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Best expat areas outside Toronto?

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Submitted by lap_665 on Tue, 10/09/2018 - 14:00
Destination: Canada


We are considering a move to Ontario.  My husband has been offered a job and will be located in Thornhill.  We are looking at areas to rent but don't know where the best places are for young families.  We don't want to be near the city and would like somewhere suburban but affordable.  

My husband is happy with a max 55 minute commute so could move to areas like Brampton but we don't know anything about areas like this.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Would be such a great help.  Thanks

Will I be able to afford the cost of living in Poland?

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Submitted by rishabh2908 on Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:14
Destination: Poland

Hello all ,

I got a job offer in Poland and they are offering me 84,000 zloty /year gross . Is this is a good amount to live and work in Poland ?.. I will be moving with my wife .. any information on this would be really helpful

Thanks in advance

Moving to Brussels with a 10 year old who doesnt know French/Dutch at all

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Submitted by hafsahahmed on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:57
Destination: Brussels

I am a Pakistani, I am about to move Brussels in 2 months. I have a 10 years old daughter who is currently in 5th grade. She is proficient in English and currently she is studying in an English school. She doesn't know French/Dutch at all. Overall she is intelligent and quick learner. I have been looking into international schools websites but they are too expensive and I clearly cannot afford them.  So the only option I am left with is public schools. I have following queries:

Are US visa laws becoming more biased against same-sex partners?

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Submitted by taylor1 on Thu, 10/04/2018 - 08:13
Destination: The USA
I read that the US is changing the law so that UN diplomats with same-sex partners won't be able to get family visas for their partners. Is this true? I'm not a diplomat so obviously this doesn't apply to me specifically but as a gay man living in the US with his partner, changes like this make me worry about our future here.

Negotiating an expat contract in Melbourne

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Submitted by germanborn on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:43
Destination: Melbourne

My company has offered me a 3-year expat assignment in Melbourne (moving from New York City). The company is relatively small and I am their first expat. Therefore, there is no standard expat contract and me and the HR VP have to negotiate it from scratch. I have done a lot of research, but was hoping to get some advice on a number of things that could become sticking points:

Do I need to apply for a South African ID number?

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Submitted by Daria_Ras on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:56
Destination: South Africa

I am about to move to SA with my husband and dog. We both have business visas. I am wondering about what identity document we can use to e.g. buy a car or rent a place. Is our passport with visa enough or do we need to apply for ID number in SA? 

I don't seem to find any information about this online. Thanks for any help.


What difficulties can we expect when moving to Sweden?

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Submitted by Sarem on Sat, 09/29/2018 - 21:17
Destination: Sweden

Hello everyone! 

My husband has received a job offer from a Swedish company and was planning to move in there with me. They would be applying for his work visa, as we are in an Asian country.

His employer is recommending that he come alone at first and call me later after a period of 6 months. They are saying that it is time consuming to find good house arrangements, make all administrative work with banks etc.

I would like to know your opinions regarding this topic. Will there be any difficulties in moving in and setting up if both of us come together?

Recommendations needed regarding living and working as a woman in Saudi Arabia.

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Submitted by Seraphina on Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:48
Destination: Saudi Arabia

I'm seeking advice regarding the simplest way to get a job as an expat in Saudi Arabia. I have no education other than the equivalence of a high school diploma, and what I seek is advice regarding what the easiest and fastest way for me to become an expat in Saudi Arabia might be.

I'm capable of getting a bachelor, but seeing as how I'd like to move within the next two years, it might be difficult for me to complete a bachelor's degree in time. Also, I have no idea what kind of degree would be best for me to get regarding getting a job there.

Schools for 17 year olds in Toronto with British curriculum?

Destination: Toronto

Hoping to move to Toronto next year from UK but oldest son will be 17, halfway through A-Levels.  Has anyone done this, have any advice?  He is very keen on modern music and is an excellent guitar player.  Would love a high school that catered to his interest in this but worried this might all be too disruptive... Cheers for any input.

Primary schools that cater for ADHD children in Wellington

Destination: New Zealand

My daughter has ADHD and has been coping in a mainstream school in South Africa with small classes. I am struggling to find schools like this online in Wellington.

Can anyone recommend specific schools in Wellington that cater for kids that may need a bit of extra time and attention? She doesn't have any learning difficulties.

Thank you!

Work permit for trailing spouse in Taiwan

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Submitted by terrall22 on Sun, 09/23/2018 - 05:33
Destination: Taiwan

I will be moving to Taiwan in 1 month, as a trailing spouse (my wife is doing an expat assignment).  My company is interested in having me work remotely from Taiwan while I am there, and I'm trying to understand how to go about the work permit for my specific situation.  It's a bit different, as I'll be living there either way, and I'm not taking a Taiwan-based job.  Seems like it should be a no-brainer for Taiwan...

Any advice on schools in Barcelona?

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Submitted by sit1975 on Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:10
Destination: Barcelona

HI - Am considering relocating to Barcelona as result of my employment.  I have 2 boys aged 8 and 12 and wanted to ask peoples advice on schooling in Barcelona.  We won't move until Summer 2019 so they'd enter Y5 and Y9 in UK system if so. Welcome any advice on state system and private/independant also.

What are the benefits of public or international schools in Brussels?

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Submitted by Magnusmolb on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:51
Destination: Belgium


We are moving tom brussels in January and are looking for schools for our children 10 and 5. We are lloking at both public and international/private schools. What is best? We will be stayhing in Brussels 2-3 years.

thankful for ur replies


Thinking of relocating to Malta - do we need visas?

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Submitted by bigvee19 on Sun, 09/16/2018 - 17:12
Destination: Malta

Hi, we are thinking of relocating to Malta.  We are uk citizens (born). We are aiming to be permanent in 3-4 years. In the meantime we want to get the process started. What do we need to do eg do we need visas, if so what permanent or residency?. We plan to work as well so will we need ID cards “NI” numbers?. We’re  thinking however of perhaps looking to rent an apartment in the near future on a long let so we can come over whenever until we fully relocated. Can we do that as obviously the property wouldn’t be occupied full-time.

Will I be eligible for a visa for Qatar?

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Submitted by kulrahul2000 on Fri, 09/14/2018 - 15:40
Destination: Qatar


I worked in Saudi Arabia for two years and back to India without collecting the NOC and permanent exit. It’s been more than two years now. And now, I got a job offer from Qatar and willing to move there but before applying for visa I want make sure that I will get Qatar visa or not because of no proper exit from Saudi Arabia.

I will be looking for kind help by having suggestions or comments from the experts and experience people here.

Thanking you in anticipation.