October 2016 Expat News Archive

Archived Daily Expat News from the Expats Blog Newsdesk...

31 Oct at 6 PM

UK Autumn Budget raids on retirement savings predicted

Would-be expats looking to their personal pensions to find retirement overseas may lose out in the upcoming UK Autumn Budget. Raiding pensions is an habitual activity for British chancellors when the economy is slightly shaky, and it seems this year’s UK Autumn Budget isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule. An article in a...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Saudi gobsmacked at granting of citizenship to female robot

An attractive female star attending Saudi Arabia’s recent Future Investment Initiative programme was interviewed and questioned about her lifestyle and wishes for her future. The young lady said she wanted to help humanity and was subsequently granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, an unusual move by the Saudi authorities. Exactly how...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Qatar eases banking regulations for expats with expired visas

As the regional economic boycott enters its sixth month, Qatar’s central bank is loosening up on expat banking rules. According to the regulator, lenders must now allow expat workers whose visas have expired a full 90 days before their accounts are closed. Formerly, accounts were shut down immediately on visa expiry. The news was posted...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Should expat professionals abandon Qatar

Once one of the most popular destinations for expat professionals heading for the Gulf States, it’s now feared Qatar’s present situation may have taken the shine off the desirability of jobs in the country. Although many reports state Qatar’s rulers are dealing well with the diplomatic standoff involving most of their immediate...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Expat tax resident investors in Spain get worthwhile tax breaks

The Spanish taxman has granted useful tax advantages on investment and savings plans to expats who’ve chosen tax residency in the country. Tax advantages on savings and investments for tax resident expatriates in Spain also let them off the hook of Spain’s notorious negativity against non-compliant investments. UK expat tax residents...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expats dream lives ruined by nightmare neighbours

UK expats in Spain feature on UK TV documentary proving bad neighbours can turn heaven into hell. Nightmare Neighbours Abroad was screened in the UK, featuring three tales of woe in which the expats’ Spanish dreams turned into a daily nightmare due to problems with nasty neighbours. The expats claim their lives in the sun were totally...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Expat joy as China lifts ban on mould ripened Western cheese

Expats whose gastronomic pleasures were all but ruined due to China’s recent ban on mould-ripened cheeses are celebrating the lifting of the bizarre rule. The ban caused controversy across the cheese-producing world as well as distress to expat lovers of Roquefort, Camembert and other examples of the cheese-makers’ skill. The Chinese...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Marbella pensioner scammed by fake driving license seller and fined by police

An American pensioner living in Marbella has been fined by police for using a fake international driving license purchased in good faith from a prominent expat businessman. Andrea Barnett was fined a total of €500 by local police after she was found with a fake international driving license she’d bought from local expat businessman...
27 Oct at 6 PM

British ambassador to travel round France hearing British expats woes

In an attempt to gather information about British expats’ Brexit concerns, the British ambassador to France is to undertake a meetings tour around the country. According to the embassy’s website, ambassador Lord Ed Llewellyn is preparing to tour around France meeting with UK expats worried about their post-Brexit status in the...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Mystery fortune found in Mijas town hall coffers raises suspicion

Expats living in the Costa del Sol resort of Mijas have discovered the local council is sitting on funds of about €64 million but aren’t doing anything to spruce up the town. Mijas town hall is now the subject of demands from expats to deal with urgent local issues after it was revealed the authority is sitting on €64 million of...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Bremain in Spain calls for clarity on post Brexit provisions for UK expats

Following Alfonso Dastis’s pledge that UK expats resident in Spain will be able to stay no matter what the Brexit result brings, campaign groups are calling for reassurance as regards healthcare and other rights. Bremain in Spain’s chairperson Sue Wilson is claiming the right to remain without assurances on healthcare and other...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Trump tax bill just might include the end of citizen based taxation

In spite of recent news reports to the contrary, Republican lawmakers are believed to be considering measures linked with residency-based taxation for US expats. According to Republican leader of the House’s Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady in an interview for the Financial Times, lawmakers are carefully looking into the...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Famous Fuengirola expat owned oyster bar forced to close for roadworks

Former chef to the stars Larry O’Rourke’s oyster bar and restaurant is likely to be forced to close due to local government road works slated to take until December to complete. The famous Irish expat, formerly the private chef for Irish traditional dancer Michael Flatley, was devastated when he arrived at his premises to find a local...
25 Oct at 6 PM

US expat helicopter pilot granted exclusion from foreign earned income tax

In a sudden departure from the usual result of cases relating to foreign earned income exclusion, an American helicopter pilot living and working in Iraq has been allowed to claim the exclusion. The decision is considered to be notable not only for its taxpayer-friendly result, but also because the court failed to take into account...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Living sensibly and saving money in the UAE

For new arrivals in Dubai, it’s easy to get caught up in the endless overspending common to the emirate’s expat community. Given that expats who relocate to Dubai are awarded high salaries and relocation packages for their trouble, it’s not surprising that most see their new job as an opportunity to save a good deal of money for...
24 Oct at 6 PM

UAE locals accused of having expats arrested for fun

The strange case of the Western expat sentenced to three months in a Dubai jail for touching a man in a bar is now being recognised as a popular sport for Emirati locals. Scot Jamie Harron was arrested for ‘public indecency’ after he accidentally touched a local man on the hip whilst carrying his drinks through a crowded bar. Even...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Expats grieve with the Thai nation on Royal cremation day

This Thursday marks the cremation of Thailand’s much-loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the kingdom for 70 years. The beloved monarch died last October 13, leaving the Thai nation mourning his passing and celebrating his extraordinary life spent serving his country and its people in a manner unique in Southeast Asia. Many Thais...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Financial firms log a deluge of complaints from clients

Consumers are lodging millions of complaints with the UK's Financial Services Agency over poor and unsuitable financial services. Allowing a financial advisor to manage investments and savings can be seriously detrimental to the heath of your wealth, according to consumer watchdogs. IFAs, financial firms and banks have been hit with a...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Madagascar warned about plague outbreak

The international expat community in Madagascar are being warned of a rapidly spreading outbreak of plague. Government departments in Madagascar are warning all expats, residents and visitors to take care as the country’s health authorities rush to stem the rapid spread of the disease known historically as the Black Plague. The plague...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Jobless and homeless expat mom living on Dubai streets

A 45 year-old former HR manager is now living on the streets in Dubai, separated from her two children and facing prison. Romanian national Leiga Michael lived happily in Dubai with her two children for a number of years until she lost her job in 2015. She had a small apartment and was working as a successful HR manager until her life...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish foreign minister pledges UK expats can stay post Brexit

Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has reassured British expats their post-Brexit lives will not be interrupted, even if the Brexit no-deal option is taken by the UK government. With the first official comment on the fate of some 300,000 Britons living, working and retiring in Spain, Dastis has done more than Theresa May or any other...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Fake news causes expat panic in Nanjing

Expats in Nanjing and along the East Coast are in a state of panic due to fake news on an internet chat room. An article on Expatlife’s WeChat page has caused expats living in Nanjing to panic in case the restrictions described were true. Rumourmongering targeting China’s expat communities is a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s always...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwaiti MP urges exit visas for expats

As Kuwait’s government and lawmakers continue proposing and introducing measures hostile to foreigners working in the emirate, a law is being introduced requiring exit visas for all expats. Kuwaiti MP Waleed al Tabtabaei has proposed a measure imposing exit visas for all foreign workers intending to leave the emirate. The law, if...
20 Oct at 6 PM

State pensions not enough for comfortable expat retirement

New research reveals state pensions worldwide don’t provide enough for a comfortable retirement in any country. A study by the Swiss bank UBS has made it crystal clear that relying on a state pension anywhere in the world makes no sense, as all pay the minimum amount necessary to cover basic expenses. The bank’s research identified a...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Decline in disposable incomes causing expat concern

Relocation is often seen as the answer to stagnant wages and stalled career opportunities, but expat professionals nowadays are often struggling to make ends meet. For several decades, accepting relocation overseas was synonymous with a vast increase in salary, a luxury lifestyle and a boost in career prospects. Nowadays, worldwide...
19 Oct at 6 PM

How to make the most of your relocation

Relocating to a new job overseas can be a lonely experience at first, but there are many ways to find a comfortable place in an already established expat community. Most expats who relocate overseas for work will find themselves in the midst of a fairly large expat community, all of whom probably felt isolated as new arrivals. It’s far...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Baby Boomers still retiring overseas in droves

As the 21st century gets even more confusing, the Baby Boomer generation is heading off into the sunshine for a tropical retirement. Survey after survey is revealing the most important factor in the decision to emigrate is the wish to enjoy a lower cost of living in a warmer, more laid-back environment. The Baby Boomer generation still...
18 Oct at 6 PM

What the Trump tax reform bill may mean to US expats overseas

Although the mystery surrounding Trump’s latest attempt to cosset his supporter base won’t easily be revealed to tax-paying mere mortals, one thing’s for sure – the UK tax code won’t ever be the same again. US expats overseas aren’t exactly waiting with bated breath to hear whether or not residence-based taxation will replace...
18 Oct at 6 PM

British ambassador in UAE reminds UK expats about consular services

As a result of the recent increase in the numbers of British expats falling foul of UAE laws or finding themselves in dangerous or difficult situations, the British ambassador has released a guide to consular services in the emirates. Whilst a good number of UK expats scattered around various world destinations admit to having little...
18 Oct at 4 PM

Dental fees now included in expat healthcare charge increase

As the row over increased heathcare fees for expats rumbles on, expats’ least favourite female MP Safa al Hashem weighs in with her joy at hearing dental services are to be included. The recently-elected Kuwaiti MP’s other suggestions include taxes for expats walking on Kuwait roads, so it’s no surprise she is overjoyed about...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait Human Rights Society urges revocation of expat health service fees

Kuwait’s Society for Human Rights, (KHRS), is calling for the controversial new expat health service fee to be revoked due to patients quitting necessary medication. Kuwait’s human rights organisation is urging the government to reverse the new law forcing expats to pay for heathcare services, citing new reports that a large number of...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Raging wildfires in Portugal and northern Spain threaten expat lives and properties

Massive wildfires raging in northern Spain and Portugal may have been started by human intervention, according to investigators. Up to 40 people are believed to have died in the blazes, with dozens more injured and hundreds losing their homes. Over 140 separate fires are being fought in Portugal, with firefighters struggling against high...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Germany a favourite for long stay British expats

Over 100,000 UK expats are settled in Germany, with their numbers steadily increasing since 2011. A report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a total of 107,000 Britons living in Germany, a 10 per cent increase over the last six years. The data was collected and analysed from an EU report of the latest numbers, and...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Bremain in Spain condemns government attitude towards Brexit negotiations

Major expat rights campaign group Bremain in Spain is less than impressed by the current progress of Brexit negotiations. Chairperson of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson’s opinions on the fifth Brexit negotiation talks and related government action are less than positive, and with good reason. Last week’s lively general news scene meant...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Oman must now have private healthcare insurance

Oman is preparing to issue a new law requiring the purchase of healthcare insurance by nationals and expats working in its private sector. According to the Times of Oman, the announcement of the new law by the Omani minister of health indicated enforcement by early next year. Currently, just 10 per cent of expats working in the emirate...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Expats left with nothing after upscale Pattaya condo project goes bust

Over a hundred expat and Thai investors are still waiting for their money after the luxury Centara Grand Residence project was declared bankrupt. Basil Development Co’s advertorial for the high-rise condo development ensnared over 100 buyers by focusing on upscale living, resulting in all of them buying off-plan. Several months ago, all...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Expat buy to let investors losing out to the UK taxman

New tax rules on buy-to-let landlords have resulted in the UK becoming one of Europe’s most expensive countries for property tax. Due to mortgage and tax changes aimed at slowing house price inflation and levelling the British property market in favour of first-time buyers, expats investing in buy-to-let properties have been hard hit. A...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Expat contractors being targeting by UK taxman

British contractors living and working overseas are now under closer scrutiny by the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs department. UK expat contractors are now under scrutiny by the British taxman following the stepping up of its requests to foreign tax authorities for information. Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request from a...
12 Oct at 6 PM

Survey shows Oman is an expat favourite for its peace and security

The GCC nations in general may be best for high salaries and luxury living, but expats have voted Oman as the most peaceful of them all. The 2017 Expat Insider survey, complied by expat networking website InterNations, rated the small country as the most peaceful of all the GCC nations as well as one of the most stable. It’s also the...
12 Oct at 6 PM

EU expats in UK to get free NHS treatment whilst UK expats must pay

British expats living and working in EU member states post-Brexit could be faced with expensive healthcare bills whilst EU nationals still living in the UK will get free NHS treatment. In yet another blow to UK citizens now living within the European Union, it seems a no-deal Brexit would mean they would be forced to pay for healthcare...
12 Oct at 6 PM

Heartbroken UK dog owners in Spain lose their pets to deliberate poisoning

As many as 20 pet dogs have now died due to a toxic substance deliberately spread around two local parks. Spanish police are now probing two popular local parks on the Costa del Sol for clues as to who is responsible for the deliberate poisoning of a number of pet dogs. According to the Olive Press local English language newspaper, two...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Expats and tourists astonished by Thai beaches smoking ban

Expats and tourists alike were stunned by today’s announcement that smoking will be banned on 20 of Thailand’s main tourist beaches. It seems the ban was introduced after a report from the country’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources that employees had picked up tens of thousands of butts from one beach. The report claimed...
11 Oct at 6 PM

May says no protection for UK expats should Brexit talks fail

The British Prime Minister has finally admitted she has no idea what may happen to UK expats living in Europe should Brexit negotiations fail. In an admission which illustrates the total lack of preparedness of the British Brexit negotiating team, Therese May has stated she has no idea what the fate of British expats in EU countries will...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Expat professionals in Singapore facing increased resentment

In spite of a recent policy change favouring local workers, resentment against expat professionals in Singapore is at an all-time high. Singaporeans are claiming expat professionals are stealing jobs which should go to locals, in spite of August’s new Fair Consideration Framework, aimed at ensuring foreigners don’t get jobs which...
10 Oct at 6 PM

What to do and not do as a new expat in Dubai

Almost 70 per cent of Dubai’s population is made up of expats from across the world, with all making the same, often comic, mistakes when they first arrive. Relocating to an unfamiliar country is a succession of new experiences, most of which are based on a totally different culture and way of life. Dubai is the perfect example of...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Netherlands not exactly welcoming entrepreneurial expats

For years, the Netherlands has been known for its entrepreneurial culture, but would-be self-employed expats are experiencing real problems getting residency visas for their start-ups. Local entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are playing a huge part in growing the economy by providing new jobs as well as innovative ideas and generally...
10 Oct at 6 PM

British expats in Catalonia fear outcome of independence referendum

British expats living in the Spanish province of Catalonia are dismayed at the chaos and political tension following last week’s independence referendum. British expats living and working in Barcelona and the rest of the province are shocked and unhappy over the botched referendum and its ensuing violent response, with many considering...
9 Oct at 6 PM

EU expat rights and UK expat pensions confirmed by British Brexit secretary

Brexit minister David Davies has confirmed the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats’ pension rights are secure. In a briefing session with UK parliamentarians, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator said the EU had agreed on the two principles, although he gave no details of the exact contents of the agreements....
9 Oct at 6 PM

UK expat dreams of France can turn into nightmares

France is a favourite destination for UK citizens mesmerised by the dream of great food, cheap wine and a romantic rural haven, but the Gallic lifestyle can cause problems. The majority of British expats who leave the UK for a new life in France settle in without much in the way of problems, but for a few the initial experience is much...
9 Oct at 6 PM

Majority of expats in UAE planning retirement back home

New research has shown the majority of expat professionals working in the UAE are planning to enjoy their retirement in their home countries rather than staying in the emirates. Contrary to the perceived wisdom that every single expat approaching retirement age in the UAE can’t wait to get back to the home country, a recent survey has...
6 Oct at 6 PM

Design and décor do’s and don’ts for a quick property sale

Selling your home is one of life’s most stressful experiences but, by making sure you’ve the most marketable chunk of real estate in the area, getting a higher than expected price makes it all worth while. For most of us, having our own home gives the chance to indulge our personal tastes by decorating and furnishing according to our...
6 Oct at 6 PM

Spousal programmes help trailing partners of expats relocating to Switzerland

Switzerland is a favourite for expat finance professionals for its pay scales and career-boosting opportunities, but unhappy spouses and families can lead to assignment failure. According to a recent survey, Switzerland does a less than successful job of making spouses and families of expat professionals feel at home and welcome. Work in...
6 Oct at 6 PM

What to do when a UK expats dies abroad

With retiring outside the home country becoming ever more popular, it’s common sense to be aware of protocols needing to be followed when a UK citizen dies abroad. Death isn’t considered a suitable topic of conversation for many, including elderly expats, but according to the old saying it’s as inevitable and unavoidable as income...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwaiti lawyer demands court repeal expat heathcare cost increases

Kuwait’s Administrative Court is expected to give a ruling on the legality of the recent expat health charges increase by 25 October. Kuwaiti attorney Hishim al Refai recently filed a case for consideration by the Administrative Court against the swinging increases in expat healthcare charges, citing illegality and unconstitutional...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Good news for expats as Spanish property market stabilises

After a wild ride down, up and down again during the past decade, the Spanish property market is now stable. Over the past five years, the real estate market in Spain has undergone a remarkable transformation resulting in its becoming attractive to a far wider range of buyers. Whether purchases are made by newly arrived expats, Brits...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Israel based US expats clamour for citizen based taxation reform

Regardless of whether they voted for Trump or not, the majority of US expats resident in Israel are hoping and praying the upcoming tax reform bill will end their unfair tax burdens. American Israelis, including the ‘Accidental Americans’ who inherited US citizenship, are full on in the fight to repeal Citizenship-Based Taxation and...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for expats.

For the third year running, the city state of Singapore has taken the crown as the best expat destination on the planet. The 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer survey is one of the most reliable and respected of the annual ‘best place’ expatriate studies. Singapore’s top rating isn’t a surprise, as it’s been at the head of the pack for...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Expats invited to finance and run Omani private schools

The Oman government is to offer expats the chance to invest in the Sultanate’s private education facilities. Foreign investors may establish new private schools under certain conditions, according to an official representative of Oman’s Ministry of Education. Regulations and management requirements, the spokesman said, have been...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait expat healthcare costs rise sees patient numbers drop by 30 per cent

Following the introduction of increased charges for expats using Kuwait’s health services, Kuwaiti hospitals have seen expat patient demand fall by 30 per cent. The swinging increases in medical charges for expats attending Kuwait’s public hospitals were introduced at the beginning of this month, with some categories of expatriate...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Police violence in Catalonian referendum condemned by locals and expats alike

Expats living in Catalonia are as shocked and unhappy as are locals over the violent police reaction to the independence referendum. Last weekend’s turbulent events during the referendum for Catalonia’s independence weren’t exactly unexpected, but the shock caused by police violence is reverberating across both expat and local...
3 Oct at 6 PM

British expats in Marseilles warned after terror attack

Britons living in Marseilles have been warned to take care after a terror attack killed two women at the city’s main rail station. Witnesses of the attack saw a man wielding a knife attack and kill two young women outside Marseilles’ main railway station whilst shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, the Arabic for ‘God is great’. According...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Expats warned to adjust their investments before Brexit kicks in

Despite the continuing uncertainty over Brexit’s final form, the financial fallout is sure to affect expats’ UK-based investments. Financial managers are urging expats to act now as regards protecting their property, savings and pension investments against Brexit’s expected financial fallout. Hedging your bets includes taking...
2 Oct at 6 PM

French hillside town erupts in fury over Brit cow bell complaints

Local farmers in the pretty hillside town of Biot aren’t best pleased with their British neighbours after they complained the cows’ bells were too loud. The charming small French town of Biot, set close by Lake Geneva, is home to a number of British second home owners and expats attracted by its setting and laid-back lifestyle. The...
2 Oct at 6 PM

Home Office under harsh criticism at European Commission for its unjust deportations

The increasing number of embarrassing reports of Home Office blunders potentially or actually resulting in the detention and deportation of legally resident EU citizens has resulted in an EU investigation. Actual enforced removals and detentions of EU citizens living and working in the UK have increased considerably since the June 2016...
2 Oct at 6 PM

UK banks discrimination against expat Britons is now illegal

UK expats living overseas will be happy to hear British banks’ discrimination against those wishing to retain or open accounts with high street banks is now against UK law. Over the past few years, British banks have been operating an almost total ban on non-resident, non-domiciled, UK expats wishing to open bank accounts in their home...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expats in Spain lose holiday villa in secret auction

A holiday villa in Spain was sold to a neighbour in a private auction after she had complained her house was damp. A British couple have just 30 days to give up the keys to their dream retirement holiday home after the local authority sold the property in a private auction without giving the owners notice of the pending sale. Adrian and...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi allows real estate fund trading for expats

The Saudi Capital Market Authority Board has approved expat trading in the Saudi Bourse of Real Estate Investment Traded Funds. The go-ahead for the major change was given yesterday by the Authority Board, and covers ownership, management and operation of the publicly offered real estate investment funds. The units’ primary objective is...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Spain still at risk from fugitive fraudsters

In spite of endless warnings from Britain’s Financial Conduct Agency, local forums and the expat media, UK residents in Spain are still losing their savings and pensions to unscrupulous crooks. This week, one expat newspaper serving the Costa Blanca expat community posted news that Mark Acklom, named on the list of Britain’s most...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Is India the new China for expats

As China falls fast as regards popularity with expats, the recent HSBC survey suggests India may be the new number one for those looking for business opportunities amid exotic surroundings. It seems the expat world is changing even faster than the real world, with formerly popular destinations such as Hong Kong and mainland China tumbling...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Falling pound sees US expats buying into British homes

As sterling’s weakness continues, expats from the USA are increasingly setting up home in the UK. British property prices are falling, and the post-Brexit decline in the value of sterling is making homes in the UK even more affordable for those buying via foreign currency transfers. More than 200,000 Americans are already living and...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Expat bankers in Hong Kong mourn the old days

The ‘good old days’ of Hong Kong’s expat banking community are now long gone, with conspicuous consumption and extravagant lifestyles being replaced by discretion and lower spending. In the days before the 2008 financial crisis, Hong Kong was the dream relocation for a huge number of expat bankers, all gifted with packages covering...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Tips for UK expats heading to the USA

Whether you’re heading for the USA with a dream job in your pocket or simply planning to retire in the Florida sunshine, it’s best to find out what you’re letting yourself in for before you leave. America is still a powerful draw for Britons fed up with their country of birth, and it’s certainly a great place to grow your...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Expat life in China gets tougher

Life in China is now getting tougher for expats, with new visa rules, the rising cost of living and creeping prejudice against foreign workers. For the last decade or so, China has been seen as the perfect location for adventurous expats looking to live and work in an exotic environment. This golden era now looks to be ending, with the...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Vietnam unlikely to rush to buy apartments

The Vietnamese government is preparing to issue a new law allowing expats to buy apartments but, according to real estate agents, the take-up may well be lower than expected. The government’s relaxation of the home ownership rule for expats is innovative, and was expected to result in a rush to buy, but property agents in Hoh Chi Minh...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Asia about to feel the cold winds of Brexit

British expats in Asia may believe they’re safe from the devastating future effects of Brexit, but its tentacles are due to reach across the world as regards finance. The Asian powerhouse cities are thousands of miles from the British Isles, but UK expats’ finances will still be hit hard by Brexit. At present, the political stance in...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Long stay expats in France see many changes

UK expats who’ve lived in France for many years have seen both positive and negative changes in their lifestyles. One of France’s major attractions for expats is that changes take far longer than in other countries, although all accept change is inevitable. Fortunately, most changes which have taken place of the past several decades...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Taiwan becoming an Asian oasis for expats

Several recent global expat surveys have noted Taiwan is being rated highly for its provision of the good life in tranquil, verdant surroundings. The island of Taiwan is a relative newcomer to the expat world, having formerly been a well-kept secret, but its prominence in two annual expat surveys has catapulted it into being referred to...
25 Oct at 6 PM

UAE expat childrens education costs 1.5 million dirham or more

Parental costs of educating expat children through primary and international secondary levels and on to university is costing an average per child of 1,500,000 dirham (USD408,413). A recent study by an offshore insurance and investment company has revealed the heavy burden on UAE expat parents of educating their children to an...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Wealthy expats offered EU passports by Cypriot authorities

The European Parliament is furious with Cyprus for offering wealthy expats and their families fast-tracked European Union passports. The Cypriot government has just changed the requirements for their ‘citizenship by investment’ scheme, allowing wealthy expats to purchase EU passports and the right to remain for a sum of around 2.5...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Romania praise the country’s development

Massive changes in Romania during the last 15 years are much appreciated by the country’s expat community. According to long-stay expats in Romania, far-reaching developments have taken place in almost all sectors, and they’re looking forward to even more positive innovations over the next decade. Closer ties with Europe, the...
24 Oct at 6 PM

US expats hit by Merrill Lynch brokerage account closures

Following on tales of woe by USA expats on the subject of account closures by their home country banks, expat brokerage accounts at Merrill Lynch are now closed with very little notice. The famous USA wealth management firm has sent letters to a large number of their expat clients informing them that, from October 1, their brokerage...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Vietnam trebles its popularity with expats in just one year

According to a recent survey, Vietnam’s popularity as an expat-friendly destination has soared over the past year. In 2015, InterNation’s 64-country survey rated Vietnam in 35th place in its Working Abroad index. Amazingly, the 2016 result showed the Southeast Asian country in 12th place, a huge jump in just one year. In addition, all...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Offshore QROPS providers warn Brit expats over Brexit effects

Hundreds of thousands of British retirees living overseas may be at risk of changes to their QROPS after Britain leaves the EU. At the present time, the British government has revealed no strategies which would affect retirees who’ve transferred their pensions to a QROPS, but experts are warning changes might well take place. Those most...
21 Oct at 6 PM

Is property purchase a good idea for expats in China

Although apartments in China’s main cities are becoming more expensive, some expats are taking a chance on capital gains by purchasing now. The Chinese government has recently eased laws governing expat property purchase, encouraging more long-stay expats to take the plunge and buy a home. Although owning an apartment gives a feeling of...
21 Oct at 6 PM

French parliament Brexit meeting told Brit expats face cataclysmic changes

A special meeting dedicated to the effects of Brexit on British expats in France heard the UK’s divorce from the EU would have cataclysmic effects on expat rights. Members of France’s National Assembly were told Thursday that Brexit was on track to wreck the lives of tens of thousands of Britons living in the country. EU law...
21 Oct at 4 PM

Harlequin Property insolvent after scamming expats out of millions

Harlequin Property SVG, infamous amongst expats for its Caribbean and Thailand property scams, is now insolvent and has appointed a professional trustee. The company is based on St Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean offshore location for many companies with doubtful legitimacy, and is the offshoot of another company with the same...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Inexpensive European cities give expat quality of life

Everything in life, including food and shelter, needs to be paid for, but expats on a budget can still get quality of life in a number of European cities. Every expat knows the ‘best things in life are free’, but the reasonable cost of living in your chosen destination isn’t as important as a friendly community. Given that, it’s...
20 Oct at 6 PM

USA still expat land of opportunity in spite of survey results

A recent survey placed the USA at a poor 30 out of 45 countries considered global destinations for expats, spurring a chorus of complaints from entrepreneurs who still consider the US is tops for business. The HSBC survey is considered as one of the most reliable guides to expat relocation, but expatriates living and working in Boston and...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Research states US expats in UK could hold deciding vote in US election

A scholarly paper recently issued by a US institute based at Oxford University revealed US expat voters in Britain could hold the key to the result of the US presidential election. The research paper, entitled ‘America’s Overseas Voters: how they could decide the US presidency in 2016’, stresses the power of overseas voters in the...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Will Polish plumbers be replaced by Brit expat retirees after Brexit

A hard-hitting article in a Scottish newspaper is suggesting tax-paying, hard-working Polish plumbers may have to be replaced by retired Britons reluctantly returning from a life in the Spanish sun. The newspaper’s report on a Westminster debate concerning the many petitions for a second referendum wasn’t meant to be hilarious, but...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Disillusioned Brits rush to become expats in Irish Republic

Spurred by the ubcertainty following the Brexit result, a huge number of disillusioned Britons are seeking to become expats working overseas. Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, online international recruitment sites have been deluged by huge numbers of British workers seeking a new life abroad. A recent analysis...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait expats face 165 per cent compulsory heath cover increase

From 2017, expats living and working in Kuwait’s private sector will have to pay 165 per cent more for their compulsory heath insurance. The recent announcement of new independent healthcare provisions for expats included news that the cost of coverage would increase, but gave no details of the exact figure to be charged. At present,...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Expat returnees from Europe taking the road to the isles

The anticipated expat doom and gloom of Brexit is already seeing a trickle of Brit returnees boosting trade for estate agents offering homes on the Scottish islands. As uncertainty continues to dog British expats living in EU member states, one national estate agency is experiencing a rush of enquiries from overseas about Scottish island...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Bahrain mulls ban on expat kids cricket matches

A recent shock/horror announcement on a Bahrain news website has suggested expats an their kids will be banned from playing cricket on waste grounds. Bahrain’s Northern Municipal Council voted on Monday to disallow cricket in its constituencies, according to local media. The council accused fans of the popular game as well as its players...
18 Oct at 6 PM

BBCs Thailand video slammed by expats and tourists

The BBC’s tourism video on changes in Thailand since the King’s death last Thursday is being rejected and ridiculed by expats and tourists in the country. Uploaded onto Facebook last Saturday and slammed by netizens as misleading and inaccurate, it was viewed over 2.3 million times before being withdrawn. Aimed mainly at tourists...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Bad news for expats as Singapore labour market shrinks

Human resources consultants in Singapore are warning tighter labour market and slowing economy may reduce demand for expat professionals. Although the market for top jobs is expected to stay strong, expats looking for middle managerial or more junior positions are likely to be disappointed. Singaporean employers are now opening up such...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Thailand mourn the death of King Bhumibol

The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues. Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and...
17 Oct at 6 PM

British expats across UAE still cashing in on weak sterling

After the pound sterling fell to a 31-year low last week, British expats working in the UAE rushed to remit currency to the UK. Remittance volumes from the UAE to UK banks have soared by 135 per cent over the same week in September as expats took advantage of the fall in sterling. The cashing in is likely to continue as major banks are...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Post Brexit Brits clamour for Irish passports and citizenship

Thousands of British citizens are rushing to mitigate Brexit’s effects on their lives by applying for Irish passports and citizenship. During the three months following the announcement that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, a massive 37,000 Brits living in both the UK and Northern Ireland are taking the emigration route to...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi fresh market off limits to expat shoppers

Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats. A municipal overseer with responsibility for the city’s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official...
14 Oct at 6 PM

UK expats in Spain given hope by Spanish acting PM

After a meeting with Theresa May, the Spanish acting prime minister told British expats to keep calm and wait for results. Mariano Rajoy yesterday attended a working lunch with Theresa May in which the plight of Spaniards living in the UK and British expats in Spain was discussed. Although no press conference was held after the meeting, a...
13 Oct at 6 PM

High Court legal challenge to Brexit starts today

British expats all over the EU will be watching the proceeds of the first legal challenge to Theresa May’s arbitrary triggering of Article 50 next March. The lawsuit is based on the widespread belief that a parliamentary debate and vote is needed before May can push the button to start EU divorce proceedings. Many UK citizens as well as...
13 Oct at 6 PM

India wins out over the USA and China in expat survey

According to a recent survey, expats living and working in India are happier than their counterparts in the USA and China. The respected HSBC survey awarded the sub-continent 26 points against 30 for the USA and 34 for China, with the results based on three parameters, family, experiences and economics. In the economics sector, India...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Best loved lifestyle websites and apps for expats in Dubai

If asked to choose between Dubai’s job opportunities and rewarding levels of salary and the location’s amazing nightlife and endless amenities, most expats would hit on the lifestyle. Admittedly, work in Dubai can be fascinating and even fun, but the endless choice of hot new venues, restaurants and clubs are the real attraction for...
12 Oct at 6 PM

UK government finally announces details of expat lifetime right to vote

The British government has now seen fit to finally scrap the rule disenfranchising all UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years. One of the most controversial issues highlighted by the Brexit referendum was the 15-year voting rule which disallowed hundreds of thousands of British expats in Europe from having a say in their...
12 Oct at 6 PM

Tax implications for UK expats relocating back home

Whether the decision to return to the UK is based on fears of Brexit effects, family reasons or simply because you’re missing the home country, it’s wise to check your tax position before you make the move. For expats moving back to the UK from EU member states it’s fairly straightforward providing you’ve maintained your...
12 Oct at 6 PM

Singapore lower fee international schools attracting expat children

For expats living and working in Asia, finding affordable international English curriculum schools for their children is one of the toughest tasks of relocation. Singapore is an ever-popular expat relocation destination but, for those bringing their families with them, it’s also one of the most expensive as regards international...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Best European countries for expat self-employment

Having the courage to quit your job and become and self-employed in your county of birth is scary enough, but for many the thought of doing it as an expat can be terrifying. Working for oneself in an unfamiliar foreign location may seem like an impossible dream, but for those with entrepreneurial spirits it can become reality, especially...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expats in UAE unfazed by falling pound

British expats living and working in the UAE are unconcerned about the drop in value of sterling, provided their families are with them. Amidst disturbing rumours forecasting a ‘hard Brexit’ and last week’s sudden ‘flash crash’ of sterling, UAE-based Britons are saying they have little cause to worry, especially if their...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Nitaqat Saudization to hit older expat doctors, academic and investors

New Saudi Arabia laws relating to older expat professionals in certain specialities are likely to affect foreign workers in critical positions. The recently approved Mawzoon (balanced) Nitaqat system is due to become law in early December, and is slated to end specialist expatriate dominance in critical jobs. It’s aimed at bringing down...
10 Oct at 6 PM

UK Home Office admits most EU expats unable to be deported

The British Home Office has calculated five out of every six EU citizens now living in the UK would not be able to be deported. It seems over 80 per cent of EU nationals in the UK will be entitled to rights of residency by the time the Brexit negotiations are finished and the UK officially quits the EU. The report by the Home Office...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Sterling crash crushes retirement dreams for thousands of British expats

The dramatic decline in the value of sterling is causing misery for a huge number of British expats living in EU member states and other world countries. British retirees in Spain, France and Italy are not only facing an uncertain future as regards their rights to stay in their chosen countries, they’re also seeing their spending power...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Juncker being sued by British expat group over no negotiation order

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is being sued in the European Court of Justice over his banning of any pre-Article 50 negotiations. A legal challenge has been mounted by the Fair Deal for Expats group on the basis that Junckers’ so-called ‘presidential order’ has no basis in EU law and must be considered an...
7 Oct at 6 PM

Does living overseas make one an expat or an immigrant

Foreigners who’ve chosen to live, retire or work overseas usually refer to themselves as expats, but should they be classified as immigrants? The word ‘expat’ is most often seen in reference to nationals of particular countries working in other countries, but few of the wide range of individuals who live outside their home countries...
7 Oct at 6 PM

British government finally overturns 15 year expat voting exclusion

Three million British expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years are about to be given the right to a lifetime vote. In the Conservative Party’s 2015 election manifesto, these disenfranchised expats were promised by David Cameron that the rule would finally be scrapped. The run-up to the Brexit referendum saw an unsuccessful...
7 Oct at 6 PM

Harry Shindler welcomes UK government scrapping of 15 year expat voting ban

Expat campaigner Harry Shindler MBE has applauded the UK government’s now published ‘votes for life’ proposals. 95-year old Harry has been campaigning for 16 years against the controversial UK government ruling which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of expats who’d lived overseas for 15 years or more. The World War 11 veteran...
6 Oct at 6 PM

Germany forcing elderly and infirm into care homes overseas

Ailing pensioners in Germany are being dumped in Asian and Eastern European care homes and retirement villages in a push to cut spendin on spiralling heathcare costs. A shocking report in an international newspaper highlights the plight of elderly and infirm German pensioners unable to afford high-cost private health insurance. The...
6 Oct at 6 PM

Brexit already affecting Brit expats in France

Four months after the devastating Brexit announcement, British expats in France are beginning to feel its effects. A majority of Britishers living in France are either retirees on pensions or owners of small businesses serving mainly the local expat community. The initial shock of sterling’s fall following the referendum result hit...
6 Oct at 6 PM

Beijing losing popularity as more expats leave than are arriving

China’s increasing cost of living, dwindling expat pay packets and smog are all reasons why more expats are leaving than are arriving. Once a favourite with more adventurous expats, China and its mega-cities are now seeing a fall in the number of expats due to pollution and rising living costs. The total number of expats located in...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish demand for expats to pay for heathcare sparks retaliation

Yesterday’s announcement by a Spanish minister that the UK should be forced to pay for expats’ post-Brexit heathcare is about to spark a bitter political wrangle between the two countries. Madrid’s statement made it clear that Theresa May’s tough Brexit would result in hardship for expats at present residing in Spain. Of the...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Cambodian heathcare infrastructure may stymie retirement visa success

Cambodia is now in the process of creating its first dedicated retirement visa for expat pensioners, but its lack of first-world heathcare may result in a diminished takeup of the new initiative. Cambodia is attracting increasing amounts of interest from expat retirees, many of whom are considering transferring from neighbouring Thailand....
5 Oct at 6 PM

UAE expats warned over 25 year savings plans

Expats in the UAE are being warned yet again about the inadvisability of taking on 25 year savings plans. The expat life is, by definition, a transient one, with the majority of expat professionals moving between assignments and rarely staying in one place for more than five years or so. Sadly, a good proportion find themselves locked...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Expats and parents horrified at morbid Madeleine McCann tour

A so-called Luz Challenge tour visiting sites connecting with the disappearance of Maddy McCann is enraging local expats and causing pain to the still-missing little girl’s parents. Expats in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine McCann was kidnapped are up in arms over a morbid tourist attraction involving the apartment where she was...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Prominent British businessmen funding legal action against Brexit

A group of wealthy British businessmen are donating in support of an upcoming legal challenge to force a parliamentary vote before Brexit is triggered next March. The high court case is due to be heard this month, and is hoped to prevent Theresa May from triggering Article 50 without first opening the issue to a parliamentary debate. A...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish government insists UK pays expats post-Brexit medical bills

In its first post-Brexit announcement concerning pensioners living in Spain, the country’s foreign minister told listeners at an Alicante event that the UK should pay its’ expats’ medical bills. Spanish foreign minister Jose Manual Garcia-Margallo is quoted as saying one of the country’s post-Brexit goals is to force Britain to...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Survey reveals UAE still tops for career progression and lifestyle

Whilst negative reports and survey results continue to hit the rest of the Gulf States, the UAE is still attracting expat professionals for its stability, safety, salaries and quality of life. As a whole, the Gulf State region’s results in the recent HSBC expat survey left a lot to be desired, and more recent media attention has been...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Projected UK pension transfer changes may leave expats open to fraud

A UK government measure at present under consideration is likely to leave thousands of expat retirees vulnerable to pension fraud. The UK is considering easing existing consumer protection laws relating to pension transfers by both onshore and offshore residents. Government claims that changing the law as regards regulations will make it...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Thailand expat crackdown gathers momentum

Expats living in Thailand are becoming concerned about escalating attempts by the country’s authorities to garner personal information outside the existing immigration requirements. The latest in several new requirements by Thai authorities involves yet another form giving information about expats’ private lives, this time distributed...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Windfalls waiting for thousands of missing Standard Life expat customers

Tens of thousands of former Standard Life customers have been missing out on a share of the huge cash pile distributed by the company when it went public eight years ago. The former mutual insurance and pensions company has tracked down the vast majority of the 2.5 million customers who were entitled to a part of its massive multimillion...
31 Oct at 6 PM

US warns Western expats working in the Middle East over jihadist threat

US embassies based in capital cities across the Middle East have issued a terrorism attack warning to US expats and Western teachers after an extremist group posted threats on its website. All British and American schools in the region are now under enhanced security, and embassies are working with UAE officials to improve protection for...
30 Oct at 6 PM

QROPS aces in the tax hole for permanent expat residents

QROPS are still a good choice for expats living permanently overseas as they give significant tax advantages in addition to conforming to the new pension rules. Overseas workers and expats who’ve reached retirement will benefit tax-wise from a QROPS, provided they have left the UK on a permanent basis. According to the Treasury, the new...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Hong Kong expats support protestors by running umbrella shaped marathon

Although Hong Kong’s expat community is divided over the ongoing student protests in the heart of the city, two of its number today took part in an umbrella-shaped 102 km marathon in support of democracy. The pair, both experienced ultramarathon runners, were expecting to take around 15 hours to cover their planned course, shaped on a...
29 Oct at 6 PM

US Justice Department cracks down on Swiss banking privacy

Swiss banks are being hounded by the US Justice Department to reveal all details of USA citizens’ secret accounts. Prosecutions as well as FATCA are being used to force traditionally private Swiss banks to give up the full details of money in accounts held by expats attempting to avoid paying tax in their home country. Switzerland was...
29 Oct at 6 PM

Confusion hits expat female dependents in Saudi over teaching jobs

The reversal of an official Saudi announcement allowing dependent expat female teachers to work in private schools without sponsorship transfers has confused and disappointed those affected. Expat dependents whose husbands held their sponsorship papers were overjoyed last Friday at the apparent relaxation of the requirement to transfer...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Is investing in the Chinese property market the way to go

China’s increasing popularity for an overseas career move gives rise to the question of investing in its property market for expats fortunate enough to have secured long-term employment Rumours that real estate in China is heading for a US-style meltdown are giving would-be expat property investors cause for concern but, as with almost...
28 Oct at 6 PM

US expat woes increase thanks to FATCA

A recent survey undertaken with a sample of US expats living in popular destinations revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents had considered voluntarily renouncing their citizenship to avoid the onerous FATCA requirements. The complications of endless form-filling, the threat of being barred from opening local bank accounts and...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Experts warn life expectancy is useless in financial planning

According to financial experts, estimates of life expectancy are of no use in cashflow modelling as the calculations might result in the loss of all capital before retirement. In an address given at the annual conference of the Institute of Financial Planning, Steve Groves warned his audience that statistics on life expectancy proved that...
27 Oct at 6 PM

Survey shows Asian hubs offer more bang for the expat buck

The recently-published annual HSBC Expat survey has revealed that Asian locations offer the most affordable costs of living due to their cheaper accommodation, utility charges and groceries. The well-regarded survey, based on expats’ ability to afford essential services and goods as well as on average disposable incomes, saw Switzerland...
24 Oct at 6 PM

How to avoid the fees and frustrations of conventional currency exchange

One of the most trying aspects of living overseas is currency transfer between your home country or offshore bank account and your account in your host country. Whether you’re retiring overseas, working for a company which pays salaries from the UK, freelancing, or just touring around the places you’ve always wanted to see before you...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Foreign Office urges research before choosing an overseas retirement destination

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging retirees heading for life overseas to look carefully and plan ahead before they leap. Millions of UK nationals are now aiming to relocate or retire abroad, with the tempting prospect of warmer weather and a better lifestyle the main reason for the decision. However, it seems that...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in New Zealand falling foul of cold calling and overseas investment scams

Following on from reports of vastly increased numbers of financial scams in Europe, the Gulf States and Asia, today’s warning to citizens and expats by the Kiwi Financial Markets Authority (FMA) comes as no big surprise. Expats across the world are now being ripped off via an unprecedented number of financial fraudsters lurking in expat...
23 Oct at 6 PM

UAE recognition of overseas medical degrees results in more health professionals

The UAE’s new unified professional qualification requirement scheme came into force earlier this month, and has resulted in a larger pool of qualified medical professionals in Emirati hospitals. The new requirements now recognise international medical degrees from a number of countries worldwide, and are attracting experienced expat...
22 Oct at 6 PM

Survey results shock reveals pension fraudsters targeting retirement savers

The results of a recent survey prove that increasing numbers of pension liberation crooks are operating onshore and offshore, defrauding retirees confused about the new pension rules. The research, undertaken by financial firm Fidelity, revealed that 66 per cent of retirement savers are still uncertain about their rights under the new...
22 Oct at 6 PM

Mega rich give fortunes to support young entrepreneurs and the underprivileged

A recent study has revealed that wealthy philanthropists nowadays are focusing on helping new self-sustaining projects, job creation and the poverty-stricken. Around 13 per cent of the world’s wealth is held by just 0.003 of its population – the mega-rich millionaires and billionaires who monstly made their fortunes in the heady second...
21 Oct at 6 PM

Expats turn their backs on international medical insurance due to soaring costs

A recent survey revealed that 25 per cent of UK expats no longer believe that costly international medical insurance is a necessity. Factoring in the ever-increasing expense of international health insurance is a headache for all but the wealthiest of expats, wherever in the world they’ve decided to make their new homes. Overseas private...
21 Oct at 6 PM

UK Foreign Office warns expats over increasing terrorist threats

As conflicts erupt in European as well as the Middle East and Asia, the UK Foreign Office has stepped up its travel warnings to both tourists and expats. France is the number one target for the latest British authority warnings to UK residents as well as visitors to the popular tourism and expat hub. A triple warning has been issued, with...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Continuing FATCA chaos impacts long term US expats in Canada

Problems with retaining bank accounts and complying with complicated regulations are hitting hard on all US expats, but those who emigrated to Canada many years ago are experiencing the worst effects. Last February, the Canadian government finally signed on to co-operation with FATCA ruling as regards the disclosure of privately held...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Con man operating Marbella coloured diamond scam jailed for four years

A gang of fraudsters who targeted UK pensioners living along Spain’s Costa del Sol in a coloured diamond scams are now all behind bars. The gang of six, masterminded by Liverpudlian Adam Simmonds, operated a boiler room–style scam in the retirement hotspot of Marbella, hitting on unwary pensioners with offers of ‘rare’ coloured...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Survey results urge expats to be informed about financial matters

An expat survey conducted amongst new arrivals by the Bank of Canada emphasises that, wherever you decide to settle, getting money matters straight is essential. Although the survey focuses on Canada, its conclusions hold true in all expat destinations worldwide. New arrivals face similar financial challenges wherever they decide to live,...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Female expat in Spain accused of property fraud still on the run

Whilst most expat attention nowadays is focused on how to avoid financial fraud, a British expat is on the run in Spain after being accused of a long-term rental property scam. Many expats don’t realise that life in paradise can swiftly turn to life in hell, often with the assistance of seemingly trustworthy business people from their...
16 Oct at 6 PM

UK taxman changes to QROPS rules may benefit expat retirement savers

Whilst the ever-changing new UK rules regarding British pensions are confusing almost every saver and investor both on and offshore, HMRC’s recent QROPS announcement seems to bring good news for expat retirement savers. Basically, the controversial Budget reforms are now to be applied to QROPS holders as well as to those with...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Christchurch rebuild halves emigration from New Zealand South Island

Ever since the rebuild of earthquake-devastated Christchurch began, Kiwi expats have been returning to help, with nationals who’d planned to migrate also joining in the reconstruction of their much-loved city. Migration from New Zealand’s South Island has almost halved during the past two years, with locals joining with incomers from...
15 Oct at 6 PM

New QROPS opportunities for Brit expats in USA

Over the past two years, the use by US residents with UK pensions of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes (QROPS) has been complicated by the IRS’s objections to the scheme. For several years after the introduction of QROPS in 2006, UK pension funds were unable to be transferred to similar US schemes, even although HRMC had...
15 Oct at 6 PM

Irish con man in Spain outed by sharp eyed expat pensioner

An Irish conman who preyed on wealthy widows and pensioners has been outed on the Costa del Sol by a sharp-eyed 71-year old who’d met up with him via an online dating site. 60-year old Sean Whelan’s seductive online and offline charms had already cost a Florida woman her life savings of around £70,000 after they’d met on another...
15 Oct at 11 AM

Foreign countries ramp up incentives to attract expat retirees

Senior citizens in first world countries such as the UK and USA are being offered a variety of retirement incentives such as tax breaks and easy visa options by an increasing number of states worldwide. The value of would-be expat pensioners to second and third world economies seems at last to be obvious to a good number of far-flung yet...
15 Oct at 10 AM

Europe set to take over from Middle East as expat bonus hub

Although the Gulf States have traditionally attracted the majority of expat professionals due to generous bonuses, Europe is set to take over the rewards crown. Today’s expanding Western-based bonus culture is the result of a recovery from the devastating effects on international companies of the 2008 financial crash. The tightening of...
15 Oct at 10 AM

Are protests affecting the Hong Kong expat community

Expats in Hong Kong are now living through an unprecedented level of protests against China’s Communist rulers, but how is the seemingly unresolvable drama affecting the expat community? Started, as are many similar events worldwide, by local students and now spread to hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who value their...
15 Oct at 10 AM

UK FCA sets up website to help investors identify financial scams

As part of yet another warning against financial scammers, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has set up their Scamsmart website in order to help unwary investors identify cold-calling fraudsters . The website was developed using monies recovered from the criminal element operating within the financial advice sector, and concentrates...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Portugal the ideal destination for expat retirees

The search for the perfect overseas retirement haven is crucial to many retirees’ plans for the future, and involves finding a dream home in a sunny, friendly environment such as Portugal’s romantic Algarve region. Known for several decades by literally thousands of UK expats as a great place to live, a recent survey has identified the...
14 Oct at 6 PM

IRS warns compliant foreign banks over tax scammers

Yet another FATCA-related risk for US expats worldwide has been identified via an IRS warning over scammers posing as the regulator in order to obtain access to expat bank accounts. The IRS fraud alert was sent to banks in all countries which signed up with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act after numerous reports of attempts to...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Australia still beats the competition for best UK expat destination

As Northern Europe’s chilling winter months draw nearer and the results of seasonal surveys of the perfect expat destination hit forums and advice websites, potential migrants could be forgiven for an excess of confusion over which destination is best. The NatWest Quality of Life Survey, one of the better indications of migration...
14 Oct at 6 PM

UAE expats desert local banks for home country bank security

A recent survey indicates that expats living and working in the UAE are shunning the emirates’ banks in favour of the security offered by their home country financial institutions. Almost 50 per cent of those surveyed admitted that their wages and savings were paid into accounts held in home country banks. The reason given by 48 per...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Soaring cost of living in Singapore impacting expat salary increases

In spite of the high salaries paid to expats living and working in the popular city-state of Singapore, rampant inflation is smashing down on even the most generous pay rises. The results of a survey by Standard Life indicate that the vast majority of expats believe their salaries are unable to catch up with the city’s soaring cost of...
14 Oct at 6 PM

British banks closing accounts held by expats with no UK address

The recent move by British banks to close down long-standing current accounts owned by UK expats is causing major problems in overseas retirement destinations. A number of British banks, including Santander and Lloyds, have recently closed down the current bank accounts of expats living overseas, giving them little time to rearrange their...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish expat haven popularity under threat from Portuguese tax deal

In a bid to attract expats away from neighbouring Spain, Portugal is offering a new tax exemption scheme eliminating double taxation of any income from overseas. The new tax deal means that all income from overseas sources, including pension payments, will not now be subject to double taxation for at least 10 years. The scheme will apply...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Lloyds Bank blanks out expat savers with interest cut and transfer bans

Lloyds Bank has issued yet another blow to its loyal expat savers by cutting its interest rate and banning transfers to a better savings deal. Previously, long-term UK expat savers with easy-access savings accounts at Lloyds Bank were able to switch online to a better deal as regards interest rates. Loyal customers have now received...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi construction companies to replace professional expat staff with locals

Expat engineers on contract to Saudi construction companies with important projects now fear the loss of their jobs due to the controversial Nitiqat programme. Saudi companies are only required to fill seven percent of their vacancies with local workers in order not to disrupt the progress of major construction projects. However, many...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Which country gives the best returns for expat property investors

The international real estate sector has traditionally been a favourite with expat property investors, but it’s anyone’s guess which locations will perform best over the long term. Over the past year, the UK housing market has seen soaring gains, with many expat investors eager to cash in on buy-to-let opportunities before they are...
31 Oct at 6 PM

New guide reveals the best deals for expat property investment

Expats with retirement savings or nest-eggs are constantly searching for the highest returns in their investments, but estimates provided by developers can be unreliable and contradictory. Property investment is in the genes of most expats due to the history of homes bought for little and sold for much more in their home countries in the...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Asia tops the world in 2013 survey for best expat destinations

Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey. The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand...
30 Oct at 6 PM

UAE Central Bank new mortgage lending regulations for nationals and expats

In an attempt to increase security and stability within the Dubai property market, the UAE’s central bank has issued new lending regulations for both Emiratis and expats. For UAE nationals wishing to purchase their first home, a maximum of 80 per cent of the property’s valuation up to $1.36 million will be lent, with a lending ceiling...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Beating currency movements can boost expat pension power

Retiring overseas on a pension from the home country can be a daunting business due to the effect of currency fluctuations on a fixed monthly amount. Most pensions need to be paid into bank accounts in retirees’ new countries of residence, leaving the recipients open to the vagaries of currency fluctuations as well as excessive...
29 Oct at 6 PM

Investing for growth needs care overseas

As soon as expats move overseas and are no longer tax-resident in their countries of origin, the usual rules as regards investing for growth change radically. For Britons, any UK pension is no longer tax-efficient, UK bank accounts are no longer the best way to transfer money internationally or withdraw money from an overseas ATM, and the...
29 Oct at 6 PM

Proprosed new UK law may make contesting expat wills easier

Family members left out of an expat’s last will and testament might soon find it easier to contest its bequests if a bill now before parliament is voted into law. The bill has now passed its third reading in the House of Lords, and will be opened for debate in the House of Commons. If it’s passed into statute and becomes law,...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Cameron urged to rethink UK government frozen pension policy

International expat campaigners against the infamous ‘frozen pensions’ policy affecting many thousands of British expat retirees have been urgently requested to supply a report to government. The urgency of the report was stressed due to the upcoming crucial parliamentary debate on the issue, with the request made following a meeting...
28 Oct at 6 PM

Expats urged to carry printouts of their Saudi reentry visas

Overseas airlines based in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, are advising the Kingdom’s travel agents to tell their clients to carry a re-entry visa printout when they travel aboard. The advice followed a number of complaints by expat workers returning to Saudi Arabia who had been refused boarding by airline staff due to their re-entry...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Suspension of two more property funds may hit expats worldwide

Following the suspension of the Brandeaux range of property funds in late July and October’s news that the Mansion Student Accommodation fund is also suspended, expats with investments in the sector are bracing for the worst. Questions are now being asked as to whether the property sector is an appropriate investment, especially for...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Defiant women activists in Saudi fight for the right to drive

Saudi Arabian women are gearing up to overturn the ruling banning them from driving, with protests planned and female activists already behind the wheel. In a move which, if successful, will free both Saudi women and their expat counterparts to drive legally in the kingdom, the activists are calling on social networks for a Saturday...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish town hall officials fight against demolition of two remaining villas

In a surprising development following the demolition of two of four expat-owner villas in Cantoria, the remaining villas are now part of an administrative war between the local and regional authorities. The two villas were also under the same demolition order which felled the home of John and Jan Brooks last week. Cantonia Town Hall has...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi seeks expats for community police jobs

Abu Dhabi’s 500-strong team of community police is about to be augmented by expatriates helping to keep the neighbourhood peaceful and crime-free. According to local media, police authorities in the emirate’s capital are planning to recruit a greater number of expats to serve in their community police teams. Head of the community...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Italian authorities seize expat villas built on farming land

Following the news yesterday that yet another Spanish villa owned by expats had been demolished, today’s headlines reveal that expat villas in Italy have been confiscated for similar reasons. Brendan and Jane Crossan’s villa on the Ligurian Riveira was seized by the local authority following a five year battle by the couple to save...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Expats working in Bangkok to face swinging rent increases

Rental agents based in Bangkok are warning that rentals in the city’s most popular expat areas are expected to rise sharply due to a shortage of suitable properties. Expat-standard residential property rents in the centre of Bangkok have remained stable for several decades, but are about to rise due to spiralling demand for two and...
22 Oct at 6 PM

UK tax authorities to crackdown on pension fund registration

Pension liberation scammers are facing another onslaught in the campaign to stamp out their activities. Beginning this week, HM Revenue and Customs will crack down on pension fund registration in an attempt to deter fraudsters from marketing illegal pension liberation schemes. The action is in response to the high number of fraudulent...
22 Oct at 6 PM

FCA warns UCIS holds too many risks for most investor

The UK’s Financial Conduct Agency (FCA) is warning retirement savers that unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS) are considered too risky for the vast majority of investors. The FCA is backing up its warning by conducting an investigation into the marketing of UCIS in order to weigh up the scheme’s pros and cons. At the same...
21 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish planning authorities still demolishing expat homes

In spite of negative publicity and protests, Spanish planning authorities in Andalusia are continuing to demolish expat-owned villas built by rogue developers. The latest villa to be torn down belonged to British couple John and Jan Brooks, who purchased it off-plan from a local developer in 2005. They used their retirement savings and...
21 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi private employers select the best as deadline approaches

With the Saudi Arabian government deadline on sponsorship transfers fast approaching, many private companies are deciding to keep the best of their part-time expat workers and let the rest go. Human Resources officers in a number of private Saudi companies have told local media that they are being selective about which expat employees...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Threats to Caymans tax haven cause social unrest in paradise

A favourite destination for expats from across the world, the Cayman Islands’ reputation as a modern paradise is being threatened by the erosion of its tax-free status. Warm, azure seas, perfect white-sand beaches, a friendly, international offshore community and most importantly, a tax haven, the Cayman Islands chain is traditionally...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Immigration to New Zealand is changing the face of the nation

Whilst many other world countries are bemoaning the brain-drain effect of migration, New Zealand is celebrating the fact that, for every resident who leaves permanently or dies, more migrants are arriving, thus keeping its population stable. The changing face of a nation as a result of immigration may not be regarded as a positive...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Promise of cheap Greek property may have sting in tail

Property investment agents in the UK and all over the European states whose economies are in freefall along with their house prices are pushing cheap properties with pre-financial crash enthusiasm. Greece is a good example of romantic sales pitches for its ‘sun, sea, land and imperishable charm’, as stated by a real estate investment...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Motoring lessons overseas learned the hard way by expats

One of the reasons often quoted by expats when asked why they left their home countries is the expense, difficulty and traffic snarl-ups involved in driving in large cities. However, the lure of the open road in far-flung, less than first world countries such as Thailand has its distinct and possibly fatal downsides, as many expats have...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Canadian expat in Thailand claims embassy has left him to die

A Canadian engineer living in Thailand’s Phuket Town is claiming on YouTube that his embassy and Thai officials are refusing assitance and leaving him to die. Tim Rooney, resident in Thailand for some 13 years, was involved in an altercation with a German expat during an attempt in 2011 to sell his computer via an online site. The...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Should expat children be sent to overseas boarding schools

Most children of expats working abroad are sent to local international schools, but boarding schools in overseas location may have their advantages. Wherever in the world you’re living, expat life gives you a unique chance of becoming a true global citizen, but deciding on the best education system for your children can be a strain....
15 Oct at 6 PM

New Zealand fast tracks immigration visas for foreign irrigation specialists

Visa for irrigation professionals are now being fast-tracked by New Zealand’s Immigration Department, following a severe storm last month which wrecked irrigators in South Island’s rural areas. The deadly nor’wester hit hard across South Island’s farming region, causing millions of NZ$’s-worth of damage including rendering...
15 Oct at 6 PM

Longterm Canadian resident expat hits brick wall over citizenship

A British Columbia expat who has lived in the province for 48 years has gone public over his difficulties in obtaining Canadian citizenship and a passport. Former bank manager Gerd Nitzek, now retired, was born in Germany and now wants to travel as part of his retirement plans, but is still not able to get his wish to become a Canadian...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Financial advisory companies in Thailand turn to full SEC regulation

Continuing reports of investment mis-selling in many expat world destinations is forcing not only action by government regulators but also by financial advisory firms themselves in seeking legal registration with local financial authorities. Recent media reports have identified countries as far apart as Hong Kong, the UAE, Spain, the UK...
14 Oct at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi residence law leads to 20 per cent rent increases

The decree passed by the Abu Dhabi government that all public employees must live within the emirate has caused a huge hike in rents within the region. The decree was aimed at stopping the two-hour daily commute from nearby Dubai by expat employees and wealthy Emiratis, all domiciled in Dubai due its more relaxed lifestyle. According to...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Debate over expat citizenship provokes controversy in UAE

The recent call for expats in the UAE to be allowed to apply for citizenship has sparked a controversy amongst Emiratis over the potential effect on national identity. Foreign residents in the United Arab Emirates outnumber the indigenous population by around five to one, and the recent moves by the group of countries to decrease the...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi female Shura members call for driving ban to be scrapped

Women members of the influential Shura Council are calling on King Abdullah to allow women to drive, thus challenging a long-held tradition fully supported by the clerical establishment. Shura Council members are appointed by the ruler, and constitute the closest body to a parliament in the kingdom. The council cannot make laws, but its...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Brit corporate expats now networking on horseback

A new take on business networking by British expats has spread to 12 world countries via very expensive ponies, kit and exclusive polo clubs. Exclusivity in the expat business world has taken on a new format due to British Polo Day, the brainchild of a premium brand promotion specialist. Ed Olver, CEO of the relatively new company, saw his...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expats may get free NHS treatment based on NI contributions

The prejudicial rules that British nationals living overseas can only get treatment on the NHS if a medical emergency occurs during a visit home may soon be overturned. The present ruling states that expat Britons living abroad for more than three months in any one year are not entitled to free NHS healthcare unless in an emergency...
9 Oct at 6 PM

Official report shows Saudi foreign workers tax increases inflation

Saudi Arabia’s controversial foreign workers’ tax levied on companies with high numbers of workers from overseas has, as predicted, increased the country’s inflation figure. Introduced last November, the tax of US$640 a year must be paid on each foreign worker above a certain limit as compared with the number of Saudis employed. Its...
9 Oct at 6 PM

Dubai luxury home prices still below their 2008 peak

Although sale prices and demand for luxury homes in Dubai are now on an upward spiral, values are still falling far short of their peak in 2008. A recently-released residential property review of this year’s second quarter notes that luxury villas and high-end apartments showed a strong increase of 21.4 per cent over the previous...
8 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait to introduce medical tests aimed at banning homosexuals and transsexuals

Conflicting reports today have stated that Kuwait is planning to develop a medical centre at its airport to detect either gays or transsexuals and ban them from entering any GCC counties. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in all the Gulf Cooperation Countries, (GCC) with today’s report suggesting that a medical test to detect...
8 Oct at 6 PM

Offshore financial institutions inflict more misery on expat savers

Cynical offshore building societies and banks, once seen by expat savers as a safe haven with fair returns, are now leaving their customers high and dry. Expat savers, especially those living outside the EU, have already seen their currency exchange rates fall and bank charges increase, and are now seeing their offshore savings rates drop...
7 Oct at 6 PM

UK pension industry disgraced by OFT report on unfair charges

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has released a hard-hitting report on the UK pensions industry, blaming it for ripping off investors through high charges. Although the report focuses on British private pension investors, expats who are still paying into pension schemes and those holding offshore insurance-wrapped savings schemes...
7 Oct at 6 PM

Expat property purchase patterns changed by residency visa offers

Since Spain introduced its offer of a residency visa for non-EU citizens dependent on a property purchase of over €500,000, real estate professionals have seen a change in expat buying habits. Buyers from the UK still make up a good proportion of property purchases in France, accounting for 20 per cent of real estate deals. Brittany,...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Canada and UK advise expats in the Philippines to avoid protests

The Canadian and British Foreign Offices are warning all nationals living in the Philippines to stay well clear of rallies and protests and obey alcohol and firearms bans. The deteriorating situation in Mindanao along with the upcoming Barangay elections on 28 October has resulted in warnings to both tourists and residents expats from the...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Expat second home owners in Spain granted reprieve

Second home owners in Spain who let out their properties to tourists are to be exempted from the controversial 2012 Balearics Touristic Act, which requires a license before letting is allowed. This being Spain, the act itself along with recent changes to the Tenancy Act has caused confusion amongst many expat second home owners who let out...
3 Oct at 6 PM

UAE pay gap between Western and Asian expats is shrinking fast

A new study has revealed that the gap between the higher salaries traditionally paid to Western expats and the pay scale of similarly qualified Asian expats is shrinking fast. The survey, by Cost of Living Middle East, notes that long-standing rumours that expat professionals in the emirate are paid by skin colour rather than professional...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Bass River Brit family still fighting to stay in Canada

The Platnauer family, formerly from the UK, are still working with friends, supporters and local politicians in a last-ditch attempt to prevent their deportation back to Britain. Sean, his wife Becky and their daughter Angelica emigrated to Canada over four years ago, and quickly became popular figures in their local community. Angelica is...
2 Oct at 6 PM

Dubai expats told to dress respectfully when visiting malls

Advice cards on what to wear when shopping in Dubai’s malls are being handed out to expats and tourists considered by security guards to be dressed inappropriately. The latest crackdown on visitors and expats who may be unaware of the UAE’s strict dress code is taking place at the Dubai Marina Mall, where security guards are busy...
2 Oct at 6 PM

British expats shun UK investments and prefer local opportunities

Britons living overseas are fighting shy of investment opportunities in th8ier country of origin, preferring to invest their money in their countries of residence. Domestic stock markets in a number of popular expat destinations are being favoured over and above the FTSE by almost a third of British investors living overseas, according to...
2 Oct at 6 PM

Determining necessities in expat healthcare cover

For prospective expats whose home countries provide state-supplied healthcare, it’s tricky to determine the level of medical insurance necessary in the new country. Those moving overseas on a fixed contract which includes health insurance as one of its benefits are fortunate, as their new employer will be aware of local medical costs....
2 Oct at 6 PM

Saudi Arabia to replace expat heathcare staff with Emiratis

As the oil-rich kingdom powers ahead with its Saudization programme, expat healthcare workers in administrative positions in its heathcare services may be replaced by locals. Private sector hospitals, medical centres and polyclinics in Saudi Arabia have traditionally employed expat labour in their administrative sectors, but Saudization...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Expat currency exchange lottery causes major losses

A recent survey has revealed that poorly-timed currency exchange transactions are costing expats a small fortune due to fluctuating exchange rates and high bank charges. The survey, carried out by ExpatForum.com through Barclays International, involved 10,000 expats, of whom 84 per cent had lost between £500 and £1,000 due to badly-timed...
31 Oct at 6 PM

Finnish study suggests expatriate children find adapting difficult

An academic dissertation by a researcher from Tulku University has revealed that expat children are finding it difficult to adjust to the country as they receive no help from Finnish schools. Researcher Anu Warinowski’s dissertation will be published by the university in December, with its conclusions causing concern amongst formerly...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Survey picks the three friendliest expat havens on earth

Moving to foreign lands has its attractions, but also has its challenges, with migrants unable or unwilling to face them leaving their home countries at their peril. A recent survey based on the four traditional challenges for would-be expats – finding like-minded friends, enjoying the cuisine, accepting the customs and understanding...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Cyprus bailout may hit British expats with tax increases

Cash-strapped Cyprus is negotiating an EU bailout package to finance its debts, with austerity measures likely to focus on tax hikes rather then cuts in spending. The island is a popular destination for British expats, many of whom are retirees on UK pensions or investments and many more as small business owners, attracted by Cyprus’s...
30 Oct at 6 PM

UK students now economic expats in search for cheaper degrees

An expat brain drain of Britain’s brightest and best looks on the cards as many thousands of students look abroad for their university in order to find an affordable degree course. As a result of last year’s massive increase in UK university fees, Britain is now the fourth most expensive country in which to gain a degree, with...
30 Oct at 6 PM

Expat US voters could swing presidential poll either way

With current polls suggesting the US Presidential election is too close to call, Americans living in European countries have become aware that their votes may well decide the victor in this crucial contest. Although the situation is very different than in the last election when US citizens rallied around Obama following Bush’s two years...
26 Oct at 6 PM

Hedge fund havens fight widening deficits with tax demand

Hedge fund havens from the Bahamas to the Cayman Islands are mooting a surprising cure for their ever-widening deficits – the initiation of higher taxes. In the Cayman Islands, at present the home of the Caribbean’s highest number of hedge find companies, Prime Minister McKeeva Bush is planning an evowed increase in registration fees...
26 Oct at 6 PM

International schools hike school fees for expat children

International expats are facing huge increases in their children’s international school fees due to a rise in demand from wealthy local parents. Over 80 per cent of places at sought-after international schools are being filled by the children of local wealthy families, resulting in soaring increases in fees. According to a recent survey...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Millions of Brits including expats have no wills

According to a recent survey, almost 66 per cent of Brits, including those living overseas, have not made a will. UK inheritance laws for those with estates to leave are complicated enough but, for expats living overseas, the laws involving inheritance tax are especially complex. The survey, by the IDA Unbiased Group, revealed that many...
25 Oct at 6 PM

Aberdeen based IFA to target expat oil workers overseas

Aberdeen-based independent financial advice firm A2+B Wealth is planning to target expat workers based overseas in the oil and gas industry. The joint venture between accountancy firm Anderson, Anderson and Brown and Dundee-based Verus Chartered Financial Planners will use the specialist Platform One, designed specifically for the...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Expat invention of bamboo tricycle may unclog Shanghai streets

A Shanghai-based British couple are hoping their innovative bamboo tricycle with persuade Chinese commuters to give up their gas-guzzling, polluting cars in favour of cheap running costs, a cool design and cleaner air. The clever contraption, developed by long-term Shanghai residents Chris and Florence Trees, is an electric-powered...
24 Oct at 6 PM

Switzerland to vote on scrapping wealthy expats tax breaks

Campaigners from Swiss trade unions and left-wing groups have collected a petition against the tax breaks containing 100,000 names, thus forcing the government to call a public vote. Should the vote succeed, foreign celebrities, sports stars and wealthy bankers will face losing the tax breaks which make Switzerland such an appealing...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Australian government changes visa pricing system

The Australian government has announced its new user-payment pricing system, admitting that the changes will make visas more expensive in areas of significant demand. Australia’s Acting Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, announced the changes yesterday, noting that initial moves towards a ‘fairer’ user-pays...
23 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in China in go or stay quandary

A question which has been simmering under the surface for some while in the Chinese expat community has now surfaced – should expats stay or go? The dilemma was brought into the public domain by two well-known old China hands, one of whom had lived in China for 16 years and another who was the owner of a popular expat blog. Both wrote...
22 Oct at 6 PM

UK tax man ups take from high income foreign workers

Data analysed by law firm Pinsent Mason shows that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ compliance investigation into high-earning foreigners working in the UK netted a 23 per cent increase in tax take since 2010. The total additional yield received as a result of compliance investigations in 2011-2012 was £117.2 million as against...
22 Oct at 6 PM

Expat mothers lose child custody battles in overseas courts

A disturbing picture is emerging concerning the chances of an expat mother gaining custody of her children through foreign courts after a relationship breakdown. The desperate situation of expat mothers whose marriages had failed was brought into the public domain recently by the Guardian when a Welsh mother abducted her own children...
19 Oct at 6 PM

HSBC survey ranks Canada best country for expat children

The recently published Expat Explorer Survey 2012 reports that Canada is by far the best expat destination in the world for raising a family. The land of the great outdoors came top in the survey’s Raising Children Abroad league tables, with no fewer than 5,300 expats voting for Canada’s excellent healthcare system, friendly locals...
19 Oct at 6 PM

British couple fear for their lives after Malaga floods

British expat couple Reg and June Squirrel are left fearing for their lives after a disastrous flood tore through their home in Villanueva del Rosario near Malaga. Following torrential rain, two nearby rivers overflowed their banks and sent torrents of water racing through the property. The couple, who barely escaped with their lives, are...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Dubai to consider pensions for expat workers

Dubai may bring in pensions for its foreign workers in order to dissuade them from sending money home or to financial centres outside the emirate. Estimates suggest that the majority of Dubai’s two million expat workers send at least 40 per cent of their earnings to trusted financial centers in their home countries or offshore. The...
18 Oct at 6 PM

Report concludes financial stability most important for expats

A global study of expats’ needs has concluded that financial stability is one of the most essential factors in expat confidence. The TD Global Investor Confidence study polled over 2,000 UK and expat investors across the world, finding that 61 per cent of respondents stressed having no money worries as the most important factor in their...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Job shortages spur Spaniards to emigrate

Since the beginning of the year, almost half a million residents have left Spain, with over ten per cent of those moving overseas shown to be Spanish citizens. A report from the government’s National Statistics Institute (INE) released on Monday also showed that the rate of emigration had increased by 21.6 per cent over last year’s...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Singapore tops expats lists again for salaries and lifestyle

Yet another survey has seen Singapore beat the competition as the best place to live and work as regards salaries, disposable income and lifestyle. The Singapore experience was put down to highly competitive salary structures, accumulation of wealth sponsored by the government and plenty of disposable income for luxuries after basic...
16 Oct at 6 PM

South African slates tit for tat over visa rules

A South African would-be visitor to the UK has fired off a written shot to David Cameron, complaining about the difficulty in getting a visa to visit his UK family. Most British expats living outside the EU find time to moan about unfair visa regulations in their chosen country without considering that many non-EU nationals attempting to...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish expats face uncertain financial futures as austerity mounts

Spain is home to the largest contingent of UK expats anywhere in the world, but the dream of cheap living in the sunshine is fading fast, even for those who aren’t threatened with losing their homes due to the property scandal. As Spain’s problems worsen, unemployment soars and the likelihood of a bailout lurks, property prices are...
16 Oct at 3 PM

UK newspaper starts campaign slating Spanish property scandal

The Telegraph’s expats’ page is to host a campaign in support of the huge number of British and other expats who have suffered under the Spanish planning scandal. Urban corruption and the confused state of property law in Spain have hit expats hard, with many forced to watch their dream homes being demolished. Telegraph Expat has been...
16 Oct at 3 PM

New Zealand expat incomes still at 2011 levels

A New Zealand government survey reports that all incomes, including those of expat workers, failed to increase between June 2011 and June 2012. The New Zealand Income Survey, released last week by Statistics New Zealand, showed no real increase in income for all sources for all residents. Between the two quarters, there was an...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Expat dilemma about childrens schools about to be solved

A perennial panic button for expat workers moving abroad with their families may be removed over the next several years. The provision of international schools for the children of expats as well as those of the high society element in local society is, it has to be admitted, big business. Global education companies provide an English...
13 Oct at 6 PM

Middle East expat workers earn top salaries

A recent survey claims that Western expats based in the Arab Gulf states receive a higher salary than equivalent Arab or Asian workers in similar jobs. The survey undertaken for Gulf Business, a Middle Eastern expat magazine, has revealed that Western expats take home much larger pay packets than expats from other Middle Eastern and Asian...
11 Oct at 6 PM

Germany tipped to be next for property price slump

With rising prices expected to slow dramatically towards the end of the year, Germany is facing the possibility of a disastrous house price slump. The house market in Germany is teetering on the edge of going into reverse, with the release over the next few days of the Europace house price index report detailing the last quarter expected...
11 Oct at 6 PM

New Zealand survey suggests Auckland will dominate population growth

Subnational population projections by Statistics New Zealand have revealed that 38 out of every 100 people in the country will be living in Auckland by 2031. Already the commercial hub of New Zealand, Auckland is now its fastest growing city, with growth expected to accelerate during the next 20 years until it holds around two million of...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Retire to Britain the big question for ageing expats

Many UK expats living in Europe and further afield as asking themselves the big question – should we retire in Britain? Facing old age abroad with a declining pension pot due to the last four years of financial chaos is forcing many expats to reconsider their decision to retire abroad after their expat jobs finish. Others who retired...
10 Oct at 6 PM

Spanish tradesmen swallow their pride as recession bites harder

Recent reports from expats living in Spain suggest that, in spite of the country’s desperate situation, it’s not all bad news for foreign residents in the sunny southern regions. A favourite location for Brits in Spain has been the Costa del Sol region with its hot summers, mild winters and laid-back lifestyle. Even more laid-back, to...
9 Oct at 6 PM

Singapore tops survey for best expat lifestyle and work

A recent survey has named the city of Singapore as the best business and lifestyle destination for wealthy expats. The survey, commissioned by HSBC Bank, selected 30 countries based on factors such as earning power, luxury lifestyle and disposable income. Over 5,000 expats based in 100 world countries took part, with Singapore rated...
9 Oct at 6 PM

Luxury Beijing development offers villas complete with wives

In the world’s most extraordinary ‘buy one get one free’ offer, am exclusive development in Beijing is offering its luxury properties complete with wives and even dowries. The Ecological Bay project’s owners, possibly concerned by a drop in sales due to the world recession, have come up with a tempting BOGOF offer – buy a home...
8 Oct at 6 PM

Brit expat wins in World Porridge Making Championship

Generations of Scots are turning in their graves at the news that a Brit expat living in Germany has won first prize in the World Porridge-making Championships. Held in the Highlands town of Carrbridge, the Porridge-making Championship is in its 19th year and, to be fair, is open to international contestants as well as Scots who’ve been...
8 Oct at 6 PM

Exodus of Bermudan expats is threatening the island economy

An article in the Bermuda Sun is suggesting that the exodus from the island of expatriate workers is directly and indirectly harming the tourism industry’s revenue stream. Expatriate workers on Bermuda regularly received visits from family and friends, with close on 39,000 air arrivals in 2009 down to visits to resident expats. By 2012,...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Spain to encourage expat property investing in rural areas

In an attempt to kick-start the country’s struggling economy, the Spanish government has announced it will encourage sales of empty properties to buy-to-let investors. As well as its massive bank and government debts and its soaring unemployment and cost-of-living levels, Spain also has a property industry on its knees with house prices...
5 Oct at 6 PM

Venezuelan expats in Miami forced to vote in New Orleans

Due to the closure of the Venezuelan Consulate in Miami, thousands of Venezuelan expats keen to vote against Hugo Chavez are being forced to travel to New Orleans to vote. Members of the Venezuelan expat community in the USA are mostly hoping the reign of President Hugo Chavez will be over after the upcoming presidential elections, and are...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Canada to encourage unemployed British graduates to emigrate

Canada’s recent drive to attract young, bright graduates unable to find work in the UK is about to move into top gear with the slogan ‘Think Canada, not Australia’. According to a recent Telegraph Expat story, Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney will arrive in the UK next week with the sole purpose of persuading Britain’s...
4 Oct at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi expat workers furious at new government rule

Expats working in the Abu Dhabi public sector and commuting from Dubai are up in arms about a new government ruling which may lose them their housing allowance. The recently-announced new regulation states that government-employed workers who live outside the emirate in neighbouring Dubai and commute to work will be stripped of their...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Love and death in the Land of False Smiles

Every so often another horrendous tale of lost life caused by love in Thailand hits the international media. The latest horror story features an unfortunate British expat who’d retired to Baan Phai in the sunny southeast of Thailand after connecting with a Thai woman on an internet dating site. Stephen Phillips, 59, a former Network...
3 Oct at 6 PM

Upscale expat life in Asia gets seriously expensive

Recently released research has shown the cost of the luxury life in Asia for wealthy expats rose considerably during 2011. The Julius Baer Lifestyle Index monitors the rise over each year in the cost of the trimmings of wealth over four leading Asian cities, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai. The cost of the selected luxury items...
2 Oct at 11 AM

British expat feared dead in Spain floods

A British expat is thought to be among 10 people killed in flash flooding in Spain last week. Diana Dudas, 52, went missing last week as torrential rains hit the town of Vera, in Almeria, and the surrounding area. Speaking to AFP, Genny Sutcliffe, a friend of Mrs Dudas, said the community has been devastated by the news. She added that Mrs...