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Generalities

General information
  • Mаltа іѕ a ѕоvеrеіgn nation that gаіnеd its іndереndеnсе frоm Brіtаіn іn 1964.

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  • Thе Mаltеѕе сrоѕѕ іѕ a symbolic emblem linked to the great history of thе іѕlаnd оf Mаltа, whісh саmе tо be thе hоmе оf the Knіghtѕ оf St. Jоhn.

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  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is intended for expatriates having special skills and who are looking forward to live and work in Canada.

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  • Stretching over 1,667,441 km2, Quebec is the largest of Canada's ten provinces. Over the years, it has been attracting thousands of expatriates. Learn more

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  • Located in North America, Canada is one of the world's richest countries, stretching over 9,984,670 square kilometers. Discover life in Canada.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • To live in Quebec as a permanent resident, you must obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate. You can apply for the CSQ at the immigration department.

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  • Looking forward to travel to Quebec ? You are probably wondering about relating formalities. Have a look at this article for more information.

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  • Before immigrating to Canada, you must determine in which category you are eligible to apply for a visa. Find out more in this article.

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  • Wondering how to get married in Quebec? Expat.com explains the procedures relating to getting married in Quebec in this article.

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  • Looking forward to get married in Canada? What are the relating procedures? Expat.com explains all that you need to know about getting married in Canada.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • There are different criteria to be filled in if you wish to live and work in Quebec. Find out more about work visas and permits for Quebec in this article.

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  • If you wish to visit Quebec as a tourist you will need a visitor visa. This will be useful when you reach the Quebec immigration services. More information

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  • You may need a visa or an electronic travel authorization (ETA) to be allowed to make a temporary stay in Canada. Find more information in this article.

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  • If you are looking forward to study in Canada, you will have to apply for a student visa. Discover all the relating formalities in this article.

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  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is ideal for young people aged 18 to 35 who wish to go on holidays in Canada with the possibility to work. Find out more...

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • If you wish to live and work in Saskatchewan, you can enroll in the Saskatchewan Immigrants Nominees Program (SINP). Find out more in this article.

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  • There are different ways to find a job in Quebec: Internet, networking, newspapers, recruitment agencies, etc. Find out how to proceed in this article.

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  • Calgary is quite open to foreign nationals looking for professional or internship opportunities. Here is all that you need to know about its labor market.

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  • Looking for an internship in Toronto? You will need an internship visa. Find, in this article, all that you need to know before proceeding.

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  • If you are planning to settle and work in Toronto, you will need a work permit. Find, in this article, what you need to know about relating procedures.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Are you moving to Calgary? Have you found housing yet? To guide you through your search, Expat.com gives you an insight of the local rental market here.

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  • Vancouver provides a wide range of accommodation options to expatriates. You can choose from apartments, houses, condos, etc. Find out more in this article

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  • Toronto provides a range of accommodation options for expatriates who are looking forward to move there. Here is an overview of the local rental market.

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  • Like most Canadian cities, Quebec also provides a wide range of accommodation for expatriates. Discover the local rental market with Expat.com.

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  • On moving to Canada, you can choose among different types of accommodation: studios, lofts, apartments, etc. Find all that you need to know about housing.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Every year, Quebec welcomes thousands of foreign students. If you also wish to study in Quebec, relating formalities are explained in this article.

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  • Foreign students who wish to study in Canada have to apply for a temporary resident permit. Relating formalities are explained in this article.

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  • European Union citizens do not need a student visa to be able to study in Spain. But foreign nationals coming from elsewhere have to apply for a D visa.

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  • If you have chosen to study in the United Arab Emirates, you can choose among several world class universities and other higher education institutions.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Do foreign nationals need a health insurance on moving to Quebec? How do you apply for a health insurance card in Quebec? Find out in this article.

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  • All foreign nationals have to get a health insurance on moving to Canada. Health tests are also required. Discover the Canadian health care system.

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  • Health care in Spain is free of charge, except for dental care services. Expats are also required to contribute to the social security service.

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  • When moving to the United Arab Emirates, health care will probably be one of your main concerns. Here is an overview of the Emirati health care system.

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  • If you are planning to move to Dubai, Expat.com is bringing you essential information about the local health care system.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • On moving to Quebec, you will probably want to open a bank account. Expat.com explains, in this article, how to open a bank account in Quebec.

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  • Wondering how to open a bank account in Canada? Expat.com is providing you with an overview of the Canadian banking system and some tips to guide you.

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  • Spain residents and non-residents are allowed to open a bank account in the country. Non-residents, however, have to produce a non-resident certificate.

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  • If you are working in Dubai, you will probably want to open a bank account. Relating procedures are explained to you in this article.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Foreigners nationals living in Quebec have to pay taxes both at the federal and provincial levels. Find an overview of the tax system in this article.

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  • Foreign nationals in Canada have to pay tax according to their resident status. Find all that you need to know about the Canadian tax system here.

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  • Income tax is deducted at source in Spain. Foreigners having stayed in the country for more than 183 days have to pay income tax.

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  • Taxation in the United Arab Emirates is almost nonexistent. There is no tax on individual income, or value-added tax (VAT). Companies are however subject to a municipal tax.

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  • Once you have settled in South Africa, regardless of the purpose of your stay, you will have to pay different types of taxes, including income tax.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Like most Canadian cities, Quebec also has a wide transport network. Discover this province's transport networks with Expat.com.

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  • Canada hosts a wide and developed transports network. Find all that you need to know about transportation in Canada in this article.

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  • Spain has various means of transport for all trips. Public transports such as buses, trains and subways are very popular, especially in urban areas.

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  • The United Arab Emirates host a modern and developed transports system which will allow you travel anywhere. Find out more in this article.

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  • Being the most developed African country, South Africa hosts a very developed transport network, including buses, trains, taxis, airplanes, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreign nationals do not need an international driver's license to drive in Canada. Discover all the relating conditions if you want to drive in Canada.

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  • Foreign nationals living in Quebec are allowed to drive with their national driver's license for up to 6 months. Find out more about relating conditions.

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  • Many people find they can do just fine without a car once in Ecuador. But what kind of license do you need to drive in Ecuador?

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  • Citizens coming from European Union countries are allowed to drive in Spain with their national driver's license with others have to exchange theirs.

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  • Nationals of some countries can drive through the United Arab Emirates with their current driver's license. You also have the opportunity to drive with a valid international driver's license. If you plan to settle in the country, you have to apply for a United Arab Emirates driver's licence.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Quebec requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Moving to Canada required appropriate planning. In this article, Expat.com is providing you with some useful and tips to guide you through your move.

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  • Relocating to Spain requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Before moving to Dubai, make sure to inquire with the customs department regarding products that you are authorized to bring along with you.

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  • Expat.com is bringing you some useful information and tips for a successful and stress free relocation in Dubai.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Canada has a wide telecommunications networks including several regional service providers. Discover the telecommunications market in this article.

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  • In this article, Expat.com provides you with an overview of Quebec's telecommunications networks with tips on how to obtain a phone line and Internet.

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  • Spain has a highly competitive telephony market with land line and mobile phone service providers. Various types of services are available.

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  • ADSL, Wi-fi and 4G are the most popular types of internet connection in Spain. These allow you to surf the web at a minimum speed of 128 kbps.

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  • If you have to make phones calls in the United Arab Emirates, there is nothing to worry about. Find all that you need to know in this article.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Thanks to its huge historical and cultural heritage, Quebec provides a range of leisure activities to expatriates. Get a glimpse of these in this article.

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  • Living in Canada can be real fun during your free time. Discover the leisure activites available in Canada that you can enjoy with friends or family.

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  • With оvеr 6,000 уеаrѕ оf history, Mаltа is a gоld mіnе whеn іt comes tо leisure and adventure.

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  • Situated at the highest point of the island of Malta and far away from the sea, the history of Mdina goes back to over 4000 years.

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Miscellaneous

  • If you are planning to move to Quebec with your pet, you are probably wondering about relating formalities. Find all that you need to know in this article.

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  • If you are moving to Canada, you probably want to know which products you can bring with you. Custom duties may apply on some products. Find out more.

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  • Your pet must meet certain criteria to be able to travel with you to Spain. It must also have a health certificate and undergo required vaccination.

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  • Tourists and expatriates wishing to travel to Spain are advised to inquire on authorized and banned products beforehand. Some may be imported duty free.

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  • Moving to Spain with your children requires good planning. If they are less than 3 years old, you will have to register them with a child care center.

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