Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Study shows culture shock affects expat health and wellbeing

Would-be expats are underestimating the effect of culture shock on their physical and emotional wellbeing. The popular perception of relocating overseas is that moving to a totally different environment and taking on a new job and lifestyle is an exciting adventure. However, a new study has revealed culture shock is a very real threat to the average expat’s physical and mental wellbeing. According to research undertaken by an international health insurance provider, the stress of finding a new job, suitable housing and getting...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats relocating to Qatar get extended time for residency permits

A law passed last October giving foreigners extra time to process residency permits is due to come into force on December 3. The new sponsorship law is expected to make the lives of foreigners arriving in the emirate less stressful, as it extends the time allowed for arranging residency permits from seven days to 30 days. The same extension will apply to departure, residence and sponsorship. It’s also expected the extension will make changing jobs or leaving the emirate more straightforward. However, the ruling has been received...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Advice for expat Brits on letting their Spanish property

British retirees in Spain are no clearer about their futures five months after the Brexit vote turned their lives upside down, but some may be considering moving back home after renting out their Spanish properties. As the myriad controversies surrounding Brexit continue, stress as regards the right to remain felt by UK retirees at present living in Spain is increasing exponentially. After the recent news that the Spanish property market is reviving in popularity, some may well be considering returning to the UK after letting their...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait to tax expat remittances and companies

New reforms due to be presented to the Kuwaiti government are reputed to include taxing expat remittances and foreign companies, privatisation and other austerity measures. According to local media, the government is fully aware the new measures will attract protests and strong opposition from businesses, expats and others affected by the changes. The reforms will be presented to the emirate’s new government when it convenes later this month. High on the list will be privatisation of the healthcare and education sectors, with...
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...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2016

American expats fear violence during and after election

As the polls open across the USA, American expats in Canada fear the day will end in violence no matter who wins. The world is watching in trepidation for any indication that sanity will be the winner in the race for the White House, with US expats in Canada bracing themselves for a violent outcome. Misinformation, disinformation and downright lies are being discussed by US expats in Canadian cities as Americans line up outside polling stations across the divided nation. One former Texas resident fears the worst, citing Trump’s...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows half of expats in Thailand considering leaving

A recent survey conducted by Thailand’s largest and most popular expat forum has revealed 50 per cent of expats have considered relocating elsewhere over the past year. The survey results came as somewhat of a shock to the forum’s administrators, as a previous vote taken earlier in 2016 seemed to suggest most expats were happy to be in Thailand. In the current poll, 84 per cent of respondents who’d considered moving on stated they were unhappier than in previous years. For decades, Thailand has been a popular expat...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Long stay expats in France see many changes

UK expats who’ve lived in France for many years have seen both positive and negative changes in their lifestyles. One of France’s major attractions for expats is that changes take far longer than in other countries, although all accept change is inevitable. Fortunately, most changes which have taken place of the past several decades have been expat-friendly and positive, with the possible exception of rising prices. French food is justifiably famous world-wide, but it’s an unusual expat who doesn’t crave an occasional taste...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Tax implications for UK expats relocating back home

Whether the decision to return to the UK is based on fears of Brexit effects, family reasons or simply because you’re missing the home country, it’s wise to check your tax position before you make the move. For expats moving back to the UK from EU member states it’s fairly straightforward providing you’ve maintained your non-resident status. However, for those returning for farther-flung locations, it’s best to get advice on tax liabilities as regards selling your overseas home, investments and unwanted belongings. For...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Harry Shindler welcomes UK government scrapping of 15 year expat voting ban

Expat campaigner Harry Shindler MBE has applauded the UK government’s now published ‘votes for life’ proposals. 95-year old Harry has been campaigning for 16 years against the controversial UK government ruling which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of expats who’d lived overseas for 15 years or more. The World War 11 veteran has lived in Italy since 1982 and has never let up on his campaign, even presenting his case unsuccessfully to the European Court of Human Rights in 2009. Harry’s case for scrapping the highly...