Close

Living abroad guide

Find information that suits your needs or interests: visa procedures, find a job abroad, accommodation... Expats share info, tips and advice with you.

Write an article

Generalities

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • As an expat, adapting to the Maltese lifestyle is fairly easy as in general it is a relaxed one which follows the stereotypical Mediterranean perception.

    Article written by expat.com

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.

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

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

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com

Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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...

    Article written by expat.com
  • European nationals do not need a visa to settle and work in Spain. But what are the available visas and relating conditions? Find out in this article.

    Article written by expat.com
  • If you intend to live and work in Dubai, a work visa is mandatory. Find out, in this article, how to apply for a work visa in Dubai.

    Article written by expat.com

Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • To set up a business in Canada, you have to fill in specific requirements. However, many government agencies provide support to foreign entrepreneurs.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Setting up a business in Malta creates lots of opportunities. find out more on the underlying dynamics of this island.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Barcelona, Catalonia's economic center, attracts not only young professionals but also many foreign companies and investors looking for new opportunities.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Madrid's labor market has been facing a shortage of qualified and skilled workforce since some time. Hence, it is open to young foreign professionals.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Malaga has been one of the most affected Spanish cities by the global economic crisis. Hence its high unemployment rate during recent years.

    Article written by expat.com

Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Rent prices are quite high in Barcelona just like in Madrid. But this major Spanish city has a wide range of accommodation options for all tastes.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Rent prices in Madrid can be quite high. But the Spanish capital city has rather attractive neighborhoods and accommodation offers.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Accommodation offers are abundant in Malaga, one of the major Spanish cities. It is also one of the cities where rent prices are more affordable.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Each of Sevilla's districts and neighborhoods is unique, representing a blend of traditions with modernity. Discover the accommodation options in Sevilla.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Tenerife is one of Spain's main tourist destinations in Spain. Hence, it offers a wide range of accommodation options: hotels, apartments, houses, etc.

    Article written by expat.com

Study

Student visa, University registration
  • If you want to study in Canada, you will probably need a student visa or temporary residence permit from the Canadian Embassy that covers your area. Canada has many renowned universities which offer exchange programs for foreign students who wish to study there.

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • Dubai is world famous for its excellent higher education system. Why not consider Dubai if you are looking forward to study in the United Arab Emirates?

    Article written by expat.com
  • South Africa host several prestigious universities, most of which are deemed to be the best in whole Africa, that welcome many foreign students every year.

    Article written by expat.com

Health care

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • Foreign nationals living in South Africa can easily access to health care services thanks to the presence of several hospitals, clinics, among others.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Like most European countries, the Czech Republic also has a modern and developed health care system including many hospitals, clinics, etc.

    Article written by expat.com

Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • 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.

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • Foreign nationals in South African can choose between two types of bank accounts, namely resident accounts and non resident accounts.

    Article written by expat.com

Tax

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • By moving to the Czech Republic, especially if you are going to work, you will have to pay income tax, as well as other taxes such as VAT, among others.

    Article written by expat.com
  • By moving to Scotland, whether you are going to work or you have retired, you will have to pay different types of taxes at current rates.

    Article written by expat.com

Transports

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

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

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • As a modern city, Prague hosts a comprehensive transports networks which will allow you travel anywhere safely and in total comfort.

    Article written by expat.com
  • The Czech Republic has a developed and dense transport network, including buses, trains, tramway, and even taxis which make traveling easier.

    Article written by expat.com

Driver's licence

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Foreign nationals moving to Dubai have to apply for a local driver's to be allowed to drive. Find out how to proceed to obtain a local driver's license.

    Article written by expat.com
  • If you wish to drive in South Africa, make sure to have an international driver's license which is recognized by local authorities.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Foreign nationals coming from the European Union and the European Economic Area can drive in the Czech Republic with their original driver's license.

    Article written by expat.com

Removal

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

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

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • Relocating to South Africa requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of relating formalities on your behalf.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Relocating to the Czech Republic requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all relating formalities.

    Article written by expat.com

Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Spain has a highly competitive telephony market with land line and mobile phone service providers. Various types of services are available.

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Nowadays, Internet has become an essentiel part of everyday life. Find out how to subscribe for an Internet connection in the United Arab Emirates.

    Article written by expat.com
  • As the most developed African country, South Africa has a modern telecommunications network including several service providers.

    Article written by expat.com

Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Spain has a rich natural, historical and cultural heritage which you can discover during your leisure time if you are moving there.

    Article written by expat.com
  • Spain is a very sporty country where you can enjoy various types of sports. Football, of course, is the most popular sports, both live and TV broadcast.

    Article written by expat.com
  • What are the leisure activities available in the United Arab Emirates? Find all that you need to know about leisure in the UAE in this article.

    Article written by expat.com

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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

    Article written by expat.com
  • 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.

    Article written by expat.com
  • If you are moving to the United Arab Emirates with your children, Expat.com is providing you with some tips to help you find child care services.

    Article written by expat.com

Expatriate health insurance

Free advice and quotation service to choose your expat health insurance

Save on your moving costs

Get free quotes from international moving companies. Compare prices and services.

Share your expat experience and get in touch with other members

OR