Harmony Relocation Network

Harmony Relocation Network and Expatland Global Network form Worldwide Agreement

Harmony Relocation Network, a global cooperative network of locally owned relocation companies and Expatland Global Network have today formed a worldwide agreement.

Harmony Relocation Network members that hold FIDI’s FAIM certification have the opportunity to co-lead Expatland’s E-Teams to develop their businesses and help global expats heading to Expatland.

FIDI is the global alliance of professional international moving and relocation companies. The FAIM certification plays a key role in maintaining standards within the international moving and relocation industry.

Harmony Relocation Network was founded in 1992 and consists of over 140 members in 60 countries, serving 180 countries across six continents, providing the same high level of high quality services, local expertise and personal commitment.

The Expatland Global Network is made up of E-Teams. Operating at city level, they have essential local knowledge and insight. They cut through complexity and drill down to the issues that are relevant to specific locations.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, ‘We are very pleased that Harmony Relocation Network members will co-lead our E-Teams. We take comfort in knowing that these companies are highly qualified and globally recognised. We are very pleased to work with Harmony Relocation Network to ensure our members are moved by the best.”

Paul Bernardt, Managing Director, Harmony Relocation Network, comments: “The Expatland Global Network is a true innovation developed by John Marcarian. We believe that the Expatland Global Network offers an excellent integrated platform to assist global expats on the move. We are very pleased that our members now have the opportunity to lead Expatland’s E-Teams across this dynamic and growing network.”

 

‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a book, written in 2015 by John Marcarian, as a result of John’s personal expat journey. Its focus was to help expats plan their move overseas.

 

E-Teams around the globe

The Expatland book was just the start. To solve the problem of lack of support for would-be expats, John launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018.

The Network is expanding rapidly. There are now E-Teams in more than 20 cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Prague, Budapest, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. With best-in-practice members recognising the importance of this service, many more will follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in their city can get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/

 

About Expatlandhttp://www.expatland.com

The Expatland Global Network is a resource that supports people all over the globe who are embarking on an expat journey, joining a vast, dynamic community.

In fact, if you were to group expats together to form a country, it would be the 5th largest country in the world, inhabited by more than 256 million people, and growing fast.

This ‘country’ is thriving, attracting global executives, business people, educators, medical professionals, students and other professionals who are highly driven, socially aware and ‘global’ in their outlook.

Expatland began as a book, written in 2015 by John Marcarian, as a result of John’s personal expat journey. Its focus was to help expats plan their move overseas.

The Expatland book was just the start.

To solve the problem of lack of support for would-be expats, John has launched the Expatland Global Network.

The network is made up of Expatland Teams (‘E -Teams).

The concept, developed based on research using data from the World Bank, the OECD and the International Labour Organisation, is to provide a proactive solution to the problems faced by ‘unsupported expats’ on the move. Through one point of contact, expats can access help anywhere.

E-Teams bring together vetted professionals on the ground in a wide range of international locations, who can deliver the types of services needed by expats. Operating at city level, they have essential local knowledge and insight. They cut through complexity and drill down to the issues that are relevant to specific locations.

E-Teams are lending their specialist knowledge to help create special Expatland books for major cities around the world. The E-Teams are now writing free-to-download chapters packed with locally-focused advice, tips and case studies.

 

About Harmony Relocation Networkhttps://www.harmonyrelo.com/

Relocation is more than just moving people. It’s about moving people’s lives. That’s why, whatever we do, we do it with our heart and soul, striving to surpass the expectations of the people we work and care for.

 

Our global network was founded in 1992 with a focus on Europe and the USA. In the late nineties, the global expansion began, mainly because our customer base was also expanding. The network first expanded to Australia and Asia. Middle East, Latin America and Africa quickly followed suit.

 

 

How to be an Expat

Our Founder John Marcarian, who has spent most of his life in Expatland, (A virtual country where expats live) was recently featured in Business Life. John talked about his experiences as an expat in Expatland.

He stresses that expats should always plan their departure before making the move.

John advises,” As an expat, one should plan for everything before departure, place to live, which school to send the children to and  even read your employment contract, even though you are being transferred to another branch of the same company, the local rules might be very different.”

You can read the full article at Business Life article July 2019

Bruno Hicke, our Paris Group Leader, provides much needed advice

Our Paris Group Leader, Bruno Hicke of BH & Associés, recently provided much needed advice to a This is Money UK reader.

The reader’s elderly mother was having difficulty closing a French bank account and was being charged fees as a consequence of the delay.

Read Bruno’s advice on the This is Money website.

The Finder Toasts The 2019 Expatpreneur Awardees

The Finder celebrated the Expatpreneur Awardees with a lunch at mezza9 at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore on 31st May 2019.

Our founder, John Marcarian (pictured above), as the Longevity Award winner joined the other awardees to celebrate this year’s winners.

See more of the event on The Finder website.

How does the Coalition win affect the immigration policies?

With the Coalition’s victory in May 2019 Federal elections, the immigration system is expected to continue the past six years trends. Prior to the election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a cap of 160,000 migrants per year for the next 3 years.

Out of this number 30% will be allocated to the Family migration while the remaining 70% will be dedicated to the Skilled migration stream.
Out of the latter category, 39,000 visas in 2019-20 will be allocated to Employer Sponsored skilled visas, which shows an increase of almost 3, 500 places. However, the Government introduced stricter labour market testing, so that skilled migration is only used where an Australian worker is not available and stronger English language, age and work experience requirements are required.

 

Introduction of two new regional visa categories

Within the Employer Sponsored skilled visa scheme, a particular focus will be on the regional areas. The Government will introduce two new regional visa categories (Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa and Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored) in November 2019.

Under these two schemes, skilled migrants will be priority processed and afforded access to a larger pool of jobs on the eligible occupation lists compared to those who live in the major cities. Also, skilled migrants will have a pathway to permanent residence under the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional).

Skilled Work Regional Scheme

This regional scheme will be reinforced by the Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA), which target specific skilled migrants to work in the regional areas of need.

With the DAMAs, the Federal government this year is aiming to provide more attractive incentives to the new settlers in Australia to avoid the big cities and settle in the areas that are not so populated and still requires the new migrants’ skills and expertise.

For this purpose, they have allocated a number of places, to encourage the new migrants to settle in the Northern Territory, the Great South Coast of Victoria, the Orana region in New South Wales, South Australia and Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the Western Australia’s Goldfields.

What this means for you as an expat moving to Australia

Expats seeking to move to Australia now have a greater opportunity to apply for a visa under the two new regional visa categories as there is a larger pool of jobs on the eligible occupation lists .In addition, their visas will be processed more quicker than other applicants as  they are afforded priority processing. Expats in Australia who hold these visas will also have a pathway to permanent residence under the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa.
The team at Migration World are ready to and can assist you with all your questions and enquiries regarding the granting of a visa to enter and live in Australia

Singapore E-Team volunteer for HWA Wheel Walk or Jog and Family Carnival 2019

Members of our Singapore E-Team took part in HWA’s annual Wheel Walk or Jog and Family Carnival.

Held on 27th April at the Esplanade Park, the event includes a family carnival followed by a walk or jog with HWA wheelchair-bound members along a scenic route not more than 3.5km.

Volunteers are paired with HWA wheelchair-bound members and assist them throughout the day.

A big thank you to all the E-Team volunteers. A great day was had by all.

 

Expatland at the Houten Emigration Expo

We will be at the Houten Emigration Expo on 9-10 February 2019.If you are going to the Expo come to our stand and meet our team.

Hear from our Founder, John Marcarian, as he explains what our E-Teams do and how they can help you move and settle in to your destination city.

Download our e-Book in preparation for your move.

If you’d like the personal touch, an Expatland Concierge can contact you and introduce you to reputable service providers in the city you are moving to – just complete our departure questionnaire.

McRae Property Joins Expatland’s Melbourne E-Team

 

Leading buyer advocacy firm McRae Property has joined The Expatland Global Network. The firm will provide property advice to the Melbourne E-Team’s clients.

McRae Property has acquired both residential and commercial properties for a wide range of investors and owner-occupiers, based both locally and overseas and across all price ranges.

The firm understands that buying the right property at the right price is what this whole process is about. McRae believes honesty, trust, good communication, and a common thought process are essential for a beneficial outcome.

The Expatland Global Network is made up of Expatland Teams (‘E -Teams). Operating at a city level, they have essential local knowledge and insight. They cut through complexity and drill down to the issues that are relevant to specific locations.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “We are pleased to have McRae Property join us and believe they will be a key member of our Melbourne E-Team.”

John Sommers, Director & Certified Practising Valuer, McRae Property, comments, “We can see the potential and strengths of the Expatland Global Network, which will enable us to expand our business in the right way.  Our extensive knowledge in the property industry spans from 1965 and believe we can add real value to expats coming to Melbourne.”

 ‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a book, written in 2015 by John Marcarian, as a result of John’s personal expat journey. Its focus was to help expats plan their move overseas.

E-Teams around the globe

The Expatland book was just the start. To solve the problem of lack of support for would-be expats, John has launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018.

The Network is expanding rapidly. There are now E-Teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Prague, Budapest, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. With best-in-practice members recognising the importance of this service, many more will follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in their city can get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/

Bank of New Zealand Joins Expatland’s Auckland E-Team

 

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has joined The Expatland Global Network. The firm will provide migrant banking advice to the Auckland E-Team’s clients.

BNZ is one of New Zealand’s leading full-service banks and has been helping people to start a new life in New Zealand since 1861. It offers retail, business and institutional banking.

The Expatland Global Network is made up of Expatland Teams (‘E -Teams).

Operating at city level, they have essential local knowledge and insight. They cut through complexity and drill down to the issues that are relevant to specific locations.

John Marcarian, founder of the Expatland Global Network, says, “Adding a world-renowned brand such as BNZ to the Expatland Global Network shows how far we have come since our launch less than a year ago. We are committed to providing expats with a trusted network of service providers in their new city and BNZ is the perfect banking provider for any expat making the move to Auckland.”

Evan Veza, Head of International Business Development, BNZ Partners comments, “BNZ has joined the Expatland Global Network to support the development of expats as they integrate into life in New Zealand. We’ve helped generations of migrants start a new life in New Zealand and we’re pleased to be joining forces with the team at Expatland who use their global knowledge, skills, expertise and networks to help expats successfully integrate into New Zealand.”

 ‘Expatland’ origins

Expatland began as a book, written in 2015 by John Marcarian, as a result of John’s personal expat journey. Its focus was to help expats plan their move overseas.

E-Teams around the globe

The Expatland book was just the start. To solve the problem of lack of support for would-be expats, John has launched the Expatland Global Network in 2018.

The Network is expanding rapidly. There are now E-Teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Prague, Budapest, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

With best-in-practice members recognising the importance of this service, many more will follow.

Businesses interested in joining an E-Team in their city can get in touch with Expatland: http://www.expatland.com/contact/