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What are the most family-friendly suburbs in Toronto?

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Submitted by bfamily on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:30
Destination: Toronto

We are considering moving to Toronto area in September 2018 from the USA. We are a family of 4 with a dog. Our kids are 10 and 7 years old. Husband was told the western suburbs are good but we would like other recommendations or more specific recommendations. Thanks so much!

International School Recommendations for Kuala Lumpur?

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Submitted by Vinita on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 11:44
Destination: Kuala Lumpur


It will be a great help (as we will be new to KL and have absolutely no clue about schools) if few IGCSE schools (fees below 50, 000 MR per child) can be recommended for my children who are at secondary level. Top priorities are the high quality of education with good teachers/principal, good results, and discipline.
Thanking in advance!

What are the lifestyle costs like in Hong Kong?

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Submitted by heenaagnelo on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 06:00
Destination: Hong Kong


I'm Indian with family of 4. I'll be moving to Hong Kong in October. Before signing the contract, I want someone to please advice me on the below.

1. I'm a Elevator engineer, coming as an Area Manager, my company offered me a salary of 25000HKD. Is this enough to move close to where my kids will go to school? 

2. They are giving me housing allowance of monthly 15000HKD, do you think is it sufficient for a 2bhk. We would like to stay some where near Qurray Bay, as my office is there.


Please can someone guide me.

Awaiting your reply.

Kuwait Pet Immigration Information

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Submitted by ExpatJer on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:34
Destination: Kuwait

Hi everyone,


I'm currently in the pre-hire process for a job over in Kuwait, & I have a major concern regarding getting my dog over there with me. Do any of you know where I can find up to date information regarding breed, size, age, etc restrictions? Or do any of you have information yourselves? Also, I've heard that in order to get my pup over there, I would need a Kuwaiti sponsor. Any truth to that? Thanks in advance.

Can anyone offer advice on moving to Ireland?

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Submitted by USN-2000 on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:54
Destination: Ireland

Recently, I spent a week in Shannon and basically spent the time driving around and exploring things. I’ve always wanted to make a home in Ireland, and this trip feels like it's just hammered home that I belong there. I’m currently looking at moving to the Co. Limerick / Co. Clare area. 
Here are my primary concerns.

How do I find reliable childcare in Mumbai?

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Submitted by C J Mhatre on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:21
Destination: Mumbai

Where would one look for to get a well qualified and full time nanny to take care of kids aged 4 and 2 in the suburb of Juhu. A young mum in my team is grappling with finding a qualified and trustworthy nanny. Her trusted nanny of 3 years had to leave unepectedly.

She isn't looking for an agency that can provide experienced nannies with referrals. If you know of any please advise.

What are my visa options in Korea?

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Submitted by MarcelKR on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:18
Destination: South Korea


My name is Marcel, I'm a German citizen living in London and would like to move to Korea in the future.

I know a company that would sponsor me if I make sure I'm eligible and know my options. 

On that note. I'm 23, have 5 years experience in Recruitment and work as Senior Manager. I however not hold a university degree. 

What options do I have for a work Visa?

I am also considering obtaining a D8 visa as last resort but have difficulties finding an exact amount of investment that has to be made in order to be eligible.


Living in Algeria, introduce yourself here

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Submitted by tompitman on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:50
Destination: Algeria

Hi everyone, We've just published our Algeria guide - it's short, but I think it's the only guide for expats moving to Algeria. Can you help us improve it?

Are you already living in Algeria, can you share your story? What advice to you have for expats moving to this country? Please contact us if you are happy to complete a full interview with us to be publised on the site. 

Does anyone have advice for expats moving to Shanghai?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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