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Will I find a suitable international school in Jakarta?

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Submitted by karimkamel on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:07
Destination: Jakarta


For international schools in Jakarta, I have a few questions please

1- Is there is ranking of BEST international schools in Jakarta?

2- I can not find schools that offer American curriculum as the base !?

3- When does schools start in Aug ?

4- Any tips in how to choose school for 13 and 11 year old ?



Do I have residency rights in Sweden?

Destination: Sweden


I'm British and an ex-resident of Sweden (lived and went to school there as a child for a few years). I still have a personal number which i suppose needs to be reactivated to use. Since i left i have lived in the Seychelles, got married to a seychellois local and have two kids, both whom are british through me.

...Where to go?

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Submitted by louiserose on Fri, 06/29/2018 - 23:44
Destination: Europe

My boyfriend and I are both 25 and have been living in London since graduating university. Although we love London (food, liveliness, open park spaces... to name a few things), we would like to experience living somewhere else while we are still young and have limited commitments.

What's important to us is not necessarily where we go (within reason), but as two career driven individuals we want to make sure that we can secure jobs that are not too dissimilar to those available in the London job market. FYI, we are unable to move with the companies we currently work for.

Can I cater for my food intolerance in Malmö, Sweden?

Destination: Sweden

Currently living in the Netherlands, since 2014, originally from the UK. I've seen a job, in Malmo, for which I might apply. The problem or worry is my food intolerances - I am severely intolerant of whey (so no dairy), sugar (stevia etc I think is okay), corn, oats etc Gluten is absolutely fine. I avoid soy too. I use almond milk but it needs to be additive and sugar free. Plus I eat sourdough bread, avoiding yeast as much as possible. These things are not a fussy eater's choice - it's all dictated by health issues.

Will I qualify for a work permit in South Korea?

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Submitted by Younghee on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:31
Destination: South Korea


I am US citizen and want to get a working permit in South Korea.
I have applied job and they asked me if i am able to get a working permit or visa and they do not offer it.

Am i able to get working permit? 
If so, what kind of visa or permit? and how do i get it?

Thank you.

What do I need to know before moving to South Africa?

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Submitted by Makeba85 on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 21:19
Destination: Johannesburg

Heyyyy everyone! 

I've always wanted to experience living in a different country. Born and raised in NYC, United States of America, I've interacted with people from all over. And I just want to experience and explore. I'm looking to live in Johannesburg for 6-months to a year, just to test it out and eventually set up shop for good. If anyone can give me the in's and out, it will be greatly appreciated.  

How do I apply for a critical skills visa for Australia?

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Submitted by ChefXero on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:17
Destination: Australia

I am a qualified Chef and want to move to Australia or New Zealand from South Africa. As the profession is on the critical Skills list, I need to know if there are any employers who can sponsor me, or any information about how I can get to apply for the visa. Both myself and my wife we are Chefs. I would be grateful to anyone with information that can assist me.


Do I need to learn Hebrew before moving to Israel?

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Submitted by BLOCHNATH on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 09:41
Destination: Israel

Hi everyone, I will be moving to Israel in October and I don't speak Hebrew.

I am French and I speak a bit of English. Will I find a job? I am a functionnary of National Education.

I am ready to work with old people, babies as a helper, or housekeeper or nanny.

Thanks for your answers,


What's the best way to move with my desktop computer to Saudia Arabia?

Destination: Saudi Arabia

Hi all! I am moving to Jeddah in August to teach. I'm very excited about this opportunity.


I own a very nice desktop computer that has a lot of my teaching materials on it as well as all of my important personal documents. It's an expensive desktop and houses a lot of important stuff for me. None of it is illegal or at odds with Saudi Arabia's import restrictions.


I'm curious of the best way to get it into the country, if it can be brought with me or, ideally, shipped over. Any advice is very appreciated. Thanks!

Will my salary be enough to live comfortably in Hong Kong?

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Submitted by Bommel on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:43
Destination: Hong Kong

Hi all,

My name is Thomas from Germany and I´ve got a job offer for moving to Hong Kong.


Monthly salary would be 65,000HK$ + 5,000HK$ transportation allowance. (before tax)

In addition 35,000HK$ housing allowance. I´m aiming for a 2 bedroom apartment in Kowloon/Jordan/Mong Kok. Possible?

I need to get private health insurance & dental insurance. Any references regarding the costs?  

I´ve checked costs for mobile plans, bank accounts, lifestyle costs. That´s fine so far.

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?

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