Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

14 Nov at 2 PM 2014

British expats in Spain warned about healthcare registration

The UK’s Department of Health has warned Spanish-based expats that they have to properly register with authorities in the country to make sure they have full protection in the state healthcare system. “Moving to Spain? Think about Healthcare!” is the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/think-healthcare-when-moving-to-spain-or-it-could-cost-you-time-worry-and-money-warns-new-video">new video</a> produced by the department. The video, which informs would be expats that the process can...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2014

New hunt in unsolved Maddy abduction case reveals two UK expat suspects

New investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago have identified a number of new suspects, two of whom are UK expats who were living in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz at the time. Portuguese police have declared the two Brits as formal subjects, (arguidos), and will be ordered to give DNA samples whilst being interviewed later this month. The two men are unknown to each other, and were living in the region at the time Maddy was reported missing. Four more people have been identified as possible...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Turkey fear for safety as ISIS advances

The seemingly unstoppable advance of ISIS, (the Islamic State in Syria), is striking fear into the hearts of expats living in Southern Turkey’s coastal resorts or in larger cities where violent protests are taking place. Turkish Kurds dominate the Iraq border region, now considered a flashpoint, and many overseas residents in the popular southern coastal resorts are already making emergency evacuation plans. The border area has seen frequent shelling by the terrorist army in an attempt to block military and supply lines arriving...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US warns Western expats working in the Middle East over jihadist threat

US embassies based in capital cities across the Middle East have issued a terrorism attack warning to US expats and Western teachers after an extremist group posted threats on its website. All British and American schools in the region are now under enhanced security, and embassies are working with UAE officials to improve protection for teachers and pupils. Warnings on embassy websites urge vigilance as regards personal security concerns as well as watching local English language media for further developments. According to the...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US Justice Department cracks down on Swiss banking privacy

Swiss banks are being hounded by the US Justice Department to reveal all details of USA citizens’ secret accounts. Prosecutions as well as FATCA are being used to force traditionally private Swiss banks to give up the full details of money in accounts held by expats attempting to avoid paying tax in their home country. Switzerland was one of the last countries to sign up for the controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Credit Suisse and USB were the first banks to be hit by billions in fines for not revealing the full...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US expat woes increase thanks to FATCA

A recent survey undertaken with a sample of US expats living in popular destinations revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents had considered voluntarily renouncing their citizenship to avoid the onerous FATCA requirements. The complications of endless form-filling, the threat of being barred from opening local bank accounts and the invasion of personal financial privacy have already resulted in an unprecedented number of US expat citizens giving up their passports. According to the survey, 73 per cent of respondents admitted...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Expats in New Zealand falling foul of cold calling and overseas investment scams

Following on from reports of vastly increased numbers of financial scams in Europe, the Gulf States and Asia, today’s warning to citizens and expats by the Kiwi Financial Markets Authority (FMA) comes as no big surprise. Expats across the world are now being ripped off via an unprecedented number of financial fraudsters lurking in expat communities. The majority of those targeted are older expats and retirees, and pension pots and life savings are more at risk than ever before. The FMA’s action comes as a result of an...
20 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Continuing FATCA chaos impacts long term US expats in Canada

Problems with retaining bank accounts and complying with complicated regulations are hitting hard on all US expats, but those who emigrated to Canada many years ago are experiencing the worst effects. Last February, the Canadian government finally signed on to co-operation with FATCA ruling as regards the disclosure of privately held offshore assets belonging to US expats resident north of the border. The steep penalties imposed on non-compliant foreign banks and the mass of paperwork required has led to many US and foreign banks...
15 Oct at 11 AM 2014

Foreign countries ramp up incentives to attract expat retirees

Senior citizens in first world countries such as the UK and USA are being offered a variety of retirement incentives such as tax breaks and easy visa options by an increasing number of states worldwide. The value of would-be expat pensioners to second and third world economies seems at last to be obvious to a good number of far-flung yet attractive destinations’ governments. American expats started the trend with an exodus across the country’s southern border to Mexico, with Ecuador now a favourite for its cheaper expat mortgages,...
15 Oct at 10 AM 2014

Are protests affecting the Hong Kong expat community

Expats in Hong Kong are now living through an unprecedented level of protests against China’s Communist rulers, but how is the seemingly unresolvable drama affecting the expat community? Started, as are many similar events worldwide, by local students and now spread to hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who value their island’s democratic basis, the protests are certainly making everyday life difficult for the city’s large expat community. Few Westerners are seen in the morass of people, but many are forming their own...