Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Thai brides offered one day free government course in interracial marriage

The Thai Social Development Ministry is now offering Thai women a free one-day course in interracial marriage and moving overseas. Thailand is a favourite destination for romance and marriage between older Western expats and younger Thai women, but cultural differences are often ignored. According to the country’s Social Development Ministry, many see marrying a foreigner as the best way to enhance their economic statuses, but most don’t appreciate the rifts cultural differences can cause. The course is based on an understanding...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2017

IRS admits its website is confusing US expats

For US expat taxpayers, it’s essential to have the knowledge necessary to avoid mistakes, but the IRS’s website is often less than helpful. Especially since the introduction of FATCA, US taxpayers living overseas have a special responsibility to get everything right on their returns. Most refer to the IRS’s website for the latest info, but many may not realise some of its pages are simply informational rather than authoritative. A blog post by the authority’s National Taxpayer Advocate has shown that over-reliance on some of...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Britons still rushing to buy European real estate

Although there’s still no certainty about UK expats’ rights post-Brexit, increasing numbers of disenchanted Brits are opting to leave now and take their chances in Europe. Rather than the expected post-referendum fall in the numbers of Brits moving to European Union member states, there’s a rush to emigrate before the UK leaves the EU. It’s a ‘it’s now or never’ moment, based on hopes that their new country of residence will take pity on its expats and allow them at least to stay where they are rather than being forced...
25 Aug at 6 PM 2017

QROPS not to blame for pension transfer problems

Overseas pensions are more about investment quality than volumes of cash moving overseas, with problems down to dodgy advisors rather than the schemes themselves. Following the UK government’s published concerns on rogue financial advisors targeting expats overseas as well as retirees in the UK, critics of QROPs are inferring a reduction of the numbers of jurisdictions implies a fall of interest in the schemes. Relevant articles by respectable providers on financial websites, however, seem to be confusing the issue as regards the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Spanish economic revival tempts expat investors

Ten years ago, Spain was in crisis, but now its economy is soaring to new heights. I n 2008, the main topic of expat conversation in bars and restaurants was ‘la crisis’, and with very good reason. Bad debts due to the credit-fuelled construction boom had caused a spectacular fall in real estate prices, the global financial crisis was destroying small businesses and banks were collapsing under the pressure of one of the worst downturns in European financial history. Desperate expat property owners were simply handing their banks...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UAE laws female expats need to know

Many women moving to the UAE either for work or as trailing spouses are confused as to their rights and obligations in UAE law. Being male and moving to the UAE is tricky enough as regards laws, cultural aspects and correct behaviour patterns, but for women it’s a potential nightmare. Former freedoms and legal entitlements are thrown out of the window the moment females set foot on Arab soil, with immediate adjustment necessary to avoid unpleasant situations. One obviously sensitive topic in this Islamic region is drinking,...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit retirees gearing up to emigrate before Brexit

In spite of the uncertainty of expat rights post-Brexit, UK retirees are queuing up to emigrate, with Spain, France and Portugal all favourite destinations. Financial advisers whose businesses serve would-be expats relocating to destinations within the European Union have seen a doubling of enquiries from British retirees over the past year and the number of those who went ahead with their emigration plans has increased by 25 per cent. The motivation behind the rush to leave would seem to be that, whatever the final Brexit deal contains,...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

What makes a successful expat

Personality traits are all-important to our view of life, with the qualities needed to make a success of the expat life not always the most obvious. Since humans first stood on two legs and found a comfortable cave for shelter, the need to broaden our horizons has ensured the race’s spread throughout the entire world. Curiosity and fascination with what’s over the next hill has resulted in many different races, and the feeling is still alive, especially in those planning to become expats. The comparatively new trend of living,...
4 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Best expat retirement destinations on the planet

As moving overseas for retirement becomes ever more popular, a recent survey has identified a number of the most attractive locations worldwide. Whilst surveys involving varied expat destinations are undoubtedly useful, the majority are based on the needs of relocating expat professionals, making many of the criteria non-relevant for those seeking a retirement haven. What’s best for single workers and those with families tagging along isn’t necessarily important for older expats seeking the best place to create a new, more relaxed...