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Want to Study Abroad? Five Reasons to Study in Sydney, Australia

Moving to a different country to continue your education is already a difficult choice, but finding the perfect city match to your own personality and learning preferences makes it all the more challenging. Still, if you’re considering Sydney as one of your top candidates (no wonder, might I add!), or you’ve got your heart set on it but you cannot quite put your finger on what makes it the best option for you, let’s say that the following list will definitely help you take the leap! Cultural Diversity If numbers are anything to go by, they tell a vivid...

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Common UK Expatriate Tax Issues

UK income tax can be a labyrinth, especially in the expatriate arena. However, there are plenty of common issues which apply to UK nationals working and living outside the UK. This article will focus on UK expatriate tax issues in a Q & A format. Q: Dan is British and lives in Cairns, and is required to file a UK income tax returns. What are the key dates? His self-assessment tax return for 2012/13 must be filed online by 31 January 2014. The penalty for missing that date is £100. Penalties further delays can reach a total of £1,000...

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A Guide to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs This post will look at different areas within the area of Sydney known as the Eastern Suburbs. This region is roughly located to the east of the city all the way to the coast, and offers a variety of distinct features that make it one of the premier regions of the city. If the first thing you think about when you think of Sydney’s beaches, then this is the region for you. The beaches of the Eastern Suburbs include the famous Bondi and Coogee, as well as a half a dozen or so more. Whilst there...

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A Student’s Guide to Finding a Place to Stay in Sydney

This is a guest post from Ana Gusso. Ana works in Education Marketing focusing on international students and has assisted countless people to pursue their dreams overseas. Ana has graciously agreed to write about one of the most commonly asked questions I get from students moving to Sydney for school. “Where can I afford to live in Sydney on a limited budget?” She has include some great tips for finding accommodations, one being Homestays, something I never heard of before. Without further adieu, here’s Ana… A New Life Overseas The decision to start a new life overseas demands courage...

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Five Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Life as an Expat in Australia

This is a guest post by Expat Child. Moving Abroad is Stressful for the Whole Family Your dreams of living abroad may have included strolls down cobblestone paths, exciting and exotic dishes at local restaurants, and the joys of immersing yourself in a new culture. Now that it’s actually time to pack up and relocate, however, it’s essential to consider how your children will adapt to their new home. Although you may not have a long time to prepare for your job transfer, giving your children as much advanced warning as possible will ease the transition to a strange...

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Five Mistakes To Avoid When Transferring Money Overseas

This is a sponsored guest post. One of the biggest issues you will have as an expat is getting your money sorted. The last thing you want is to erode your wealth and return home poor. So to ensure you remain living abroad and loving your new life, here are 5 mistakes expats can avoid when it comes to money. 1. Paying High Transaction Fees The best way to transfer your money when moving to Australia is with a foreign currency specialist rather than a bank. (OFX, formerly Ozforex, has generously offered SMG readers free money transfers for life....

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House Sitting in Sydney Will Save You Money on Short-Term Accommodations

Moving to Sydney is expensive. Without a place to call home, you may find yourself forking out beaucoup bucks renting a short-term accommodation in Sydney while you look for something more permanent. In Sydney, a city that is frequently listed as one of the most expensive in the world, this can be very costly. House sitting is one way to combat that cost. There is no rent to pay and you will have a place of your own to use as a base while you get yourself settled in. What is House Sitting? House sitting involves looking after other...

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Eight Reasons Why You Should Migrate To Australia

Why not make Australia your new home? Though quite a distance away from the rest of the world, Australia is considered by many to be one of the best places to live. It is a land of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and many wonders for those who love nature and adventure. It is also the ideal place for couples planning to start a new life together, and here are some of the many reasons why: Numerous career opportunities Because of the country’s rapid economic growth, many industries are expanding, businesses are booming and more stellar career opportunities...

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How to Transfer Your Money to Sydney (and How NOT to Transfer Your Money)

Post Filed Under: Sydney Moving Guide > Expat Finances > Money Transfer This is a guest post. Transferring money internationally is a common problem for expats as many still have bills back home that they need to stay on top of. When we moved to Sydney in 2008 we had no idea what the best way was to transfer money from the States to our new Australian bank account. Taking our life’s savings with us on the plane was not an option that we were comfortable with nor feasible as there is a $10,000AUD limit one can take into...

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Moving to Australia with Pets

Planning a move to Australia guarantees that you’ll be cycling through a range of emotions. Excitement and anticipation are the fun ones, but stress is normal, too, as planning an international relocation is not the easiest thing to do. For many people, one detail can cause particular anxiety: the question of how to move pets with you to Australia. Thankfully, many people have safely moved their dogs and cats to Australia, and there are plenty of resources and professional pet move specialists available to assist. If a move to Sydney lies ahead and you’d like to bring your furry...

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Three Things You Need to Know Before You Ship Your Belongings to Australia

This is a sponsored guest post, even so I think it’s is very relative to anyone who is thinking of shipping anything to Australia. If you are interested in contributing to SMG please read through my terms and conditions. So you’ve made the big decision to relocate to Australia. Once you begin getting the wheels into motion and make arrangements for your lifestyle change, potentially the most stressful thing apart from stepping on the plane, is shipping your possessions overseas. A quick and easy way to remove that stress is to invest in the services of a reliable and...

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A Need-to-Know Guide to Australian Customs

If you are planning to ship parcels to Australia it is your responsibility to understand the current Australian Customs regulations. There are several things to take into account whether you are moving to this amazing part of the world, traveling on business or shipping goods to a customer or distributor. You have to be prepared for any potential delays or issues that could arise. Potential Costs of Importing Goods into Australia Some items that enter the Australian customs might require you to pay additional costs such as tax (GST) and duty. The duty is worked out by calculating the...

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We Have Nothing to Declare

The team at PSS Removals in the UK provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post. Before arriving in Australia, most expats have heard about Australia’s strict regulations. With the lure of sunshine, lower cost of living and a lifestyle in the great outdoors, Australia wins hands down. It’s no surprise that 43,000 Brits fled Down Under in 2013, with Sydney being a popular spot for relocation. However, all expats will know that before arriving in Australia, there are some tough rules and regulations around what you can and can’t bring into the country. If you’ve ever seen...

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Sydney Suburb Selection and How You Can Get It Wrong by Just Choosing Off the Map

The team at Kathryn Hall Real Estate provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post. When my friend “M” came to Sydney, she didn’t know a soul. She was lucky enough to secure a flat before she landed, thought she was so clever and organised doing all her research online; she thought she could start her exciting new life in Sydney straightaway without wasting money on temporary accommodation. “I looked on a map and listed up a few different suburbs. Then I checked rental properties on realestate.com.au. Ashfield was not that expensive and only 15 min from the...

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Save Time Searching for Toddler-Friendly Apartments in Sydney

I’ve got another great guest post to share with you today from an American expat family living in Sydney. John and Erin’s blog is Living EZ where they have a free, printable inspection checklist for parents looking for toddler-friendly apartments in Sydney. Definitely worth getting before you start going to inspections. Alright, I’ll now turn things over to John and Erin and, their toddler, Cecilia. Hi, we are Erin, John (JZ) & Cecilia (CZ). We are an American family exploring the everyday adventures of expat living, 10,000 miles from home. We are analysts, artists, and most importantly parents. We anxiously...

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Don’t File Your US Expatriate Taxes Until You See This!

Special Referral Code Just For SMG Readers For $75 Credit Off Tax Services With Taxes For Expats. Code given the at end of this post.   Ah, it’s tax season again! Like most US expats, you’re gathering your documents (or at least thinking about doing that!) and preparing to file your 2013 expatriate taxes. But wait! There are some important tax changes that went into effect in 2013 that you don’t want to miss. You could lose out on hundreds of dollars or worse yet, be penalized if you were required to file a form and failed to do...

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Understanding US Expatriate Taxes

Explanation of Foreign Earned Income Exclusion The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, otherwise referred to and documented as FEIE, is an exclusion offered by the IRS to US citizens living abroad.  Before we examine the details of the FEIE, we will take a brief look at the qualification standard set by the IRS.  In order for an expatriate to claim the FEIE, he/she must have either: Lived in their host country for a minimum of 330 days out of a full calendar year.  This is known as the Physical Presence Test. Special Referral Code Just For SMG Readers For $75...

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Increased FATCA Measures and How They Affect US Expats

Special Referral Code Just For SMG Readers For $75 Credit Off Tax Services With Taxes For Expats. Code given the at end of this post.   The Internal Revenue Service continues to set unforeseen precedents through FATCA (Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act) regulations as more aggressive measures are being designed to track down international US Citizens and Green Card Holders and collect as much tax revenue as possible. In recent years, the IRS began indicting bank officials of UBS (a major Swiss Financial Institution) for helping American Persons keep unreported income hidden from the IRS.  In addition to punitive...

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Sydney Suburbs Guide: Parramatta

Newcomer’s Guide to Sydney Neighborhood Parramatta Parramatta is located in Sydney’s Western Suburbs – it’s about a 40 minute drive from the CBD. Mention ‘Parramatta’ to anyone in the inner city and you’re likely to encounter ridicule, but don’t take it to heart – there’s a lot to love about this vibrant suburb. The People of Parramatta Sydney as a whole is very multicultural, but Parramatta especially so. If you take a stroll down Parramatta’s Church Street, you’ll encounter people from India, China, Korea, The Philippines and New Zealand – among other places. It’s also a fairly young suburb,...

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Sydney Suburbs Guide: Surry Hills

Newcomer’s Guide to Sydney Neighborhood Manly It doesn’t get much more inner-city than Surry Hills – it’s within walking distance of Central Station and only a five minute drive away from the CBD. Surry Hills is also the epicurean Mecca of Sydney, with more restaurants, cafes and bars than you can poke a fondue fork at. The People of Surry Hills Surry Hills has a bit of an eclectic mix of people. On one hand you’ve got a number of high income-earning professionals who are occupying the chic modern apartments and newly renovated terraces. This crowd is well dressed,...

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