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How To Celebrate Your First Christmas Abroad

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Heath Cajandig, Only Chance of a White Christmas

Heath Cajandig, Only Chance of a White Christmas

At a time when most of us are used to being surrounded by family and friends, celebrating Christmas many miles away from the familiar traditions, can be one of the hardest times of the year.

If you usually celebrate December with turkey and all the trimmings, finding yourself in a country that has its festivities on Christmas Eve (Sweden and Denmark) or in 100’ degree heat (Australia) might all be a little strange. You may even be somewhere where December 25th is not recognised as a national holiday.

The key to surviving the holiday season is embracing the new whilst keeping one eye on the past. Here we’ve put together a survival guide for those facing their first Christmas in a new country. Our eight point plan should keep you busy.

* Keep up with the folks back home: Time differences aside, there’s no reason why you can’t wish your nearest and dearest a Happy Christmas. Book in a FaceTime or Skype slot and make sure you’ve got those Christmas jumpers on.

* Decide which traditions are important to you. The weather may be different but there will be no harm in keeping to those themes that you’ve followed every year. The kids will appreciate a familiar set-up, as will you.

* Say ‘yes’ to a festive invite. You may not have your family around so if someone invites you over for drinks or even lunch, agree. This will give you a chance to meet new friends * and also see how those who live in the country celebrate.

* Cook the meal that’s important to you. If there really is no option but having turkey followed by Christmas pudding, just go with it. Sitting down as a family and eating familiar food will make you feel closer to home than ever.

* Invite your family over to stay with you. What better time to have guests over than Christmas. If you’ve moved to colder climates, the chance to see snow, or maybe go skiing may be a great draw. Everyone dreams of a white Christmas after all.

* Encourage friends and family to send pictures and letters from home, detailing their year. You may have seen this all on Facebook before but new pictures and gossip from back home can certainly put a smile on your face.

* Over the festive period, keep busy. Plan to go to the cinema, out for dinner, to the beach or invite the neighbours around. There will be nothing worse than a quiet time, when you’re missing those you left behind.

* Embrace the new. You’ve made a big move so enjoy it. There’s something exciting about the unknown so go with the flow. You may enjoy it more than you thought.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

What Can I Expect From The Swedish Childcare System?

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Shauna Hawkins, Family Fun

Shauna Hawkins, Family Fun

Managing childcare around parental work responsibilities is for a many an expensive juggle of office hours, nursery costs and limited availability. But in Sweden there seems the almost enviable situation of having great employment opportunities for working mothers, supported by flexible working hours and leave for both parents.

No wonder it often ranks highly as one of the best countries to bring up children. A survey in 2015 rated it third in the world for availability of childcare and education, cost of childcare and education, quality of education and family well-being. It was only beaten by Austria and Finland.

Sweden’s childcare principles are based around the idea that family life is very important. In order to support that family life, the state provide excellent facilities for children, so both parents can earn a salary. Women are actively encouraged to return to work and for the most part, many of them do.

In 2014, 73.1% of women were employed in Sweden, which was close to that of men, which is 76.5%. In fact, measured in 2014 again the employment rate of mothers with children under the age of 6, stood at 79.2% is the third highest in the EU.

The childcare benefits kick in as soon as the baby is born. Swedish parents are offered long, paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. In fact, parents are given 480 paid leave of which 390 days allow for 80% of salary being given. The remaining days are paid at a flat rate. Parents are also allowed to ask for flexible working rights and can legally work shorter hours. Men and women can share the parental leave in whatever way they feel most suitable.

In the UK the rights are very different. Women are entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks (365 days) statuary maternity leave. Rates are dependent upon separate employment contracts. See here for more information.

After a year, parents can send their children to preschool, where all children are offered and guaranteed a place. The preschools are open from 6.30am-6.30pm and can also function around shifts, nights and weekend roles. When children reach the ages of 3-6 years, childcare provision is free for up to 15 hours a week. Before this time, costs are based upon a parent’s income and can be up to 3% of their salary. The Swedish government also provides a monthly child allowance which many parents offset against childcare fees. To see how much your Swedish income affords you in terms of benefits check here.

Schooling continues to be free for children from the ages of 6-19, with free school lunches added to the mix. University is also free to Swedish residents and those from the EU.

Of course, there is a price to be paid for all of this free or heavily subsidzed childcare. The Swedes can pay up to 30% of income tax on their salaries. Those that earn over 591,600 Krona (around £52,000) pay the top rate. In contrast with many countries, Swedes almost welcome – or tolerate – high taxes as they see them helping the society in which they live. If you want to find out more about living in Sweden, and whether you drink as much coffee as the average population, see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

The PSS Guide To The Customs System

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HolidayExtras customers in an airport lounge. Credit: Professional Images

HolidayExtras customers in an airport lounge. Credit: Professional Images

Anyone who travels abroad knows that going through ‘customs’ is just one of the many rules and regulations you have to adhere to. Duties or taxes might also be added onto exported products once they’ve been checked over by a custom’s officer.

When moving your entire belongings to another country, clearing customs can be a lengthy process. Knowing what you can, and can’t transport, into a particular country is something that the experts know very well. A trusted removals company such as PSS International Removals make transportation as pain-free as possible.

Initially, when considering your move it is worth doing some research into the country you are moving to, working out what you can take (or may have to leave behind).

In Australia, for example, there are restrictions on plants, meat and furs as well as tight controls on substances such as painkillers and even cosmetics. A full list of custom requirements can be found here: http://www.customs.gov.au/

New Zealand also offers a similar website where you’ll find a summary of the documentation you need to transport your goods. A handy guide can also be found here. You’ll be surprised to see that novelty erasers can be banned in New Zealand!

Canada also has tight custom rules around the importation of certain products into the country. Children’s play pens, baby car seats and hockey helmets and face protectors are restricted in their importation into Canada, so it’s worth checking out the regulatory requirements before you attempt to move them to your new home. It may be necessary to buy them once you arrive.

When moving to America there are a number of foods and raw meats that cannot be bought into the country, along with wine and spirit limitations. Take a look at the list here.

The good news is that if you employ a reliable international removals company such as PSS they will be able to advise you every step of the way and make sure important documentation such as an inventory of your belongings, essential for clearing customs, is all there. The length of time it takes your belongings to be released from customs will depend on which country you have arrived in and what you have. PSS International Removals will be able to advise on the estimated timings.

For a full list of countries and custom requirements, see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Would the New Zealand School System Be Better For My Kids?

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Making sure your children are in a good school is a key objective of most parents. When the whole family is moved abroad this becomes even more important – if the kids aren’t settled, how can you be?

In August 2016, 39,600 people arrived in New Zealand with work visas. Most of those came from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia. For Brits, New Zealand is the fifth most popular country for them to take up residence.

New Zealand sells itself as a great country to move to thanks to the great opportunities it offers for lifestyle, job opportunities and quality of life. But what about education? Would your children be better off learning their ABCs in a New Zealand school?

The Leaning Curve report by Pearson Education ranked the UK sixth in terms of countries which have the best schools. New Zealand is ranked 16th. But other rankings based on maths and science, at the age of 15 were also collated and showed that New Zealand stood at number 17 in the world, with the UK coming in at number 20.

Making the grade it seems is a complicated process and there are plenty of facts and figures that support both countries as good places to educate your children.

The Pearson Education report also showed that the UK spends 12.72% of public expenditure on education as % of total government expenditure whilst in New Zealand it’s 18.67%. Could it be that the New Zealand system is more efficient and more modern? You could reasonably deduce that in New Zealand education is more valued than in the UK but is that the real story?

The school system in New Zealand is in some respects similar to the UK one. Students in New Zealand must attend education between the ages of 6-16, although most enroll on and around their fifth birthday. Children work their way through primary and secondary school before moving onto further education. In both countries this can be vocational or tertiary education. There are obviously variations in the schooling and curriculum but the general flow of education would be familiar to expats.

In fact, it’s within tertiary education that New Zealand really stands out. A report called Education At A Glance 2015 produced by the OECD showed that New Zealand students were a third more likely to go onto gain a degree than those in the UK. In fact, over 90% of the New Zealand school population have gone onto the gain a masters, whereas in the UK this figure is below 60%. To add fuel to the fire, all of New Zealand’s eight universities were ranked within the top 500 QS World University Rankings for 2015/16.

The decisions around where and how to educate your children is a complicated and personal business. New Zealand offers many opportunities in terms of scholarly attainment coupled with opportunities across a broad base of lifestyle choices which for nearly 40,000 people a year is a huge draw. But is it the right choice for you?

If you are considering a move to New Zealand PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Spanish Life, Pick The Best Region For You

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If you are considering a move to Spain the choice of regions in which to live is vast. Whether you’re looking for culture or sunshine or a large expat community or indeed a mixture of all three, Spain has plenty to offer in terms of options.

But where to start? Our list of options below should help you make that all important choice.

1.Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca which houses the popular resorts of Alicante and Benidorm, is still in great demand with expats, Brits in particular. Over 30,000 Brits already live in the area. This may, or may not, be your cup of tea. That said, whilst the population is thriving in the popular resorts you’ll certainly be able to find quieter areas with plenty of sunshine on offer (and a world class golf course, or two). The coastal town of Moraira is popular with retirees and Benissa allows expats to be incorporated into the Spanish community.

2. Costa Calida

Known as the ‘warm coast’ Costa Calida’s micro-climate offers warm weather for much of the year. It is also famed for its numerous golf courses and the La Manga coastline, which is where most of the tourism is based. The coastline is becoming increasingly in demand with expats, and small communities called “Voortrekker” communities are flourishing. The towns of Lorca, Caravaca and Mula are most popular.

3. Costa Almeria

Situated in Andalucia, the Costa Almeria is an area that attracts many expats due to its glorious climate which reaches 30 degrees in the summer, but only dips to 16-20 degrees in the winter. It also has the added attraction of being an unspoiled and traditional region of Spain. Almeria is the capital of Andalucia and with a growing tourist trade this is a good place to find employment, especially in the retail trade. If you want to avoid the crowds however there are plenty of small villages to find some tranquility.

4. Costa del Sol

What’s not to like about the sunshine coast? One of the most popular regions in Spain thanks to its all-year-round sunny climate. With thriving resorts such as Marbella, Malaga and Torremolinos this is not the area to head to for laid-back living. It’s busy. And busy most of the year. That said, if you’re looking for somewhere with good expat schools, medical services and golf courses it might just be the place for you.

5. Costa de la Luz

Situated facing the Atlantic Ocean, Costa de la Luz has a different feel to it with a huge array of natural reserves and natural attractions. Mostly popular with German and French expats, it is becoming increasingly occupied by Brits too. House prices are reasonable, although rising, and crime in cities such as Cadiz is minimal. Head to the larger areas such as Jerez de la Frontera for good schools and employment opportunities.

If you are thinking of moving to Spain PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Image: Playa La Mata by Costa Insider: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Tips For Finding the Perfect Country To Relocate To

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Kevin Stanchfield  Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

Kevin Stanchfield
Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

With advancements in travel the world has become a much smaller place. With over 5 million Brits living abroad, emigration is certainly an attractive proposition to many. But where to start? Many people will have a rough idea of the kind of job they want to pursue or even the climate they want to live in. But other key factors such as language, proximity to home and living standards can have a major influence on choosing a suitable destination.

With so much at stake, we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the right country:

1. Do your research. You may fancy life Down Under but if you don’t meet their strict immigration criteria you won’t get in. New Zealand too draws up a list of careers eligible for a visa, so make sure you read up on all the details. Those careers currently in demand are medicine, engineering and IT. The good news however is if you’re currently moving within the EU things are much easier.

2. Fancy learning a new language? There are plenty of places in the world where you can stick to speaking your native language. In fact, all countries have large expat communities so you’ll never be too far from a familiar conversation. However, you may want to be more adventurous. In countries such as Denmark learning the language is imperative. It’s easy to find courses through your local council who are obliged to offer courses to all foreign residents.

3. Read about the country in all its glory. You may have read A Year In Provence but does it really reflect what life is currently like in southeastern France? It’s unlikely. If you have a family, you’ll need to look into the school system and childcare facilities. Take some time to research housing and social welfare provision and different towns and cities within your chosen country. Expat Forums can give you interesting insights.

4. Look into the weather. Living in a warmer country is often a reason many people (especially Brits) choose to move to a new country. Sunny days may be great for a holiday but can you see yourself working and living in 40’ heat, which you might face if you move to UAE. Just like the UK the weather can be totally different around the country so when choosing a location, make sure you check thoroughly. Los Angeles may be gloriously sunny all year, but New York certainly isn’t.

5. Choose your lifestyle. What kind of life do you want in your new location? Beach barbecues? Balanced working hours? A busy social life? A large salary? Everyone will want something different but it’s important to be clear about what your priorities are. Working in Asian Pacific countries pays an expat on average $126,000 (£95,000) dollars, compared with the global average of $104,000 (£79,000).

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

German Entertainment – A PSS Guide

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Pedro Ribeiro Simões, Girl reading at the beach Cascais, Portugal

Pedro Ribeiro Simões,
Girl reading at the beach Cascais, Portugal

 

Like much of Europe, German entertainment is based upon a mixture of homegrown talent and actors, novelists and singers from around the globe. Here’s our guide to what you might expect to watch, read or listen to should you move to Germany.

TV – what Germans are watching

Sporting fixtures are very popular in Germany with a staggering 13.84 million viewers tuning in to watch the Germany vs. Georgia European Championshipqualifying match in 2015. Another knockout programme saw Wladimir Klitschko’s fight with British boxer Tyson Fury. 8.91 million viewers tuned in. The start of the new I’m A Celebrity .. Get Me Out of Here! bagged 6.82 million viewers. Other popular series included drama/comedy Red Band Society (Club der Roten Bander) and Sing My Song (Sing Meinen Song). Berlin – Day & Night (Berlin – Tag & Nacht) is one of the country’s top ranking soaps.

Music – what Germans are listening to

Germans also like music that is very familiar across much of Europe. The latest billboard chart in Germany features familiar artists such as Drake, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez and Sia all in the top ten. Other German acts such as Helene Fischer win many of the national music awards.

The top ten selling singles for 2015 in Germany were:

1. OMI, Cheerleader

2. Lost Frequencies, Are You With Me

3. Felix Jaehn, featuring Jasmine Thompson, Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

4. Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do

5. Major Lazer & DJ Snake, Lean On

6. Sido featuring Andreas Bourani, Astronaut

7. Adele, Hello

8. Robin Schultz, featuring Francesco Yates, Sugar

9. Wiz Khafila featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again

10. Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell, Firestone

Books – what Germans are reading

The most popular book for Germans in 2015 was a Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 10. This is according to the Boersenblatt trade magazine. They also noted that only one of the top five was written in Germany and 13 of the 25 bestsellers were translations.

The top ten books of 2015 are:

1. Jeff Kinney: Gregs Tagebuch 10 – So ein Mist! (Greg’s Diary 10 – What a bummer!)

2. Jojo Moyes: Ein ganz neues Leben  (A Whole New Life)

3. Paula Hawkins: Girl on the Train

4. Michel Houellebecq: Unterwerfung  (Submission)

5. Dörte Hansen: Altes Land (Old Land)

6. Jean-Luc Bannalec: Bretonischer Stolz (Breton Pride)

7. Lori Nelson Spielman: Nur einen Horizont entfernt (Only A Horizon Away)

8. Rita Falk: Zwetschgendatschikomplott (A Provincial Crime )

9. Lori Nelson Spielman: Morgen kommt ein neuer Himmel (Morning Comes A New Heaven)

10. Jussi Adler-Olsen: Der Grenzenlose (Promise)

 

If you are considering a move to Germany PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

 

What You Need To Know About Living In Malta

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Bryn Pinzgauer, Valletta, May 2016

Bryn Pinzgauer, Valletta, May 2016

Malta is situated in the Mediterranean close to both Italy and African continents. This close proximity to such diverse cultures has – and still does – influence the country greatly. In 60AD St Paul brought Christianity to Malta but by 870AD the Arabs invaded. Until 1530 Malta was an extension of Sicily after which the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem ruled until 1798. France too invaded but in 1800 the British took over and ruled until 1964 when Malta gained its independence. In 1974 Malta became a republic.

To this day, the British are well received in Malta and many older people reside there thanks to the warm weather. Malta consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is the largest island and its capital Valletta is on the north-east coast. If you’re thinking of moving to Malta here are some essential facts and figures.

Language:

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. Maltese or ‘Malti’ is a unique language (the only language of Semitic origin written in Latin) and over time words from the English, Italian and French dictionary have been incorporated. Due to its close proximity to Italy, Italian is widely spoken too.

Currency:

Malta introduced the Euro as the official currency in 2008. It is also the official currency of the neighbouring island of Gozo.

Accommodation:

There are restrictions on property ownership in Malta. If you are an EU citizen or foreign national you can only buy one property in Malta. You can only buy it if you intend to live in it and not rent it out.  However, there are certain areas on the island where these rules do not apply. House prices across all the different styles of homes including apartments, terraces, maisonettes and town houses have continued to rise. The average price for a 3-bedroom house costs €350,000 (£254,686) and 3-bedroom apartments from €140,000 –  €400,000 (£101,916-£291,150).

Healthcare:

Malta has an exceptionally good healthcare system and all residents, including those from the EU, and with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free healthcare in government health centres and hospitals. There is also a thriving private healthcare system too with many citizens taking this up alongside the public system.

Employment:

As a citizen of an EU country moving to another EU country you won’t need a work permit to take up employment in Malta. This also means you have the same rights as national workers including those related to working conditions, pay and social security. In some instances, working for Maltese companies could prove problematic for expats as having a working knowledge of the language and customs can be an issue. That said, with the travel and tourism trades, ICT, gaming and finance big news in Malta, English-speaking candidates can apply.

Climate:

Set where it is in the Mediterranean, Malta has very sunny summers with around 12 hours of sun per day. Summers are dry and hot, but it can be windy. In the winter, sunshine hours amount to just 5-6 but it is mild and generally not too cold. Rainfall is low too, 568mm a year.

Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea.

Education:

As a former British colony the Maltese school system will be familiar with those settling there from the UK. School is compulsory from the ages of 4-16 years. Children start at kindergarten, then go to Primary, Secondary and onto High School (or Sixth Form college) where students study for their A levels. There are also private schools, which are often linked to the Catholic church, and a selection of international schools.

Transport:

For such a small island Malta has a very high proportion of car drivers, who like the Brits, drive on the left. There is also a public transport system that is heavily reliant on taxis and buses. National and international driving licences are accepted should you wish to hire a car whilst you are there.

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to Malta visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Do you always need a work permit?

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University of Salford Press Office,Women in construction, www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/797

University of Salford Press Office,Women in construction, www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/797

Finding a job abroad might at first glance feel like a trudge through red tape and bureaucracy and in some instances it is. As a UK citizen looking to emigrate to places such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand you’ll need a job offer before you can apply for a visa to move there. This is also the case in many other places around the world too, and specifically those that are non-EU countries.

However as a UK citizen the good news is that you can work without a permit in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA includes all countries in the European Union, isuch as Sweden, France, Cyprus, Germany and Malta. The EEA also incorporates Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Within these countries you’ll have the same rights as everyone who lives there.

This will include: working conditions, pay and social security, including benefits.

So how do you go about looking for a job? This is of course different in each country and may be impacted if you are moving from a UK office to a foreign one. However, there are specific websites within the EU countries that can help you find work.

In Sweden head to http://work.sweden.se/working-in-sweden/ to discover how you go about looking for a career. There is a whole host of information about preparing yourself for the Swedish job market including writing CVs specifically with their country in mind. They recommend looking at The European Job Mobility Portal . This offers an extensive range of facilities for living and working in each European country. It also helps with skills and careers guidance around these countries too.

In Sweden the jobs on offer include those in education, construction, IT, science and engineering.

Looking for work in France is currently difficult due to the high levels of unemployment (about 10.5% of the population). However with so many Brits choosing France as home it is an easy option.

Work across aerospace, food and drink, tourism and machinery, to name a few, are still available. Major companies such as Michelin, Carrefour, Renault and AXA are all firmly established in France and could offer good employment opportunities.

Moving to Malta too has its benefits thanks to a large English speaking community and cultural ties that go back many years. In Malta you could look for work in accounting, banking and the food industry. More information can be found at the job seekers website. There are also some specific requirements so please look at the official Maltese website here.

To find more information about working abroad and the need for work permits, or not, please visit https://www.gov.uk/working-abroad/overview

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to EU countries and those such as Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Are You Eligible To Vote in The EU Referendum?

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Jirka Matousek, Brussels

Jirka Matousek, Brussels

When the UK goes to the voting booths on Thursday June 23rd 2016, it won’t be to pick a new Prime Minister but to decide whether we stay in or leave the European Union.

If you’re one of the five million Brits who live abroad, you could be eligible to vote. Initially, if you haven’t already you’ll need to register to vote. There are certain restrictions around registration.

British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years are not eligible to register to vote in UK elections. To work out whether you fit into this category, the 15-year-old rule begins from the last day that you were on the electoral register in the UK. You’ll need to contact the last local authority you were registered with in the UK. You can find their contact details here.

Those that were too young to vote before they left the UK can also register. There are also rules around British Citizenship within families. See here for more information.

If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales as an overseas voter for the EU referendum, register here.  To vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland Website and download the correct form.

The deadline for registration in the EU Referendum is by Monday 16th May.

If you are eligible to vote and are already registered, living miles from the UK will mean you won’t be able to visit the actual voting booths. Overseas voters have two options when casting their votes:

Voting by Post: In England, Scotland and Wales, individual voters will be entitled to apply by post to vote. First check with your local electoral registration office that you are correctly registered. Once registered you’ll need to fill in an application form, print the replies, sign and date and send back to the registration office. There are strict deadlines for registration and if you apply too late, you won’t be allowed to vote. Check here for deadlines.

Postal ballot papers will be sent to all eligible overseas voters that are registered to vote by post in time for the first dispatch; between 23 and 27 May. Those that apply to register at a later date will be sent ballot papers after their registration is confirmed.

Your ballot paper must arrive back by 10pm on 23 June 2016 to be counted in the EU referendum.

If you live abroad it’s worth considering the time delay in getting the ballot papers back to make them count. If it looks like you’re likely to miss the 10pm deadline on the day of – voting, it may be worth thinking about the following:

Voting by Proxy: This means that you can nominate someone to vote on your behalf. The rules around this changed last year so make sure you have the most up-to-date details. You will also need to fill in a proxy vote application form.  You can nominate anyone who is individually registered to vote on your behalf, however you will be required to give a reason for the nomination.

- One of the eligible routes is that you are a citizen living abroad.

There is a deadline for voting by proxy, which is normally 5pm, 6 working days before an election, but check these details closer to the time.

Visit the AboutMyVote.co.uk for all the essential details.

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