Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Abu Dhabi Irish school offers Gaelic classes to expat children

An innovative new school in Abu Dhabi is aimed at teaching Irish to the children of expats from the Emerald Isle. The unique Gaeliscoil Irish-language school exists to teach the children of Irish expats working on contract in the UAE, in the hope that its pupils will stay in touch with their heritage and history through the beauty of the ancient language. Started with just three pupils, the school now teaches 30 children and is planning a registration day in the capital in order to encourage more enrolments. Teacher Elis Ni...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US expat activists hoping expat voters will tip the election

As polls continue to predict a tight finish for the US presidential election, activists on both sides believe expat voters can make all the difference. Expat Americans living overseas are a massive, mostly untapped reservoir of voters numbering in their millions, the majority of whom rarely, if ever, bother to vote. Activists from both the Democrat and Republican camps are beginning to believe organising the expat vote may be the key to the final result. Over eight million US citizens are domiciled overseas, with a large number...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brexpats in Spain protest group expands to thousands of members

Whilst politicians in the UK fight over the effects and even the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum, a protest group in Spain has expanded to include thousands of UK expats. Begun several months ago in the Spanish town of Mijas, the group evolved almost overnight into ‘Brexpats in Spain’ due to a huge response from UK expats across the country. Thousands of British citizens resident all over Spain are now members, and the group’s new website covers all aspects of Brexit and the UK government’s convoluted responses....
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK expats wanting snow as well as sun should head for Canada

For UK would-be expats with post-Brexit worries about settling in EU states, Canada is the perfect answer, especially if snow as well as sun is a requirement. The vast expanses of Canada are no strangers to Britons, as the first UK citizens arrived in the 15th century and have been arriving ever since. Nowadays, ultra-modern cities nestle amongst some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, making the country the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor lifestyle year-round. Canada is a country of contrasts, with Vancouver...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Post Brexit expats may need residency visas to live in Europe

According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas. European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather. Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expat experiences during the attempted Turkish coup

The night of July 14 will remain in the memories of expats in Turkey as a time of frightening uncertainty underlined by the realisation they could abandon the country if necessary. The bloody, thankfully unsuccessful coup began on the evening of an average working day, just as citizens and expats were settling down for a normal evening’s dining, socialising with friends and relaxing. The first inclination of disaster ahead came at 10pm, with police blocking Istanbul’s two famous bridges and fighter jets filled the skiers over...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

EU president to face expats legal challenge over negotiations ban

Under the umbrella of the Fair Deal for Expats campaign group, UK expats are mounting a legal challenge against the EU president’s ban preventing any Brexit negotiations taking place before Article 50 is triggered. This new legal challenge is based on proving EU President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ban on any pre-Article 50 negotiations between the UK and EU officials was an illegal act. Arguments attempting to shore up Britain’s bargaining position as regards informal preliminary talks with EU politicians will be heard at...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US expats overseas may hold the key to locking out Trump

Eight million US expat voters living and working overseas may hold the key to locking Donald Trump out of the White House. The vast majority of US citizens living abroad are regular followers of the US political scene, especially in presidential election years. This time, with both candidates contentious, to say the least, it’s hoped that more US expats exercise their right to vote in order to make sure Republican candidate Donald Trump gets his marching orders. The millions of overseas US citizens have had the power to tip...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Western expats in Saudi made to pay for oil price crash

Foreign professionals working in Saudi Arabia already bearing the brunt of the soaring cost of living will now be forced to pay more for their visas, work permits and residency visas. Due to the dramatic fall in oil prices, the Saudi government’s budget is disappearing down a massive black hole of about $98 million. It seems the chosen way to claw back at least some cash without hurting its own citizens is to charge all foreigners more for the same services as before. The increases are to apply to all visas issued to foreigners,...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Cyprus urged to make UK as well as Cypriot wills

Making a will is one task likely to be overlooked, as the disposal of assets after your demise it’s not a pleasant thought. However unappealing the thought of making a will may be, it’s a necessity if there are assets to distribute after your death. For expats living in Cyprus, it’s even more important, as Brexit may change many legal rules covering wills and inheritances. Although the status quo for expats won’t change until the moment when the UK finally leaves the EU, the present situation in which UK expats on Cyprus...