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Top 10 Countries Brits Are Moving To

It’s estimated that over half a million Brits left the UK in 2023, there are a plethora of reasons for moving from the UK, including cost of living, change of lifestyle, work, education, etc. but where are the most popular places for Brits to move to? International removals comparison website, Compare My Move, has put...

What UK Tax Will You Pay If You Move To Australia?

What’s not to love about Australia? The seemingly continuous warm, sunny weather means people can enjoy their lives in the great outdoors for most of the year. Australia’s cities are ultra-modern and the natural environment is stunning, especially the beaches, which attract huge numbers (85% of Australia’s population live within 30 miles of the coast). ...

Managing Foreign Exchange When Buying Property Overseas

We are pleased to introduce you to Regency FX, our forex and international payments partner.  They are able to assist you in all your requirements for all aspects of managing your foreign exchange risks and international payment requirements.  Here they outline the assistance they can provide when you are buying a property abroad. Regency FX...

Australia Changes TSMIT Minimum Salary Requirements For Employer-Sponsored Workers From 1 July 2024

New Nomination applications for employer-sponsored workers will need to meet a minimum salary requirement of $73,150 from 1 July 2024 (up from $70,000) following the Australian Government’s recent announcement to increase the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  4 June 2024 Here’s what employers and skilled migrant workers need to know...

7 Reasons Why It’s Better To Buy Than Rent When Moving Overseas

Whether you’re contemplating retirement under the Mediterranean sun, taking the family to Australia or a career relocation to the Far East, moving abroad is an exciting, life-changing prospect. But when it comes to finding a home, the question is whether to buy or not to buy. Renting a home has its merits, but so does...

A Comprehensive Guide For Expats: Navigating Loneliness Abroad

Working your dream job in another country is an incredible lifetime achievement. However, behind the wonderful experience of living in a foreign land, there’s a challenge that many people don’t talk about often. Living for an extended period in an unfamiliar place leads to loneliness. If mishandled, the isolation could affect an expat’s well-being, leading...

Which Areas Are Considered Designated Regional Areas For Priority Visa Processing?

Employer-Sponsored Visas for regional work are being prioritised for Government processing in 2024, according to the latest Ministerial Direction. This includes applications for a 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa, 494 Skilled Regional Visa or a 186 Permanent Residence Visa for applicants working in a ‘Designated Regional Area’. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  27 February 2024 With...

How The Government Will Deliver The Migration Strategy In 8 Key Actions | Changes To Expect In 2024 And Beyond

The Government’s Migration Strategy has revealed how Australia’s Skilled Visa and Migration System will change in 2024 and beyond to better support the nation’s skills needs for decades to come. 8 Key Actions have been identified to deliver strategic outcomes outlined on the Government’s roadmap. Here’s a summary of what is expected to change for Businesses...

The New Skills In Demand Visa | How Will It Compare To The Subclass 482 TSS Visa?

One of the changes in the Government’s Migration Strategy that will have the biggest impact on employers and skilled visa applicants will be the replacement of the Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa with a new Skills in Demand Visa. Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff 27 February 2024 This will involve several shifts for temporary...

health insurance

Health Insurance For British Citizens Living Abroad

It is estimated that as many as one in ten British-born people live outside the UK and around 400,000 people a year have emigrated from Britain for the past ten years.  Whatever the reason for moving abroad access to healthcare and health insurance is a priority. This article was written for...

Keeping Your Home Number Abroad

Keeping Your Home Number Abroad: An Expatriate’s Guide

Understand how VoIP lets you keep your country’s phone number anywhere worldwide. We will cover how VoIP transforms expatriate communication by enabling the retention of your home phone number anywhere in the world. This guide delves into VoIP’s main advantages, from global connectivity to always-on access to SMS messages, explaining what makes it an excellent...

Fixing A ‘Broken’ Australian Migration System In 2024

In 2023, it became particularly evident that Australia’s migration system is indeed ‘broken’, based on an expert panel’s findings and the Nixon report confirming widespread abuse of the visa system. The reviews also found that employers and migrants grapple high costs, slow visa processing and uncertain pathways to Permanent Residence (PR), while the media and...