In the build up to becoming an expat, there were many bits of advice offered to me (mainly by people who did not know me too well) about what to do to prepare etc. The advice given was well-meaning, but sometimes completely inappropriate especially as they usually had no grasp on what immigration actually entails.
What is the worst advice you have ever been given about travelling, the visa process or becoming an expat? Here is some of mine:
I am not sure if this particular person really wanted to get rid of me, but I was most certainly not going to start my new life like a fugitive. I am one of those boring people who like to do things properly, so trudging through the visa forms, evidence and fees was the only way I was going to do it!
This is terrible advice because my impression of an American accent starts off fairly well but ends up turning into something from South Africa via Ireland with a little bit of Bristol thrown in for good measure. I. Sound. Ridiculous!
Of course, what was I thinking! I will just put some random information on a scrap of paper and send it off. Nobody is going to read it or check up on all the details or ask for more information to corroborate what you first wrote and do a detailed background and medical check on you … Really? Are you serious?
I would love to hear more about your experiences, or what you thought of mine!