replied to the thread Moving with my dog
on the Bermuda forum:
I will be moving over in August and will be bringing my bichon frise with me. How easy is it to rent a property which allows pets and does anyone have a recommendation for an estate agent?
The Bermuda government site is very helpful. If you have a large dog get a large shipping crate, mark it as required, make sure your dog has all it's shots, get paper work on line from Bermuda for your vet to fill out. No matter when your dog has had it's last rabies shot, it must have another one within one week prior to coming to Bermuda. There is paperwork to fill out at customs when your dog arrives and a tax on the dogs value. Most rentals allow for pets, but not all, try contacting Liz Wright at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty, Bermuda.
My husband is entertaining a job offer in Bermuda and we are considering the move from Canada.
I have some questions that I'm hoping someone out there can help answer.
1) Would the my husbands potential employer be able to get some kind of permit for me so that I could look for employment? I know I've read that I can live in Bermuda with my husband but can they also help me to get a work permit?
2) I currently work for a consulting firm with very flexible work arrangements. I'm wondering if I could work from Bermuda and be paid my Canadian salary? Would it be possible to set up some kind of company in Bermuda that my current employer would then pay (and thus me)?
3) I'm wondering if anyone has a good rule of thumb for where they would recommend drawing the line in terms of deciding whether to ship something vs. buy it once they get there? One example - I love to cook and I have a lot of nice kitchen appliances/gadgets, but I can't decide if it makes more sense to ship my mixer that cost about $400 CAD (but weighs a ton) or if it makes more sense due to high shipping costs to just buy a new one when I get there?
1. When your husbands employer does the paperwork he can apply for you to be able to seek and reside in Bermuda. which gives you the right to seek work.
2. Your job back home in Canada. There are people who have continued to do their jobs from back home here in Bermuda, but still continue to pay taxes etc to back home. Remember tho, for Canadian's to get the tax break from Canada, you must live outside of Canada for minimum 18 months and cut ties with Canada(do not own anything back home) So if you still collect money from a job in Canada, your husband and yourself will still have to pay income tax back to Canada.
Bringing Items here. depending on how long your permit is and if your husbands company will help cover the cost of shipping here. If they don't I would suggest.. to bring only neccessities and purchase the rest here.
I am Canadian and taught in Bermuda for two years.
Things that seem easy in Canada may be very complicated or unattainable there.
I believe that work permits are only issued when you have a position there. I had tons of trouble getting mine.
Don't even attempt to send appliances there. It costs the earth.
The cost of living is extremely high, but there is no income tax. Be very sure of your work situation before you go.
Being an expat in Bermuda is not easy. Foreign workers are needed, but not necessarily wanted or welcomed.
replied to the thread Bermuda vs Cayman Islands
on the Bermuda forum:
Hello everyone. Both Bermuda and Cayman are appealing for many different reasons, just curious has to what people who have experienced would recommend/suggest. I am single, in my 40's and will be moving alone.
I can not compare Bermuda to Cayman Islands as I have not lived in Cayman Islands.
Bermuda does have a great womans association called the International Women's Club. We do help woman once they move to bermuda to meet others on the Island. If you have any other questions Anne , Please Ask