Your tax accountant in your newly adopted country was horrified to learn about the house property owned by your South African trust? It gets even more complicated if the property is registered in a close corporation (CC) company which is owned by that trust.Have you been stung by the not-so-friendly double tax agreements, which allow you to be taxed on the rental income in two countries but denies you any tax credit?
Negotiating an expat or international contract is something you need to do right the first time. The impact of not getting it right will see you in an awkward and uncomfortable position for the full duration of the contract usually around 3 years.
Hindsight is wonderful, and here is some hindsight we are sure would help you.
An international relocation will always have hidden costs, despite your best efforts. That does not mean you should not try though! Saving money where you can will be worth it, so when those hidden costs occur, you can ride the storm.
Hi, hullo, howzit, groete, aangename kennis, never mind Australian greetings, which could include anything from Hey to Giday!
Migration is a complex and dynamic part of life. It presents some of the greatest challenges and the most fulfilling rewards a person can face.
I really enjoyed the list 100 things to do before you emigrate from this website, and found it very useful as a check-list to make sure we had everything covered before and during the move. I have been in Perth for a year now, working in the investment team for a large government super fund, and thought Id share 10 tips (mainly with a financial slant) on useful things I discovered to help save a few $ and make settling in easier.
It was with shock and horror that I first heard about the murder of Luc Mombers and Kobus and Annatjie Snyman in Adelaide.
My first thoughts were: they left South Africa to escape violence, how dreadful that they should find it here in Australia. I am sure that I speak for all of us when I say that our hearts go out in compassion to the remaining members of this devastated family.
I can honestly say that Ive seen more snakes in the two plus years Ive been in Australia, than I did in my forty-something years in South Africa.
We all have several identities. For example, who we believe we are, who we wish to be, how society perceives us and how we wish for society to perceive us. We are somebodys child, parent, employee, spouse, friend and so much more. Finding our identity can be quite confusing and when we throw a move in the mix it can sometimes add to the confusion.
This information is from my personal experience and provides information for people who are lucky enough to bring a container over, and just some basic tips about what to bring.
We were told by friends, family and even one person at the removals that you cant bring certain things. After checking and from our own experience, we have found out the following
Im sure that South Africa has a few deadly spiders, but I cant say Ive ever seen one of them. Apart from the perpetual Daddy Long-legs in every corner of my South African garage, and the occasional rain spider giving me a heart attack because of its sheer size and hairiness, I had never had to contemplate something that small being potentially deadly.
We arrived in Australia in November 2007, towards the end of the big drought. Shortly after our arrival, the heavens opened to the official end of said drought, leaving puddles the size of small lakes, and roads closed due to excess flooding.
A few tips for those thinking of moving to Oz. This is from my perspective of being here for six months, and is specific to Perth.
Shifting continents has a way of quietening ones voice, as if an uncertain future, unknown people and places, puts a spell on our vocal chords. This is true for me anyway. Immigrating across vast expanses seemed to steal away my inner voice, that one certainty I had, that made me, well, me.
The Minister for Immigration has announced new processing priorities which apply from 14 July 2010 for General Skilled Migration and permanent employer sponsored visas.
On our arrival in Australia, I noticed that there were many cyclists on the many cycle paths who seemed to snake and connect all over the city. And many of these cyclists had strange antennae sticking up off their helmets. My initial thought was that this was some Australian cycling fashion trend, but being the newby and not knowing any cyclists, I was too embarrassed to ask.
For the third time running, Melbourne has been awarded the prestigious Ultimate Sports City award cementing its position as the best sports city in the world. After 25 cities made the final cut, Melbourne was the clear winner ahead of Singapore and London. The next best Australia city was Sydney in fifth place.
Immigration law in Australia has undergone very significant changes over the past 12 months. Many of these changes have a political origin, in that the Australian government has responded to the economic and other pressures brought about by the global economic crisis of 2009.
It was unbelievable on ANZAC Day to see the number of Aussies turning out for pre-dawn memorial services to honour all the soldiers who have lost their lives at war. The only reason I was up so early was to pick up my mate Greg to catch our charter fishing boat at Raby Bay. We headed out past the islands and over some reefs one and a half hours from shore where we caught a bag of pig fish, pearl perch, rock cod and the skippers beautiful 15kg dolphin fish, a piece of which we were given to cook for dinner. It was awesome.
When you have moved to a new country it is not unusual to experience waves of nostalgia. Nostalgia is described as many things: A yearning to return to the past, a desire to return to a country of origin, or a sentimental memory from a previous relationship.
So you are finally feeling a little more settled in Australia, you arrived a while back, you have place to stay, access to transport and are slowly building that circle of friends. Sure there is still a long way to go and you are accepting of that, but things would definitely feel a little more balanced if you had someone special in your life.
The Minister for Immigration has today announced the new Skilled Occupations List which will apply from 1 July 2010
In the past New Zealand has been seen by many as a back door into Australia. This perception may have been formed as skilled immigration to New Zealand has in the past been easier to achieve than to Australia, and Kiwis were once deemed as Australian permanent residents.
The Australian Minister for Immigration yesterday announced significant changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.
The Australian Minister for Immigration today announced significant changes to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.
The Australian Department of Immigration has introduced a number of changes to the sponsorship regime for temporary workers in Australia on subclass 457 visas. These changes come into effect on 14 September 2009 and involve the following:
The recent case of Brandon Huntley, a white South African who was granted asylum in Canada, made big news in the international community. It was interesting to note the fierce reaction from various interest groups both from within South Africa and from South Africans living abroad. Some criticise him for being a queue jumper and traitor; others are fascinated by him pulling off the almost unthinkable. I have over the past 10 years of practice been asked by many South African clients if there would be refugee visa options available for Australia, given the high levels of crime and racial tension in South Africa.
Subclass 457 visa employees may experience job insecurity during these uncertain economic times. If they are dismissed they face the challenges of finding another Australian employer to sponsor them within a very tight time frame and run the risk of repatriation where their visa is ultimately cancelled.
I have been asked to write this article to inform holders of Subclass 457 visas currently in Australia of their legal rights in a time of financial uncertainty and retrenchment.
Youll never really fit in there, he told me. Now Patrick was a friend from my old high school in P.E. We were paddling out for a sunset surf at J-Bay when I told him Im heading off to Australia. He tells me I will need a support system of friends and it will be ex -South Africans that will provide that. He knows because he tried it himself and went back. The Jeffreys Bay Boardriders Club logo on my surfboard is all that now reminds me of those prophetic words.
It dawned on me that the outlaws had left when I noticed that the recycle bin was less than half full of empty bottles on collection day and my tapeworm has been very restless of late. It was sad to say good buy to the old tops as the house feels strangely empty but looks like a cyclone moved through it over the weekend and no international relief aid evident this morning. Last week included some historical events in our family beginning with the discovery of a chicken egg in the chook cage. Considering the bantams egg was easily as large as one found in the jumbo pack at the supermarket I have my suspicions that she has either been struggling over the last few weeks to dilate her sphincter or Oupa had a quiet chuckle to himself on the plane home. Next was Keal who lost his first tooth for which the tooth mouse paid handsomely.
We have had several requests from those still planning their immigration to Australia for a checklist of THINGS TO DO. Following is the first part of a 100 step process that the average immigrant would need to follow. Obviously every persons circumstances differ and everything may not apply to everyone. Furthermore, some things are not required for some visas. And then there is the point that the list is never complete, but these steps would be the most important things and should be a great help to anyone immigrating to Australia. The information provided below is based on various posts from the www.saaustralia.org forums. Credit belongs to the forum members.
Peter Niemandt and his family arrived in Melbourne in 2001 where he now lives in Surrey Hills. Currently he is a Strategic Consultant with the world renown ANZ BreakoutLearning and Culture Team where his primary focus is to strategically consult with Executive and Senior teams in order to influence the delivery of their business imperatives and assisting them to outperform. When he works with teams he draws on his life and& business experiences to connect with groups in a deep and impactful way In his spare time, Peter has his private pilots license (helicopters). He has run the Comrades Marathon twice, completed the Ironman triathlon three times. He has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, circumnavigated Pemba (Zanzibar, East Africa) in a sea kayak and recently walked the Kokoda Track .and that is just to name a few of his achievements and adventures!
Along with the excitement and promise of a new country, migrants from different nations are often faced with similar issues; disruption to family life, a nagging sense of uprootedness and dislocation, challenges in dealing with a new infrastructure and bureaucracy, cultural codes and cues that are not documented and can only be discovered by engaging in daily social life.
For everyone who has immigrated to Australia you will know how much of an emotional roller coaster the entire experience can be. As a seventeen-year-old boy from Port Elizabeth who prefers a life of structure, the immigration experience has been all the more daunting for me.
This is the last instalment of a three-part series by Annemarie de Villiers giving practical advice on steps to take before emigrating to Australia. She was born and raised in Johannesburg, and is an expat mom of two active boys. She left South Africa nine years ago for the Netherlands, but after six years decided to go on a fabulous adventure and moved to Seoul, South Korea. A year ago she relocated to Sydney. To read the first and second parts of this series visit www.sabona.com.au0307
This is the second installment of a three-part series by Annemarie de Villiers giving practical advice on steps to take before emigrating to Australia. She speaks from experience as an expat born and raised in Johannesburg. She left South Africa nine years ago for the Netherlands, but after six years decided to go on a fabulous adventure and moved to Seoul, South Korea. A year ago they relocated to Sydney, where she lives in the Hills District. Annemarie is also the editor of a blog called Austrangelia: http:austrangelia.blogspot.com
Do you have friends and family still in Zimbabwe? Here are a few ways you can help them..With my parents still stuck in Zimbabwe I have been proactive in finding ways to send them goodies. I have three ways that seem to work very well .so far. While some of them are not cheap the joy and relief these parcels and envelopes bring our loved ones back home, is immeasurable.
This is the first of a three-part series by Annemarie de Villiers giving practical advice on steps to take before emigrating to Australia. She speaks from experience and heres how she introduces herself: I was born and raised in Johannesburg, am an expat mom of two active boys and enjoy the outdoors, helping people and all things social, fun and funny. We left South Africa nine years ago for the Netherlands , but after six years decided to go on a fabulous adventure and moved to Seoul , South Korea. A year ago we relocated to Sydney, where we live in the Hills District. I am the editor of a blog called Austrangelia: http:austrangelia.blogspot.com
Immigration is one of the top stresses along with divorce, major illness or death of a loved one. Immigrants to Australia have to face - at the very least - new, unfamiliar surroundings, loss of contact with loved long-term family members and friends, loss of a secure job along with financial strain. In some cases, the stress of immigration can result in anxiety, sleep disruptions,depression, increase in addictive behaviors, relationship strain, etc.
Notices for people looking for fellow South Africans are posted on SAReunited. For more information on how to get in touch with people log in to SAReunited.com - registration is free and using noticeboards is free.
Stings song Englishman in New York repeated the phrase Im an alien,a song that revealed how much a foreigner can feel alienated in a country away from home. Immigration is a major stressor that can trigger depressive or anxious symptoms (including insomnia, increase in consumption of food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc.