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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...

Amsterdam ticks all boxes as a hub for tech startups

Amsterdam ticks all boxes as a hub for tech startups
Amid huge competition from worldwide capital cities, Amsterdam is still drawing the brightest and best tech professionals. Almost 20 years on from the turn of the millennium panic that existing software and hardware would crash due to the unusual date change, the tech transformation has created a phenomenal worldwide industry centred in...

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...

Buying a condo in Thailand

Buying a condo in Thailand
If you’ve fallen in love with Thailand in spite of its recent spate of bad publicity and are determined to make the move, buying a condo needs careful consideration. Almost everyone researching Thailand as an expat destination has read online advice claiming foreigners can buy a freehold condominium in their own names, but the process...

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...

Germany latest EU state to let Brit expats stay after no-deal

Germany latest EU state to let Brit expats stay after no-deal
Berlin has just announced British expats living and working in Germany can stay in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Germany’s Ministry of the Interior has just called on its regional governments to ring-fence the rights of the 100,000 British expats and their families estimated to be living in the country. The appeal will apply in the...

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...