Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

18 May at 6 PM 2015

Worten electrical store angers expats with faulty goods

One of the biggest electrical chains in Spain have angered a couple of expats after they refused to issue a refund or to replace faulty items. Both men said that the customer service was non-existent at Worten’s Fuengirola and Marbella stores after appliances they deemed as useless arrived either broken or became faulty quickly. Expat Benehavis resident, Mike Hodge, 49, was dumbstruck when a fridge costing €1,200 arrived with its door broken. He said that when he was told he would have to pay for the shop to fix the fridge he...
11 May at 6 PM 2015

Expatriate record set by Americans abroad

According to data released by the IRS last Thursday, the first quarter of 2015 saw the largest amount of expat Americans giving up their U.S citizenship compared to any previous quarter since records began. The data, which was complied by Bloomberg, showed that the previous record was beaten by 18 percent with 1,335 expatriations occurring in that time period. Laws concerning tax compliance requirements and bank reporting have driven many Americans living abroad to turn in their U.S passports. This dramatic increase in the first...
28 Apr at 3 PM 2015

Expats in Spain told to hand ID into banks

Thousands of expatriates living in Spain could see their bank accounts temporarily closed if they fail to present their bank with digital ID. Spaniards in the Iberian country have been told to take a copy of their DNI national identity card into their bank, while foreigners must provide either their passport or residency card prior to 30 April. A law brought into effect in 2010 gave banks five years to completely digitalise all their customers’ records. Now, any accounts that are not in line with the new regulations will be...
3 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Century-old tapas bar to shut down in Almeira

After more than 100 years of service, the ‘most famous tapas bar in Almeria’ has been forced to close. Case Puga, which is run by brothers Jose and Leonardo Lopez, has fallen foul of rental laws that have recently been enforced. Over 2,00 people have been campaigning to save the bar which is popular amongst the expat community in Almeria however the owners were enable to afford the increased rental prices. The tapas bar could reopen with new owners within a month if negotiations prove to be successful. Leonardo Lopez said...
1 Apr at 12 PM 2015

“Full English’ breakfast to be banned in Benidorm

Measures such as clamping down on what type of food can be served and licensing hours are being taken by the town council to improve the reputation of the bargain package holiday resort. Traditional Spanish fare will replace typical British dishes under the new bylaw which is expected to be passed today by the council, the effects of which will not come into fruition until next month. The councillor responsible for changes in tourism and culture, Enrique Broma, said that they wanted to see tourists eating local cuisine such a...
28 Mar at 11 AM 2015

The number of Spaniards living abroad doubles

From the year 2009 and 2015, the amount of Spanish people living abroad grew by 48 per cent. Recent figures show that as of the 1st January there were 2,183,043 Spaniards registered on consular lists compared with 1,471,691 six years ago. The data, which was released by the National Institute of Statistics of Madrid, must not indicate that the main reason is the Iberian Peninsula’s mass exodus according to experts. It was found that the increase in the amount of Spanish people moving abroad was due to the search of a better...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Mexico near the top of expat happiness list

A recent survey carried out by InterNations has found one of the happiest place in the world for expats is Mexico, with 91 per cent of respondents saying they were content in their new lives. Some 14,000 expats in 160 countries were questioned about their lives overseas, with factors such as family, work, personal finance and ease of settling in all considered. When it came down to feeling at home, Mexico City ranked number one with expats, while the country as a whole came third in that particular list. Meanwhile, 91 per cent of...
5 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Costa Rica increases in popularity among retirees

More and more people are looking to emigrate to Costa Rica after retiring with factors such as low cost of living and beautiful surroundings proving major draws among expats. Four out of the top five destinations for retirement are in either South or Central America, according to the International Living’s 2015 Retirement Index. This year Costa Rica has entered in at number five on the list, behind Ecuador, Panama, Mexico and Malaysia respectively. The report described Costa Rica as a “nature-lover’s dream”, adding that the...
26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...