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New Pudong facility for work and residency permits delights expats

New Pudong facility for work and residency permits delights expats
Expats living and working in Pudong now have their very own one-stop shop for residence and work permits. Much to their relief, expats in the Chinese city of Pudong can now complete their residency and work permits in just five days. The old way involved visits to various immigration departments scattered across the city, the filling in...

Tips on seeing the world as an expat digital nomad

Tips on seeing the world as an expat digital nomad
The relatively new kids on the expat block are digital nomads, travelling wherever their fancy takes them and earning money online as they go. Due to the rise of world-wide internet access, digital nomads are now a major force in the international expat community, living a totally different lifestyle from that of traditional expat...

Expats choose Minato-Ku when relocating to Tokyo

Expats choose Minato-Ku when relocating to Tokyo
If you’re lucky enough to be relocating to Tokyo, the magical city’s favourite district for foreign residents is Minato-Ku. A relocation to Tokyo can be the chance of a lifetime to take in one of the planet’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in history, mystery and with the ghosts of the past drifting along its streets, Tokyo can be...

To VPN or not to VPN?

To VPN or not to VPN?
The decision whether to install a VPN is mostly dependent on your destination of choice and its government’s restrictions on freedom of speech if any. For digital nomads and expat professionals for whom worldwide travel is a part of the job, it’s more or less essential as it gives the freedom to surf the net on any subject as well as...

Is Belize the next favourite for Brexit-hit UK expats?

Is Belize the next favourite for Brexit-hit UK expats?
Ever popular with expats from Canada and the USA, Belize is now being sought out by would-be refugees from Brexit-hit Europe and the UK. Central America has been a favourite for escapees from the USA looking for an affordable, less chaotic life than that in the home country, and is now firmly on the radar of potential expats from Europe...

Is the growing trend towards mandatory expat private health insurance all it seems?

Is the growing trend towards mandatory expat private health insurance all it seems?
Not a day goes by but yet another expat destination rules that all arrivals for whatever purpose including tourism must have private health insurance. The 21st century seems to be setting itself up as the century of expatriation, as there are now some 66 million expats and the figure is expected to hit 87 million by 2020. People leave...

How to succeed as an expat freelancer

How to succeed as an expat freelancer
If you’re emigrating without a job to go to, proving work experience is easier if you freelance or volunteer before applying for a permanent position. For those desperate to live the expat life but without a convincing CV to offer, actually landing a job can be hard. Many job adverts require a degree of professional competence, whilst...

New concept international school delights expat parents in Amsterdam

New concept international school delights expat parents in Amsterdam
One of the most challenging aspects of moving to the Netherlands as a family is finding the right international school for your kids. One of the most hated terms in the expat vernacular is ‘waiting list’ as applied to just about every international school in the Netherlands. It’s tricky enough getting used to a new job, a new...

Escaping the Brexit effect as an expat in Greece

Escaping the Brexit effect as an expat in Greece
If the mere thought of Brexit is giving you itchy feet, now’s the time to consider Greece as the perfect expat hideaway. With Brexit looming, disenchantment with the chaos in the British parliament and the possibility of a no-deal crash out of the EU is causing many UK citizens to think about leaving before it’s too late. Emigration...

Overseas retirement dreamers caught up in pensions tax grab

Overseas retirement dreamers caught up in pensions tax grab
If you’re working and saving hard in the hope of retiring in upscale comfort overseas, you may be in for a very unpleasant shock via the UK taxman. More than a million workers are now at risk of falling foul of the ‘pensions lifetime allowance’ limit of £1.03 million, with another 1.3 million of those coming up to retirement in the...