Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

23 May at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats flocking back home to vote for safe abortions

Inspired by the hashtag ‘hometovote’, a wave of concerned Irish emigrants is arriving back in the home country to vote for safe abortions and women’s right to decide. Ireland’s abortion referendum comes after many decades of the harshest anti-abortion laws on the planet. The admittedly controversial procedure is almost non-existent in the country even if a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and is only permissible should the mother’s life be in danger. Every day, an average of 10 pregnant women travel to the UK to...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

Expat females in Saudi can get driving licenses from today

Today is the day on which expat women in Saudi Arabia can apply for their driving licenses. From today onwards, expat women living in Saudi who have valid overseas driving licenses can apply for their Saudi driving permits. However, according to the original report female Saudi nationals over the age of 18 will need to wait until June 24th, at which point they’ll be allowed behind the wheel on Saudi roads for the first time ever. The process necessary for expat women to obtain licenses is slightly different from that applying to...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

British in France rushing for citizenship rather than facing the unknown

With just ten short months to go before Britain leaves the EU, UK citizens in France are rushing to gain French citizenship. In a panic to ensure their futures in the land of their choice, Britons in France are deciding not to take the risk of waiting to hear the final Brexit deal before deciding whether or not to apply for French citizenship. Although the majority believe they will be able to keep living in France post-Brexit, the chaos surrounding the negotiations is unsettling enough to persuade increasing numbers to become...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Home Secretary finally demands info on plans for UK expat rights

As the UK government finally gets around to asking EU leaders about their plans for UK expats in Europe, British expats in the Netherlands continue to fight for their rights. Earlier this year, UK expat campaigners in the Netherlands asked the Amsterdam court to decide whether British expats can become EU citizens after Brexit is finalised. In what seemed like a cop-out by Dutch justice, the court referred the decision up the line to the European Court of Justice which has the final say on the interpretation of all EU laws. Christiaan...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Getting the best Netherlands ISP for your expat needs

If you’re an expat heading for the Netherlands, one of the most important tasks you’ll have is finding the best internet service provider in your chosen area. Like it or not, the internet has taken over the lives of citizens and expats alike, no matter where they’re based in the world. Arriving in your new country and finding your chosen location is an internet black spot is a disaster, whether you’re a digital nomad, news freak, social media addict or silver surfer. Surprisingly, the Netherlands is still a country where the...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Kuwaiti lawmakers debate Kuwaitization by dumping all lower waged expats

News about further increases in expat healthcare charges is being denied as fake by the Kuwaiti Health Ministry. The ministry has since instructed healthcare centres and hospitals that no further increase in expat healthcare charges has been ordered since last year’s increase in October. Furthermore, the ministry has reiterated that doctors alone have the right to proscribe medicines to expatriates, adding these rules haven’t changed nor have the prices for medications. The October 2017 rulings increased healthcare charges for...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

British expat community in Spain torn apart by Brexit

May 9 was Europe Day, a celebration of everything the European community stands for, but UK expats affected by Brexit might not have been celebrating. The general feeling across the expat community in Spain is that Brexit has fragmented the formerly cohesive, strong British presence in the country. Almost a million Britons are now living in Spain as part of what used to be a friendly, supportive environment deliberately chosen for its lifestyle by business people, retirees and families. Brexit has been the cause of gaping divisions in...
9 May at 6 PM 2018

Trump repatriation tax hitting hard on US expats overseas

As if being double-taxed wasn’t enough, US expats in Germany are now suffering from the effects of the poorly structured Trump tax bill. The USA is one of only two world countries which taxes overseas-based citizens on their foreign earnings. The other is Eritrea, which says it all. Not only are US expats taxed as if their wages and other incomes were being paid within the USA, they’ve now become undeserving victims of the ill-considered Trump tax bill passed late last year. After having to face up to FATCA and its disruptions,...
8 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich use comic videos to encourage midterm votes

‘When all else fails, try comedy’ is the expat approach to galvanising the US expat vote in the November midterm elections. Comedy with a serious purpose is a unique strategy intended to persuade US expats in Switzerland to vote in the upcoming midterms. Its creators are a group of American citizens living and working in Zurich who’re determined to get their compatriots to the polls in November. Their weapons are comic videos urging all US expats to get up and get on with voting in order to rescue their home country from itself....
7 May at 6 PM 2018

UAE expats clearing debts rather than spending following VAT imposition

Ahead of the recent VAT introduction into the UAE, both expat and citizen consumers were worried about its effect on prices. A survey conducted late in 2017 by a major English language UAE newspaper saw 44 per cent of respondents saying they had cause for concern over price rises due to the 5 per cent VAT tax, with only around four per cent saying they weren’t worried at all. According to the same media outlet’s Consumer Confidence Tracker, its first survey reported just 12 per cent of consumers were experiencing financial...