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Driving licence with no permanent address (Melbourne)

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Submitted by Miffik on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:12
Destination: Melbourne

My partner and I will be arriving in Melbourne in July and intend to buy a car and travel around the country. The first month or two we will be staying in an AirBnB while we sort out driving licences, Medicare etc. Can anyone advise how this works when we won't have a permanent address, and the application processes seem to require proof of address?

Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks.

Jobs for non-Spanish Speakers in Santiago

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Submitted by letitburn on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:58
Destination: Chile

I have an attractive job offer at a university in Santiago, Chile. My husband works in the restaurant industry as a bartender, server, and manager. He is worried that he will be unable to find a job, especially since he does not speak Spanish. What kinds of jobs would be available for him in Santiago? How can he go about locating these jobs? He is willing to learn Spanish, but he will need a job right away; we can't afford a few months without both incomes. 


Changing visa status while in South Korea

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Submitted by LH on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 22:34
Destination: South Korea

I am moving to South-Korea next year to study. The university I want to go to (Hanguk university) doesn't allow me to stay more than a week after I finished my semester (end of June). I would like to stay in South-Korea for the summer to explore the country. I was wondering if it would be possible to change my student visa to a tourist visa while being there, without having to leave the country.


Thank you in advance for your reply.

St Lucia customs questions

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Submitted by medicman on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 08:57
Destination: St Lucia

We are in the process of buying a house as our permanent home, however can anyone advise us as to what we can bring in as personal / household items????

It seems to be a bit of a minefield. We don`t want to pack a container and when it arrives, we have to pay a vast amount of import duty.

We have contacted the St Lucian Consulate in the UK and the Customs offices in St Lucia, but alas we have had NO replies!!!

Any information would be appreciated

Moving to Austria if no longer able to work

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Submitted by gaviota on Sat, 05/11/2019 - 12:50
Destination: Austria

I am an Italian citizen wanting to move to Austri a. I am 48 and, due to various reaons, no longer able to work. I worked in the UK where I paid my taxes while at work. I am now considering moving to Austria on my o wn. 

Can I do this even though I cannot work and would have no one to sponsor me? Thank you

Apartment locations with easy access to Chaguanas

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Submitted by Mozzy on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:02
Destination: Trinidad and Tobago

Hiya was wondering if anyone can give any recommendations and price guide on modern, gated complexes (I bedroom) in Port of Spain; close to facilities, amenities such as shops, banks, restaurants etc. 

Is it an idea to bring a mosquito net for sleeping in?

Advice for moving to Saudi Arabia

Destination: Saudi Arabia


My wife and I are planning on moving to Saudi Arabia this year or as soon as I get work. What is the best city or area in Saudi Arabia for work in construction / civil engineering?

Whats the living in compounds like for men and women? Can we freely leave the compound during the days?

also what is the health care like there?

thanks for your help.

Confused....even at my age

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Submitted by erichwirtz on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 20:03
Destination: Lagos

Hello folks, I am considering a senior position with a company that provides accommodation, car and the usual blah blah. What I need to negotiate is health insurance and having requested quotes fo HI, it seems like a mine field. BUPA ended up the most expensive for a semi-max pack and AXA upper middle of the pack.

Schools accepting English speaking students

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Submitted by Rmax1974 on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:08
Destination: Belgium

Whilst exploring the option of relocating from UK to Belgium, a major consideration is the schooling for my 6 year old (English speaking only). Wanting to live closer to work (Antwerp), I contacted three primary schools in surrounding areas, but am yet to receive a reply. As Antwerp and surrounding areas seem to be predominantly Flemish speaking, I fear my potential relocation choice may be a no go - from a state schooling point of view.

Planning for move to Indonesia for husband's job. Planning and employment suggestions welcomed.

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Submitted by Hillier on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:21
Destination: Jakarta

Hello. My husband has been offered a position in Jakarta. This will mean moving ourselves, two young sons (5 and 8 when we move), and two cats. At this stage we are 6-12 months from the move. I have two questions:

1. Given the timeframe, do you have any suggestions for what we should be doing, and when, in terms of planning.

2. What are the rules around a spouse working in Indonesia. We currently live in Australia and I am a senior public policy economist. I want to continue working but need to clarify whether or not this is possible.

Thanks in advance :-)

Looking to the Future in Ireland

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Submitted by Aoneill1 on Wed, 05/08/2019 - 23:15
Destination: Ireland

I am hoping to move to Ireland in 2021 or 2022. My Dad is from Dublin and I have extended family there. I am currently working in the US at a University which affords me tuition benefits for Masters Programs. What programs/degrees are most sought after by Irish employers? I have a huge student loan debt burden so when I move I need to be making enough to still pay my $1300 a month loan payment in the states. Separately, can anyone refer a consultant or guide who I can work with throughout this long term process? 

Stay more than 3 months in Bulgaria as EU citizen

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Submitted by colas11 on Wed, 05/08/2019 - 17:08
Destination: Bulgaria


I'm planning to stay in Bulgaria for about 6 months (photo report).

What are the administrative formalities for a long stay (more than 3 months) in Bulgaria as a EU citizen (French)?

I'm struggling to find the right answer: do I need to register or ask for a type D VISA?


Questions about Montenegro

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Submitted by J-H. Visser on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 19:06
Destination: Montenegro

We're just starting getting information on emigrating to Montenegro. We've made our choose for for the region of Bar. Soon we'll go for viewing some houses there which are for sale. Buying a house is not such a problem. However, what is needed as EU-citizen to emigrate, registratie, move our household and cars to Montenegro. We're not going to wait until the country is EU-member in 2025! Which documents are needed? Are there any costs on my "removal import"? How to register once we are living in your purchased house. I assume it's necessary to change the licence plates of our cars, how does that go? I'm a pensionist, how do I pay income tax? Looking forward to receiving some helpfull advices.
Jan-Hendrik & Silvija Visser

Are there good IB schools in Jakarta?

Destination: Jakarta

I will highly appreciate your view on schools in Jakarta for IB program.

We are moving to Jakarta with my 16yo daughter and looking for the best school for IB program, to get strong IB score for application in the future to the best universities in Europe or in UK.

Many thanks in advance for your comments and recommendation


Is Sri Lanka still a safe retirement destination?

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Submitted by taylor1 on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 07:54
Destination: The USA
Hi there everyone My wife and I have spent the last few years saving up and planning to retire in Sri Lanka. We've always been attracted to the relaxed beach lifestyle and delicious local cuisine, but with the recent terror attacks we're worried about the country's safety and stability. Are future attacks on foreigners likely? Would really appreciate advice from other expats in the region. Thanks!

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