Thank you for visiting the Expat Arrivals Forum. We have thousands of local expats waiting to answer your questions on living and working abroad.

Read our terms of use.

Filter by Destination:

Does anyone have advice for expats moving to Shanghai?

Expert Info

Submitted by Sam243 on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:46
Destination: Shanghai

I have previously lived in Shanghai for 2 years. We are likely moving back at the end of the year and I have a few questions: 

1) Do they still require expats to go to that medical clinic and get checked-out before they allow the visa. The one where you have to drive out of the city and they do chest x-rays and TB checks, etc. 

2) How was the pollution last winter? I have looked at the AQI, but wanted to hear first hand. I have a young child and this concerns me. 

3) How is the VPN situation? Does the government still shut it off when every they feel like it? 

How do I find a job offer in the UK?

Expert Info

Submitted by Julia M on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 06:31
Destination: Edinburgh


My husband and I would like to move from New Zealand to either Scotland or Ireland, with our two children. We have NZ passports, so one of us would need to secure a job offer with a work visa before we leave NZ. 

I think we fall under the Critical Skills list of occupations in both countries. My husband works in finance and I'm a media professional.

But how do we save time by going about approaching employers for job offers? Do we bother with recruitment agencies, or go to employers directly?

Where do I need to present my A1 social security forms in Portugal?

Expert Info

Submitted by JayMalone on Sun, 06/10/2018 - 14:05
Destination: Portugal


I work in the UK and I'm planning to spend some time working remotely in Portugal. I will pay social security (i.e. national insurance) in the UK. I believe that I will need an A1 form to prove to the Portuguese authorities that I/my employer has paid social security in the UK.

Does anyone know when, to whom, I need to present this A1 form in Portugal?

Thanks in advance!

What type of employment package should I expect for job offers in Luanda?

Expert Info

Submitted by P verma on Sun, 06/10/2018 - 13:21
Destination: Luanda

I am being offered a Financial Controller profile by a company in Luanda. I am a CA from India and have about 15 years of post qualification experience with big MNC's in India. Some couple of hours research tells me that the package should include housing, food , a car, health insurance and one trip to home country every year. 

That I am being given. My question to all friends who are in the know is " How much USD should one ask for as a saving. I am told this will be deposited in my account in the home country by the company every month". 

Can anyone offer advice on relocating to the Netherlands?

Destination: The Netherlands

Hello Everyone,

I am expecting a transfer from India to Netherlands for 2 years through my employer. I have few questions to clarify. Kindly help

1. What should be the average monthly take home after taxes and deductions for a decent life and some savings?

2.For example, if I am getting 4000 to 4500 EUR per month. What will be my take home after taxes and deductions?

3. What could be a the rent of a i bhk aparatment in and around Arnhem?

4. I read somewhere that schooling is free in public schools. Will it be applicable for our kind of a movement?

Will English-speaking expats in Budapest be able to find work in call centers?

Expert Info

Submitted by didiscarpa on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:52
Destination: Budapest

Hi - looks like I can relocate to Budapest, Hungary for a couple of years with my husband. I was wondering about getting a job there - maybe a call center or something else at a global firm where I could put my English skills to use. Any idea what the job market is like for call center work? Any idea what the pay would be and if I could get more as a native English speaker? Thanks

Am I entitled to use public healthcare in Australia?

Expert Info

Submitted by ladydi on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:23
Destination: Australia

Hi, I was born and raised in Australian though I currently reside in Canada.  I have dual citizenship, Australian and Canadian. I am planning to come home to Australia for 4 months in 2019.  My question is, will I be covered by Australian heath care system as a citizen during my stay or do I need to take out travel insurance?

Thank you for whatever information you can provide.


What is the age limit for secondary schools in Canada?

Expert Info

Submitted by Tosin John on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:44
Destination: Ottawa

I will be moving from Nigeria to Ottawa around January 2019. I intend coming with a dependant that will be 20 years old in July 2019. She will be in SS2 (Grade 11 equivalent) by then. I have read that cut-off age for secondary schools in Canada is 18 years meaning she will be above the bar then. How do we go about her finishing her secondary education and afterwards proceed to the University?

Looking forward to your swift response.

Thanjs and regards.

Do I qualify for tax exemption in Portugal?

Expert Info

Submitted by JayMalone on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:18
Destination: Portugal


I have started working just over half the time for my UK employer at home in Portugal. My employer did an assessment and determined that in these circumstances I would still pay UK PAYE (which is clear from the tax treaty between the two countries) and I am still paying national insurance in the UK. So, so far, no change.

I am intending to register as a non-habitual resident. My question is about the tax exemption:

"3.1 Income derived from employment (category A) is exempt from any taxation in Portugal if:

Can I reapply for a critical skills visa in South Africa?

Expert Info

Submitted by sonam_more on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 14:09
Destination: South Africa

Hi there,

My critical skill visa was rejected with a "Submitted Inconsistent information" remark, but no more specific reason.

What should I do now? Should I request to review the decision, or should I rather reapply for a new visa?

Please help.

Thanks in advance.

Sonam More

Are there any affordable international schools in Houston?

Expert Info

Submitted by peggy on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:52
Destination: Houston

I am a French teacher. I intend to apply for a high school teaching position in Texas, as my current employer has an exchange partnership with schools in Houston.

I am trying to find a school that will meet the needs of my two children. They are in 7th grade and 10th grade (which are 5ème and 2nde in France).

I cannot afford a private school and I am not familiar with public education in the US. I want to find a school for my kids first and then find a job in the area. Here is my question:

Are there any international public middle or high schools in Houston?

Does anyone have advice for expats relocating to Sao Paulo?

Expert Info

Submitted by Jose75alban on Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:38
Destination: Sao Paulo

Dear All

My current employer has offered me the opportunity to relocate to Sao Paulo. I would be moving with my wife and three children.

I would highly appreciate any advice on the following:

A good place to live. I would like to rent a house near to a school for the kids.

Did you have issues with your kids regarding language learning and adaptability? Do local Brazilians, especially kids, accept foreigners? Are teachers generally open and patient with expat children?

Are there any Portuguese International Schools in Munich?

Expert Info

Submitted by Nilceli on Sun, 06/03/2018 - 23:04
Destination: Munich


My family and I are planning a move from Brazil to Munich. I'm looking for information about International Schools in Munich for my Portuguese-speaking child. She is 12 years old and speaks no English. Are there any schools in the area that would be able to take her?

Thanks for your help!



Can you change employers without reapplying for a work permit in Spain?

Expert Info

Submitted by saswat619 on Sun, 06/03/2018 - 13:23
Destination: Barcelona


I looking for some specific information related to changing employers in Spain. I have been working in Spain with a valid residence permit for around 2 years, and this permit is specific to ICT transfer from my current employer in India.

However, I have recently been offered a new job here in Spain. I want to know whether there will be any issue if using my current work permit, or if I will have to apply for a new one.

Will I be free to practise my religion in Saudi Arabia?

Expert Info

Submitted by tevenbly on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 13:21
Destination: Jeddah

I am considering a job transfer to Jeddah. I'm a devout Catholic.  I understand that I'll be moving to  Muslim country and cannot openly practice my faith.  Is it possible to watch daily mass via YouTube or read my bible via internet or do they have these sites restricted?  How do ex pats practice their faith in hiding without coming foul of religious police? 

Do I need to apply in advance to get a visa for Argentina?

Expert Info

Submitted by JackyCarr on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 08:41
Destination: Argentina

Hello, I have really been wanting to move to Argentina to live with my boyfriend but I don't know what procedures to do to get a visa to be able to live there. Do I get the visa before going to Argentina or am I allowed to get the visa when I'm there? Please, I really am looking for help. Where, and how can I get a visa to go live with him? Please help, and thank you.

Do you need a work permit to ship your belongings to Vietnam?

Expert Info

Submitted by ryba73 on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:41
Destination: Ho Chi Minh City

I lived in Bangkok for a number of years where I had a professional job and where I met my Vietnamese wife.  I have moved to Vietnam and live in the house that my wife owns and now want to move my possessions from Thailand to Vietnam and into our house here.  I have contacted an international relocation company about this and their response was to tell me that I must have a work permit to be able to move any shipment into the country. 

What salary can an expat in the Philippines expect?

Expert Info

Submitted by Shwez on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:08
Destination: Philippines

With a family of 3 and only 1 person working and a kid going to school what is the best wage to be expected for an expat in Philippines?

Also if anyone of you can give the cost of living details, school fees, car expenses, accommodation, taxes, saving details that would help.

Comparison with Indian salary would help.

Will I have to pay import duties on gifts in Kenya?

Destination: Nairobi

My friend needs a laptop to continue her studies at University in Nairobi. Because she has been a steady "pen-pal", I wanted to send her a laptop from here in the USA to Nairobi. As it is a gift and not commerce, will she be charged import fees?