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michelap replied to the thread Moving to BVI on the British Virgin Islands forum:
Cleodd1 initially posted:
I want to set up a business in BVI and have sufficient funds to do so has anyone done this? How feasible is this?
michelap replied most recently with:
Hello, I would highly advise against this. Obtaining the permission is a nightmare for foreigners and priority is always given to locals. For example, if a local has a similar trade licence or has requested one similar you will most likely be rejected. It's not completly impossible, my parents moved from italy in 1994 to open a business down there but already knew people there to assist them in dealing with this paperwork and after all it was 20 years ago. Now a days it is becoming increasingly difficult due to higher competition and a slow down in the economy. Best of luck on your future business where ever it may end up being! :)
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michelap replied to the thread Moving to Virgin Gorda on the British Virgin Islands forum:
Avicsky initially posted:
Greetings from Asia, My husband is French national moving to Virgin Gorda next year and would like to know if there are some French communities around the area. I do have a child of 11 year old which she has been attending International French School . I understand that in the island there's only one International School accredited to the International Baccalaureate but its located in Tortola while we will be residing in Virgin Gorda. Any school that she can possibly attend there ? I appreciate your helpful insight and assistance. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you and kind regards- Avic
michelap replied most recently with:
Hello! Congrats on your decision to move to Virgin Gorda. It's a small,beautiful and friendly little island. The residents are very very friendly and there is an International community of expats there who are very welcoming and plan tons of events and clubs. There isn't a french community but the international expat community is welcoming to all. In terms of schooling, there is a small school called St Mary's but is specialized in younger children at elementary level. Cedar International School is probably the best and only option. Your daughter would enter directly into the Middle Years programs that allows direct enter to the iB program in high school. The school is fully accredited and provides the best education in the country. There have always been children from Virgin Gorda attending Cedar school. I myself traveled back and forth all 12 years of school. The ferry services provide ferry ticket weekly passes for students and taxi/bus pick up can be arranged to drive your child from the ferry dock to school in Tortola and back to the ferry again the afternoon for 50 USD per month. Our driver was very friendly and spot on time everyday. The ferry staff are lovely and always keep an eye on the children for you and even delay the ferries to wait for the children should there be traffic in the afternoons so they don't need to wait for the next boat. The travel total is only one hour. The ferry leaves at 8 am and is a 30 min journey. The Bus is already waiting at the dock in Tortola and it's only a 15 minutes max drive to school, giving the children sometime to get to class and drop things off at their lockers. When registering your child in school you could kindly ask which children from Virgin Gorda are currently attending school and you could contact their parents for support in organizing transport. For example which taxi/bus service they travel with and they can all travel together. I hope this helps and if you require any more information do not hesitate to ask. ( I have copied the cedar international school web link below for your viewing) Best of luck to you and your family.
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bar posted expats needed for new bar on the British Virgin Islands forum:
Opportunity for partnership or franchise for beach/dockside bar. We have an exciting new brand of small beach/dock bar and restaurant. It is opening up in many iconic tourist destinations through partnerships with managers of existing or planned establishments. Ideal opportunity for English speaking expats to create a local presence. The brand is being promoted both globally and locally. Many incentives will allow the local operator to build a good local business while being part of a larger network without the usual franchise cash investment. Please tell us about yourself and your ideas. You can contact us at
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adminee posted Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in British Virgin Islands on the British Virgin Islands forum:
What are your favorite holiday events in your area of British Virgin Islands? Help other expats in search of some holiday cheer by sharing information on events that are open to the public or for expats. If you would like to plan your own gathering to celebrate the holidays with other members of Expat Exchange in your area, we encourage you to plan it here. You could meet up with others at your favorite restaurant, a local coffee shop, a bar -- anywhere that's public!
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katino posted Info on moving to either St john's or St thomas on the British Virgin Islands forum:
We are hoping to be able to move to either St Thomas or St john's in about 2 years- hopefully less. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Such as cost of living, rentals,etc...
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adminee posted Thanksgiving Celebrations in British Virgin Islands on the British Virgin Islands forum:
If you know of any Thanksgiving gatherings (at restaurants, clubs, etc.) that other expats could join, please post details here.
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adminee posted Semi-Retired in British Virgin Islands? on the British Virgin Islands forum:
A journalist working on an article for a popular finance publication is interested in connecting a few Americans over age 60 who have moved abroad after retiring from careers in the States and either found part-time jobs, started businesses or transformed their former careers into remote consulting gigs. We've talked with her about general trends in overseas retirement. She would also like to speak with a few retirees who fit this description. If you are interested, please e-mail me at -- tell me a little about yourself and your job and how the journalist can reach you. Thank you! Betsy Burlingame Expat Exchange
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adminee posted Halloween Events for Expats in British Virgin Islands on the British Virgin Islands forum:
If you know of any Halloween parties, trick-or-treat gatherings or other events in your area that are open to expats, please post a reply with the details here. Thank You! Betsy Expat Exchange
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adminee posted What is Your Favorite Beach? on the British Virgin Islands forum:
As an expat, you have the opportunity to explore some of the best destinations in the world that others only dream of visiting. Take a few minutes to tell us about your favorite beach in #British Virgin Islands# or elsewhere in the world: (Note: submissions count as tips in our Tips Contest!)
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Be one of the first to post tips about living (working, parenting, moving to, retiring, etc.) in British Virgin Islands in our new Expat Tip section. Or, you may submit general tips about expat life! The 3 expats who submit the most tips in May will receive $75 gift certificates! (Note: tips that are promotional in nature are not counted in this top tip competition -- although tips that promote events and professionals who submit helpful advice are WELCOME on Expat Tips!!) Expat Tip Section: Post a Tip: Help build an amazing resource for the expat community! Thank You! Betsy Burlingame Expat Exchange
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