• Work in Australia

    Work in Australia

    Economy Australia has a strong foundation for continued growth with low inflation, relatively low unemployment, high gross domestic savings and a strong banking system. The World Bank (2012) ranked Australia’s over US$1.5 trillion gross domestic product (GDP) twelfth globally. The Legatum Institute ranked Australia tenth […]

  • Live in Australia

    Live in Australia

    Geography and Climate An island continent just southeast of Asia, Australia is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to its west, the Pacific to its east, the Southern Ocean to its south and the Arafura and Timor seas to its north. Australia is divided into the […]

  • Move to Australia

    Move to Australia

    Immigration Entry Requirements A valid U.S. passport and visa must be obtained to enter Australia. For most U.S. passport holders, an electronic label-free visa, called an Electronic Travel Authority, can be used for a small service fee. Airlines and travel agents may also be able […]

  • Live in Italy

    Live in Italy

    Geography and Climate Shaped like a boot, Italy stretches south from the Alps mountain range in the north to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, over 700 miles in length. Bordered in the north by Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France, the Italian peninsula is over […]

  • Move to Italy

    Move to Italy

    Immigration You must have a U.S. passport to enter and move to Italy. It is recommended that your passport is valid for at least six months. U.S. citizens may visit Italy as a tourist for up to three months without a visa if they have […]

  • Work in Italy

    Work in Italy

    Economy The Italian economy, which has been in recession since mid-2011, is forecast by the European Commission to shrink by 0.5 percent in 2013, an improvement over a 2.3 percent decline in 2012. The World Bank (2012) ranked Italy’s nearly US$2.2 trillion Gross Domestic Product […]

  • Work in Costa Rica

    Work in Costa Rica

    Economy If you are planning to live and work in Costa Rica, you should know that Costa Rica is Central America’s second largest economy behind Guatemala. The World Bank (2011) ranked Costa Rica’s over US$41 billion Gross Domestic Product (GDP) eighty-fourth out of 192 countries […]

  • Live in Costa Rica

    Live in Costa Rica

    Geography and Climate If you are looking for a tropical paradise lifestyle, plan to live in Costa Rica. Located in the southern one-third of Central America, Costa Rica (rich coast in Spanish) is framed by Nicaragua on its northern border, Panama to its south, the […]

  • Move to Costa Rica

    Move to Costa Rica

    Immigration Entry Requirements When planning your move to Costa Rica, Americans do not need to obtain a visa to enter Costa Rica, but a valid passport (valid up to 90 days) with a blank visa stamp page and a return ticket are required to exit […]


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