I've been working for an IT company in the EU for the past 10 months, through an outsourcing company based in Eastern Europe. The client I've been working for has invited me to move to their HQ and work for them directly. My current employer has said yes, my work permit and visa have been approved, and I'm supposed to get on a plane December 1st (this is when the contract between the companies expires), while my wife will be joining me in late January.
The problem is that I have been unable to find a suitable apartment, and that it turns out it won't be possible to get one until I am physically present there, have a bank account open, social security number, etc. So, I'd have to be living in a hostel or B&B for a few weeks.
While I don't mind this generally, the fact that I might be spending the holidays alone in a pokey hostel depresses me, and in a period where I need to be sharp, both to negotiate well on an apartment, and to prove myself in my new position. The fact that the private rooms in a few hostels are already all booked for that period doesn't help.
I'm looking to postpone my arrival to approx. 10th January (after certain relogious holidays in my home country), and to work for the company during December as a contractor/consultant. I would also be looking for the consulting fee for the month to be equal to my salary there, as I need to pay taxes in my home country as well.
Doeas all of this make sense? Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Thanks!