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Australia > Articles


How To Add More Points To Your Australian Visa

Friday May 04, 2018 (09:50:49)

Here in the UK, the Brexit beast is still grumbling about immigration controls, with both sides of the debate arguing their case for firmer or fairer systems.

Existing EU rules mean that citizens of the jurisdiction have the right to roam freely through member nations, living, studying and working where they please. Wherever you decide to hang your hat, you can call home and enjoy the same rights as the permanent residents of that country.   more ...

Germany > Articles


How To Drive In Germany: An Expat Guide

Monday April 30, 2018 (09:45:51)

Driving in Germany isn’t a cheap thrill, it’s a luxury. It won’t take long to notice that everything from cars to the roads themselves are impeccable. And it doesn’t end there; German people think of driving as an extravagant activity rather than a standard mode of transport.

Learning how to drive and getting a license in Germany is a long, expensive affair that includes 25 to 40 hours of professional driving instruction and 12 hours of theory, and can cost up to €1700. That is to say, when Germans are on the road, they are serious about driving.   more ...

New Zealand > Articles

New Zealand

How New Zealand's New Online Visa System Might Affect Your Family

Monday April 30, 2018 (09:25:33)

With stunning landscapes, a relaxed outlook and a love of the sporting life, New Zealand has long been a draw for expats. Now, new visa rules could make it even easier to move there.

In a recent article, we looked at the best countries for female expats to work in, with the Land of the Long White Cloud taking the fifth spot out of more than 160 nations. Working women in this country celebrated their work-life balance, with many electing to work part-time hours.   more ...

Portugal > Articles


A Guide To Renting An Apartment In Lisbon

Monday April 30, 2018 (09:14:16)

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, boasts a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture.

The subtropical climate (the average temperature in winter is 14C), relatively cheap cost of living, vibrant nightlife and easy access to the stunning beaches of the Algarve all make Lisbon a very attractive place to settle. Few places in Europe can equal its mix of history, urban charm and waterside scenery, and that’s why Lisbon has become one of the most popular locations for expats looking to relocate to Portugal. The current population exceeds 500,000 people in the city, and if we include the surrounding areas, that number increases to approximately 2.7 million.   more ...

Australia > Articles


How To File US Tax Returns In Australia

Monday April 23, 2018 (09:15:37)

Ah, April… The month when spring starts to feel properly sprung. Gardens shake off the winter blues and come back to life, and lambs gambol around in the dew-strewn paddocks.

At least that’s the storybook version; the grown-ups in the real world are often too busy stressing about tax returns to appreciate the wonders of nature!   more ...

Chile > Articles


Which Region Of Chile Should You Move To?

Monday April 16, 2018 (14:11:34)

With an astonishing array of climates, landscapes and employment opportunities, the Republic of Chile has a lot to offer any expat. The difficulty is deciding which region is best for you.

Why Move To Chile?

Chile offers Latin America’s highest standard of living. It’s easy to locate places to live which have good phone and broadband services and excellent public transport systems. The roads are modern and well maintained. Homes with clean drinking water and near globally competitive modern medical facilities can be found. If you need to work, there are plenty of employment opportunities in a number of important industries. And for many expats, Chile provides a better quality of life at a lower price than they had back home.   more ...

Ecuador > Articles


Which Vaccinations Might You Need When Moving To Ecuador?

Monday April 16, 2018 (14:02:32)

Offering 2,237km (1,398m) of Pacific Ocean coastline and breathtaking views in the Andes mountains, the South American country of Ecuador can be an exciting destination to head to. However, don’t leave home without protecting your health against some hidden dangers.   more ...

Panama > Articles


Diving Clubs In Panama: Where To Find The Best Scuba Spots

Monday April 16, 2018 (13:41:05)

The Republic of Panama is a country in South America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea, the North Pacific Ocean, Colombia and Costa Rica. The main airport is Tocumen International, and there are plenty of planes arriving daily from all over the world. From there, you can either get domestic flights or continue by bus or a hire car, as the roads in Panama are pretty reasonable. Nearly half the country's population, around four million people, call Panama City their home. Fun fact – did you know that the name Panama is derived from an indigenous word meaning an ‘abundance of fish’? Boasting 1,207 km of Caribbean coast and 1,700 km of Pacific coast, Panama is one of the few countries in the world where you are able to dive in two oceans in one day.   more ...

Netherlands > Articles


Is Amsterdam Finally Growing Sick of Expats?

Friday April 06, 2018 (10:11:12)

Amsterdam may have made it into the top five cities for expats in last year’s Expat Insider survey, but the welcome they can expect may be waning.   more ...

Slovakia > Articles


An Expat Guide To Renting A Property In Slovakia

Friday April 06, 2018 (09:13:35)

If you are moving to Slovakia and expect to work, the likelihood is that you will head for the western region. With easier access to Germany and other European countries which trade with Slovakia, the west has proven popular with multinational companies and their local suppliers.

As a result, you will find the majority of expats based here, and particularly clustered around Bratislava. If you are intending to move to a rural location, or to the east, think carefully about the impact this will have on your social life, especially if your decision is mostly based on property prices and you only speak English.   more ...