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26 Aug at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi falling rents good news for upgrading expats

Expat workers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of falling rentals by upgrading to larger apartments. The emirate’s shrinking economy due to the massive fall in oil prices is causing layoffs in the expat workplace, thus reducing demand for rented apartments in several popular districts. Expats with ongoing contracts are now taking full...
26 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run...
26 Aug at 6 PM

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Shanghai expat community concerned over possible removal of English language road signs

Expats living and working in China’s massive metropolis of Shanghai are worried the city’s road authority may decided to remove English language directional road signs. Given that very few expats in Shanghai are competent enough in the Chinese language to be able to read its thousands of characters, concerns that English signage may...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Brexit fallout sees surge in expat buyers as UK property prices stall

Banks and building societies are seeing an increase in mortgage enquiries from UK expat overseas due to stalling UK property prices and the decrease in the value of sterling. The Bank of England’s recent interest rate cut, sterling’s plunge and the post-Brexit stalling of the UK housing market are tempting British expats living and...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Expat housing market in Spain shifts into top gear

After remaining in the doldrums since the boom years ended in 2009, the Spanish property market has picked up and is roaring ahead. Sales of Spanish real estate in 2016 are showing double-figure increases over the same period in 2015, with actual sales rocketing by over 10 per cent since the start of the year. The Balearic Islands are...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Expat parents of premature newborn twins face massive hospital bill

An expat couple living in Taiwan are facing a massive hospital bill for their newborn twin daughters’ treatment due to a conflict of information on state insurance coverage. Erica Brull-Reinhold and Bas Brull’s twin daughters, born prematurely on July 12 after a difficult pregnancy, were undersized and had other health problems...
24 Aug at 6 PM

UK pensioners in cooler parts of Spain cheated out of winter fuel allowance

Newly discovered data has revealed British pensioners living in colder parts of Spain may have been entitled to the UK state pensions’ Winter Fuel Allowance. The winter fuel allowance was cancelled in 2014 for all UK pensioners living in Spain, depriving many thousands of an extra few hundred pounds with which to supplement the...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Retired expats in Spain caught in free heathcare trap

Due to recent tough new rules in Spain as well as within the failing British National Health Service, expat retirees are being left with no free heathcare options. Many elderly UK expats living in Spain are now unable to access Spain’s formerly free heathcare services, and the National Health Service is now refusing to treat returning...
23 Aug at 6 PM

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the...
22 Aug at 4 PM

New Cambodia three year multientry visa aimed at expat residents and tourists

Cambodia seems to be finally waking up to its potential not only as a tourism destination but as a home for expats looking for long-term residence in a friendly, warm country. Following an announcement that retirees can now purchase a retirement visa without the need to also purchase a work visa, it will soon be possible for expats to be...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia