Expat Moving News
Latest 10 news items tagged Moving
12 Oct at 6 PM 2016
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.
7 Oct at 6 PM 2016
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...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Expats in the UAE are being warned yet again about the inadvisability of taking on 25 year savings plans.
The expat life is, by definition, a transient one, with the majority of expat professionals moving
between assignments and rarely staying in one place for more than five years or so. Sadly, a good proportion find themselves locked into an all too common financial trap, the 25 year savings plan beloved by unregulated, commission-hungry independent financial advisers. The syndrome isn’t just a UAE problem, as dodgy salesmen all...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A group of wealthy British businessmen are donating in support of an upcoming legal challenge to force a parliamentary vote before Brexit is triggered next March.
The high court case is due to be heard this month, and is hoped to prevent Theresa May from triggering Article 50 without first opening the issue to a parliamentary debate. A group of prominent British business owners including Pimlico Plumbers CEO Charlie Mullins are donating funds in the hope that a parliamentary vote will result in Brexit being reconsidered before it’s...
30 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Downturns in Hong Kong’s financial sector have resulted in cheaper apartments in many locations popular with expats.
Falling rents in a number of favourite expat neighbourhoods are being seen as signs of the continuing downturn in the island’s financial sector as well as an indication that expats are moving
on. For decades, residential rents have risen as Hong Kong continued to expand its financial trade, but nowadays the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction.
Ten formerly popular and pricey sectors of the city are now...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Both sides in the upcoming US presidential election are aggressively targeting American expatriates, believing the expat vote may swing the results.
Republican and Democrat campaigns are both actively wooing US expats following media suggestions that the hundreds of thousands of unregistered overseas voters may hold the key to the election result. Some 20 per cent of US citizens overseas are known to vote regularly, with the rest being aggressively canvassed to make their voices heard in this unique presidential poll.
22 Sep at 6 PM 2016
A respected online survey taking in the world’s major expat destinations has praised France for its quality of life.
Although France in general received brickbats as well as praise, its quality of life for expats was rated a deserved fourth out of the 45 countries surveyed. The result was far in advance of the USA at 26th and the UK took a disappointing 30th place. Over two-thirds of expats living permanently in France said their quality of life had improved considerably since moving
One observation made by a good number of...
21 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Whether you’re a retiree, an expat professional, a backpacker or just looking for a permanent change of scenery, it’s wise to look out for common illnesses and their causes in your chosen destination.
No-one expects to move to a new country and find themselves in an unfamiliar hospital being treated for a local bug, but it does happen and should be taken seriously. Private health insurance is the best option but, especially for those who can’t afford the ever-increasing annual premiums, prevention is always better than cure....
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016
Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015.
During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five per cent of Australians packing up and moving
on. The majority aren’t heading back to their home countries, but are relocating to North America, Africa and Singapore.
In addition, numbers of...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2016
An update on the recent report of an Australian couple who moved to the UK under the post study visa scheme has revealed they are finally being forced to leave the UK.
Kathryn and Gregg Brain and their son Lachlan originally moved to Scotland in 2011, encouraged by an immigration study/work scheme intended to repopulate Scotland’s highlands areas. Soon after they arrived, the two-year post-study scheme was quashed by the UK government. In spite of strenuous attempts by both expat to find a job with a salary which would justify a...