Moving To Portugal- Everything You Need To Know

Portugal is now moving forward from the easy week-long getaway and idyllic retirement setting and is gradually becoming the global relocation hub for young professionals. Aside from the beautiful architecture and consistent subtropical climate, the city of Lisbon provides affordable living costs and a vibrant nightlife.

If you’re considering moving abroad to Portugal, it’s important to undergo extensive research. This will help you see if the way of life will suit both yourself and relocating employees. This week, our global relocation experts have shared some vital information you need to know.

Tax opportunities

One of the major appeals of moving abroad to Portugal is the generous tax break that could be offered to you. The NHR (non-habitual resident) scheme provides new residents attractive tax benefits for the first 10 years of residency. You could be offered these benefits if:

  • You have not been a tax resident in Portugal within the last 5 years
  • Be classed as a Portuguese resident. This means to spend more than 182 days a year in the country.
  • Register as a non-habitual resident with the tax authorities.

It’s also important to note that if you’re intending to stay in Portugal for longer than 183 days, you can then become tax eligible.

Visas and documentation

when coming from outside of the EU, i.e. the USA, Australia or Canada, you can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. If you’re only planning to live there for a year, then it is recommended to apply for a temporary residence permit.

If you’re moving abroad to Portugal from an EU country, then you do not need a visa. However, if you’re planning on becoming a resident, you are required to apply for a residency document.

Living Costs

Another major attraction of Portugal is the living costs. You can expect to pay pretty much half of what you would pay living in the UK, US or Australia. For example, monthly transportation passes cost around €35 and a pint of beer roughly costs €1.50.

Do you still have some questions about moving to Portugal? Why not get in touch with the friendly team at Galleon International, global relocation experts? Give us a call on 01708 868 068 today.

Corporate Relocation: A personal service is essential

A large part of moving overseas for work does, of course, involve obtaining visas; organising finances and research into how a foreign workplace operates. Besides all this, there is a huge personal aspect to accommodate. Whether conducting a big corporate move or an individual has been given a lump sum to move overseas. People need to be considered in any overseas moving process. As such, Galleon International provide Move Management to identify any problems that individuals might face or any anxiety that is likely to be experienced before departure.

A company might be moving a whole team of people overseas at one time. But their experiences; feelings towards it and settling in processes will not be the same. It is therefore essential to implement a service that is concerned with not only the task of moving; but with those at the centre of it. Content employees have been found to be up to 20% more productive in the workplace. So it is important that your employees’ productivity also moves overseas with them.

Those being relocated will not only need someone who will advise them on which company to use. Pack their goods and direct them through the documents they will need to be signing. But they will also require emotional support for themselves and their family. Galleon International know that simply providing facts is not enough and the emotional support that is required when relocating people and their families is paramount.

The inclusion of a Move Manager makes the service Galleon International offer both a highly professional and informative experience. It also offers a very personal experience. This has proved to be successful during our years of experience. Assisting in the moving process in a number of important ways. Without this kind of support, companies run the risk of having employees who struggle to settle in and do not work well. Or simply feel they cannot continue living in a foreign country without the right knowledge and support. Using a service that takes a personal approach is beneficial for many reasons, including:

A Move Manager can help someone grow accustomed to their new home

Our Move Managers start research early. This will have huge benefits as it decreases the element of surprise when people arrive in their new home. Culture shock is natural. But the effects will be less dramatic if a client at least knows some of what to expect. We have knowledge specific to various countries and so a Move Manager offers more than a one size fits all approach.

A Move Manager gets to know the client, as well as their job

In terms of personal service, a higher quality approach is needed. To us, it is just as important that we get to know the client. Without doing this, we would not be able to offer advice that suits their particular needs. Or know how to help them and their family settle into their new home. Custom relocation services are those with the best success rate. Therefore, this is what Galleon International strive for.

A Move Manager is available throughout the process

To an extent, preparing to relocate overseas is only half the work. The real work begins when you arrive in the country that you have been located to; when you have to adapt to living and working somewhere new. That is why a Move Manager supports those being relocated even once they have left their home country. Ensuring they still have the information they need to get to know new surroundings.

Common Concerns for Employees When Relocating And How You Can Solve Them

With relocation on the rise. Businesses are now tackling problematic scenarios they have never experienced previously. Whether it’s struggling to find their employees the right accommodation, or settling in the family correctly. It’s your job as the employer to address any issues that arise during the moving overseas process.

If you’re planning to relocate your employees; why not get ahead of the game and right those wrongs before they even occur?

At Galleon International, our team have put together a list of the most common concerns your employees may have about relocating.

1. Spouse employment opportunities – When relocating, it’s not just the employee you have to worry about, it’s their family too! Even if it’s just a partner they’re bringing with them. You will need to consider job prospects for them too before they move abroad. While you cannot guarantee getting them employed. As a business, you should at least spend some time researching and share job opportunities in the new location with them.

2. Quality of education – Often, you will be relocating employees with partners and families who depend on them. Not only do you have to settle your employee into their new job; but the spouse and children must be settled into their new home – and for the kids, their new school. Your employee may be uncertain about the quality of schools in the area but a good global relocation programme will be able to address these concerns. Providing useful information to put them at ease and help make their choice.

3. Finding housing options – One of the hardest parts of relocating is saying goodbye to your home, neighbourhood, friends and the area you live in. The uncertainty of the new location such as: real estate prices, neighbours and climate can also cause reason for concern for your employee. As a business, you can offer to help the sale of the current home and the search for the new home to make the more difficult parts easier.

Get in touch with the team at Galleon International who support companies and employees with the moving overseas process and their corporate moving needs. We understand the importance of being flexible and organized. That’s why we provide a service which is stress-free and seamless!

For more information on how Galleon International can help your business with corporate relocation. Get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

Making Your Global Mobility Program Millennial Proof with Galleon International

The word ‘Millennial’ is typically thrown around to complain about young people’s lack of ambition and laziness. It is also used in the media to discuss trends amongst people of a certain age group. But what does it really mean?

The term officially describes those born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s. The reason this generation differ so much from their parents; the ‘Baby Boomers’, and previous generations is because they are the most familiar with communication; media and digital technology. Growing up in a time where the internet was created and everything became accessible online; this generation value convenience above all else.

According to new research by GFK, on behalf of hospitality giant Airbnb; millennials see travel as a higher priority than saving up for a home or a car – or even than paying off a debt. In fact, a millennial travel company called Contiki, have noticed an upward trend in younger people spending money on travel; with a 10 per cent rise on the average spend of clients from 18 to 35.

As this generation emerge into the workplace, it’s important that businesses adapt for the new wave of employees as well as their beliefs and values. Millennials are often cited as having a strong sense of civic responsibility; a healthy work-life balance and socially liberal views. As well as this, with travel being an important factor for this new generation of workers, how can you adapt your corporate global mobility program to suit them?

Personalised Policies – Does your current global mobility policy have multiple static levels which are based on individual’s job titles? Why not try to introduce a customisable policy for all of your employees i.e. when catering for spouses and their children, you should consider whether a house or flat is better for their needs. Some of the important values for Millennials are flexibility; work-life balance; equality and openness. By adding flexible and tailored options for the individual; they are more likely to stick with your company for longer.

Give Them Options – Instead of awarding set budgets to different areas of your policy. You should offer millennials a lump sum to mastermind their own move, which could then benefit you and your employee. After all, millennials like to know their options and so by adapting the policy for their own needs it is a great way to allow them to do this.

Stay Tech Savvy – Generation Y is renowned for being the generation who were raised on and with technology. Therefore, they appreciate the convenience provided by digital and mobile means as well as apps which are designed to aid the global mobility and international relocation process.

Is your global mobility program in need of a refresh? Why not get in touch with Galleon International and our team of global relocation experts! Since 1980, we have supported companies and their employees with the moving overseas process and their corporate moving needs.

For more information on how Galleon International can help your business with corporate relocation and developing a millennial-proof process. Get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

Changes to Australian Permanent Visa and Transitional Arrangements Criteria

In late January, Australia announced there would be new criteria for Australia Permanent Visas and Transitional Arrangements starting in March 2018. These changes are set to impact any clients sponsoring transferees and current Visa holders in Australia.

Following the previous Visa and agreements. There will be new, stricter requirements. Regarding your occupation, salary, age and work experience. Clients may also face a new skills levy. Which will fund training programs for Australian workers.

Some of the major changes to Australian Visas and Transitional Arrangements include:

● Firstly, salary must meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (A$53,900)

● Residency period waiting time increases to three years from the current two for permanent residency.

● Applicants must have at least three years of work experience in the employment category.

● Age limited has been reduced to 45 from the current age of 50.

● There will be a training levy of A$3000 up to A$5000. Depending on the size of your company.

What impact will the changes have on clients and transferees?

With the changes effective from March. The current 457 Visa program will end with the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa replacing it. Due to this, some of the 457 Visa holders will be subject to transitional provisions starting at this time.

In addition, transferees holding a 457 Visa as of 18th April 2017 and those who applied for a 457 Visa from this date, are eligible for transitional provisions.  In addition, these transitional provisions will allow the previous occupation requirements. Maximum age of 50 and minimum length of two years in their employment.

Moreover, as a client who has transferees working in Australia on the current 457 Visa, you will need to communicate the changes with your employees. Transferees holding the current Visa who are eligible for permanent residence should apply prior to March. As the new requirements may limit the number of skilled employees allowed for permanent residency.

How can Galleon International help you and your family?

As experts in the corporate relocation industry. Our team help to support companies and their employees with the moving overseas process and their corporate moving needs. As professional moving surveyors. We understand the importance of being flexible and organised. Especially when working with businesses and the transferees’ families.

Therefore, the team at Galleon International can provide a stress-free and seamless service. Allowing you to focus on the important tasks ahead.

For more information about our corporate relocation services. Get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

How Spouse and Partner Career Support Can Benefit Your Employees?

When agreeing to relocate as part of their job. Employees will be taking in to consideration the company’s corporate relocation programs and services. After all, there is a wide range of technology and tools that make the moving overseas process so much easier and smoother.

However, when an employee is offered an overseas move. It’s important to consider their spouse or partner’s needs and involve them in the corporate moving process. Often, a new job for the transferee means a job change for their spouse or partner as well. In addition to moving abroad. The more support and information your company is able to provide to the employee’s significant other. The more likely the relocation will be successful!

Therefore, along with services targeted to the transferee. It’s important your global mobility scheme must provide support services for spouses and partners.

At Galleon International. We have been helping businesses and families make the leap into global relocation for decades. Our team of global relocation experts have put together a list of programs you can offer your employee’s family when moving away:

1. Spouse/Partner Pre-Decision Support

Firstly, prior to making the big decision, spouses and partners should receive consultation. Allowing them to ask any questions or raise any concerns they may have about their new location. This could include: local average salary information, cost of living assessments, job market information. Or questions about local companies and organisations they may be interested in.

At Galleon International. Our experts will work with both the company and your employees to arrange pre-decision meetings. Acting as a middle-man to help voice any of the partner or spouse’s concerns.

2. Online Assistance

Unfortunately, your corporate relocation services team cannot be by your employee’s side 24/7. However, using an online assistance portal can help answer any questions they may have about their new location. Providing a more personal level support for the assignee.

In addition, providing information to support local job searches or professional development opportunities. This service is a good addition and helpful resource for your employee’s partner.

3. Professional Career Services

Keep in mind that this could be the partner’s first time applying for a job in a new location. Meaning this will be a strange, new experience for them! By offering a structured careers program. It will help them create their personal brand via LinkedIn profiles and resume writing assistance.

At Galleon International, we provide a wide range of these corporate relocation programs so the transferee’s families are prepared to participate in the relocation process. With a focus on success and positivity. Our team is bursting with professional moving specialists who understand the importance of being flexible and organised when moving overseas.

Therefore, for more information on how your business could benefit from Galleon International’s, corporate global mobility services. Get in touch today on 01708 868 068.