Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Retired expats in Spain caught in free heathcare trap

Due to recent tough new rules in Spain as well as within the failing British National Health Service, expat retirees are being left with no free heathcare options. Many elderly UK expats living in Spain are now unable to access Spain’s formerly free heathcare services, and the National Health Service is now refusing to treat returning expat pensioners until they have lived in the UK for at least six months. This is despite the fact that the majority have paid National Insurance during their entire working lives. Hardest hit are...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the results of the samples will only be available to police, public prosecutors and the judiciary if requested. According to the emirate’s Ministry of the Interior, it’s expected that many thousands of...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

15 year expat voting rule promise trashed again by Whitehall

Despite the British government’s pre- and post-Brexit assurances that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years will finally get the right to continue to vote, civil servants are claiming the plan is too complex to administer. The British government’s refusal to allow long-term expats living overseas to vote in the Brexit referendum caused massive resentment in expat retiree communities, especially after the result was declared. Long-stayers rightly feared their lifestyles, businesses and properties would be at risk if...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Dubai US expats astounded at shameful rhetoric of election campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s provocative utterances have overturned the traditional tone of American presidential elections in which at least a modicum of respect for the office itself was evident. From Trump's Mexican border wall through banning all Moslems from the USA and his latest veiled reference to the second amendment as the solution to Hilary Clinton, this is an election like no other in America’s political history. A world away in Dubai, as well as in every US expat community on the planet, bewildered...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

American Citizens Abroad urges same country exception from FATCA

In a burst of common sense, the ACA organisation has urged the US Treasury to grant FATCA exemptions to US expats living in foreign countries. The plea, issued just before the final FATCA regulations are to be announced by the US Treasury, recommends exemptions from foreign financial institutions’ compulsion to report on the bank accounts of US citizens living abroad. Penalties for banks and other financial institutions’ failure to comply are severe and include withholdings of 30 per cent of US-sourced income payments. As a...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Rising costs of Australian healthcare spell problems for expats

Australia’s healthcare provisions are known to be of exceptional standard, but the ever-rising costs of treatment are a cause for concern in the country’s expat community. The Australian healthcare system is a hybrid of public and private hospitals and clinics, seen as a cross between the USA’s expensive and fully privatised system and the British National Health Service. All residents have access to what’s on offer, but expats cannot take advantage of the various free services and must pay for everything, leaving them unable...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia shaping up as the next dream retirement destination

As Thailand falls ever deeper into the dictatorship trap, its next door neighbour Cambodia is set fair to become the next Southeast Asian retirement hub. Despite the country’s tragic 20th century history, or perhaps because of it, Cambodia is now welcoming expats from across the Western world to its tropical beaches, charming towns and ultra-friendly people. One recent arrival from Thailand said his welcome by locals reminded him of another Southeast Asian country’s advertising soundbite - ‘Where the Smiles are Still Genuine’....
9 Aug at 6 PM 2016

How will Brexit affect UK expat state pensioners

European Union membership has ensured that retired UK citizens living in member states have their pensions annually updated, but Brexit is expected to change the rules. The situation is now unclear, but one thing is certain in that, when the UK leaves the EU, all rights to updated pensions will be lost unless new agreements take place with each individual country. Over a million Britons who chose to leave the home country are now in limbo as regards their future state pension income. Emigrating to an EU / EEA member state ensured...