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Five Ways Expats Can Integrate Themselves In A New Country

There are many challenges when moving to another country.  Kevin Melton of AXA – Global Healthcare offers some practical advice on how to adapt to life abroad, rather than being overwhelmed Written for Expat Network by Kevin Melton, Sales and Marketing Director, AXA – Global Healthcare   Moving to a new location can be as daunting as it is exc ...

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Top 5 Secrets To Learning Any Language Faster

When moving to a new country there are many challenges.  Learning a new language has many challenges and many advantages.  Fluency Corp give their top tips to help you to learn a new language. Written exclusively for Expat Network by Fluency Corp   Speaking the local language makes every aspect of adjusting to life in a new country easier. You’ll work more efficiently, navigate daily li ...

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Five Tips When Having A Baby Abroad

Having a baby is one of the most life-changing experiences a person can go through. It’s an exciting but nerve-wracking time, and when you’re living somewhere new, there can be many unknowns which need navigating before the big day – from maternity leave timescales to hospital stays. Written exclusively for Expat Network by Andy Edwards, Chief Customer Officer, AXA – Global Healthcare   Not k ...

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Renting Property In New Zealand

Renting property in New Zealand is a very good option for those who are only staying for a limited period.  It is also a good option when you first arrive to allow you to get to know the local property market before considering buying a home. The Department of Building and Housing has standard agreements and it is easiest when this is used as it will not need to be reviewed by a lawyer.  There are ...

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How To Take Your Vehicle To New Zealand

If you are moving to New Zealand and taking up residence you may not have to pay tax on importing your vehicle, but there are certification and other requirements you will need to comply with.   Should I take my vehicle to New Zealand? Before deciding to take a vehicle with you when moving to New Zealand you should be clear why you want to take it with you.  If it is a classic car with sentim ...

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Finding A Job In New Zealand

Whether you are planning to work in New Zealand for a few years or emigrate permanently you will need to find a job and understand your visa options.  Finding a job in New Zealand is similar to anywhere else in the world but we set out some of the issues you will face so you can plan your move. In order to work in New Zealand you will need a visa and you can find more details in our article Visa O ...

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In New Zealand?

There are many factors that will decide where to live in New Zealand.   For most the work that you will be doing will determine where you will be living.  Wherever you live you will be close to the stunning scenery and have access to an outdoor lifestyle.  The cities around the country have rather different attractions and we set out the options below: Auckland Auckland is New Zealand’s largest ci ...

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The Attractions Of Malta

Malta, with its 300 days of sunshine, laid back lifestyle, and long and colourful history has proved a popular spot for both tourists and expats. The total population is around 450,000, but this includes around 60,000 foreign nationals, of which 7,000 hold a UK passport. With its strategic position in the Mediterranean, it has long been the focus for many different powers, including the Phoenician ...

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Healthcare In Malta

Malta’s state healthcare system is of a high standard (ranked recently as 5th in the world) and is available to all residents of Malta, including foreigners who have moved to Malta, free at the point of delivery. EU citizens can get free healthcare with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The public heath services are funded through national insurance and taxation. The state fund provides mos ...

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Passport And Visa Requirements For Malta

A visa is not required for stays of up to three months for EU nationals and those coming from visa-exempted countries.  Visas available are single-entry visas (valid for one month), transit visas (24 hours) and multiple-entry visas (one year). Any non-EU foreigner planning to work in Malta must have an employment licence (formerly known as work permits) issued by the Employment and Training Corpor ...

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Cyprus Investing To Draw In Wealthy Expats

Cyprus is a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean with a rich history and culture spanning 10,000 years.  It is one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, situated at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa.  This unique geographic position has played an important part in its turbulent past throughout history. The Mycenaean Greeks established their civilis ...

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Healthcare In Cyprus

Cyprus has a good reputation for healthcare with public and private healthcare available.  Many doctors are trained overseas, and the majority speak good English. The public healthcare service is funded by social security payments from those working in Cyprus (both Cypriots and foreign residents).  Free or low-cost healthcare is available to long term residents and EU citizens with an EHIC card.  ...

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Passport And Visa Requirements For Cyprus

Citizens of EU countries and 35 other countries do not require a visa for stays for up to 90 days.  Entry via the Turkish occupied northern areas is illegal and a stamp in your passport from past visits to the north can cause problems. Short-stay/multiple entry visas are generally valid for one year, and allow visits for leisure or business purposes provided the total duration of the stay does not ...

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Downtime In New Zealand

If you move to New Zealand there is no shortage of places to visit when you get a spare moment and even if you are not living there these highlights make it well worth the trip. Milford Sound Milford Sound is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular sites in New Zealand.  The dark blue of the fiord’s water with Mitre Peak (Rahotu) rising in the background makes this a joy for photographers and a si ...

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Expat Partner Or Trailing Spouse

Any decision to take a role abroad is relatively easy if you do not have a partner or family, but as soon as a partner is involved decisions become more complicated.  Although partners and family can provide emotional support and enrich the experience, studies have repeatedly shown that the most common cause of problems with international assignments is issues that the expat partner faces. Written ...

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Taking A Pet To New Zealand

When considering taking your pet with you to New Zealand you should ensure you understand what is involved and be confident that your pet is fit enough to make the journey and to settle in to a new life with you in New Zealand.  You will be responsible for its well-being and for ensuring that it does not annoy or injure other people.  Dogs must be registered with the local city council. If you are ...

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Banking In New Zealand

There are five major banks (ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Kiwibank, and Westpac) and a number of smaller banks in New Zealand.  There are also credit unions and savings banks (similar to building societies or savings and loans) which offer many of the same services and, like banks, are supervised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and a full list of banks can be found on their website.  There are also a wide ran ...

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The Best Places To Live Or Retire In Spain

Having made the decision to move to Spain what will determine which region you choose to live in?  Work may dictate  the location, but if you are planning to move to retire or take a new lifestyle working for yourself as a digital nomad or by using your trade or profession, the choice is yours. The capital city of Madrid sits in the centre of the country, but most major cities are on or near the c ...

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Banking In Spain

When moving to a new country you should take a look at your banking arrangements.  It is generally possible to use your existing bank from your home country for many purposes, but it is worth opening a local Spanish account for most people.  International Online Banks You can also consider using one of the growing online banks.  Businesses like Ipagoo and Transferwise can provide multi-currency ac ...

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New Zealand – Land Of The Long White Cloud

Thinking of moving to New Zealand?  It is one of the most popular destinations for people wanting to move to a more relaxed and healthy outdoor lifestyle. New Zealand, with its unique blend of Maori and European cultures combined with spectacular scenery, is one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and emigrants.  In a country the size of the UK or Japan, with a population of only 4. ...

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Getting More Out Of The IB

A guide to the International Baccalaureate for parents whose children want to create social change… Is the IB the right fit for your child? Helping your child choose the next step in their education can be a particularly stressful time for parents. There are so many options available but the most important piece of advice is: Consider what feels right for your child Everyone has different re ...

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