Expat Citizenship News
Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship
25 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Parliament is furious with Cyprus for offering wealthy expats and their families fast-tracked European Union passports.
The Cypriot government has just changed the requirements for their ‘citizenship
by investment’ scheme, allowing wealthy expats to purchase EU passports and the right to remain for a sum of around 2.5 million euros. After just three months as part of the revised programme, expat investors are granted an EU passport, residency in Cyprus and free access to the Shengen zone. The island’s governing body...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A special meeting dedicated to the effects of Brexit on British expats in France heard the UK’s divorce from the EU would have cataclysmic effects on expat rights.
Members of France’s National Assembly were told Thursday that Brexit was on track to wreck the lives of tens of thousands of Britons living in the country. EU law specialist Myriam Benlolo-Carabot told chair of the meeting National Assembly President Claude Bartolone the only way to prevent cataclysmic Brexit effects is to allow reciprocal agreements.
Once Brexit is...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Spurred by the ubcertainty following the Brexit result, a huge number of disillusioned Britons are seeking to become expats working overseas.
Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, online international recruitment sites have been deluged by huge numbers of British workers seeking a new life abroad. A recent analysis of the millions of search results is showing the Irish Republic as a favourite destination for those starting a new life and wishing to remain EU citizens by any possible means.
18 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The anticipated expat doom and gloom of Brexit is already seeing a trickle of Brit returnees boosting trade for estate agents offering homes on the Scottish islands.
As uncertainty continues to dog British expats living in EU member states, one national estate agency is experiencing a rush of enquiries from overseas about Scottish island properties. According to the agency’s Oban branch office’s estate expert, Brits are looking to swap sunny climes for the wild, Atlantic setting of islands such as Mull.
Two factors believed to...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues.
Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and colleagues crying for the loss of a beloved monarch. This monumental world event has shaken the kingdom to its roots, even although the inevitable had been expected for a while.
One expat living and...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Thousands of British citizens are rushing to mitigate Brexit’s effects on their lives by applying for Irish passports and citizenship
During the three months following the announcement that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, a massive 37,000 Brits living in both the UK and Northern Ireland are taking the emigration route to the southern part of the island. The increase of 83 per cent over the same months last year has resulted in the Irish passport office extending temporary staff contracts for at least three months....
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats.
A municipal overseer with responsibility for the city’s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official excuse for the ban is that the local authority is pushing for Saudization of the popular market in order to increase the number of local Saudis employed.
Director of Public Markets Nasser al Jarallah...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2016
British expats all over the EU will be watching the proceeds of the first legal challenge to Theresa May’s arbitrary triggering of Article 50 next March.
The lawsuit is based on the widespread belief that a parliamentary debate and vote is needed before May can push the button to start EU divorce proceedings. Many UK citizens as well as expats believe the majority may well have voted to leave the EU, but had not voted for massive damage to the UK economy via the hard Brexit envisaged by the PM.
Government lawyers are expected to...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The British government has now seen fit to finally scrap the rule disenfranchising all UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years.
One of the most controversial issues highlighted by the Brexit referendum was the 15-year voting rule which disallowed hundreds of thousands of British expats in Europe from having a say in their own future. The scrapping of the despised rule has been on the agenda since the 2015 general election, but is only now being brought in despite claims it would be impossible to check all expat voters...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Whether the decision to return to the UK is based on fears of Brexit effects, family reasons or simply because you’re missing the home country, it’s wise to check your tax position before you make the move.
For expats moving back to the UK from EU member states it’s fairly straightforward providing you’ve maintained your non-resident status. However, for those returning for farther-flung locations, it’s best to get advice on tax liabilities as regards selling your overseas home, investments and unwanted belongings.