moving to korea

Hey! I am getting ready to move to Korea in August, and trying to figure out how to pack my life into 2 suitcases for the next year. How were you able to do it, and what tips can you give! Thanks!

Yep no problem! I only brought two pieces of luggage just like you. Honestly this is the best way to...

Learning Korean – Book – An Illustrated Guide to Korean


For those of you who have been learning Korean by religiously following Chad Meyer’s and Moonjung Kim’s illustrations here is your opportunity to own some of these illustration and read it at your convenience or gift it to someone who is learning Korean.

Doing US Taxes in South Korea

Many U.S. individuals living abroad are either unaware that they have the same tax filing requirements as those living at home, or believe that they do not need to file a return if their foreign income is below the foreign earned income exclusion amount. All U.S. individuals, regardless of the geographical location or the amount of tax liability (even if no tax is owed), must file a return each year.

U.S. expats who are out of the country are usually given extra 2-month automatic extension to file their tax returns without requesting an extension, which makes the due date June 30th of the following year. However, if there is a balance due, interest will be assessed on it starting after April 15th. There is no penalty for being late if you owe no tax.

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I’m home. Phew. That was a long flight.

I’m ecstatic to be home. Everyone said it would be weird and strange and that reverse culture shock is a monster, but honestly it’s been pleasant so far. Perhaps it is because my family has been amazingly supportive, I have so many friendships to catch up on and a few babies to meet (New people arrived while I was away!), and I am super busy networking and job searching.

Finding University Jobs in Busan

Doing US Taxes in Korea

While I read this article on married couples doing US taxes while abroad I found it didn’t apply to me completely as my spouse is not a US citizen. And while they provided links and great information, I’ve been unsettled to do my own taxes as I really didn’t want to end up on the naughty list of the IRS especially as we were getting ready for my wife’s US visa.

Practical guide to selecting a Quality International Mover

By Tishana Ince, International Moving Specialist, FeedbacQ

An international move is a crucial juncture in your life, whether you are moving abroad or moving back to your home country after your stint overseas, the whole process can be overwhelming. This is especially true if you are moving with your family or have a lot of stuff to be shipped to your destination. Thus, you should choose an international mover carefully, to help you make the transition as smooth as possible. Here is how to go about doing that.

Moving with your Family to Korea

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Views on Moving to South Korea with your family – wife and kids

When I had to move to Korea, it was pretty simple, I cleared my interview, got my visa, packed my bags and within 2 months I was in Seoul. I did not have to think much about relocation as I was single when I moved to Korea. I just had to convince my parents that I would be safe in Korea.

But then I get many a queries from expats who are married with a working spouse and sometimes kids that go to school. When they ask me whether they should accept the job in Korea, I normally say yes to them, keeping my experience in mind. But then I have realized that I am not the right person to give advice to married couples about moving to Korea for work. I find it very difficult when they ask me queries like -

Tips for American Expat Newlyweds Living Abroad

By I.J. Zemelman, EA, Taxes for Expats

Are you recently married and living overseas?  Just when you thought the work of planning your wedding was over…After taking your vows, there is still more to accomplish for compliance with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Here is a brief checklist of considerations you must make and actions you must take in order to avoid problems at tax time.

Taxes for American Expats in Korea

Update Your W-4 Withholding Amount

How Expensive is Seoul as compared to Singapore, China, Japan and Hong Kong

As per Mercer’s Worldwide cost of living ranking 2012, Seoul is at the 22nd spot in the list of the most expensive city in the world.

Mercer releases its Cost of Living rankings annually and measures the comparative cost of living for expatriates in 214 major cities. They compare the cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. They use New York City as the base city for the rankings and the US dollar as the base currency.

If you are wondering which city tops the list then its Tokyo, which has emerged as the most expensive city for expatriates both in Asia and globally. The top 31 most expensive cities in this list has 10 from the Asia Pacific region including Tokyo at number 1, followed by Osaka at number 3, Singapore at number 6, Hong Kong at 9. Nagoya (Japan) at 10, Shanghai at 16, Beijing at 17, Seoul at 22, Shenzhen (China) at 30 and Guangzhou (China) at 31.

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