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I Want Out: Information for people who want to expatriate

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Welcome to r/IWantOut, Reddit's expat subreddit. Please read the sidebar for general advice and helpful links.

If you want out of wherever you live, we're here to help.

Got questions? Want advice and experience from people who have gotten out or are still trying? Have a good tip or a success story to tell? Just need support? No matter where you're from or where you're going, you're welcome here.

☞This is a space to discuss strategies and advice for legal immigration, NOT to debate about refugees, undocumented migrants, the ethics/wisdom of various immigration policies, etc. Posts and comments that stray from the subject of legal immigration will be removed and you may be warned or banned depending on the severity of the offense. Report and message the mods with violations.


  1. Be respectful and stay on the topic of legal emigration/immigration. This is not a political subreddit.

  2. No requesting or giving advice on how to conduct illegal activities, including marriage to strangers. We want you to be safe, and, furthermore, such posts violate reddit's sitewide policies.

  3. When requesting/giving advice, please be as detailed as possible when describing your situation: country of origin/destination, age range, education, qualifications, budget, etc. "→ anywhere" posts should contain some criteria for what you're looking for. Vague posts like "guy who wants to go anywhere" will probably be removed.

  4. Please reserve downvotes for rule violations or incorrect information, not just disagreement of opinion.

  5. Recommendations are OK; spam/advertising is not. If you're not sure if your post follows this, ask. No youtube videos unless they're in a text post with discussion.

  6. Please report rule violations and message the mods explaining the situation.


  • Permanently residing in a country in which you currently don't have citizenship almost always requires a visa (legal permission to live there). Visa rules differ depending on the country/region, but they generally require that you demonstrate a good reason for moving there: family, in-demand skills, pursuit of higher education, etc. It can be a daunting process, but if you're serious about getting out you should thoroughly research the visa you'll need to obtain to do so. Some of the links below might help.

  • Are you upset about the political situation in your country? Fair enough. But do your homework and don't make any rash decisions – immigration takes time and effort, and the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Remember, too, that /r/IWantOut is for requesting and sharing tips for legal immigration, not having political debates. It's OK to say, "I'm looking for a country with X policies on issue Y," but be sure to stay civil and stay on topic.

  • Before posting, try searching the subreddit (at the top of this sidebar). It's possible your question has been asked before.

  • Can't find the answer you're looking for here? Check to see if there's a subreddit for the country and/or city you want to go to.

Helpful Links


How to Ask for Help in /r/IWantOut

The Most Common Stories I Hear/Questions I Receive (A Personal FAQ)


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