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Articles > United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

A Guide To Renewing Your Residence Visa In The UAE

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017 (10:20:57)
(c) Dylan Gialanella on Unsplash
The United Arab Emirates has come a very long way in the last few decades. People from all over the world are drawn to the Middle East’s most modernized cosmopolitan country because of its high living standards, quality of education, and career or entrepreneurial opportunities.   more ...

Articles > France

France

A Brief Guide To Expat Pension Plans In France

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017 (10:01:38)
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French pension rules are complex and have been changed in recent years – and more changes are planned.

Typically, a French pension is available to those expats who have lived and worked in the country for a number of years and meet a set of conditions.

The French social security system, or sécurité sociale, is the fund into which all employees in France must pay into before they can claim a pension.   more ...

Articles > Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017 (09:42:44)
(c) GLady on Pixabay
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Saudi Arabia and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

Articles > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

A Guide To Banking In The US For British Expats

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017 (09:18:25)
(c) Chris Li on Unsplash
For any Brit seeking to open a bank account in the USA there will be much that is familiar about the process. There are however some key differences that can trip you up along the way.

This is one of those things you may find easier to sort out before making your move abroad. It may complicate the process having to open an account before you have residency, but it can help you to bypass the more challenging elements of the US system.   more ...

Articles > France

France

A Expat Guide To Tax In France

Posted on Friday April 28, 2017 (08:49:23)
(c) Véronique PAGNIER on Wikipedia
This guide contains information on the following taxes:

• Income Tax - Currently no PAYE system (due to be introduced in 2018)
• Social security contributions (which will be automatically deducted by employer from your wage)
• Inheritance tax
• Tax on Goods and Services (VAT)
• Capital gains tax   more ...

Articles > General

General

Expat Focus International News Update 27 April 2017

Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017 (08:36:58)
(c) chuttersnap on Pixabay
Why expat assignments end early

Research has revealed that the failure rate for international assignments for expats has doubled over the last four years.

The figure reached 7.2% over the past year, when in 2012 it was just 4.9%.   more ...

Articles > Health

Health

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update 26 April 2017

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017 (10:08:19)
(c) Daniel Frank on Unsplash
Expats at greater risk around the world

Expats on overseas assignments are increasingly at risk from terrorism and populism upsurges, according to a survey.

The risk map published by insurance firm Aon reveals that there was a 14% increase in worldwide terrorist attacks last year.   more ...

Articles > Belgium

Belgium

An Expat Guide To Schools In Brussels

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017 (09:30:55)
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As an expat living in Brussels, you will have a wide range of choices when it comes to your children’s schooling options. Choosing the right school can make a world of difference in the experience that you and your family have living abroad, and luckily being the cosmopolitan centre that it is, Brussels has something for everyone. Many expats move to Brussels to take up positions at one of the numerous European and global organisations that have headquarters here, which means that a number of schools have been established to meet the needs of a diverse range of people.   more ...

Articles > Spain

Spain

An Expat Guide To Renting Property In Barcelona

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017 (10:24:44)
(c) kirkandmimi on Pixabay
You’re in the process of making the decision to move to beautiful Barcelona, or maybe you’ve already decided to definitely move there. And why wouldn't you, with its Mediterranean climate, wonderful beaches right on the doorstep of the city, and excellent public transport system? Also, let’s not forget to mention the vibrant local culture. If you’re looking to make this wonderful city your new home, then here’s a basic guide to renting property in Barcelona.   more ...

Articles > Portugal

Portugal

Portugal - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017 (09:34:52)
(c) 2il org on Flickr
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Portugal and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...