How to Move to Lebanon I Living in Lebanon I Move to Lebanon I Relocation Guide for Expat to Lebanon
Relocating to Lebanon
If you are relocating an executive to Lebanon or if you are relocating to or within Lebanon yourself, you have found the right relocation and immigration specialists. Helpxpat provides professional relocation and immigration solutions tailored to the needs of international executives.
For the past 6 years we have consistently relocated corporate executives to live in Lebanon and their families to, and within, Lebanon. We are responsive and professional, and always operate with care and sensitivity towards our client’s needs.
Moving to Lebanon
Lebanon’s population is well educated and capable of filling most skilled positions. This means there’s no major push to attract foreign workers to the country. Most expats working in Lebanon are employed by NGOs or within the diplomatic arena. Other skilled foreigners work in construction, architecture or engineering. Tourism also offers opportunities for expats in Lebanon.
New arrivals in Lebanon will find the cost of living in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, significantly higher in comparison to other cities in the Middle East. The cost of housing, food and energy largely account for the high cost of living. Another expense that expats moving to Beirut will encounter is transport. The city lacks in public transport, so the use of a private car is necessary.
Relocating services in Lebanon
Relocating to Lebanon being a completely new land is a task easier said than done, especially when a family is involved. Moving to a different country and settling into a new life is a period of emotional and physical upheaval that needs to be tackled intelligently with the right help and guidance from friends, family, companies offering relocation services.
If you are planning to relocate to Lebanon, www.helpxpat.com brings you practical information below, where you will find useful tips to begin your search.
Home Search in Lebanon
Searching for a new property in Lebanon can be stressful, time-consuming and very frustrating, often requiring that you view numerous properties that don’t meet your requirements. Helpxpat will save your time by assuring all properties closely suit your needs and reporting back to you with an itinerary. Our consultants in Lebanon have considerable market knowledge and negotiation skills.
A safer option is to use the services of a relocation agent, who will be able to speak the language and understand the local nuances of the Lebanon property market.
Types of accommodation in Lebanon
Depending on your needs there are different types of housing and ways of finding them in Lebanon. Most expats either rent a villa in the mountainous areas around Beirut or find an apartment for rent inside Beirut. Lebanon is a small country and no matter from where you go, it will not be more than a two hour car ride to reach the capital of Beirut.
If you are planning to stay for a shorter period of time (less than three months) there are options to renting a house or apartment. Especially in Beirut that has a lot of expats, it is not too hard to find a flat to share with roommates or to find a fully furnished hotel apartment or women only dorms.
Most Lebanese don’t move out if their parent’s house until they are married (even though this is starting to change in some areas / families) so if you are looking for roommates you will most probably find yourself in a flat filled with other expats, not local born and raised Lebanese. This tradition has also created a housing market mainly catering to families, with the few one bedroom / studio apartments that are available sometimes being as expensive as a two or three bedroom flat.
How to find a home in Lebanon?
In general, Beirut and the Northern Christian Mountains are usually more expensive than other cities that have less expats, such as Tripoli in the north or Saida and Tyre in the southern parts of Lebanon.
If you are very lucky you might find a small one bedroom apartment in a less fancy area in Beirut for around $350-450 a month. The price for sharing a room is usually the same.For a 2-3 bedroom apartment in an old building without concierge or parking you will most probably pay no less than $800 a month.
Choosing a right school in Lebanon
Education in Lebanon is mandatory for children between 3 and 14, and is set out in three stages; pre-school, basic education, and secondary education. Children begin pre- school at 3 or 4 and finish secondary education at 18. Next to Arabic, English or French are taught at a very young age, and once children move out of primary education, English or French are the standard medium for teaching mathematics and science. Tertiary education is available in the form of universities, technical or vocational institutes, and 52% of young people in Lebanon attend university or another form of higher education.
Visas for Lebanon
There are a number of different types of visas available for Lebanon: residency visa, student visa, tourism visa, collective visa, and a work visa. As with many other countries, if your employer is looking for you to get a work visa for Lebanon, they will need to supply an application to the General Security after getting approval from the Labor Ministry that the job they are hiring you for can only be done by you and not a Lebanese person.
If your employer cannot prove that your work is crucial to their business then you will not be granted a work permit. In practice, it has been reported that as long as one has the right paperwork and has paid the fee, this rule will be relaxed to allow access to the country.
Once you have obtained your work permit, you can then make an application for a residency visa, which will allow you to stay in the country for a year. A residency visa can also be applied to allow your spouse and children to live with you in Lebanon, although your work and residency visa will not allow your spouse to work in Lebanon.
Relocation agencies in Lebanon
Helpxpat specialise in helping people move and are set up to relieve employees of the issues that occur when moving to Lebanon and we offer a wide range of services and provide aid in every aspect of your relocation – from visa struggles and work permits, to transport and finding housing.
Relocating without any assistance and help can quickly evolve into a matter of frustration, confusion and surrender – Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!
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