Expat Citizenship News
Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship
5 Mar at 6 PM 2014
UK expats who met and married their partners whilst working overseas are having their lives torn apart by new financially-based spousal UK immigration rules.
The minimum income requirement now mandatory for migrants from outside EU member states was introduced to limit the numbers entering Britain. However, the net result has been that UK citizens wishing to return home together with their foreign wives and families have only two options - get a well-paying job or leave them behind.
One such expat, born in the UK and privately...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2014
With more than a million UK citizens choosing to live abroad and potentially a million more dreaming of following, New Zealand rates highly in a poll of the most desirable destinations.
Recent research revealed that Britain exports as many expats as it imports immigrants, with over a million UK ex-residents celebrating global mobility by gracing migration hubs all over the world. The figure is expected to rise by over 20 per cent the next two years, with many hoping to be able to choose the traditional antipodean exit route and end up...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2014
Less than three months from now, Britons will vote in the European Parliament elections, with the 5.5 million British expats living overseas urged to register and make their views known.
At present, a tiny minority of overseas British citizens are registered to vote, according to the UK’s Electoral Commission, which has launched an online social media campaign to encourage more to sign up. It’s hoped that next Wednesday’s overseas registration day will result in at lest 25,000 downloads of the registration forms available at...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The southwest Asian Sultanate of Oman appears to be following its Gulf State neighbours in announcing that 100,000 expats jobs are to be removed and given to locals.
An announcement Monday by Oman’s Minister of Manpower, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, affirmed a planned move to reduce the number of private sector positions filled by expat workers by six per cent to 33 per cent of the total number of jobs in the Sultanate. It’s expected that 107,000 expatriates will be forced to leave as a result.
The move was initiated...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2014
A controversial bill being proposed by EU lawmakers will make declaring confidential financial information held by trusts compulsory.
The aim of the proposed legislation is to stop corporate money-laundering, but will catch expats and EU member state residents in its net. To the EU, trusts have much less wide implications than is usually understood in the UK, with even the joint ownership of a home as in Land Registry documents coming under the proposed new law.
Families will be forced to hand over accounts for the so-called...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2014
Initiated by the Republican party, the protest against the US government’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has spread across the world via a social media protest site.
The controversial tax information-swapping agreement, supported by President Obama, is intended to clamp down on US citizens living abroad as well as resident taxpayers with investments and overseas cash holdings. Foreign financial institutions are being forced under threat to report all details of bank accounts and investments held overseas by US citizens...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2014
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia’s u-turn on the proposed expat stay restrictions may indicate that the Arab world’s crackdown on foreigners is easing.
The Gulf States’ recent attempts to reduce their numbers of foreign workers in order to provide jobs for nationals has been seen by many as prejudicial and ultimately dangerous for their economies. Saudi Arabia’s draft Saudization plans to limit expat workers’ stay to eight years and forbid their families from joining them was the most controversial in a raft of proposals across the...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The British government is about to scrap part of the reciprocal healthcare agreement which ensures UK citizens can receive free healthcare in other EU countries.
At present, expats and visitors who need healthcare in other EU countries such as France and Spain and do not qualify via employment are entitled to the service for free. As part of a cost-cutting exercise, the facility will no longer be available to Uk citizens under the age of 65, as the National Health Service will no longer reimburse other EU states for health costs...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Better late than never might be the expat reaction to a UK government watchdog’s request for opinions on embassy and consular services overseas.
Britons who’ve fallen foul of police, immigration officers, local violence, scams and more and have asked local embassies or consulates for help have being asked to submit their experiences and comments. The government watchdog House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee is conducting a web forum as part of a push to improve the standards of overseas representation.
The object of...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2014
After some years of being the destination of choice or high-flying expat professionals, the jobs market in the UAE is due to become less foreigner-friendly and more complex.
The seven-principality United Arab Emirates has long been a hub for white-collar expat professionals looking for high salaries and a boost to their CVs. However, increasing government restrictions on expat employees required by private companies may finally burst the bubble.
Leading executive recruitment agencies in the region report that the job climate is now...