June 2010

Fuel allowances for expats to be investigated

It has been reported in two British newspapers (The Independent and The Telegraph) that there is a possibility that fuel allowances for UK pensioners living abroad may be reduced or removed. The UK coalition government are said to be ‘investigating’ this option as part of public spending cuts which are...

Moving pets overseas: Stray dog rescued and moved to Scotland

If you are thinking about moving your pet overseas with you, you may be interested to hear this heart warming story about a stray dog called Dodo who moved to the UK this year. Carol and Steve Buyers from Aberdeen were on holiday in Mauritius when they found a malnourished...

Singapore ranked best place for international relocation

Singapore has been rated as the top location for Asian expats on international relocation assignments. The country has the best quality of life for expatriates according to the annual ECA International Locations Ratings survey. Singapore achieved the top spot mainly due to its high quality infrastructure, low health risks and...

Norway & Australia are the best places to be a Mother

Australian and Norway both top the ranking of the world’s best places to be a Mum according to a survey entitled ‘State of the World’s Mothers Report 2010’. The study (or Mother’s Index) was undertaken by the charity Save the Children. In total 160 countries were evaluated, 43 developed countries...

UK immigration changes for marriage visas brought forward

A change in UK Immigration Law which the former Labour government had planned to introduce in July 2011, will now be brought forward to Autumn of this year. The new legislation will require immigrants moving overseas to marry UK nationals to prove that they have a basic command of English....

How to deal with culture shock when moving overseas

The majority of people when moving overseas will experience a certain degree of culture shock. This can often be unexpected as our own culture is usually invisible to us. Culture shock may not affect you until a couple of weeks after you arrive at your new destination. The initial excitement...

Changes announced to the Australian Visa System

Amendments to the Australian visa system were announced last Friday by the Rudd Government. The fundamental aim of the changes is to simplify and streamline the visa application process and therefore make it easier for people applying for Australian visas in the future.  The changes which have been published are: ...

Public sector strike may affect people moving to Spain

If you are moving to Spain you may be affected by the recent public sector strikes which are being held in protest against the austerity measures announced by the Spanish government. Almost 80% of public workers in Spain were on strike yesterday. Around 2.5 million people in Spain work in...