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Taxation

Taxation is a hugely important factor to consider when moving abroad. In most cases it is worth taking professional advice on tax matters, especially in countries where taxation is complicated or where there is little guidance available in English. Without the right advice, you may find yourself paying more - sometimes much more - than you need to.    more ...
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Pensions

A growing number of expats are retirees – those who have finished working and are now looking forward to a new life abroad. However, for some people retirement can be difficult, especially those who have no private pension(s) and must rely solely on a state pension to get by.    more ...
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Wills And Inheritance

When moving abroad it is important to ensure that your loved ones will be protected in the event of your death. Making a will is the best way to guarantee the fair distribution of your assets following your death although if you have an existing will in your country of origin it may not be valid in your new country and a new document may be necessary. Consulting a local solicitor when you arrive is the best way to clarify the legal requirements.    more ...
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Safety

Personal security is a significant concern in today’s world, although ironically many surveys indicate that we are living in a safer world now than at any other time. Rather it is the nature of current security challenges that make them unique and require us to adopt new ways of dealing with them. Today, security challenges run the gamut from indiscriminate terrorist threats and bombings to robberies, abductions and other crimes against the individual.    more ...
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Language

Over a period of roughly the last 200 years, English has become the global international language in just about every domain of human endeavour.

It is also a fact that prior to moving overseas most expats will have had little experience of foreign life other than through taking holidays abroad.    more ...
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Education

Just like adults, children often face a mix of emotions about moving to a different country – often excitement combined with anxiety and sadness at leaving a familiar environment and their friends and other relatives. Although you’ll be busy preparing for the move, take the time to discuss any concerns that your children might have about moving to an unfamiliar environment, and do whatever you can to ease the move for them.    more ...
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Pets

Pets play an integral part within today’s family structure and when faced with the possibility of overseas relocation pet owners the world over rarely hesitate to include their pets in their travel plans. However, there are a few things to consider before flying off into the sunset with your pet by your side.    more ...
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Arrival

Register

Familiarise yourself with the immigration procedure for the country in question. Are you required to register with an immigration department shortly after arrival? If so, where do you need to go, what do you need to take with you and how much time are you allowed?    more ...
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Culture Shock

Cultural Differences

Most expats inadvertently break some cultural taboos when they first go to live in a different country, even those countries which are on the surface very similar to their own. For example, the price of someone’s house is a sensitive topic in some parts of America, while this is a topic of normal everyday conversation in the UK.    more ...


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Cigna Global

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.