Hello again 😀
(I promise my next post will be out in a shorter interval and it will be about a technical subject :P)
So, as I was saying in the last post, the interviews were done and the offer was formally made by the company, that was when things really got real. Damn! I was going to work abroad! How does that even work?
Of course that, since I decided that I wanted this position, my wife and I started researching the process of moving to The Netherlands for work, but when it went from a possibility to a question of time, I got admit that I felt a little lost.
First thing was to start dealing with the bureaucracy of the documentation. It is not a VERY complicated part, but everything takes a lot of time. The good news? The company put us in contact with some people that would take care of most of the process. Thank. God. I can’t imagine what kind of trouble we would have been into without does guys.
The bad news? Me and my wife realized that our passports were expired for a couple of months…
Unforgivable, I know… I scheduled the visit in the beginning of November and the first available date was the second week of January. Yes, seriously. So I did what I had to do. I panicked. A little. After that we went on with the next step, telling the people that should know about it.
We started with our parents, of course, which was quite easy as both families supported and encouraged the idea. The next, and more complicated part, was to tell my partners at my, then, company that I would leave the team in a few months. In a general way everyone was understanding and then we started the transition process. I worked for Class Solutions for more than 8 years and I am glad I could leave the company in a good way.
Parallel to these, we started preparing the smaller things. Selling some things, archiving some things, buying some things. I won’t go into details but until our last week in Brazil I was still delivering things that I sold and archiving things at a storage we rented. Hell of a process.
Back to the bureaucracy, despite the fact that I had accepted the job in the beginning of November, it wasn’t until the end of December that we really started moving with the documents.
Then emerged the next big challenge, the relocation process. What does this process comprehends exactly? That is exactly what I asked to the consultant who helped me with the process. She will help me with things like finding a place to stay, setting up some mandatory meetings at the municipality, setting up utilities and even the bank account. Sounds somewhat simple, right? It isn’t.
At this point I got stop and tell you that it would have been impossible, and I mean it, for us to move here if it wasn’t for the help of the consultant and the HR people of my current company. They really took a heavy weight out of my back in this process. If you are reading this, Thank you!
Actually, when I stop to think about it, our greatest contribution in this matter was to be really worried that everything was going to be doomed, and then realize that someone had already solved the problem for us.
At the first week of January we got married () and the week after we FINALLY would have our visit to the Federal Police Bureau to do the processing for our passports. After that we would still have to wait 2 weeks (!) to have our passports issued. We finally got our passports by the end of January and thus began the process of obtaining our visas! Between sending the documents to the IND (the organ responsible for immigration processes) and finally getting our visas, it took about 4 weeks for the whole process and when I finally got everything in place we had only 1 week and a half before my starting date at the new company!!
In the last week we sold the last few things, got our flight tickets, finished the documents for the cats (yes, we took our 3 cats with us, it was a completely different story) and said goodbye for a few people.
On the 25th of February, we boarded the plane headed to the Old World, and here we are now, one month (and a few days) later.
It was probably one of the more stressing processes I have ever been through, but it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the help of some key people both in Brazil and in The Netherlands.
Uff… This, of course, doesn’t cover all the details of the process, but it gives a general picture.
So far I can only say that it has been worth. I am loving every step of the new life. From the work/workplace to the new City (I am in love with Breda). From the weather (which is awesome ) to the People.
So, that is most of what I wanted to get out of my chest about this process. If you have read it this far, thanks for spending the time.
My next post will be about Web Jobs! Though Microsoft seem to be cleaning the way for the Azure Functions to take this Role, Web Jobs still have some features that are not provided by Azure Functions.
See you soon! (Soon, I promise, hahaha)