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Blog > 2017

2017

Immigration Settings, Social Clubs And Saving Money

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(c) Katy Blackwood on Wikipedia

New Zealand's immigration settings have recently changed - find out how you could be affected under the revisions to the points system.

Saving money is a big concern for many expats, especially those who are moving to expensive business destinations such as Hong Kong. Luckily, we have a guide to help you out.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Meetup Groups, Golden Visas And Expat Guides

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(c) Pexels

The year is racing past - it's nearly July! If you're an expat living in the USA, here's a guide to Fourth of July celebrations.

We also spoke to Jennifer Aquino, the author behind The International Family Guide to US University Admissions, about what you need to know if you're planning on studying in the US.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Allergies, Art Exhibitions And Expat Apps

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(c) Pexels

In this month's column, June Finnigan talks about art, wine and politics in her corner of Tuscany.

Kathleen Peddicord gives a thorough breakdown of how much it costs to live in the Algarve.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Talking To Expats: Experiences, Interviews And Helpful Guides

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(c) Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay

Here on Expat Focus, we try to share the latest relevant news for expats around the world and provide you with useful guides to various aspects of expat life. However, there's nothing quite like learning about life in another country from other expats themselves - after all, they've already been through what you're about to experience. This week, we have plenty of expat experiences and interviews to whet your appetite.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Banking Services, Studying Abroad, And The Approach Of Summer

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(c) jpeter2 on Pixabay

Summer is gradually creeping in over the northern hemisphere, and we're all getting prepared. Rosemary Border Rabson tells us about the heatwave in France this month. Here are some tips if you're planning to move there.

It's not just France that's a popular destination for expats - here's why many young people are choosing to move to Belgium.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Studying, Schooling, And Social Media

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(c) akufh1110 on Pixabay

Norway has come out on top of a survey of the world's happiest student locations.

If you're not studying yourself, but you are bringing children with you on your expat assignment, here's why you might want to think about sending them to a local school.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Pet-Friendly, Eco-Friendly Or Business-Friendly: What Matters To You?

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(c) lukasbieri on Pixabay

People have different priorities when moving abroad, and different reasons for doing so. Some relocate for work - either to set up their own business or as an employee of someone else's. Others move abroad for love, some for a higher quality of life, and still others just because they've visited a place and fallen for it.

So it's fair to say that choosing which destination you're going to move to depends largely on these priorities. These are the top five reasons people give for moving abroad.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Travel Trends, Tenancy Agreements, And Tech Expertise

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(c) FirmBee on Pixabay

Although moving abroad is quite a different procedure from simply visiting a place, many expats use their relocation as an opportunity to explore countries in the surrounding areas. In a similar vein, a "new tribe" of travellers has been defined by the travel industry, and many of them are also expats.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Property, Ramadan And Pet Relocation

(c) Justin Veenema

(c) Justin Veenema

Later this month will be Ramadan - if you're living in a predominantly Muslim community, here's a quick guide to help you learn.

We have two podcasts for you: Tom Zachystal talks about US expat accounts, and Bethany Tucker discusses relocating pets.    more ...


Blog > 2017

2017

Getting Visas, Global Nomads, And Expat Guides

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(c) Ben White on Unsplash

When you first make the decision to move abroad, especially if you're doing it purely for love of your new destination, it can be easy to get swept along in the dreamy excitement of it all.

Unfortunately, however, there are still all the boring but necessary bits of expat life to deal with: paying taxes, sorting out your pension, and getting a visa.    more ...