Expat South America News
Latest 10 news items tagged South America
7 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Since Spain introduced its offer of a residency visa for non-EU citizens dependent on a property purchase of over €500,000, real estate professionals have seen a change in expat buying habits.
Buyers from the UK still make up a good proportion of property purchases in France, accounting for 20 per cent of real estate deals. Brittany, Normandy, Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine are favourites, with Italian buyers concentrating on Paris and Provence.
Real estate prices are still falling in France, giving a good choice of properties and...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2013
The delays in processing Canadian visa applications at present being experienced by would-be migrants in many world countries are likely to increase due to strike action by immigration officers.
Strike action is being taken by members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers at offices in Japan, China, the UK, Brazil
, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, the USA, Columbia and Indonesia. Immigration officers are advising applicants in these countries to anticipate further delays as a result.
All the offices concerned are...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2013
Australia’s Best Expat Jobs in the World competition results have been announced, with six contestants now heading for the best few months of their travelling lives.
The contest, run by the Australian Tourist Board, attracted no less than 330,000 competitors hailing from 196 countries across the world, with all the applicants whittled down to a finalist list. The lucky 18 finalists spent a week in the country taking part in challenges and assignments in fields including photography, social media reports, culinary experiences,...
29 May at 6 PM 2013
In spite of major worldwide adjustments in executive and higher-level pay structures, Switzerland still tops the international pay league.
The International Geographic Salary Differentials report, conducted by Mercers’, noted that several Latin American countries have crept up the scale whilst Eastern European states have seen the sharpest falls in managerial pay. Switzerland, traditionally at or near the top of the table, scored again at number one in this latest survey.
A total of 75 countries were covered, with six career...
14 May at 6 PM 2013
Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian society as a result of mass immigration.
The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8 countries. The greater Toronto region is becoming increasingly multi-national and is now home to many unfamiliar religious practices and languages.
According to Tina Chui, Statistics Canada’s...
1 May at 6 PM 2013
According to figures issued by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, the total population of the country has fallen for the first time in 150 years.
As Spanish unemployment soars to over 26 per cent and the country’s economy staggers, a total of 206,000 residents have given up and left. According to the figures, the entire drop represents foreign residents leaving the country.
From the year 2000, Spain experienced a rapid rise in its immigrant population, mostly fuelled by migrants from Spanish-speaking countries in South...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The sharp drop in the number of fee-paying overseas students applying for study visas in New Zealand is being blamed on the perceived poor quality of the country’s education providers.
Spokesman for the NZ Labour Party Raymond Huo has caused consternation in the sector by putting the decline in application squarely on the shoulders of immigration, the education providers themselves and unscrupulous student agents. New Zealand, he stated, is now seen as a ‘ghetto education’ destination.
Huo is the originator of a private...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2013
A combination of the Spanish property scandal, the recession and Spanish unemployment has seen real estate prices crash, with expats now picking up the bargains.
It seems that bad news for Spanish homeowners and those who lost out over the still-unresolved expat property scandal has become good news for would-be expats hoping to pick up a bargain. Prices have fallen considerably across Spain’s regions, with each region having its own significant differences which affect demand.
For example, at the present time British buyers are...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2013
Global companies with branches in fast-growing emerging markets such as India, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Brazil
are experiencing difficulties in providing expat workers’ health care.
Companies attracting expat workers are expected to cover healthcare benefits and services as part of employment packages for a growing number of expat staff heading for the world’s emerging economies. Problems are arising as employers have little or no experience or knowledge of local facilities or their cost-effectivity.
The situation is...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2012
The US Treasury Department is now working with over 50 countries across the world as regards sharing US expats’ personal financial details to establish tax compliance.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is expected to affect all American expats living in the selected countries, as it requires foreign banks and investment firms to pass on private details of expat incomes to the US regulatory body. Failure to do so will result in penalties likely to damage foreign banks, and the trade-off is the reciprocal reportage of...