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Passport And Visa For Canada

There are a range of visa options depending on the purpose and timing of your planned stay in Canada.  There are visas that give the righto temporary residence and those that allow you permanent residence. If you are entering Canada by air from most countries you will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), but if you are entering by land or ...

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Passport And Visa Requirements To Live And Work In France

A passport valid for three months beyond the intended stay and issued within the last ten years is required by anyone entering France unless you are from another EU country.  EU citizens must hold a passport of national ID card which is valid for the duration of the stay. Although EU nationals travelling from another Schengen country are not required to show a passport of ID card, it is best to ca ...

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Renting Or Buying Property In France

For many the idea of moving to France is to buy an old farmhouse deep in the country to renovate and settle into a rural lifestyle.  For others it is the attractions of the cosmopolitan life in Paris.  With prices in Paris it is generally more practical to rent rather than buy, but buying is more common in rural areas. Renting Property law in France generally favours the tenant, but it can be diff ...

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Personal Finance Issues For Expats In France

France has a reputation as a high tax jurisdiction and while President Hollande was in power, some wealthy French nationals chose to move to the UK and Portugal, enticed by their fiscal sweeteners.  But France can be a tax efficient place to live for retirees, providing you understand the tax implications of your specific situation and obtain specialist expatriate tax advice. You are considered ta ...

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What Are The Most Popular Regions In France?

Moving to France remains a popular choice amongst expats looking to change their way of life. There are many different French regions to choose from and each has its attractions, but the following four have proved to be consistently popular with people looking to move to France to live and work, or to retire. Brittany – Brittany is France’s most westerly region and its proximity to the UK ma ...

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Top 10 Tips To Learn A Language

How do I learn a foreign language? It is easy to start, but it is worth learning from those who have done it before to find out what works. We set out our top 10 tips for learning a foreign language. Know why you are learning the language. Make sure that before you start you know why you are learning the language and that you set short term goals as well as the final target of full proficiency or ...

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Financial And Lifestyle Benefits Of The Expat Life

The HSBC Expat Explorer survey provides insights each year into expat life around the world and highlights the locations that expats love.  Overall expats are very positive about the experience and there are lifestyle as well as financial benefits. Financial The economic drivers for moving abroad are highlighted with expats globally having an average gross personal income of just under US$100,000 ...

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Investor Visas In The US

Investor visas are a way for those who are attracted to the USA to gain residency rights.   The world’s largest economy offers the allure of the American dream and a wide range of different lifestyles across this vast country.  There are different options for entrepreneurs wanting to move to America depending on the circumstances and whether you are wanting to move there temporarily or perman ...

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Getting Connected In America

Getting connected – organising mobile phones (cellphones) for yourself and your family members, together with broadband for your new home –  will be one of your first and most important tasks when arriving in the US. Standards America as an enormous market in its own right has generally followed its own standards.  The United States and Canada use a 110-120 volt, 60-cycle system rather ...

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Driving in America

In the USA driving is an essential part of the culture.  This is partly driven by the practicality of getting around in a country so large and partly a function of the lifestyle.  In some of the major cities there is an extensive public transport system, but the cities are all served by extensive multi-lane freeways, many of which regularly grind to a slow crawl during busy periods of the day. Any ...

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Finding Schools in America

When considering your options for schools in America, assuming you have decided against a boarding school back home, you will need to decide between American public and private schools and international and foreign-language schools. International Schools International schools generally teach in English and focus on the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination and diploma.  The advantage of thi ...

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Taking Your Pet To America

There is a lot to consider when taking your pet to America. In the US, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responsible for the regulations that govern the importation of animals and animal products that might cause human disease. The CDC does not require certificates of health for pets that enter America. However, they may be required by some states and are generally required by ...

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Customs Requirements On Moving To The USA

Everyone entering the US has to complete the Customs and Border Protection Form (CBP Form) 6059B, “Customs Declaration,” for accompanying goods. If your goods are arriving separately you will need to complete the CBP Form 3299 “Declaration For Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles. “You cannot simply give a statement that the goods are “household effects”, but wi ...

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Financing The Purchase Of A Property Abroad

Financing is of course a key thing to consider when you are looking to purchase a property abroad. If you are unable to purchase the property from your own funds you will need to identify options to obtain a mortgage. There are basically three options: 1. Remortgage your home – This can be the easiest option if you have sufficient equity in your home. However, the repayments will need to be ...

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Buying A Property Abroad

People buy property abroad for many reasons. You may be moving abroad to enjoy a new lifestyle, as part of your retirement planning, as a second home to enjoy for part of the year or simply as an investment. Whatever the motivation you need to be sure you consider your options carefully and understand the processes and risks involved. Making the decision Try before buy. It is always best to get as ...

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Establishing Credit On Arrival In America

Establishing credit on arrival in America is vital. The lack of a credit score has implications in many areas as it restricts your ability to set up phone contracts, rent a property, sign up utilities, obtain a credit card and many more key taks when arriving in the US to live.  Creditworthiness does not easily cross borders.  This is caused by data protection legislation which prohibits sharing d ...

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World’s Best Places For Retirement In 2018

What are the top ten places to retire to internationally? International Living Magazine has just published its Annual Global Retirement Index, identifying the best places to retire in the world. They have looked at a wide range of criteria including the ease and cost of buying or renting property, the visa and residence options available, the cost of living as a retiree, the ease of fitting in and ...

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Healthcare In America

Healthcare in America has a reputation for being amongst the most advanced in the world, but coverage is not universal.  For those who can afford it, health insurance gives people access to very sophisticated systems and highly qualified medical practitioners.  However, healthcare in America is very expensive and there are many who are unable to afford health insurance. Medicare and Medicaid, whic ...

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Top Ten Tips To Get The Best Flight Deal

Once the decision has been taken to move to a new home abroad, the excitement builds and you can begin to make the arrangements. You will arrange to ship your personal belongings and then you need to think about how to get yourself there and where to stay when you first arrive. Advice on getting the best price for your flight to your new home can also be important when you are arranging travel bac ...

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Comparing Quotes From Moving Companies

Make sure you get quotes from three potential removal companies. Then you will need to evaluate them and make a choice. Price will clearly be a factor, but you should decide what is important to you and ensure that you take these into account and avoid choosing the cheapest and then incur more cost down the line when you have problems.   Factors to consider: When can they collect your goods a ...

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