Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UAE sends message of peace after year of world turmoil

Christians in Abu Dhabi flocked to St Joseph’s Cathedral’s midnight mass to send a message of hope and peace to the troubled world. Tolerance, peace and hope was the Christmas Eve message from the UAE Christian community to the rest of the world during an outdoor midnight mass in Abu Dhabi. The scene as the day drew to an end couldn’t have been more different than the similar gathering in Bethlehem, set behind metal barricades and separated from the rest of the Holy Land by a towering wall. Elsewhere across the world,...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Four expat destinations best avoided

Would-be expats face a huge choice of places to hang their hats but, in some, all is not as it seems. Getting away from the familiar and embracing the new is a challenge familiar to hundreds of thousands of expats from many Western countries, but how does the average expat make sure what they’re seeing on their reconnaissance trip is what they’ll actually get? Retiring overseas isn’t for fun, it’s for life, and checking the bad before embracing the good is essential. It’s true to say that every country has its darker...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Kuwaiti parliament mulls bill to reduce expat numbers by 2021

If adopted, a draft law submitted by five members of the Kuwaiti parliament would reduce the number of expat workers in the emirate by 800,000. According to the Kuwait Times, the bill calls for a higher national committee to oversee the reduction of expat numbers over five years, resulting in parity with the number of Kuwaiti national employees. At the present time, Kuwaiti employees account for just 30 percent of the overall population of 4.4 million, with some 1.3 million employed. Suggested exemptions from the proposed laws include...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Do expats really need offshore accounts

Even if you’ve banked with the same high-street name for decades, your banking rights as an expat might change, making you wish you’d opened an offshore account. If you’re moving to a country with unfamiliar or possibly less secure or efficient banking facilities, leaving your money in your home country bank account is an attractive option, but might cause problems down the line. For example, recent moves by British banks to close expat accounts have caused chaos, and UK banks have strict and very inconvenient rules about...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UAE expats in line for new global FATCA

Following the introduction of new international measures to stop expat tax evasion, banking secrecy for expat clients is about to become a thing of the past. International bank HSBC has issued a notice stating the impending collection of account-holder information related to tax matters, making global transparency a major tool in fighting cross-border tax evasion by expats. The costs to America alone of offshore tax abuse are estimated at some £100 billion every year. The new rules come under the name of the Common Reporting...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai property market still popular with UK expats

The Dubai real estate market has remained buoyant through 2016, with UK property investments forming a large part of its success. Recent reports from Dubai’s Land Department show property investments of AED 57 billion involving 26,000 investors during 2016, making the emirate one of the world’s most popular property investment hubs. Its success is believed to be a result of regional economic decline and political challenges overseas, and is being seen as a reflection of investor trust in Dubai developers’ focus on quality and...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Tech expats in USA fear Trump effect on visa programme

Expats working in USA tech hubs are afraid their skilled worker visa programme may be terminated by Trump. Following Donald Trump’s mixed messages on the campaign trail concerning the USA’s skilled worker visa programme, tech workers in Silicone Valley and other American IT hubs are afraid for their jobs. Before the presidential election, the industry had been lobbying for an expansion to the programme, which at present admits 65,000 workers and 20,000 graduate students every year. Trump’s campaign trail speeches sometimes...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Divorcing expats QROPS cash ruled safe from UK law

Divorced British expats may be relieved to learn their QROPS pension scheme cash is safe from being split up according to UK law. Retiring overseas as a married couple doesn’t always turn out as planned, with divorce not uncommon amongst expats. Making adjustments not only to life as retirees but also to an unfamiliar culture and environment can put unbearable strains on less than stable relationships, as can the temptation to succumb to younger, more attractive charms. A recent UK family court judgement settled once and for all...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Is India the new China for expats

As China falls fast as regards popularity with expats, the recent HSBC survey suggests India may be the new number one for those looking for business opportunities amid exotic surroundings. It seems the expat world is changing even faster than the real world, with formerly popular destinations such as Hong Kong and mainland China tumbling down the lists published by annual surveys. As fast as China falls, India is surging upward, with its overall rank now higher than that of the USA as well as China. So, what’s so special about...