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Is my job offer for Abu Dhabi real?

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Submitted by Tabaloa on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 16:46
Destination: Abu Dhabi

I have been offered a new job in Abu Dhabi (no interview) but have also been asked to pay for UAE Visa; work permit and UAE Engineer Registry Fee.

Does anyone know if this is normal for UAE processes as I feel this sounds strange? Is it normal to pay for work permits etc. when working in Abu Dhabi?

Company: Western Tanks and Pipe Industry?

How can I find a job and secure a work permit for the Netherlands?

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Submitted by Smith on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 07:44
Destination: The Netherlands

Hi everyone. I would like to work in the Netherlands but want to know what is the best route to secure employment and get a work permit? Are there any recommended job portals or recruitment agencies? I have also been confused about processes for getting visas and work permits, which type of entry permit I must get and how to do so. Any input and thoughts are appreciated.

Thank you!

What is the cost of living in Lagos?

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Submitted by Smith on Thu, 10/01/2020 - 08:36
Destination: Lagos

I would like to plan my budget for relocating to Lagos. I am thinking of moving to Nigeria in the next few months but am considering my living expenses. How much do electricity, water and other utilities cost in Lagos? How much is rent and how often much rent must be paid up front when securing a lease agreement in Nigeria? What about the prices of groceries – where is the best place to find discounts and decent prices for quality food? Are transport options expensive in the city?

What is the best way to find affordable accommodation in Lagos, Nigeria?

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Submitted by Smith on Thu, 10/01/2020 - 08:32
Destination: Lagos

Good day. Could someone advise me on the best areas to move to in Lagos? I have family friends who stayed in Abuja, but other people I have spoken to express their concerns about personal safety in the country. I read your page on Safety in Nigeria and found it very helpful!

How and where can I find a job in Paraguay?

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Submitted by Anya on Thu, 10/01/2020 - 08:31
Destination: Paraguay

Hi all, I am considering moving to South America and would like to visit Paraguay. I understand it is one of the less popular tourist destinations on the continent and for that reason, I would like to go there. I would like to improve my Spanish and immerse myself in an environment where I am forced to communicate in Spanish. I am thinking of moving to Asunción but would like some advice on good areas and neighbourhoods to move to. Alternatively, are there other areas or regions of the country where I could find work?

How can I find an apartment compound for a couple in Jeddah near Aya Mall?

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Submitted by shibhade on Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:10
Destination: Jeddah

Hello. I am an Indian expat working in Dubai and soon I will be taking up an assignment in Jeddah. My office location would be near to Aya Mall. Can you please suggest decent ( not very expensive), 1 or 2 BHK apartment (compound) for a couple ( no kids)? What is the current annual rent for such accommodation in Jeddah?

Which private healthcare insurance in Bulgaria is recommended?

Destination: Bulgaria

Hi All,

I have taken early retirement and planning to move to Bulgaria with my husband and my son. Initially, we will have a relatively small income from my NHS pension, which should increase as we come of age and are able to draw our other UK pensions. All the private health care insurances I have looked at so far are worldwide insurances and relatively expensive. I am looking for advice regarding affordable health care insurance in Bulgaria. Do any of you know of a Bulgarian Private Health Insurance, which they would recommend?

Many thanks in advance.

What are schools in Istanbul like, particularly IB schools?

Destination: Istanbul


I am planning to move to Istanbul next year with two kids. My major concern is the school, I am looking for IB (International Baccalaureate) system school, and I read a lot about the hidden Arab schools under the American international school name, and some comments are good and some are bad. Is there anyone who has a good experience in schools in Istanbul?



Can I get info on safety with working In Nigeria?

Destination: Nigeria

I am looking at travelling from North America to do some work in the natural gas & oil facilities in the Sapele/Oben/Amukpe/Rapele areas of Nigeria. I am a little apprehensive about potential safety concerns in these areas. Any input about safety in Nigeria would be appreciated.

Can I get advice on staying for one year and looking for work in Botswana?

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Submitted by OzNaledi on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:57
Destination: Botswana

Dumelang. I am an experienced Australian midwife and I am hoping to live/work in Maun for a year from next July (Covid allowing) so am starting to consider/research options. I need a resource person for many questions.....Where can I find information about jobs available at the public or private hospital, clinics or immunisation services? Is my registration in Australia recognised? Will my employer help with work visa? What is the general pay rate? Can I work part time? Do I have to work in all obstetric areas including labour and delivery ward?

What schools fees can we expect in schools in London?

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Submitted by Jo99 on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:00
Destination: London

Hello, we are moving to London mid of next year due to my husband's job. I was hoping if I can some advise around school fees. If we are coming under work visa, will my child be considered a resident or will he be under international student school fees?

How can I get a pension in Brazil?

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Submitted by Vin03 on Sun, 09/13/2020 - 13:14
Destination: Brazil

Hi there. 

I am Filipino married to Brazilian and based in Saudi Arabia for work.

I am preparing now for my retirement and I am using to stay in Brazil. I just want to ask about the pension? How can I start to pay so I might get something when I am there.

Or any suggestions.


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Can I get advice on the schooling system in Germany and how it compares to India?

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Submitted by rcmohanraj on Mon, 09/07/2020 - 14:54
Destination: Germany

Hello All, I'm a software engineer from India with 9 years of experience. I'm planning to move to Germany with my wife and 2-year-old kid. We want to send our kid to the German medium school as its free of cost. We are also very much afraid that in case If we return back to India after 10-15 years, my kid will not be able to cope up with our Indian schools/universities as she learned all the concepts in the German language (not in English). Can anyone tell if you have faced any such experience like this?

Can I get info on how to move to Saudi Arabia permanently?

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Submitted by abdalrazzaaq on Fri, 09/04/2020 - 20:50
Destination: Saudi Arabia

Hello dear forum members,

I am a Dutch / Turkish citizen that wants to live in Saudi Arabia and want a citizenship in the long run. I am also married and our son is almost 1 year. My wife recently lives in the Netherlands with me for almost 2 years. She only owns a permit stay in the Netherlands, her own nationality is Indonesian.

Can sponsorship be changed after QID expires in Qatar?

Destination: Qatar

I requested to my previous company for NOC as I got new job offer. My previous company is ready to give NOC and only my management's signature is pending. My QID will expire within few weeks. My previous contract period was 5 years. They terminated me due to crisis of COVID 19 and I worked there for 1 year and 7 months in my previous company. Still, my sponsorship is under my previous company and my doubt is if I get NOC still sponsorship can be transferred even after QID expires? Please help and clarify my doubts with exact information as I'm confused.

How can you move to and live in Sweden as a retiree and not work?

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Submitted by azluncie on Mon, 08/31/2020 - 21:05
Destination: Stockholm

I really want to live in Sweden at least part time and eventually become a citizen with dual citizenship (USA). Does anyone have suggestions for how to accomplish that? My understanding is that a person must live in Sweden 5 years before becoming a citizen but how does one do that when one can only stay for 3 months with a US passport or 6 months maximum with a Schengen visa? I thought about calling the Swedish Embassy for advice but thought I would try this forum first. I already speak Swedish pretty well so that is no problem for me. Thanks for any insights and advice!!! 

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