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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: There are many international schools in Brussels for families moving there to consider. We offer an overview of a number of them and share parents' experiences at those schools. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of British School Of Brussels in Tervuren Brussels, Belgium was published
Review-of-British School Of Brussels
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The school has some outstanding facilities. With iPads and ICT rooms etc.... The sporting is limited at the school though they like to think different. All of the sporting events are run by the parents as most of the PE department staff can't be bothered to give up some of their free time. Their is no swimming pool which you would expect with the fees being what they are. They have been planning to build one, but this has been going on for over 10 years. There is a reasonably good list of clubs, but as I said, Most run by the Parents. (Continue)
Hi, I've just moved to Rixensart (Brabant Wallonie) with my husband and 3 kids (15, 8 and 5 years). We are looking for people around here (Rixensart, Wavre, Louvain-La-Neufe etc) because we know absolutely nobody... We are from Austria, and we're speaking German, french, english and (a little bit) Italian. If you're interested: patat@gmx.at Thx, Katy Hallo, ich lebe mit meiner Familie (Mann und drei Kinder) seit kurzem in Brabant Wallonie (Rixensart). Bin auf der Suche nach FreundInnen, spreche deutsch, Französisch, Englisch und (wenig!) Italienisch. wir kommen übrigens aus Österreich. falls es jemand (im Umkreis Rixensart, Wavre, Limal, LLN etc) gibt, der uns kennen lernen möchte, wir sind unter patat@gmx.at erreichbar! Wir würden uns freuen! Liebe Grüße Katy
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FritRich replied to the thread How to import a (non-EU) car in Belgium from USA on the Belgium forum:
belgiumbeer initially posted:
Disclaimer :) - this was I had to do. I am almost sure this is the worst case scenario and for other people might be easier if they have all the prerequisites mentioned here... Anyway, I hope that this note will at least be used as guidelines in case someone really wants to go though it. I am not telling you how to ship your stuff/car. It is up to you. All this is after you receive a call from the shipping company that your car has already arrived in Belgium. Paperwork and procedure necessary for import of a (non-EU) car in Belgium from USA 1. Get the car form the shipping company - you need to have a car insurance in EU or they won't let you drive it. They will send a document to Brussels that it is yours and you should not pay tax on it. 2. Then you receive from your town car registration office (Douane) a paper which you have to sign and bring it back to them. They will send it to Brussels so that they can take a decision about the import tax exemption. (better to do this in person) 3. Brussels will reply (hopefully no problem) with “Invoer als verhuisgoed van een autovoertuig/Imports as good of a car moving vehicle” and then with this letter you go back to the town car registration office (Douane) to get from them Vignette 705 (the pink paper). 3a. In the Douane of your town you will fill in the form “Gegevens in hoofdletters in te vullen door de aanvrager”. Make sure you know your Belgian SSN and have the papers from the customs office which made the import of the car. (better to do this in person, although they say you shouldn't) 4. Go to a car inspection center authorized to perform Certificate of Conformity for imported cars and ask them to look at the car to tell you what needs to be changed and what papers they need. Otherwise later you may have problems if you don't do it and go straight for conformity test and you get a rejection from the car inspection office. 5. With Vignette 705 and the rest of the papers go back to the car inspection center. They will do their paperwork about the conformity test – they will send all the necessary papers and hopefully Brussels will reply that it is ok finally to undergo a conformity check. 6. After a successful conformity test the car inspection center will send more papers to Brussels and hopefully they will send back a positive reply – a letter inviting you to pay (around 170 euro) the 'homologation' (conformity) test fee. 7. After the payment is processed, the car inspection center will call you to come over and they will fill out Vignette 705 and you can/should also schedule a state inspection on the same day too. 8. After you get the above done, go and insure/register the car. It will be useful if you can provide a letter from your former insurance company stating that you don't (hopefully) have any liability accidents, i.e., you have not caused any. It may be wise to leave the registration business to the insurance company. They will do insurance and state registration together. Otherwise it may be a big mess. Insurance can be done first, then registration, then state inspection but it is better the way suggested here. 9. If you are still sane after all this, go and drown yourself in Belgian beer. 4-A: Particular steps in (4) for my Nissan Versa 2010 Important: most probably the autocenter will not contact you back to let you know if something is wrong or if everything is ok with the paperwork. Ask them how long it takes usually for the documents to be approved. You could wait a week longer and then go and ask them again what is the situation. a) Get a Carfax report - (~$30-40). b) Replace the front yellow 'mist' bulbs with white ones (EU requirement). c) EU requires that the car has a red fog light on the rear of the car. American cars don't have that. This is a separate light which you can turn on and off independently if there is a heavy fog/rain. It can be done in two ways: 1) go to a garage and ask them to install one somewhere (on the rear bumper, below it, etc...); 2) Since Versa and Tiida are the same car (different name) I purchased a tail left-side light (the glass only) for Tiida (~70euro). The left tail Tiida light has a red bulb cover on the place of the white backup light (Versa). In EU it is common to see cars with only one white backup light on the right tail side and one red light on the drivers/left side where the backup light should be. I wired the bulb separately with a switch to be able to use it as a EU red tail fog light. d) Adjust the headlights – I had to lower them a bit. It is very easy and usually done via a screw or something like that. Make sure you know how to do it and have the tools, because you will not know if your lights are ok until they check it with the machine. If the lights are off, they will usually let you adjust them right there on the spot. e) Proof that you live in Belgium – housing contract will do. f) Proof that you have lived in USA – housing contract will do. g) Document from Nissan in USA with technical data for the car. This is the most difficult to get. It takes a lot of time. It needs to be hand signed by the person preparing it (e.g., consumer affairs representative) and it has to have a representative address and contact number. Better do this while still living in USA. Tip: Also get a liability history letter from the former insurance company in case you have not caused any accidents – this will decrease the insurance you have to pay when you sign up for one in EU. Bonus mission: If the above procedure gets prolonged too much and/or you hit the tax season, you may receive a letter asking you to pay a one time vehicle initial registration fee plus the annual vehicle tax. Now, since the car has not been yet registered, they assume that it is biggest and baddest car ever and they will ask for the highest tax possible. They don't know the engine size, CO2 emissions, etc... and that is why they assume the highest price. They have only received information from the customs office that a new vehicle is on the road. When you recover from the nearly heart attack feeling (the money they ask for is quite a lot ~2000 euros), simply call them back (if you speak the language would be a benefit). Or you could write back a letter – in Dutch or French only, depending on where the tax office is located. Basically, you have to explain them the situation and why the car has not been registered yet. You will then be allowed (hopefully) to write an appeal asking them to postpone the tax payment based on these and these reasons. Hopefully, you will receive another letter stating that your request has been approved. Once the registration is complete, write them back that you would like to pay your taxes for the period from import to this moment. Finally, you receive a letter with the proper tax amount. Patience is a must since each letter they send you back would usually take few-several weeks.
FritRich replied most recently with:
I understand about the almost double gas prices over here in EU but I will not be driving as often or as far as I did in the states. My wife and I need another vehicle and it's cheaper to bring her over than to buy another according to my most resent calculations. And since I have been researching the procedure constantly I think I can get it done with a minimum amount of hassle. Also, I have been seeing a variety of fast cars in my area so the tax can't be that bad right?
GoFastCoaching replied most recently with:
Hi FritRich. The car is a 2003 Subaru Impreza wagon, WRX. I've sat on it for the reasons given but also because of the cost of fuel for it here is over $6/gallon [3.8L x 1,653€] and insurance is based on horsepower and emissions. While the Roo is fairly clean, it is powerful so I get hit there, too.
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GoFastCoaching posted Hail storm damage on the Belgium forum:
Anybody having to deal with BE insurance for damage from the hailstorm this past weekend?
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adminee posted Survey about Healthcare in Belgium on the Belgium forum:
We've put together a brief survey about expat healthcare. The goal is to collect information from you about the quality and availability of medical services, health insurance, prescription medicines and emergency care in your region of Belgium. We'll be soon publishing the responses to help others who are following in your footsteps. Please take several minutes to answer the survey. The more detailed you can be in your responses, the better. Thank you, in advance, for sharing and helping others moving to your area! http://www.expatexchange.com/eetr/addtiptopic/7
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A writer from the Associated Press is interested in talking to people who decide to retire abroad for reasons related to affordable health care. He is also interested to hear about other reasons why you chose to retire abroad. If you would be interested to speak with him and possibly be written about in his article, please send an email to Joshua Wood at: joshua@expatexchange.com.
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Hello, I'll be staying in Belgium from 15th July to 15th August, arriving from Mauritania and going to the DRC. Is there anyone who would need me to take care of their house ? I need a place with a garden as I have a dog who has been travelling with me for the past 6 years. I am ready to pay part of the rent and charges. Thanks for anyone who can help. Ideal is area around Brussels as I have lots of administrative stuff to take care of.
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Eugene2 posted Working remotely for Belgian company on the Belgium forum:
Hello, I am looking for advice on working for a Belgian company in future. I am currently in China, and this company is a 'subsidiary' (though independently registered in Belgium), I will be moving back to Europe to look after this business. However I have a choice. Being originally from Ireland I will live most likely in Northern Ireland, though could also be the south closer to Dublin should my wife find a job there. I can therefore either Be enployed under a Belgian contract for this compay working remotely Have my own registered company and bill my time to the Belgian company for services etc. I have many questions, particularly if there are any others with similar experience before? Income tax in the UK is residence based so I will be paying that on UK rates, however I am unsure how social security, National Insurance and pensions (and many other things) will work from another EU country. In Belgium is it normal for pension contributions to come out before tax, and do Belgian companies match contributions of employees? Any advice or links pointing to further information is most welcome, it is a big decision to make. I think the protection offered by a contract from the Belgian company would be better than having my own, though possibly other restrictions may prove more difficult. Thanks for all your help, Kind regards, Eugene
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diwata replied to the thread Introducing myself/looking for a job on the Belgium forum:
LianaBorges initially posted:
Hello everyone, My name is Liana, I'm 22 and I'm Brazilian. I have already lived in Belgium (Liège) for a year as an Erasmus Student. But for now I'm back to Brazil to finish my studies before I (hopefuly) move back to stay in Liège with my boyfriend. We've met in 2012 and we've been together for 1 1/2 year now, and we are deeply in love. We want to move in together as soon as I finish my studies here in Brazil, so I am looking for a job. I hope to be able to validate my degree so as to work (or keep studing) as a Biologist in Belgium, but I know these kind of things take time. I would love some more information about how to find jobs in Liège, or anywhere near it. Thanks a lot.
diwata replied most recently with:
I am from Philippines. currently living and working here at hongkong as a nanny.Im planning to move and work in Belgium as an au pair. Looking for recruitment agency where can I apply.thanks
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