep your move as stress-free as possible, we’ve curated our top tips to ensure your family move to Malaysia goes well.

Find The Right Place To Live

Deciding on the perfect place to live in Malaysia can make a big impact on how your family adjusts to their new home. Be sure to get your children involved in the choosing of your new neighbourhood by letting them imagine what their friends will be like, and think of the fun experiences they will have in a new town.

Desa ParkCity, Mont Kiara and Damansara are great neighbourhoods for expats in Kuala Lumpur for families. These neighbourhoods are family-friendly and have good access to schools, but where you choose to move your family will depend on many factors such as where you find work, affordability, amenities and more.

Arrange Your Documents To Relocate

Unless you are planning retirement overseas after you move to Malaysia, you will likely be thinking of finding work following your relocation.  To do so, you will require the appropriate visa documentation to be able to work legally. To ensure you have the appropriate work and residence visas, you will need to apply for a visa via the Immigration Department of Malaysia for your family. We recommend applying for these visas at least a few months prior to your planned move, to account for unexpected delays or possible issues in receiving your visas.

If your company is taking on a corporate relocation, be sure to discuss the required documentation for the move with your employee and moving service When transporting your car or moving your pet to Malaysia from overseas, organise any specialised documentation you may be asked for, such as purchase records, vaccinations and other required information need by Malaysian customs.

Taking Time to Settle In

Moving to a new country, especially as a family, can be overwhelming and it is completely natural to experience culture shock. Your regular routines will be changed, from your weekly household shopping to understanding the layout of your new home. There are many regimens to relearn, such as the quickest route to school and work or the best place to grab a takeaway meal that will take time for you to integrate into your weekly routine.

It is best to settle your family into their new home as soon as possible to aid in the transition to this significant change. To take one thing off your plate, we recommend using a professional unpacking service to help set up and organise your home. With this weight off your shoulders, you can settle into your new home as a family, and take time to immerse yourself into your new neighbourhood, language and culture.

Get your children involved within the community through group activities such as sports teams and local clubs to help them acclimate to their new home. Immerse yourself in the new culture as a family, and take in the sights of Malaysia together.

Relieve Stress With Your Moving Consultant

Taking on an international move can be overwhelming, so it is important to take it one step at a time! Whether your family is planning a move to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru or Penang from abroad, you can put your trust in the professional moving consultants at Allied Moving Services. Our personal moving consultants from Allied ensure that they are with you, every step of your move. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, please get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to answer all your queries.