Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

18 Dec at 4 PM 2014

Joy for expats in Denmark as government passes dual citizenship law

Denmark has finally passed a law that will allow expats to become citizens of the country without losing the citizenship of their homeland. The new legislation also states that Danes who have previously given up their citizenship are able to reclaim it. The government’s decision on dual citizenship came after a research on the issue began back in 2012. The panel in charge of looking into it first considered the option of allowing dual citizenship for individuals from EU countries or member states of NATO, but came to the...
15 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Activists criticise Philippines over beheading of expat in Saudi Arabia

Activists have condemned the government of the Philippines for failing to do more to save a national who was executed in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of murder. Carletto Lana was beheaded in the capital Riyadh on Friday after being found guilty of shooting a Saudi man before running him over in a car. However, advocacy group Migrante International, has insisted President Benigno Aquino’s government should have done much more to defend their citizen. The group, which supports the millions of Filipinos working abroad, said that...
12 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Kuwait: Skilled expats unaffected by visa crackdown

Skilled expats in Kuwait will not be affected by a proposed five-year residency cap on foreigners working in the Gulf state. At present the number of expats in the country, which has a population of around 1.25 million, is in the region of 2.5 million, but the new proposal wants that figure brought down to just 10 per cent of the population. Currently expats with residency visas have a right to return within six months after leaving the country, but that privilege is also set to be scrapped. However, the new guidelines will allow...
11 Dec at 3 PM 2014

UK expats in Cyprus to campaign for fuel allowance

British expats living in Cyprus are ready to campaign against the UK government’s proposal to stop their winter fuel allowance from next year. Expats residing in the Mediterranean country have said the eligibility tests that UK citizens have to go through to see if they’re entitled to the winter fuel payments were “unfair and sneaky”. The UK government announced last year that as of 2015, winter fuel payments would no longer be made to citizens living abroad unless they lived in countries that had an average winter...
10 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Filipina expat in UAE claims she was raped by co-worker

A Filipina expat in Dubai has alleged a co-worker and compatriot raped her in their shared accommodation after a night drinking alcohol. Dubai Police CID Director General Major General Khalil Al Mansouri confirmed the claim and said that the police were currently investigating the matter. He revealed that the woman said she was in bed sleeping when her co-worker came up to her, covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from shouting out and raped her. The 28-year-old victim went to police to report the incident the following day,...
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...