What is the Portuguese golden visa and how does it work?

Portugal’s golden visa, or residency by investment, is a hugely successful scheme of Portuguese (and therefore EU) residency in return for investing in property or business. Successful applicants gain the right to live and work here, free movement around Europe’s Schengen zone, and the chance to apply for citizenship after 5 years. Here’s how.

Build your own home in France, part 1: buying land

If you’re making a life-changing move to France, maybe you want to make it perfect. And one way to do that could be to build your own house. Think how thrilling that would be. We’ve all imagined it. What we would like, what our priorities would be, what it would be made of and most of all, what the outlook would be, from rolling fields, glittering seas, charming vineyards, to soaring mountain ranges….

How does inheritance law work in Canada?

We’ll forgive you for getting distracted by prairies, ski resorts and vibrant cities when you first move to Canada. However, one matter that should be top priority is protecting your assets. To protect yourself and your loved ones when you emigrate, you need to get clued up on how succession law tax on in inheritance in Canada work.

How to exchange your driving licence before Brexit in Italy

We have our Italian residency and have now been advised by the UK government to also exchange our UK driving licence for an Italian one before Brexit. Concerned that, after Brexit, it could involve an Italian driving test we have got ours exchanged now. Find out how we did it, how the process works and what you need to bring with you.

Buying in Ireland, part five: making an offer

Once you’ve had a viewing trip or two and you’ve narrowed down your property list, it’s time to start making offers. It can be tempting to jump right in, but doing a little bit of preparation will help to make the whole process of making an offer on a house in Ireland that much smoother and more problem-free.