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Brazil: Prescription Medication:

I think a BR DR will be able to write a prescription for you. Lots of these DR's went to school or did internships in the US and speak English. I do think they will be 10X the cost of that in the US though, or more. Can't you get 6 months of them in the US and just bring them with you ? I do that with my BP medicine, it's pretty common. Will have to put them in a REAL SAFE LOCKED place while living in BR. Preferrably in a SAFE.

Brazil: Moving to Sao Paulo:

Kenney Any particular reason you want to live in SP? Jobs for your wife or ? SP state has many great cities that are safe and family orientated like Bauru, Americana, Campinas, etc. In SP city I think would be expensive, I mean eating out a lot, etc. caught up in the city life. I think your estimates are reasonable. You can't talk on your cellphone constantly like you do in the US, very expensive in BR by the minute. Many times it's cheaper to call the US than your neighbor. You will go through a R$20 top up in 5 minutes. Personally I'd rather live near the beach, Santos, Ubatuba, Cabo Frio, Paraty, maybe RIO or even in other states in the south. Curitiba is a big banking business city if you're looking for a banking job. I think you'd be worn out doing all that flying but that's just me. Shame you have to be away from your family half the month. I would be worried about their safety the 2 weeks I was gone. Any way to transfer your job to BR or do the same thing in BR for an American company ? Good luck.

Canada: Advice for Aussie on Canadian residency:

EASIEST answers on Canadian and Aussie immigration consulate websites or try emailing them.

Brazil: Dual US/Brazilian Citizen:

ANSWER IS YES. And vice versa. The south of Brasil is the best place to live in my opinion. I lived just north of Florianopolis in Balneario Camboiu for 3 years 2002-2005. Floripa - as it is known, is a young person's place, couple of big colleges, 42 beautiful beaches, a yacht club, airport, etc. Can be very yuppified too with all the rich kids and their expensive sports cars. Rents are pretty cheap and it's safe there. Jobs - not sure but prob teaching jobs with a degree. Some hotels but not a lot. Camboriu is about an hour north, too far for a commute. Other little coastal cities along the way, but not much going on in them. Blumenau is west of Camboriu. BIG German settlement with small town feel. Novo Trento- small town full of Italians. All these places have weather equal to Tampa- cool wet winters, HOT summers. IF you go all the way south to Porto Alegre, it's a big city with colleges and a lot going on. Snows here often in the winter, especially in the mountains. BIG wine region - Gramado, Garibaldi, Canela, Nova Petropolis. VERY NICE AREA full of Italians and Germans.

Brazil: Jobs in fortaleza for Americans:

Fortaleza is one of the poorest parts of Brasil. The economy in Brasil for the last 3 years has crashed, lots of Brasilians are out of work. Fortaleza is a fun city with some tourism from Europe. You might find something in that area if you have a perm visa RNE, since you were married to a Brasilian. Not much else going on there, maybe real estate ? You can apply to the Federal Police once you get there, takes about 2 months. Be sure to read the requirements for an RNE.

Brazil: Cheap Flights:

Flights have gone nuts in the last 5 years, yes. You didn't say where you are flying out of ? Major airports like Dallas, NY, San Fran, Miami, Atlanta - can save you money vs flying out of a smaller airport nearby. Most of the time it's worth driving or taking a bus to the bigger airport. You have to adjust where you fly FROM to where you fly TO. I am in Tampa but flying out of Orlando can save me $500. Tampa to RIO $1150, Orl to RIO $875. Miami to RIO $678. Even if you have to rent a one way car to Miami or ORL you save hundreds. The other problem is American has mostly pulled out of Brasil. They coshare with LATAM and GOL or Avianca. AZUL AIRLINES has tried to take their place but they can be expensive too. Here again you have to be flexable. Their base in in Campinas SP, not far from SP city. So you fly into Campinas and take a nice AC bus to RIO or SP. AZUL's base in the US is Ft Lauderdale, so flying out of FLL saves money too. To find flights I use TRAVELOCITY.COM and SKIPLAGGED.COM. DON'T make the reservations on either one but take the info to the actual airline and book through them. They should offer the same prices. I tried HOPPER.COM but it seems to lack a lot of internation flights, NO good for Brasil. Flying to Europe is almost half the cost of flying to Brasil. Why not consider Portugal ! It's safe, cheap, and you can travel all over Europe with a EURORAIL train pass. Is only about an 8 hour fight.

Canada: Nurse wanting to move to Canada:

The Canadian govt has plenty of websites out there for immigration, do a google search. STAY AWAY from 'private' companies, they can't do anything you can do yourself. There must be some nursing organizations online too. There are also some worldwide job search websites that have Canadian sites too; like INDEED Canada, etc.

Brazil: Living in Brazil - Tourist visa:

DOUBTFUL Choose your destination carefully that includes fast internet and is safe. 6 months with maybe an extension, find a girlfriend and you can stay longer. So many other Countries you can do the same with less risk ; Costa Rica, Panama, Canada, Portugal, etc.

Canada: Actress moving to Canada:

Alexis I assume you are living in the US ? Toronto is a real artsy city so I would think you might fine a lot to do there. Your agent probably can answer your questions better than anyone as he is on the ground there. Prob not the first time he's had someone wanting to move to Canada. Toronto is a great city.

Canada: What would it take to be an Art Teacher in Canada:

A NO BRAINER JOB where you can work flexable hours and do something else is SECURITY. PAYS about C$15hr and you control how many hours you work. Only need to take a week long class in the state where you are (not transferrable) then take the exam and pay for the license. You might also work in a grocery store too, pays decent, at least as much as security, always looking for people. LOOK on craigslist Canada or state work websites.

Canada: Husband Transferring to Toronto Office:

I believe the Canadian immigration websites has a list of occupations in demand.

Canada: Geting a job in Canada:

Canada has extensive information on their websites regarding all issues with immigration and work visas. Suggest you try that directly first, especially if you are IN canada now.

Canada: College Student Wanting to Move:

Canada is a wonderful place. Go to the Canada immigration website, I believe they have lists of 'in demand' jobs there. Plus you can go to job search sites like INDEED Canada, etc to see what is up there. Craigslist is a good source for jobs and everything else too. I visited Toronto last Sept and loved it too. Afraid of the horrible winters though. Vancouver is a lot warmer all year round. The east coast is beautiful off season but must be HORRIBLE in the winter. The other problem I see with Canada's big cities is that there is NO way you can afford to buy your own place. A house near Toronto begins at over a MILLION USD. Vancouver is worse. BIG negative. IF you think you can end up earning a couple thousand dollars per year, you might be ok. One other option is to live in Point Roberts WA. That is a small piece of land attached to Vancouver. You have to go through Canada to get there or take a long boat ride from the Washington coast. Houses there are more seasonal and not so expensive. Problem is that you still can't work in Vancouver unless you become a Canadian, but you can't do that unless you LIVE in Canada, catch 22. Find yourself a nice Canadian girl and get in that way. Vancouver has a bunch of Latinos living there ; Brasilians, etc. Good luck

Brazil: Spreading Brazilian Pride in the US:

See if you have a local Spiritist group, will be full of Brasilians

Canada: professional movers toronto:

Look on Craigslist but an even better source is to go to the Uhaul website as they have lists of people who can load and unload your stuff on each end for you. Believe you have to go into truck rental first.

Brazil: Looking to crew on a sailboat:

In the US many people can afford sailing and sailboats. In Brasil ONLY the very rich own them. The very same boat in the US can cost $5000, in Brasil the same boat will cost you $25,000. They are mostly found in private yacht clubs. You didn't say what area you plan to visit but the RIO has a big one, there are some in Florianopolis SC, Porto Alegre RS, and up the coast. Speaking Portuguese will help a lot but these days most upper class speak English.

Portugal: Questions re: rentals:

Renting- if furnished YES, if not furnished may be missing some things like refrig, stove. Go to OLX.COM to see rentals. If BUYING, same applies.

Portugal: Share House Websites or Contacts:

Get a look at OLX.PT -- Has rentals, buy sell for just about everything; real estate, cars, household. Kind of like craigslist but better.

Portugal: What is this 100% apto financing ?:

I am seeing 100% financing on some listings for real estate. What is that all about ? Is it privately owned units being financed by sellers or is it something the banks are doing ? OR are they repossessed units being sold by the mortgage holder ? OR ?? What is the yearly interest rate for real estate through banks etc there ? Usual downpayment ?

Portugal: Proof of Accommodations with a campsite contract:

How about a PO BOX ? OR just use a friends address ? I did that in Brasil to get my CPF

Canada: Hoping to relocate from USA to CAnada:

Look into you being a Brit entering Canada easier, then sponsor your husband. NOT sure if that will work

Portugal: Any Brasilian school teachers in PT ?:

My wife has a BA degree to teach history from a first class Catholic College in Brasil. She has taught Alphabetazdo for the govt in the past. Does PT recognize her degree from Brasil ? What process does she need to do to teach there ? We are looking into moving to PT. What do teaching jobs there look like ? Does it pay and what is the demand for teachers now ? She does not want to teach very young kids, maybe elementary or high school or higher.

Brazil: Jobs in Brazil:

BEEN DEAD for over 3 years, closed down shipyards, laid off thousands because of the Petrobras scandal. Current govt is trying to or has sold off their reserves to foreign govts.

Brazil: Retire Brazil??:

I've been to most of those places too and lived in Brasil for 8 years from 2001. Back then Brasil was wonderful. Today Brasil sucks; crime continues, many people are unemployed, buses are being stopped and robbed often, you can't wear anything nice for fear of having it taken from you violently. I would not go back there till the politican climate settles down and the economy picks up. AND you will get tired of making that 10-20 hour flight from the states and paying $1200-1500 each time. MY RECOMMENDATION - DR is ok but also dangerous. Columbia has come a long way and is very popular and safe now. Microsoft and other big US companies have moved there. Costa Rica is pretty safe, you have to like the country because that is mostly what CR is, a big forest. Another pretty safe place that has all of what you like is PANAMA. Lots of expats there, pretty women, cheap SHORT flights from California, reasonable real estate. Don't under estimate the easy short trip, it makes a big difference. Have you considered Mexico ? I have never been there but I am sure there are plenty of safe and very nice areas, just search out where expats are. How about Europe ? Portugal is the cheapest country in the EU right now. It's unbelievably beautiful like Italy or Greece. Outside of Lisbon there are plenty of Americans and real estate is cheaper so are rents. Weather is moderate, not freezing or baking. Check facebook group "Americans living in Portugal". IF YOU want useful info on various countries (BR, Portugal); real estate, rentals, cars etc - go to You mention Asia. I spent a lot of time over there, lots of fun. I found their culture too different from mine for anything serious. Are you ok with your wife frying up some scorpions for dinner and worshipping BUDDA ? Of all the places over there - JAPAN is #1 for me. ZERO crime, honorable people, very pretty and sensual women. Japan is spotlessly clean. Look on this website, Escape Artist, etc. Expats who go to Brasil typically run out of there in 1 to 3 years max. Just too much downside. NOT worth it. They tried like hell to clean it up for the Olympics but it didn't work. Brasil has such potential if they could fix the poverty, lack of jobs for the poor, corruption, etc to become 2nd world. NOT going to happen any time soon.

Portugal: Moving with nothing?:

IF moving to a new and exciting place I can NEVER understand why anyone would want to bring their OLD history with them ? It's all about NEW plus I find it exciting to look for new things designed in the new place, lot of time it's much better than the old BORING stuff you had back home. Look at the sexy furniture and clothes you can buy in Rio de Janeiro ! Makes your stuff back in the US UGLY AND BORING. NOT TO MENTION shipping large things overseas costs more than the items are worth ! You are starting a new identity.


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