Life Abroad

Cost of Living in the U.S.: 2024 Guide – Western U.S. States

The cost of living in the United States varies significantly based on location, lifestyle choices, and economic conditions. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the cost of living in major regions and cities in 2024. We’ll look at major cities in the West, analyzing the following factors: Note that, in general, living […]

April 9, 2024

Woman in Los Angeles with a smartphone.
How to Use Apple Pay: A Complete Guide
Tech

How to Use Apple Pay: A Complete Guide

Apple fans already enjoy a suite of innovative tools for their phones, watches and tablets. Apple Pay, the brand’s approach to swipe-free payments, adds another convenient perk to the list. So, just how does the technology work? And is it safe to use everywhere? We break down the benefits of Apple Pay technology, along with […]

April 4, 2024

How Immigration Shapes Australia’s Identity, from Slang to Remittances
Culture
Migration
Remittances

How Immigration Shapes Australia’s Identity, from Slang to Remittances

Australia, the fabled land Down Under. The place you visit and end up leaving with more questions than answers thanks to its vastly different flora and fauna and stunning, otherworldly landscape. But today, we’re here to talk about its people and the bespoke language and culture they’ve nurtured, which makes this huge country such a […]

April 3, 2024

U.S. Tax Law: Everything Immigrants Need to Know

U.S. Tax Law: Everything Immigrants Need to Know

Navigating the intricacies of the United States tax system can be complex for immigrants. Whether you’re a resident alien, nonresident alien, or somewhere in between, this guide will provide you with the knowledge to navigate the U.S. tax system confidently. Let’s start by noting the U.S. tax system is composed of both federal and state […]

March 26, 2024

The World We Share: Meet Cheikh
The World We Share

The World We Share: Meet Cheikh

Even before meeting Cheikh in one of our conference rooms in Madrid, we know we’re in for an inspiring story. In his four years at Ria, it seems that everyone he’s ever crossed paths with has been awestruck by his strength and resilience. It makes sense that many had been eagerly waiting for Cheikh’s story […]

March 20, 2024

How to Send an International Money Order: A Complete Guide 
Remittances

How to Send an International Money Order: A Complete Guide 

While international money orders may seem archaic compared to instant transfers via apps or online banking, they continue to serve as a reliable means of transferring funds across borders, especially for individuals without access to digital financial services. What is an International Money Order? An international money order is a payment instrument issued by a […]

March 19, 2024

10 Popular Ramadan Meals from Around the World
Culture
Holidays

10 Popular Ramadan Meals from Around the World

The holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, reflection, and spiritual growth for Muslims worldwide. As part of this observance, special attention is given to the meals consumed during this time, particularly during the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and the evening meal to break the fast (Iftar). While traditional dishes hold a special place […]

March 14, 2024

Ramadan: The Importance and Differences of Zakat and Sadaqah
Culture

Ramadan: The Importance and Differences of Zakat and Sadaqah

Every year, approximately two billion people across the globe observe Ramadan, fasting for thirty days as an act of spiritual discipline. Yet, Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is about more than merely reinforcing one’s faith. Beginning and ending with the appearance of the crescent moon, Ramadan is period of reflection that […]

March 12, 2024

SWIFT vs. IBAN Code: What’s the Difference?
Personal Finance
Using Ria

SWIFT vs. IBAN Code: What’s the Difference?

If you have ever sent or received money internationally, you may have come across terms like SWIFT code and IBAN code. These codes help identify banks and bank accounts across different countries and regions. Banks use them to ensure international wire transfers reach their recipients securely and efficiently. But what exactly are these codes, and […]

March 7, 2024

European Union Immigration Law: Everything Immigrants Need to Know  
Migration

European Union Immigration Law: Everything Immigrants Need to Know  

Moving to a new place is both exciting and daunting. The unfamiliarity of laws and regulations can add a layer of complexity to your experience. But worry not! We are here to break down the essential aspects of European Union (EU) Immigration Law, making it understandable for you.  We’ll explore the fundamental principles that govern […]

March 5, 2024