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United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Moving To London? Learn The Unwritten Rules Of Life In The Capital

Tuesday March 27, 2018 (07:36:17)

Moving to London can be a daunting prospect. London is a densely populated city and English people have a reputation for being notoriously hard to read. We’re not an unfriendly bunch, per se, but we’re possibly not the most approachable either! In public situations, particularly with strangers, the uninitiated may often find themselves making a bit of a social faux pas. These awkward situations may not have dire consequences but can leave you feeling a bit embarrassed. To the English, a public humiliation is on par with social death. You may perhaps not even feel it, but everyone around you will be cringing inwardly in silence.   more ...

Hong Kong > Articles

Hong Kong

An Expat Guide To Socialising And Meetup Groups In Hong Kong

Monday March 26, 2018 (07:56:13)

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most popular expat destinations. One estimate puts the population of internationally-born residents at nearly five percent of the total 7.1 million population. But in this crowded city, it’s all too easy to feel lonely.   more ...

United Kingdom > Articles

United Kingdom

Moving To The UK? Get The Paperwork Right!

Wednesday March 14, 2018 (09:50:19)

If you are planning to move to the UK, you may find yourself preoccupied making arrangements for your new job or education course whilst also trying to figure out what to wear in a country where the weather seems to change almost hourly! However, you will need to get your paperwork right as well, otherwise you’ll be stopped at the airport.   more ...

Spain > Articles

Spain

Living In Catalunya - How Might The Political Situation Affect You?

Tuesday March 13, 2018 (09:58:34)

Following the events of last year, many expats have been wondering where they stand in the political situation surrounding the bid for Catalan independence. Expats considering moving to the province in Northeastern Spain for the first time are often confused by the long-running dispute and how this may impact their lives should they make the move.   more ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

Singapore's Early Learning Village: A Good Choice For Expat Children?

Monday March 12, 2018 (10:14:01)

One of the main challenges for many expat families is finding the best education for their children. What are the best options academically? And is that option affordable?   more ...

Antigua and Barbuda > Articles

Antigua and Barbuda

How To Ship Your Belongings To Antigua And Barbuda

Monday March 12, 2018 (09:58:49)

Moving to the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda can herald a completely new style of life. Pristine tropical beaches, a culture that is new and easy to enjoy as well as a decent standard of living in an English-speaking environment are some of the things you have to look forward to.   more ...

Panama > Articles

Panama

A Guide To Small Beachfront Communities In Panama

Friday March 09, 2018 (10:01:06)

Panama is located in the Central American region of North America. It is a long, thin stretch of terrain meeting Costa Rica to the west and Columbia to the east. Along the South of the country sits the Pacific Ocean coastline, while the north is met by the Caribbean Sea, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean. With 2,857 kilometres, or 1,786 miles of coastline, and more than 1500 islands, Panama offers plenty of opportunities to live in a beachfront community.   more ...

Trinidad and Tobago > Articles

Trinidad and Tobago

How To Find A Job In Trinidad And Tobago

Thursday March 08, 2018 (09:41:23)

Boasting the combination of an English-speaking society and Caribbean sunshine, the island state of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an attractive destination for expats looking to enjoy working life overseas. We take a look at the employment options.


Work Permits

Trinidad and Tobago have an official combined workforce of just under 650,000 people. The unemployment rate in recent years has been comfortably under five percent, performing better than the US for many years and very well against some European countries.   more ...

Portugal > Articles

Portugal

Renovating Rural Property In Portugal – 10 Tips For First-Time Buyers

Thursday March 08, 2018 (09:06:43)

Boasting a pleasant climate, friendly locals and low rural property prices, Portugal is an attractive proposition for those dreaming of a renovation project. However, this isn’t a task for the faint-hearted. Here are our tips for carrying out your restoration as smoothly as possible!


Define Your Reasons For The Project

Despite a third of Portuguese families living in rural locations, the countryside is littered with houses, small holdings and agricultural buildings that are either stuck in the 1970s or completely derelict. If you can head away from the popular – and more expensive! – south coast, you’ll find plenty of properties on sale for just a few thousand Euros in the north and interior of the country.   more ...

Philippines > Articles

Philippines

Moving To The Philippines? Get Your Paperwork In Order

Tuesday March 06, 2018 (12:47:53)

Are you dreaming of a retirement lounging on a beautiful beach? Or looking to further your banking career in Manila’s rising skyline? Whatever your reasons for arriving in the Philippines, make sure you get the paperwork right to avoid unnecessary problems.


Obtaining A Visa

Many people stay in the Philippines for the short to medium term. With a tourist visa obtained at the airport, you can stay for 30 days. Before it expires, you can apply for an extension which will last for another 59 days, or if you apply in Manila you can request an extension of six months. You can keep renewing your tourist visa for a total of 16 months; at that point you must either apply to stay longer term or leave the country. The downside to using a tourist visa to stay in the Philippines is that you can’t work on this permit.   more ...