Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after lease termination, completion of inspection, cleaning, and payment for final utilities.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer, check, and cash are acceptable methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include an entrance fee and monthly tuition.

Costs vary depending on the school of choice. International school tuition tends to be higher than bilingual schools with an American system.

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer, check, and cash are accepted methods of payment.

Additional Notes

It is required that families have an interview with school authorities present school records from the origin school, and take entrance exams.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Copy of valid passport
• Work permit or temporary residence permit
• Valid driver’s license from country of origin
• Visual test
• Payment of application fee

Additional Notes

It is possible to drive up to 3 months from arrival utilizing a driver’s license from home country.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Copy of passport
• Resident card with work permit
• Local tax identification number
• Proof of residence

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day,

Additional Notes