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Need information about schools in Johannesburg

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Submitted by paramita on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 08:04
Destination: Johannesburg

Hi all,

I am planning to move to Johannesburg from Bangalore, India in 2019 by the month of August- September with my 6 years old son. In India he is studying in ukg now and from the month of May he will be in standard 1.

1.Anyone please let me know what is the process of getting admission in school of Johannesburg?

2.Is it possible to get admission in the middle of academic year?

3.He is 6 years old.So which class he will be?

Will Brexit have an impact on my health insurance in Spain?

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Submitted by taylor1 on Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:09
Destination: Spain
Hi there. I'm looking for some information on what will happen to my health insurance after Brexit. My wife and I are retirees and we have been living in the south of Spain for almost 5 years now. Will we still be able to use our current health insurance post Brexit? Thanks in advance for your help!

Moving to Mexico w/ Autistic son

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Submitted by marcie moo on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 23:50
Destination: Mexico

I am planning to move to Mexico, not sure exactly where yet, but hopefully near the beach, pretty safe and in more of an urban area, that is not incredibly humid!! I expect humidity, but one of the areas with a little less!  I have a 9yr old son with Autism, not severe, but still requires services and he gets SSI through Social Security for himself and I also get SSDI Social Security because of Lupus. I get my money, regardless, but I found out that he will not. Is there any help in any form, for him/us when we relocate, since we will lose a chunk of money each month?

Working and Moving to canada? help please

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Submitted by sharky_banks on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 03:14
Destination: Canada

Hi there helpful people of the internet,

My name is Mark, my wife and I are both UK citizens who have lived in the UK all our lives but are keen to immigrate to Canada as it has been my dream for years and my wife is just as excited about the prospect as I am. I am stepping way out my comfort zone with this and don't really know 100% how to go about the whole process to be honest.

Accommodation Types & Schooling in KL

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Submitted by Rose68 on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 04:32
Destination: Kuala Lumpur


My husband has just secured a six month contract in KL expiring in August, 2018.  The contract has a high possibility of being extended, which is when our 8 year old son and I will then plan on joining him (from Australia).  A couple of questions please:-

1.  We are looking at an international school.  When does the school year start, and when should we start applying to schools?

2.  How will they assess which year level our son will go into?  Will he need to complete some sort of testing before being accepted etc which will indicate his year level?

Primary Language in Oman for business

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Submitted by janmalz on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 02:31
Destination: Oman


Just would like to ask and verify what type of language is used in Oman? Is it primarily Arabic or are they already accustomed to the English language? Does one have to learn the Arabic language as a requirement to work there?

Hope to get a good picture of Oman.

Thank you. 


Chinese culture information

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Submitted by ManonJ on Sat, 12/22/2018 - 13:50
Destination: China

Hi everybody !

As part of my studies and in order to prepare my forthcoming departure to Tianjin, I would need to interview some expatriates who have stayed in China for at least one year or who are still in the country.

That would be a pleasure to exchange with you about this experience !
Don't hesitate to contact me.

Have a good day

Difference between American Schools in Ho Chi Minh City

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Submitted by coolcat on Sat, 12/15/2018 - 15:46
Destination: Ho Chi Minh City


My husband might be relocated to HCMC from USA, we have two children, middle and high school, so I was researching the International Schools in HCMC and found at least four American Schools - TAS, ISHCMC, ISHCMC American Academy and South Saigon International School. I'd really appreciate some input on these schools. I'm specially confused with the two ISHCMC schools... Any advice?

Thanks in advance!

What is needed to rent an apartment in Rome?

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Submitted by fraisecitron on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:56
Destination: Rome

Hi there,

We are moving to Rome in February with our two young children and will have a month to find a place to live. I would like to know whether we will need an Italian bank account before we can rent somewhere, and whether that will be a complicated process? We are excited but a little apprehensive about everything we will need to get done in a short time and would appreciate any advice.

Many thanks!

How do I buy a car in France?

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Submitted by Anneka on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:33
Destination: France


I am going to be living in France and have the possibility to buy a used car but haven't moved into my new accommodation yet. I understand that you need to get a "Carte grise". Do you have to wait until you have actually moved in to be able to provide a proof of address and proceed? And which do you have to start with, insurance or carte grise?

Thanks and kind regards!



Best neighborhoods for families in San Francisco?

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Submitted by Bina on Sat, 12/01/2018 - 10:47
Destination: San Francisco

My family and I are moving to San Francisco later at the start of next year Jan 2019. We have 2 children under 3 and are looking at areas to live. Where do people recommend? We're looking for a safe neighbourhood, with good pre-schools, parks, houses with decent gardens, and a village-like feel...

My husband will be working near Union Square, so ideally would like a maximum commute of 1hr. 

I would be grateful for Suggestions 


Advice for Making Friends in Doha?

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Submitted by Margie2018 on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 03:00
Destination: Doha

Hi there,

My husband is considering employment in Doha, which comes with family status.

As our  children are 20 and 22 they will remain in our home in Australia, so I won't have young children to help make new friends through at mums groups, school etc.

Are there many expat ladies in late 40's early 50's in Doha? What does everyone do to keep busy and make friends? Are there any recommended groups to join?

Daunting to leave family and friends behind an start again at 54! Any advice welcome.

How does the cost of living in Norway compare to Switzerland?

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Submitted by sabriontour on Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:39
Destination: Oslo

Can anyone give advice on how the living cost in Oslo relates to the living cost in Switzerland?

My partner and I will move to Oslo because I got a job in a higher position there; nevertheless, the salary is about 10'000 CHF / 86'000 NOK lower than my current Swiss salary. We are a little bit worried about the loss of our current quality of life.

Employment pass rejection and status tracking in Singapore

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Submitted by manishkutar on Fri, 11/23/2018 - 13:24
Destination: Singapore

Hi Expats,

I’m new to this forum, so sorry in case I have posted any silly questions. My question and scenario is: My employer (via agent) applied for my EP which was rejected some days back. One week later, employer have appealed on EP rejection. This all efforts are good, but the problems are 

1. how can employee track status of appeal?

2. Can employee use passport details to check the appeal status?

3. Or is there any possibility that employer never appealed and employee have to wait for long duration?

Racism in Johannesburg

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Submitted by Eli123 on Thu, 11/22/2018 - 10:00
Destination: Johannesburg

Hi All,

I would like to know what is the atmosphere like for black expats living in Johannesburg.

Is there any area to avoid? I understand it is not as extreme as it used to be, but I am reading online of places that invite black people to leave, such as restaurants and the alike.

Thanks a lot for your answers!

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