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1. Posted by Pkngrin (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

What does it take to become an ex-pat in your country/area? (Besides lots of Money$$ ??

I would like to hear some stories or tips, I am interested in doing this, hopefully sometime in the next 5 years.

thanks for any input,


2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hehe well it is my understanding that one doesn't simply apply to be an "ex-pat".

Going to work for an embassy over seas would make your an ex-pat, also going and living under a bridge in some country other than your own would make you an ex-pat. So you don't really need lots of money.

I was a loafer in Singapore for three months. I considered myself an ex-pat at the time.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

where are you from, where are you planning?

4. Posted by Pkngrin (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Brendan, I realize that some things you can't plan. I guess I should have said "hoping" to.

I would like to get out of this country that's all. (US-TX) I don't see the future being very bright in this country, as far as ideals go. There seems to be a prevalent train of thought/values (gov't, violence, bourgeois, etc.) that is not something I want to be around or feel like I have any power to influence or change.

Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Mexico. open to suggestions.


5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well one option would to be more than an ex-pat and try for citzenship of one of those countries you mentioned.

I would say that out of all of the ones you listed, Canada would be the easiest for you to get into considering English language. Unless you know german and those other languages

I only kind of know about the canadian system. To get perminent resident or citizenship the applicant is scaled on a point system. And let's say a person needs a minimum of 60 points to get accepted. Then different aspects of a persons life would have a point value.

- under 20 years of age, 15 points
- university/college degree, 25 points
- employeer set up already, 10 points

Those are just guesses and examples.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have found the best way to become an ex-pat is to find work with a company in the U.S. with overseas presence, and move your way there. It's a lot easy to manage an internal company transfer than trying to get yourself hired somewhere else in the world fresh off the boat (or not even on the boat yet). Look for companies in your area that are headquartered overseas (HSBC or Shell Oil, as an example), and see if they are hiring. Then, in a year or two, start poking around for opportunities overseas.


7. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm an expat here in Trinidad&Tobago!

My boyfriend works for a big UK company with an asset here and they have sent him over for two years. I was entitled to join him for the duration of his project. Hooray!
Hoping to be sent to India, Canada or Oz next!

So, ideally, you get yourself a boy/girlfriend who works in an international company and get them to push for a stint abroad.

8. Posted by SeeTheSky (Full Member 558 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

whats a ex-pat?
yay im 9 yrs old

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

"ex-pat" stands for "ex-patriot".