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WELCOME TO SEYCHELLES

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, in the Indian Ocean, only a few inhabitated, that lie off the coast of East Africa northeast of Madagascar.

 
seyc-MMAP-mdThe land:

The Seychelles, officially called The Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, approx 1,500km (930miles) east of Kenya and northeast of Madagascar. The geological structure of the islands varies between granite and coral.

 

History:

Arab traders were the first to visit these uninhabited islands and they were a transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, occasionally used by pirates. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through and named them after himself (‘The Amirantes’ or islands of the Admiral). The name “Seychelles” derives from the 1756 French expedition that led to the annexation of the islands.

 

The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance. Britain eventually assumed full control upon the surrender of Mauritius in 1810, and The Seychelles became a crown colony separate from Mauritius in 1903. Independence was granted in 1976 as a republic within the Commonwealth. The first president was ousted in a coup d’état in 1977 and the 1979 constitution declared a socialist one-party state, which lasted until 1991.

 

People:

The islands of Seychelles have no indigenous population, so its inhabitants are descendants of the ethnic groups that moved there to colonize and those who served those who did. When the British gained control of the islands during the Napoleonic Wars, they allowed the French upper class to retain their land. Both the French and British settlers used enslaved Africans and although the British prohibited slavery in 1835, Africans continued to be enslaved and Indians also served in the homes of the colonizers. Today the descendents of the Indian, Chinese, and Gran’bla form distinct ethnic communities, although most people are of African origin, often mixed with European or Asian heritage.

 

Economy:

Tourism is a major industry of the islands all year around. Apart from export oriented manufacturing, tuna and plantation crops, trade is limited to locally produced fish and vegetables and imported manufactured goods. Souvenirs are produced and sold to tourists.

 

Climate:

The Seychelles have a temperate climate; with temperatures seldom dropping below 24°C or rising above 32°C. During the north-west trade winds that visit between the months of October and March, the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid. In January and February the islands have rain and the months between May and September bring drier, cooler weather especially in the southern islands.

The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million km² in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.

 

seychelles_gallery-B_425The capital:

Victoria, sometimes called Port Victoria, is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé Island, which is the main island of the archipelago. The city is the capital and the largest city of the country and is the location of the island’s international airport. It was first established as the seat of the British colonial government.

 

Main expatriate destination cities:

The main destination for the few resident expats of the islands is the capital, Victoria. It has an international school as well as suitable expatriate level property.

 

Main foreign investors:

The islands lie on many international shipping routes, and cruise liners are a growing source of tourist business; the Government has also opened the Seychelles Industrial Trade Zone (SITZ). In the last 20 years the Government has made a sustained effort to attract ‘offshore’ financial services, particularly in banking and insurance. In 1995, the government established an International Investment Authority which offers incentives and tax concessions to foreign investors.The main natural resources of the Seychelles are fish, copra, cinnamon, coconuts, salt and iron.

 

Expatriate living:

Major tropical diseases such as malaria have never established in the islands. The primary health care system is well established although advanced care is not available, but there is a hospital in the capital. Victoria has many facilities to cater for the tourist population.

 

Cultural Awareness:

The locals are usually described as laid-back and easygoing. Dress codes are relaxed, and formal clothing is seldom worn. Interpersonal distance is somewhat greater than it is in Europe. Complimentary statements to or about other persons, especially children, are avoided because of superstitions that they may bring misfortune. Greetings are simple.

 

Leisure activities and opportunities:

The Seychelles has a wealth of natural history and natural beauty. It is home to some of the world’s rarest species. With almost 50% of its territory dedicated to national parks and reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far sighted conservation policies. Seychelles is also home to two World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.

 

Attractions in the capital city include a clocktower modeled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

Passport immigration stamp

• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in Seychelles please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

seychelles1The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km² in the western Indian Ocean.

It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands.

The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its satellites Praslin and La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

An unfurnished property will contain nothing or just kitchen fittings and bathroom.
A semi furnished property would have some furniture but this option is not very common.
A fully furnished property will have everything required to live in the place.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

There is a certain amount of flexibility; it depends on the individual landlord. Rental request may rise according to furnishings included..

How can i secure a property i choose?

It is not common practice to make a pre- contractual agreement, nor to pay a holding deposit, therefore once a suitable property has been identified, negotiation takes place and contract is drawn up.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have selected: HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

Once a property is selected, Emc Network will negotiate on your behalf. When an agreement has been reached, a legally valid contract is prepared. An appointment is arranged for the tenant (or company representative) and landlord to sign the contract. The contract is read through and the HTLC Network’s Local Counsellor will translate as necessary.

All the copies of the contract should then be signed. As soon as you enter the apartment, we will arrange a thorough inventory/property inspection together with the landlord and your Local Counsellor.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided the property is left in the state in which it was when consigned, and the required notice is given, (this is usually 2 to 3 months and will be specified in the contract) there should be no issue in obtaining full deposit paid back.

Emc Network insist on preparing a detailed check-in sheet upon move in which is signed by both tenant and landlord, this is referred to at check out to establish property state at time of consignment.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

Tenant is responsible for general maintenance as specified in rental contract.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Only with written permission from the landlord.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

It is sometimes possible to include a break clause in the lease contract, this is agreed between both parties at the time of contract negotiation. A notice period must be served. Rent paid in advance will be forfeited.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - Utilities
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

Electricity, Water, Gas is available bottled only.

How are these accounts charged?

Usually the accounts are transferred into the name of the tenant for long term rentals– the bills are sent to the property and are to be paid to the utility company – they arrive monthly and are based on meter readings.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

Passport or ID card and evidence of renting the property.

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

It usually takes a approx 2  to 3 weeks although delays can occur.

How will i be billed?

Bills arrive to the property address or prepaid contracts are also available.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - Driving
Is my licence valid in the Seychelles?

An international driving license is valid.

For how long can I drive my own car in the Seychelles?

All vehicles must be imported and local license plates assigned to them upon entry to the country.

Can I buy a car?

Yes but legal immigration status is a prerequisite.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - Safety
How can I ensure the security of my family?

24 hour security is advisable – this should be sourced by the tenant. General safety precautions should be taken.

Are there any precautions a foreigner can take ?

General precautions such as not entering certain areas of the city and being aware not to make an open display of wealth due to petty theft and crime.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - Health
Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to the Seychelles?

We advise you to check with your embassy before embarking on travel as requirements do vary from time to time.

Are there any particular health risks in the Seychelles?

We advise you to check with your embassy.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

SEYCHELLES FAQ - For corporate
How does HTLC Network assist with Immigration?

HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney to act on behalf of the individual and company.

When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.

What time scale should be allowed to process Work Permit applications?

When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.

How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s documents demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney  in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area:451 km2
Time Zone: SCT (UTC+4)
Capital city:  Victoria
Bordering countries:  archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Climate:  tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

Government

Stateform: Republic of Seychelles
Legislative Branch:
unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale
National Holiday:  Independence Day 29 June 1976 (from the UK)
Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

Population

88,340 (July 2010 est.)
Ethnic Groups: mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab
Religion: Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)
Languages: Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2002 census)