Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar see leave cancelled and travel restrictions imposed

Expats living and working in Qatar are being banned form leaving the country after their agreed holiday periods were cancelled. According to expat engineers and executives working at Qatar Petroleum, the ban and cancellations began just one day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed all links with the emirate due to its supposed support for militant groups. One British expat working at a subsidiary of state-owned Qatar Petroleum reported that he'd been told his exit permit and agreed holiday leave were...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

May offers EU citizens in UK chance to build up citizenship rights

Billed as a ‘generous offer’, Theresa May’s Brexit statement on EU nationals in the UK gives those arriving lawfully before June 2019 the chance to build up similar rights to British citizens. The right to work and the right to claim healthcare and benefits will be offered to EU expats already in the UK and those who arrive before the Brexit divorce is final, provided they have built up five years of UK residence. , According to Theresa May’s speech at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, arrivals during a subsequent grace...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brexit impact on expat property owners

Brexit negotiations are now underway, but a lack of first-hand information on the UK government’s position is weighing heavily on UK expat property owners in EU member states. Divorce talks between the UK and the EU are now ongoing, with Brexit Secretary David Davis stating the UK is seeking a ‘deal like no other in history’ – whatever that may mean. The plight of EU and UK expats is expected to be top of the agenda, but the effect of Brexit, whether hard, soft or somewhere in between is anyone’s guess. Fear of the unknown...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats plight high on the agenda as Brexit talks kick in

EU expats in the UK and British expats living in EU member states are seeing their plight set at the top of the Brexit agenda. Britain’s EU divorce negotiations began Monday in Brussels, with both sides stating a reciprocal rights deal should be finalised as soon as is practicable. According to the UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union, securing the rights of both groups of expats is the country’s first aim. A spokesperson for the department told the media that ending the anxiety of four million citizens has always been...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

End of open skies agreement could hit British expats and the economy

British expats living in popular Mediterranean destinations are at risk of being stranded if flights to Europe are affected by Brexit. One Brexit issue which hasn’t had much publicity is the loss of the EU’s ‘open skies’ policy, which allows airlines operating from EU member states the right to fly over and to any other EU country without administrative problems. If a hard Brexit results from the negotiations, it’s possible UK-based low-cost airlines will no longer be able to operate. Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat brain drain robbing British universities of top talent

Theresa May’s refusal to guarantee the right to remain for EU citizens has sparked an expat exodus from the field of education, including Britain’s top universities. Now being referred to as the ‘expat brain drain’, top talent reaction to the threat of compulsory post-Brexit rehabilitation to the home country is to leave on its own terms rather than wait for the seemingly inevitable. Whilst experts are predicting the IT, engineering and financial services sectors will be worst affected, a number of the UK’s premier education...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

British expats in UAE fear backlash from general election

British expatriates in Dubai are fearing an uncertain future after last week’s devastating election result. The loss of the Conservative PM’s majority in the House of Commons and her decision to align with an Irish party formerly reputed to have been supportive of IRA terrorists has caused massive instability in the UK political system. Worse still, the result came just days before the EU and Theresa May were due to start the Brexit negotiations. Expats living and working in the UAE believe the PM’s call for the snap...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirement haven options shrink due to Brexit

Although the looming shadow of Brexit may well have killed retirement dreams of Mediterranean sunsets, there are still value for money destinations overseas. One thing Brexit hasn’t destroyed is adventurous British would-be expats’ dream of a retirement overseas, it’s just meant their choices of destinations may have to change. A slower pace of life combined with better weather and a reasonable cost of living can still be found, even in non-EU countries. A new study reveals the most common reason for retiring outside the UK...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Cyprus Golden Visas popular with wealthy Chinese and Russians

Whilst its everyday expat community fears the effects of Brexit on their lives, Cyprus is raking in billions by selling Golden Visas to wealthy Chinese and Russians. Cyprus is just one of the 27 EU member states offering visas for cash to wealthy investors from across the world whilst its established expat community fears for its fate post-Brexit. Last year, the Golden Visa scheme enriched the government’s coffers by no less than four billion dollars, a huge 25 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. The Cyprus...