Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Fears grow for expat insurances and pension as passporting rights issue ignored

The threat of losing access to pension payments and insurance coverage for UK expats in Europe is creeping ever closer as the crucial issue of ‘passporting rights’ continues to be ignored by the UK negotiating team. British expats resident in European member state countries have long been aware of the possible personal financial consequences of a hard Brexit, but as March 2019 creeps closer it’s obvious that Brits in the home country may also be affected. A number of insurers have already transferred their operations from the UK...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Tips on selling your Spanish home if relocation is your answer to Brexit worries

For expats giving up and returning to the UK before Brexit, selling your Spanish home isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Selling a property in Spain is tougher as regards bureaucracy than the process of purchasing. The easy part is finding a buyer, especially nowadays as the number of Brits buying property and emigrating before Brexit kicks in ensures a steady flow of interest usually leading to a quick sale. It’s essential for sellers to have the help of experts in the legal process, but there are several ways in which the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats landmark Brexit appeal rejected by Amsterdam court

An Amsterdam court has thrown out a landmark case brought by British expats which demanded their post-Brexit rights as European citizens should be recognised by the EU. The case was the first of a number awaiting hearings and was brought by five British expats in the Netherlands and two anti-Brexit campaign groups. It was ruled against in its first hearing last January and was sent on appeal to the Amsterdam court. The court rejected the appeal and found in favour of the Dutch government, quoting expats’ claims were ‘too vague’...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in the USA facing ethical choices

Is now the time for UK expats living and working in the USA to depart in disgust? British expatriate professionals living and working in the USA are facing a dilemma – staying in their jobs and ignoring the creeping totalitarianism or obeying their consciences and getting out before things get even worse.For decades, Britons have headed for the USA’s massive cities for work opportunities or to start businesses, comfortable with the fact that America and the UK work along the same lines and are long-term allies. Nowadays, it’s...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK to relax immigration rules for non EU expat medical professionals

The British government is planning exemptions of non EU doctors and nurses from the annual immigration numbers cap. According to UK immigration lawyers, the British government is about to exempt doctors and nurses from non- European Union countries from the annual cap on expat professionals. The cap, at present at 20,700, was divided into monthly allocations following its inception in 2011 and covers non-EU skilled workers applying for Tier 2 visas. Until late last year, the cap had been exceeded just once in June 2015. Subsequently,...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Weakening British real estate market gives opportunities for expat buyers

With the UK housing market weakening and no sign of a rise in overall interest rates, now’s the time for expat investors to grab a bargain. As the busy summer house-buying period sets in, potential expat investors are expected to take advantage of lower expat mortgage rates and a generalised fall in house prices due to collapsing demand. Offshore financial firms are predicting a rush to buy from overseas investors not under constraint by domestic economic pressures in the UK. It’s clear now that the UK base rate will continue...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France offered $60 for Brexit opinions

UK expats living in France are being offered £60 to give their Brexit views at British Embassy outreach meetings. As part of the British Embassy’s Brexit-focused outreach campaign in France, UK expats living in and around Paris and Nice are being asked to attend and give their views at targeting focus group meetings. Each meeting will last around one and half hours, and participants in three groups, students, working people and pensioners will each receive a gratuity of £60. Those attending will be asked for their opinions on...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK expat parents in EU fear for their childrens educational freedom

The swathe of English language curriculum international schools across the expat world has helped relocating parents provide a steady stream of quality education for their offspring for decades. One of the most important aspects of relocation for British parents is the availability of international-standard education from primary to university level. The advent of Brexit isn’t just threatening Britons’ right to stay in their chosen EU country, it’s also threatening the continuation of parental choice as regards a structured...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...