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Expats: How To Select An International School

Moving to a new job, a new town, a new country – effectively a new life – is challenging. Add in the fear and guilt that you are disrupting your children’s lives, that they may struggle to adapt, and your anxiety and stress levels soar. By Fiona Hodgkins Although local schools offer the best opportunity to learn the local language ...

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New Work Visa Rules Could Hinder Expats

Jobseekers could find it harder to land expat assignments as the US, Australia and New Zealand bring in new expat visa rules. Temporary skilled worker laws are facing change. Australia announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (known as the 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will include a short-term ...

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How British Expats Can Vote In The Election

British expats who have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years can register as an overseas elector, to be able to vote in the June general election. Register by 22 May to vote in the general election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your national insurance number and p ...

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Making The Move To Be An Expat In Spain

Once you have decided to relocate you have to choose from the many removals companies operating between the UK and your destination. You then have to decide between exclusive transportation or a cheaper shared-vehicle option. By Julie Bridge Simon’s move from Leamington Spa to Almeria in Spain used shared transport provided by Matthew James Global Relocations (MJG). But is the potential stress of ...

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Top Savings Rates For Expats – April

Many expats can benefit from using offshore bank savings accounts. They are useful for working in different currencies and for gathering interest without deduction of taxes. By Iain Yule See the article ‘British Expats – Do You Need An Offshore Bank Account?’.   The best current offering for sterling offshore savers is Standard Bank’s 1.2%, if you have £10,000 and can give 196 days’ notice of with ...

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UK House Prices, Currencies And The Brexit Factor

As the Brexit trigger was pulled, the reaction of many British expats was to stay on the sidelines, avoid committing to any major new purchases and take the view they wanted to ‘see what would happen to UK house prices’. According to expat mortgage brokers Offshoreonline, however, an equal if not larger number of investors took the view that with sterling sliding up to 15% against the US dollar an ...

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British Expats Find Mortgages For UK Property Elusive

British expats have to look longer and harder to find affordable deals for UK house buying. Problems encountered by expats include having to find much larger deposits than UK-based customers, and higher interest rates and arrangement fees. These come on top of the usual hassles of finding and conveyancing a property purchase from a distance. Lenders may levy early-repayment penalties for expats ...

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US Expat Opinions Could Win $1,000 Gift Card

A new survey gives American expats an opportunity to unite in speaking their minds about expat taxes, the recent US presidential election and more. The results give valuable insight into what services and information expats need to better understand and comply with their US tax obligations. The survey by Greenback Tax Services also aims to raise awareness about the issues that are most important t ...

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UK Expats: Beware The Pension Transfer Tax

A new overseas pension transfer tax could see the UK taxman take a quarter of expats’ transferred funds. Those thinking of moving UK pensions need to know the new rules. One of the few surprise announcements in the UK Spring Budget was the ‘Overseas Transfer Charge’ – an immediate tax on certain transfers to offshore pension schemes. According to Jason Porter, director of expat financial advisers ...

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Sponsored: What Expats Should Know About Maternity Insurance

For many, moving to a new country means making big adjustments due to the different culture and systems. If, for example, you were moving from a Scandinavian country that has universal healthcare to an Asian country that does not provide healthcare to new expats, you may find yourself unfamiliar with the private insurance plans that may be needed to address the costs that come with obtaining the h ...

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