Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Turkey may be evacuated amid fears of second coup

Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists. Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government fall due to a second coup, civil war in the country is inevitable, according to defence chiefs. SAS troop units are now established on Cyprus in order to rescue stranded Brits should the need arise....
22 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus ombudsman supports expat complaints over burials

Following reports in local and online media that expats living in Cyprus were still waiting for their own cemetery and crematorium, the island’s ombudsman has called for an end to discriminatory burial practices. Recently, media articles have highlighted long, inexplicable delays in the agreed provision of a cemetery and crematorium for the Cyprus expat community. Also mentioned was expat anger at existing cemeteries’ practices of denying non-Cypriots access as well as charging those lucky enough to be able to obtain plots double...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Dreaded FATCA finally in full implementation

Since July 1, all foreign financial firms dealing with US expats overseas will face massive penalties for failing to annually disclose their clients’ accounts and financial affairs. The introduction of the swingeing system of fines was the final stage of FATCA’s implementation worldwide, only delayed due to the need to update US government software as well as foreign firms’ client identification programmes. In spite of legal and political challenges against its implementation, there was never any real doubt that FATCA would...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Japan mull staying put to avoid gun violence at home

US expatriates working in Japan are considering staying rather than going back home and risking death on the streets of America. The total number of gun fatalities in the USA during 2015 was an appalling 13,000, whilst in Japan just one citizen was shot and killed. America has the highest number of gun deaths of any developed world country, and Japan has the lowest rate. As news of multiple mass shooting deaths at home continues to hit the headlines, many US expats are mulling over ways to stay in Japan. One American woman who,...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats dual nationality petition calls for Spanish peoples support

A petition calling for access to joint nationality for Brits living in Spain is now calling for Spaniards to sign in support of the initiative. In yet another attempt to regularise their post-Brexit situation, Britons living, working and retiring in Spain are asking the Spanish people to join with them to ensure a future for both expats and the businesses supplying them. Over 15,000 expats have signed in the two weeks since the Olive Press English language newspaper publicised and sponsored the move. It’s clear to most of the...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2016

British expats on Cyprus still waiting for their own cemetery

For years and in spite of an agreement, British expats living in Cyprus have been waiting for a dedicated cemetery and crematorium. Following endless debates involving the Cypriot government and Cyprus’s branch of the Greek Orthodox religion, an agreement was finally made, but no implementation has yet taken place. The reason behind the mysterious delay is anyone’s guess, but is believed to be connected with certain local influences, a loss of revenue to existing facilities and a clash with local cultural beliefs. Even more...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2016

US Treasury threatens UK expat bank account closures for non FATCA compliance

It’s not just USA citizens who’re living a nightmare due to FATCA, as British expats living in the USA are now being threatened with closure of their UK bank accounts if they don’t comply. As FATCA continues to tighten its claws on American expats living across the world, UK expats working in the USA are facing the closure of their British bank accounts as a result of the recently introduced, draconian law. Brits living in the USA are forced to submit a folder-full of forms in order to convince the IRS that they’re paying the...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Lib Dem leader urges EU PMs to protect UK expats overseas

The head of the British Liberal Democrat party has written to the leaders of seven EU member states, requesting they treat UK expats in Europe with understanding and fairness. Tim Farron, pro-Remain leader of the centre-left Liberal Party, the UK's third largest, has promised his supporters he will base his next election manifesto on cancelling the Brexit referendum result and keeping the UK within the European Union. As part of his party’s stance on Brexit, his letter to EU member state leaders requests they support his efforts to...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Better Brexit news for UK expats in Cyprus

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is calling for an informal meeting with his EU counterparts to attempt to guarantee rights of residency for UK citizens living in EU member states. Hammond is, at present, the only senior member of government who has expressed any concern for the plight of British expats living and working in EU member states. His request for a meeting to determine a way which ensures fair treatment for over a million British citizens requires a u-turn in the ban on negotiations before Article 50 is triggered....
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in the Gulf advised to keep sending money home

As a result of continuing uncertainty over the value of sterling, British expats working in Gulf states are being advised to keep sending money home. The dramatic fall in the sterling exchange rate following the shock Brexit result prompted an eight-fold increase in remittances from the region to UK banks. Given the continuing political and economic bad news, it’s no surprise financial experts are recommending that expats continue to transfer capital back to their home countries. Gulf Research Center’s director of economic...