Advice for those moving to Singapore

Exotic Singapore is a very popular destination for many travelers and expatriates for good reason. The standard of living in this city is very high in comparison to other places in the world which is an attractive draw for many. Indeed, it is thought that 43% of the island’s population were born abroad, which gives an idea of its appeal for expats.

It also has a very business friendly approach that helps attract both workers and entrepreneurs to its shores. The chance to conduct business in English, the most commonly used language on the island, makes it easier for many to move and settle in Singapore. If you are thinking of moving to this wonderful place, here’s a few things to consider.

Your children’s education

If you have a family, then the education of your children will be one of the most important things for you. Make sure you fully check all the available educational options when moving to Singapore well in advance. This will give you time not only to make an informed choice but also ensure you have time to apply.

Many ex-pats moving there look at the benefits international schools in Singapore can offer. It is very tempting for many parents because of the chance it offers a child to study for an internationally recognized qualification in a diverse, multicultural environment. Not only will it help them academically for their adult life, but it also helps them settle into their new surroundings in Singapore.

Think about what you will do for work

It may be that you are needing to find a job after you have moved or you are moving for work purposes. Either way, planning for your particular work situation before you leave is vital. The main priority is to have all the relevant VISAs and work permits in order so there are no issues when you arrive. In addition, once you have started work you will need to submit your passport and immigration card to your employer’s HR department for them to officially endorse you.

Check out the accommodation costs

As befits such a luxurious place to live, housing costs in Singapore are high. That will probably be one of your main outgoings when you live there, so be prepared. To give you an idea, both Paris and London are cheaper to rent or buy in, so make sure you have accounted for this when considering your finances.

Cultural differences

One of the most obvious differences you will come across when making the move to this lovely city is the cultural exchange it brings. It will obviously depend on where you are coming from but be prepared for the way of life and culture to be quite different from what you are used to. Once you have arrived, it is worth taking the time to learn about the local traditions and social niceties to make the most of your experience there.

Above all – enjoy it!

Moving to a beautiful city like Singapore should be a wondrous experience so make sure you enjoy it! By doing some careful planning before you go, particularly around your children’s education, you will be able to have the most fun you can there without any unexpected problems arising.

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