Expat Living Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Living Abroad

20 Mar at 6 PM 2017

US expatriates urged to embrace political involvement

In this unique and hopefully brief period of American political history, US expats living and working overseas could be forgiven for thinking their democratic rights are valueless as no-one wants to know about their fears and feelings. Moving overseas for work or retirement is no reason to simply abstain from exercising your rights and giving your opinions about today’s unfamiliar state of the nation. However powerless US expatriates may be feeling, this is definitely not the time to close your eyes and shut your ears to what’s...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Protest groups lobby peers before Brexit amendment debate

UK expats in Europe have been urged to lobby members of the House Of Lords over an amendment to the proposed Brexit Bill. The amendment is due to be debated this week in the British parliament’s Upper House, with its aim the protection of the rights of Britons living in EU member states. It demands that, before Brexit is triggered by the activating of Article 50, the UK must guarantee all rights of EEA nationals now in the UK as well as prioritising an early negotiated agreement preserving the rights of UK expats living in the EEA...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Research shows numbers of UK expats in EU overestimated

Recently released research by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of British citizens living in Europe has been overestimated. A total of 890,000 Brits are at present living in other European Union member states as against a former estimate by the United Nations of around 1.2 million. At the same time, nationals from EU states living and working in Britain total 3,150,000. The figures from the ONS are taken from Eurostat data compiled from the 2010-2011 national censuses, and include expats resident across the...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2017

FEDs reject simplifying FATCA tax reporting for US expats

US expats in communities across the globe are unhappy about the US Treasury Department’s decision not to ease FATCA tax return reporting requirements by adopting same country exemption. One of the most burdensome requirements for US expats living abroad is the annual compulsory compliance with FATCA as regards their US tax liabilities. For a short time, expat hopes were based on the suggestion that Americans living overseas might be allowed exemptions through the IRS’s adopting of same country exemptions. American Citizens...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Dismayed US expats in London compare Trump victory to Brexit

US citizens working and living in London are horrified for the second time this year as Trump’s election follows on the Brexit vote. As if June’s shocking vote in favour of Brexit wasn’t enough to scare US expats working in London, Trump’s unbelievable win has plunged the community into terminal depression. Many are remembering Theresa May’s cryptic comment that those who believe they’re citizens of the world are citizens of nowhere. The American expat community is at the heart of cosmopolitan London, one of the world’s...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Projected UK pension transfer changes may leave expats open to fraud

A UK government measure at present under consideration is likely to leave thousands of expat retirees vulnerable to pension fraud. The UK is considering easing existing consumer protection laws relating to pension transfers by both onshore and offshore residents. Government claims that changing the law as regards regulations will make it easier for expats wishing to transfer their pension pots offshore aren’t taking into account the risks involved. However, political awareness that any rule relaxation may leave offshore retirees...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Too little too late repeal of 15 year UK expat disenfranchisement

After years of broken promises, lawsuits, appeals and campaigns against expat electoral discrimination, it seems UK citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years may yet get the vote. The millions of Brits living in EU member states and recently excluded from voting for their future security in their chosen destination may well greet yesterday’s announcement with scorn. Theresa May’s commitment to reversing the 15-year rule by the time of the next general election in 2020 has a hollow ring as, if a ‘hard’ Brexit is in...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US expats overseas may hold the key to locking out Trump

Eight million US expat voters living and working overseas may hold the key to locking Donald Trump out of the White House. The vast majority of US citizens living abroad are regular followers of the US political scene, especially in presidential election years. This time, with both candidates contentious, to say the least, it’s hoped that more US expats exercise their right to vote in order to make sure Republican candidate Donald Trump gets his marching orders. The millions of overseas US citizens have had the power to tip...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

American Citizens Abroad urges same country exception from FATCA

In a burst of common sense, the ACA organisation has urged the US Treasury to grant FATCA exemptions to US expats living in foreign countries. The plea, issued just before the final FATCA regulations are to be announced by the US Treasury, recommends exemptions from foreign financial institutions’ compulsion to report on the bank accounts of US citizens living abroad. Penalties for banks and other financial institutions’ failure to comply are severe and include withholdings of 30 per cent of US-sourced income payments. As a...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Foreign Secretary Hammond speaks out in support of UK expats

Finally, a UK politician has seen fit to speak out in support of UK expats living and working in EU member states and EU expats doing the same in the UK. Hammond is the first member of the present political coterie in the UK to actually recognise the plight of the 1.2 million UK expats living in EU countries and the even greater number of EU expats living and working in the United Kingdom. The Foreign Secretary told it like it is, saying it would be absurd if negotiations resulted in a guarantee that EU expats could stay in the UK...