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The Best International Schools In London

Monday April 01, 2019 (16:25:51)

As part of an expat family with dependent children, one of your primary concerns when relocating is going to be your children's education. Expat families may choose to send their children to international schools who teach the curriculum of their home country (meaning children can easily pick up where they left off) or a globally recognised curriculum (which allows them to study from anywhere). Additionally, international schools in London tend to have a much higher standard of teaching foreign languages, as well as a flexible and understanding approach to a variety of nationalities and needs.   more ...

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Networking In London: A Guide For Self-Employed Expats

Monday March 25, 2019 (19:42:29)

As any self-employed person will tell you, there are pros and cons to the lifestyle that so many people covet. Whilst many people perceive freelancing as a dream come true and will tell you how lucky you are to work for yourself, do what you love, set your own hours and so on, we all know that it’s not always a walk in the park. In fact, many self-employed people often end up working longer hours on average than those in regular, mainstream employment. Another difficulty can be networking and getting your business out there when it’s just you promoting yourself. This becomes even more difficult when you’re an expat.   more ...

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Moving To London? There's An App For That

Monday March 25, 2019 (19:38:02)

At one point in the not so distant past, finding your way around required a map, a sense of direction and some navigation skills. Finding a new home involved visiting multiple estate agents, locating a good place to eat was based on trial and error or word of mouth, and figuring out the utterly ridiculous London Underground system required, well... a lot of head scratching!

In this day and age, with technology so ingrained into our everyday life, it’s no surprise that anything that you could want or need has been smartly compacted into an app. This is particularly useful for expats new to London, as all the information you will need to get by is at the touch of your fingertip.   more ...

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If You're An Expat Working In The UK, Here's How Brexit Can Affect You

Monday March 25, 2019 (19:33:48)

I’m sure by now most of us are utterly fed up of hearing about Brexit, and probably all the more so for the lack of certainty that comes along with it. Whilst there has been a long period of confusion, negotiations are now being finalised and the picture is becoming clearer.   more ...

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How To Navigate London's Public Transport System

Monday March 25, 2019 (19:27:18)

Public transport is more or less the easiest way to get around London due to heavy traffic and congestion charges. London is excellently connected as a result of the public transport reaching all over the city. However, the system can seem complicated to the newly initiated. For example, since some of the underground in London is so old, the routes may not necessarily be ever so logical, and the system may vary a bit from what you are used to in your home country. Never fear! Expat Focus is here to rescue you from any confusion. In this article we’ll cover the types of public transport in London, how you can go about paying, and how to easily navigate your way around like a local. You’ll be using your Oyster Card like a pro in no time!   more ...

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Hipster Or Homebody? Find Your London Tribe

Monday March 25, 2019 (19:08:29)

Are you a hipster or a homebody? Do you prefer cosy evenings in as opposed to late nights out? Do you revel in quaint, quiet venues and love a good book club? Perhaps you’re an early riser and love a good cup of expertly roasted coffee? Or on the flipside, do you enjoy a good knees-up? Maybe you’re more of a brunch person, with a bloody Mary to curb your hangover – hey, no judgement here! You might be a musician or fan of live gigs, or you might love getting dressed up and hitting the clubs. Speaking of clubs, how about a good supper club or a spot of fine dining? Or do you prefer a dose of the authentic street food you’ve missed so much from your gap year in Southeast Asia?   more ...

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What Might Brexit Mean For Expats Working In London?

Monday February 11, 2019 (19:07:12)

In another article, we looked at how the UK’s exit from the EU was likely to affect the country as a whole.

Numerous studies, including the government’s own, showed that rural and industrial parts of the UK were the areas most likely to suffer. The midlands and northern England could face a 20 percent slowdown in growth, whilst nearly 20 percent of all British industry is set to suffer from Brexit.   more ...

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Moving To The UK? Which Areas Will Be Best (And Worst) Off After Brexit?

Monday February 11, 2019 (19:04:07)

Another year has slipped by and many of us are taking on new year’s resolutions with determination and zeal. Smokers are quitting, the gyms are filled with newly energised fitness first-timers, and millions of Brits are shaking off their bad habits in a brighter, more optimistic 2019.

Unfortunately, Westminster can’t quit its old habit of disagreeing about everything, meaning Brexit is still looming over the country like a muddled spectre. Before MPs left Parliament for the Christmas break, they had been due to vote on details of the exit plan, which would be a significant step towards finalising a deal with Brussels.   more ...

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Staying In The UK Legally After A Relationship Breakup

Thursday December 20, 2018 (20:23:22)

Tales of international romance sadly don’t tend to end with the happy couple riding into the sunset to enjoy a life of loving, bureaucracy-free bliss. If Cinderella had happened to be a foreign citizen when she fell for her Prince, she would have needed a visa advisor rather than a fairy godmother to reach her happy ending.   more ...

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How To Pass The UK Citizenship Test

Thursday October 25, 2018 (10:34:58)

The UK Citizenship Test is a challenging hurdle to overcome at the best of times, and uncertainty over Brexit adds a further layer of anxiety to the process – especially when native Brits cheerfully report that they have tried the test and failed.   more ...