The decision to go as an expat on an international assignment and relocate to Warsaw marks a new phase in your life. It’s not only a challenge from the work perspective, but also a complete change in your personal life. It’s almost like starting your life from scratch… We have prepared a checklist of all issues every expat should keep in mind throughout different stages of the relocation process.

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Relocation Process

Many corporations have very generous policies with regards to international personnel. They offer expats very well organized relocation procedures including relocation agency from the destination country, high living allowance, outsourced legal and financial counseling as well as cultural orientation. Some other smaller companies or these which are just starting to expand internationally may not be able offer you all of these benefits.

We advise expats how to get prepared for all stages of your relocation:

1. Discuss with your employer exact targets of your international assignment and repatriation options after your assignment has finished.

2. Get all detailed information on what your expat's package includes and which costs you would need to bear yourself:

Relocation – would you be offered services of a relocation agency in Warsaw? Being an expat in Warsaw, you should be able to get a professional support throughout your whole elocation process. You can read our article on how the relocation process looks like.

Finance - find out all the details regarding your new expat's salary, allowances and all other expat's benefits in kind. Read about different expats allowances in our article.

Real Estate in home country – would your employer help you in selling your property in your home country if you choose to? Would you be given support to keep your property?

New house – would you be offered services of a real estate agency to support your house search, expat's legal advice to sign up a rental contract, buying costs reimbursement if you choose to purchase a property in Warsaw? Which household costs would be paid by your employer?

Health Care System – would you be given a private health care insurance desgined especially for expats, both for you and your family members?

Expat's Tax Advise – clarify how you will be taxed: according to you local country or Polish taxation system? If you get tax relives in your local country due to ie. investments or because your spouse is unemployed or earns less, would you be able to keep this benefit? If your spouse would like to work in Poland would (s)he be offered tax advice as well? Read more about expat's taxes.

Move costs – how much are you allowed to move to Poland? If you choose to keep some of your goods in a storage store in your local country would your company take the cost? Understand what would be your annual growth allowance of your household during your international assignment so the repatriation costs would not be of a surprise to you if you choose to buy new furniture.

3. Ask for cross cultural training for expat's moving to Poland. As you are new in Warsaw and things do work different here than in other countries, it’s always advised to understand the basics of the local culture. You can read our article on local culture to get the first glimpse.

4. Clarify all the benefits for your family members:

Education courses for your expats spouse due to pause in career to keep qualifications up to date.

School for your children. If you choose to send your children to international school and your local country school at the same time, would your employer bear the costs for both? You can find more info on international schools on our website.

Language courses - Would the company sponsor language courses for your family?

5. Discuss how many additional days of holidays you may take due to the move and relocation.