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Recruitment process

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Submitted by sgfonseca@hotm… on
Destination: Abu Dhabi

Hello, Could you please help me understanding if it is usual to start a recruitment process for a job in health care by paying a fee to the agency? And to pay another fee after 45 of taking the job and relocating to the place? I was approached by an agency who presented me this situation and I would like to know if it is normal or if it could be a scam. They claim the fee is to cover licences, visa, negotiation with employer, etc. It's a consultancy agency that recruit health care professionals to EAU.


Thank you.


Job searching tips

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Submitted by NATOman on
Destination: Ukraine

Hey, good people. So, I'm a (current, for the next month or so) trainer working with Ukrainian soldiers with a NATO military, but I'm going on terminal leave and separating this month. Anyway, because we're absolute masters at timing me and my Ukrainian wife are in the process of moving back to Ukraine (getting a residence and work permits etc for me). We're in our mid thirties if it's relevant.

What are the best public bilingual schools in Vienna?

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Submitted by Constantin Calancea on
Destination: Vienna

Is there a chance to get 2 children in a bilingual English -German public school in Vienna Austria?

How many bilingual public schools are in Vienna? Where are they located?

How many private bilingual schools are in Vienna and what are the tuition prices per year?

Any piece of advice will be greatly appreciated on finding a relatively not expensive bilingual school in Vienna.

Thank you all in advance for your kind advice.

Pet travel from UK to Kazakhstan

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Submitted by hkerigan on
Destination: Kazakhstan


At the start of August, I will be moving from the UK to Almaty, Kazakhstan. I am in the process of getting my dog and cat ready for travel, however I am a little confused by the travel criteria. In some places it states I will need an import permit from Kazakhstan and in others it states I do not. 

Does anyone have an experience in this area or can offer any first hand experience, this would be much appreciated.

Job Offer as a Civil Engineer Expat

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Submitted by Ella on
Destination: Glasgow

Hi! I just want to ask for an advice. I was interviewed and got an offer from New Life Construction Ltd. as a Civil Engineer Expat for a project called Polmadie Bridge Repair. I don't have much of an experience as a Civil Engineer, just 3 yrs total of exp as an Assistant Engineer and as an Assistant Civil QS. So, their offer was really tempting becausde they're offering 105 GBP per hour, they would be shouldering all the processing fees, RT airfare tickets, travel assistance, working visa etc.

Expert advice needed for Spain

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Submitted by davidswill on
Destination: Spain

Hello fellow expats

I'm heading to Barcelona for a postdoc research for at least 6 months at Universitat de Barcelona and could use some advice of yours. I'm looking for tips on managing daily expenses and finding suitable accommodations(preferably close to the university) and also the city's transportation options. Any general advice on living in Barcelona would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I forgot to ask about affordable eating sports.

Looking for suitable schools in Brisbane, Australia

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Submitted by Samwil on
Destination: Australia

Hi, am asking on behalf of a friend who is a Taiwanese and would like to school his children in Brisbane, Australia. However, it seems difficult to find a school in Brisbane that is able to take in both his son and daughter in the same school. Is there any avenue and source which he can work on to realise this, or any recommendation/criteria to work on, e.g. recommendation from association, help groups, etc.

Followings are his request/info:

Opening Bank Account Bulgaria

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Submitted by MK_SLP419 on
Destination: Bulgaria

Hello. I am not planning to move to Bulgaria long-term, but will be studying in Plovdiv for 3 months and need to open a bank account. Can I do this before I move to Bulgaria or must this be done in person? Does anyone have experiences, good or bad, with banks in Bulgaria? I already have by Type D visa and such. Any advice is greatly appreciated. 

Accomodation (House) in Sydney Australia - house-swap wanted in Switzerland

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Submitted by RobertU on
Destination: Switzerland

Hi there,

We are considering working in Zurich and would like to either rent out our large house in Sydney, or do a house-swap with someone in the Zurich area.

Are you relocating to Sydney, or relocating from Switzerland to Sydney and need accommodation in a furnished house with a lovely garden?

Considering a Move to Chile - Seeking Insights

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Submitted by Jamessmith0901 on
Destination: Chile

Hey, fellow expats and travel enthusiasts!  Planning a move to Chile and would love your insights.

City Choices: Santiago, Valparaíso, or Concepción? Which is more expat-friendly?

Cost of Living: Any tips on managing expenses? Hidden costs to be aware of?

Language Barrier: How feasible is it to get by with basic Spanish initially?

Job Market: Any insights on job opportunities for IT/Computer Science?

Cultural Integration: Tips for integrating into Chilean culture?

Do i need a visa to stay and work in Ireland?

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Submitted by Georgianna on
Destination: Ireland

Good Morning everyone im from Greexe im planning to move to Ireland to work and if i like it and of course the life there its fine and i can stay i will stay. So my question there is do i need to get a visa? Cause im from european union and i want to know if i can get there with my id or i need paasport? Or do i need a visa for permanent aa stay or temporary stay? How does that goes? And do i need to have a private healthcare insurance before i arrive? And if yes where can i do that? Or my employee is doing that? Do i pay something for this? How much does this cost? Is every month?

Affordable housing for Westerners in Riyadh not far from DQ

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Submitted by AA@jmli on
Destination: Riyadh

Hello all! I am looking for affordable housing options for American staff, many with families.  The more luxurious compounds are over our budget.  Can anyone recommend properties that are comfortable and safe, not too far from the diplomatic quarter?  Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

seeking headhunters or companies looking for experienced finance professionals in Nairobi

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Submitted by nunomafonso on
Destination: Nairobi

Does anyone know good headhunters or companies looking for experienced finance professionals to move to Nairobi? I am a CFO with international exposure looking for great opportunities to move to Nairobi.

Possible relocation from US to Belgium

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Submitted by Algarve32 on
Destination: Belgium

Hello, I am relocating to Belgium from the US.  We have an office location in Brussels.  I am trying to obtain all the necessary information that is needed please.  Visas, work permits...all the correct info and steps that I need to take.


Can someone assist with this please?


Thank you

How many days is enough to see Seoul?

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Submitted by antsparks on
Destination: South Korea

I've been thinking about planning a trip to Seoul sometime in the future and wanted to get some advice from those who've been there. How many days do you think are sufficient to get a good feel of the city and its attractions? I don't want to rush through everything but also don't have unlimited time.

Also, I'm interested in private tours and tour guides. Are they worth it? Any recommendations or experiences with tour guides who can provide an in-depth exploration of the city would be greatly appreciated.

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