Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

29 Jul at 6 PM 2014

UK government inquiry told EU wide misselling redress needed

As complaints against the mis-selling of financial products soars across European states, a UK Parliamentary enquiry has been advised that an EU-wide mechanism for consumer redress is badly needed. Although EU law on consumer protection has been updated since the 2008 crash, redress for consumers with mis-sold financial products has remained the responsibility of separate member states. At the present time, the UK Financial Ombudsman is handling a massive number of claims relating to both banks and FA firms accused of ignoring due...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Unofficial expats in the Land of Smiles rush to get legitimate stays

Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas. For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and decide to stay longer, with back-to-back border runs their only option. However, Thailand’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expat medical problems made worse by language barriers

One of the major expat concerns is the adequacy of local health systems in the host country, particularly if emigration includes the children of the family. Moving abroad and settling into an unfamiliar country with a young family is a stressful experience at the best of times, made even more difficult when health problems occur. Even if comprehensive health insurance has been provided as part of a salary package, finding the right medical practitioner can be complicated by language issues. It’s easy to lose confidence in a...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Australia to tempt wealthy British immigrants with London wine festival

Oz’s new campaign to lure British millionaires to a new life will include an immigration fair in London featuring tastings of Victoria State’s best vintages. Australian wines are highly regarded worldwide, with Victoria State’s vineyards some of the country’s best known for premium vintages. The government’s campaign aims to attract millionaire investors by demonstrating Australia’s upscale lifestyle exemplified by tastings of its fine wines. An ever-popular emigration destination for British citizens, Australia...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Does learning Spanish lessen the risk of expat dementia

Learning the language of your chosen retirement destination is a real challenge for many newly-arrived expats, but keeping at it could mean your brain stays young over the years to come. Recent research by a team at Edinburgh University has revealed that becoming reasonably proficient in an unfamiliar language is one of the best ways to avoid the brain’s ageing process. Surprisingly, the study revealed it didn’t matter whether a new language was studied early or late in life – the benefits remained the same. The 262...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Survey identifies overseas property trends in Spanish expat destinations

The survey, undertaken by an upscale property company with offices in 21 world locations, has identified Majorca as having the strongest price rises over the last year. Beating out even London’s trendy Chelsea and Westminster districts’ price rises, luxury Majorcan properties are being snapped up by wealthy Brits as well as non-EU citizens looking to benefit from the island’s Golden Visa offers. Purchasers of properties worth over 1.5 million euros qualify for permanent residency. Whilst real estate prices in Majorca soared...
19 May at 6 PM 2014

Survey shows modern technology aids expat quality of life

A recent survey has shown that a majority of British expats working and living overseas take full advantage of modern technology to improve their work/life balance. NatWest Bank’s Quality of Life survey included UK expats in a number of countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, the Antipodes, China, South Africa and the UAE. Of those surveyed, 94 per cent confirmed that their workplace efficiency had been improved by recent technological advances. Increased mobility in their working lives as a result of improved IT was...
14 May at 6 PM 2014

Where not to turn to when expat lives fall apart

The list of what may go wrong in the average expat life overseas is as long as the journey to the new life, but who’s there to give a helping hand? Disasters in expatland come in many shapes and sizes, from unexpectedly huge hospital bills due to illness, violent crime or accident through unexpected unemployment, problems and ever-changing immigration rules to relationship breakdowns and even arrests for drug or other offences. So, where does a desperate expat turn for help, advice, support or even a loan to get through? Friends...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Advice for expat confusion over living in Singapore

Given that Singapore is now the most expensive world city for expat living, a few useful pointers can ensure financial survival as well as having a great time. Most expats arrive in the booming city aiming to stay several years at most, and rush out to rent an apartment rather than buying straight away. Experienced expats consider renting is a waste of money and buying is sensible, as most arrivals love the Singapore lifestyle and stay far longer than they first intended as a result. Early application for permanent residency is...