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Articles > Australia


Job Sponsored Visas and Finding a Job in Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:04:16)
Please note: The information in this article is over 12 months old.

by Sarah Muxlow

Having chosen to do what is known as skilled migration, my husband and I enlisted an immigration agent to submit our visa application. In enlisting the help of an agent only to advise us and submit our application for a visa, we did a very independent move. The process cost 5000$AU and took two years and once we got here the real work of finding a job started.

For many, like yourselves, two years can be a long wait particularly as you don't know if your application is going to be successful or not. The alternative is a job sponsorship visa. This is by far the quickest way as the process can take as little as 4 weeks and having a job to come to solves all the waiting and job-hunting stress.   more ...

Articles > Australia


Immigrating Down Under - Starting a New Life in Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (09:46:46)
by Sarah Muxlow

It was a big move to leave Europe; home, family, friends and ties. We decided to do it and two years on we are enjoying the new life we have here, on the far side of the world.

We moved because we wanted to give our children the opportunity to appreciate space, safety and some quality time with us. Originally from England myself, and my husband from France, we were enjoying living in Switzerland. We had our secure jobs, family and friends and we didn't know anyone in Queensland, so we had plenty of reasons to put off the 'Big Move'. We even eventually timed our move at one of those times when it could have been best to stay put - I was 3 months pregnant!   more ...

Articles > Australia


Where to go in Sydney, Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (09:36:18)
Dina Zavrski-Makaric
by Dina Zavrski-Makaric

Seventeen years ago, when I arrived in Sydney, it was still trying to find itself and shape its character. Today, its personality is defined by 200 nationalities that live here, speaking more than 20 languages. There is something for everyone in this city of diversity.

I remember arriving on a late spring day, the temperature was in the high thirties, the humidity felt like 100%, and the drive from the Airport to Manly, after nearly 24 hours on planes, seemed to take forever. The size of the City and the Harbour Bridge was all too much for a European whose idea of a city comprised of a population of 1 million, and who was able to live most of her life within walking distance to places, or at worst taking a few tram stops. The first months we spent Sundays driving around the Sydney suburbs just to become familiar with its size. Every suburb had its own feeling, atmosphere, and people - the good thing was that they all had a little central point, where you could get refreshment and gather your thoughts. Seventeen years ago Sydney was at the brink of starting to embrace diversity in people, food and beverages. Today it catches up on consumers and their requirements faster than they can think about them.   more ...

Articles > Australia


Where to go in Melbourne, Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (09:30:32)
Dina Zavrski-Makaric
by Dina Zavrski-Makaric

When we migrate from one country to another we are often very soon faced with the difficulties of starting to create our new life in the new surroundings. This quest can be easier for some, and harder for others. We are all unique in how we go about living our lives; however, most of us are likely to fall into the trap of neglecting our social life for the sake of everyday tasks. What we also often forget is that we need to nurture our exploratory side (which brought us to this new place in the first place!), and that holidays and overseas visitors are not the only time when we should go and discover what our new surroundings have to offer.   more ...

Articles > Spain


Moving to Spain - Tips and Lessons Learned

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (23:14:11)
We were internet marketers that needed a break...so we started a tapas restaurant in Spain! Some said we were crazy, some said we were brave. We say we are a little bit of both. Read our story, the lessons we learned and our tips...

It has been almost three years since we moved to Spain and finding our way around has been fun and sometimes a struggle. When you move abroad you realize that you are giving up your career, your house, the lease car and all. But in return, there is a romantic future lying ahead of you; a future without stress, traffic jams, thousands of emails a day, dark clouds, rain. An exiting future with new possibilities, new people and new habits.

Our romantic and exciting idea of the future was setting up a tapas restaurant in a pretty little village on the Costa Blanca. We would only open for a few hours per day, run it together, and cook all kinds of delicious tapas for our guests.   more ...

Articles > Spain


Health Care In Spain

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (23:11:55)
Moving to Spain usually involves a few of basic activities such as learning Spanish, looking for a job (if outplacement was not the reason for moving), finding a new house and a looking for a proper school for your children. Once accomplished, you will experience you are not only living in a different country, but also in a different culture.

Most people do experience living in another culture as an opportunity to learn more about life in general. Reading about another culture is one thing, living in another culture is quite another. Although the Spanish culture is a Western one, it still differs in many ways from British or American culture. The medical culture in Spain is also different in certain aspects. The level of medical care is usually good to excellent. The health care insurance system equals more or less the systems in the United States and in Great Britain: a national health care system which offers the opportunity to all kinds of people to be provided with basic health care and a private system where you can go to if you decided to upgrade your medical insurance by paying more each month.   more ...

Articles > Spain


How to avoid... (in Spain), Part 1

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (23:07:04)
Mark FR Wilkins
by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group in Spain

The Off Plan Market

How to avoid...getting ripped off in making an "off plan" purchase

You'll have seen the wonderful images at the Property Show in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow or Dublin and you'll have been very drawn to the idea of getting in early on the ground floor of this fabulous new development on the Spanish Costas. And why not - these developments often present really good value for money and, as you are getting involved early, pre-construction, you are potentially making real savings.

You agree to take an inspection flight, which, in any event, even if you don't buy an apartment, is a bargain weekend in Spain. You arrive at the chosen destination and it all seems to stack up - you are ready to buy...   more ...

Articles > Spain


Check list for British expats moving to Spain

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (23:00:46)
Mark FR Wilkins
by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group SL

In the same way that removals companies have countdown diaries to help you remember all those important elements needed before the "Big Day", I felt it would be useful for those seeking to relocate to or acquire a holiday home in Spain, to have a "Check List" featuring those items that required specific attention and which could be ticked off as they were completed.

According to a recent report prepared by Accountants PKF, more than 74% of Britons want to retire abroad. So if you are part of that majority who's interested in moving to Spain why not consider using The Rights Group's Check List to aid your smooth relocation?   more ...

Articles > Spain


Relocation, Relocation, Relocation! A new life in Spain - Part 2

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (22:55:48)
Mark FR Wilkins
by Mark FR Wilkins, The Rights Group

Would-be relocators who have followed my family's migration from South West London to our new home in Spain may have already been assisted in their search for that dream home by our initial six easy lessons for a comfortable transition to life in Spain.

We have been asked to expand on our preliminary advice. So, from our direct - and thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience - I hope you'll appreciate these six further lessons.

Currently, servicing borrowings to purchase a property by way of a Spanish mortgage is an attractive prospect for those of you from Northern Europe, particularly the UK, where interest rates have risen in recent months. The Spanish financial services market is in the formative stages of its development - and whilst it is substantially more advanced than the markets of the former eastern Bloc - certain financial products which are widely available in the UK are simply not available.   more ...

Articles > Spain


Relocation, Relocation, Relocation! A new life in Spain

Posted on Sunday May 20, 2012 (22:44:19)
Mark FR Wilkins
by Mark Wilkins, The Rights Group

Over the last few years we have heard an increasing number of (perhaps apocryphal) tales of UK citizens "not recognising " the country they grew up in. Feeling alienated in their own country and looking for a way out.

When you decide that you are nearing the end a busy working life, your family have fled the nest or you simply want a better quality of life for your family, your mind will inevitably wander to questions of whether there is a better quality of life to be found elsewhere.

We've all attended those "lifestyle" shows at the NEC or Olympia (in the UK) where the prospect of 330 days a year of sun, a milder climate for arthritic bones, a golf course for every day of the week, international quality schooling and a magnificent diversity of influences are dangled carrot-like beneath our noses. Many of us have said "Can I have some of that?"   more ...

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