Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

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

Tom Conti steps up to support Oz expat family facing deportation

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...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Legal precedent may offer hope for UK expats residency rights

An Open University law lecturer has highlighted a legal case concerning citizenship rights which may open the door for UK expats to stay in Europe after Britain leaves the EU. Law lecturer Ann Wesemann believes the case, concerning an Austrian citizen who attempted to take German nationality, may seem unrelated but could well be relevant to citizenship cases caused by the UK’s decision to quit the EU. For example, she cites a British citizen living in France who, due to this test case, would be able to retain his EU citizenship...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia brings in new retirement visa

Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working as well as retiring expats has soared over the past two years, with many new arrivals having first spent some years in neighbouring Thailand. Today’s announcement is expected to ramp up the numbers of new arrivals still further. The country’s present visa regime is straightforward in that expats must get the so-called business visa, which allows a year’s stay and gives permission to work, volunteer or start a business should the holder wish. Annual renewals are allowed, and...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit puts a damper on Britons retirement plans

Brexit’s shock result has all but wrecked the retirement plans of many Brits due to freedom of movement insecurity and possible financial planning chaos. The biggest question mark threatening the retirement plans of a fair proportion of older Brits is the ability to settle legally in one of the many European expat destinations. Although, just a month after the referendum took place, there seems to be a slight easing of doom and gloom as regards freedom of movement, the risk of losing everything is still there. Even more of a risk...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Japan mull staying put to avoid gun violence at home

US expatriates working in Japan are considering staying rather than going back home and risking death on the streets of America. The total number of gun fatalities in the USA during 2015 was an appalling 13,000, whilst in Japan just one citizen was shot and killed. America has the highest number of gun deaths of any developed world country, and Japan has the lowest rate. As news of multiple mass shooting deaths at home continues to hit the headlines, many US expats are mulling over ways to stay in Japan. One American woman who,...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expat renters in Dubai turning to property purchase

Newly constructed, affordable properties in Dubai are persuading expats in tenancies to take the plunge and buy a home. Ever since Dubai became a magnet for expat professionals, renting an apartment has been the norm due to the transient nature of relocations. Although rents are comparatively low at present, an increasing number of Western expats are becoming aware that buying an apartment or villa makes more sense in the long run as well as protecting from inevitable rent rises in the future. The availability of affordable housing...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expat rush to marry EU citizens hits social media

It seems that the idea of marrying one’s EU citizen partner in order to stay in an EU member state has expanded into marrying anyone who’s willing in order to avoid having to return to the UK once it finally exits the EU. In a surprise turn-around from hoping and praying common sense would return to the UK’s politicians and allow them to reverse the devastating effects of Brexit, UK expats are taking to social media begging for a marriage of convenience. Twitter and Facebook are the usual suspects as regards requests for...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Amsterdam Expatcentre opens Brexit info hub for local Brits

Amsterdam’s Expatcentre is now offering a Brexit information hub which will inform British expats living and working in Amsterdam as well as assisting UK-based companies wishing to transfer to the Netherlands. The aim of the newly established centre, conveniently located in the city's World Trade Centre, is to present up-to-date information on Brexit-related issues to the 15,000 British expats living in Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Self-employed Brits, concerned employees of British companies based in the city and UK...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats buying homes in Vietnam despite legal issues

After decades of semi-closure, Vietnam is opening up to expats and allowing house purchase under certain circumstances. For years, Vietnam’s real estate market has been considered risky for investors and expats due to legal restrictions on long-term stays and house purchases. Recently, it seems that strengthening demand from South Korean and Japanese buyers has resulted in an easing of restrictions for property investment in Vietnam. As the country attracts more expat businesses and expat workers, condo blocks in Hoh Chi Minh...