Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

20 Jun at 4 PM 2015

Saudi denies UN allegation of expat abuse

The government of Saudi Arabia has refuted allegations by the UN that that it and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations were guilty of not respecting expat workers’ rights. The Kingdom’s permanent resident at the UN in Geneva, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, said the claims, which were published in a report by Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zaid bin Raad Al-Hussain, were false. Trad, who spoke at a Human Rights Council meeting on migrant workers, refuted the allegations and requested that Al-Hussain reviewed where he had...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Expat workers in Oman should get guarantee of minimum wage

Expatriate workers based in Oman should have a guarantee of receiving the country’s legal minimum wage, says the General Federation of Oman Trade Union (GFOTU). GFOTU board member Mohammed Al Khaldi said that the labour law did not mention a minimum wage for Omani citizens or expatriate workers, despite a ministerial decree in 2013 stating that nationals should be guaranteed minimum wage. However, he noted that expat workers were left in the lurch, and introducing such a ruling would improve the whole labour system. The Ministry...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Petition launched to prevent expats South Africans losing citizenship

An online petition in South Africa is asking lawmakers to change the rule that states when South Africans gain citizenship to a second country they lose the one for their homeland. The petition, which can be found on change.org, notes that many South Africans are stripped of their citizenship when they become naturalised to a nation they have relocated to, including the UK and the US. The initiative - which supports the South African Dual Citizenship Campaign that is fighting for thousands of South Africans who have had their...
10 Jun at 12 PM 2015

Majority of expats confused about pension freedoms

Seven in 10 British expats do not understand newly-introduced pension flexibilities, according to a study by financial advice company AES International. The firm surveyed 170 expats, finding that 70 per cent did not know their freedoms, and that of the 30 per cent that did, only six per cent knew in what way it would affect their retirement funding plans. Furthermore, of the 30 per cent who understood the regulations, 70 per cent were of the mindset that the changes were positive. The study also showed that 30 per cent of Brits...
10 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Expats in the Gulf send home US$100bn

Expatriate workers in the oil-rich Gulf states sent home over US$100bn in remittances in 2014, according to a recent economic report. In a strong indication of growth, the figure marked a two-fold increase since 2010, said Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz) head of economic research Raghu Mandagoathur. About 25 million expats reside in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which roughly equates to the same number of locals in the states. The report, which...
8 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia: Increased benefits for foreign husbands of Saudi women

Expat husbands of Saudi Arabian women who travel to the country for Haj, Umrah or any other kind of business will now be offered regular residence permits known as iqamas. Furthermore, a royal decree issued just under three years ago also entitles children with Saudi mothers and foreign fathers the same rights as Saudi in education, work and medical treatment. However, the decree does not exempt husbands from being deported following the expiry of the visa they arrive on. The new rules state that expat husbands can transfer their...
29 May at 11 AM 2015

Qatar-based British expat killed by shipping container

A British expat in Qatar was killed at the weekend when a shipping container fell of the back of a truck onto his car, reports from the Gulf state say. The man was said to be driving down a coastal road when a lorry leaving the port in the capital Doha turned onto the street which caused the shipping container it was transporting to become unbalanced and fell onto his car, according to an eyewitness. The British citizen, who was reported to be 45, is believed to have been the only person in the car when the accident occurred....
26 May at 11 AM 2015

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile, British expats who have resided outside their country for less than 15 years will be permitted to vote, just as they are in the country’s general election. British, Irish and any other Commonwealth...
12 May at 6 PM 2015

Many British expats unable to vote due to 'broken system

‘There have been many complaints from across the world by British expats as they were unable to vote in last week’s UK General Election. Many British living abroad received their postal vote papers too late in order for them to return their votes in time for them to be counted. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is now serving his second term in Downing Street having won 331 seats, exceeding the necessary 323 seats needed to secure a majority government. The vast majority of complaints regarding delayed...
11 May at 6 PM 2015

Expatriate record set by Americans abroad

According to data released by the IRS last Thursday, the first quarter of 2015 saw the largest amount of expat Americans giving up their U.S citizenship compared to any previous quarter since records began. The data, which was complied by Bloomberg, showed that the previous record was beaten by 18 percent with 1,335 expatriations occurring in that time period. Laws concerning tax compliance requirements and bank reporting have driven many Americans living abroad to turn in their U.S passports. This dramatic increase in the first...