Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

25 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Shanghai expat community concerned over possible removal of English language road signs

Expats living and working in China’s massive metropolis of Shanghai are worried the city’s road authority may decided to remove English language directional road signs. Given that very few expats in Shanghai are competent enough in the Chinese language to be able to read its thousands of characters, concerns that English signage may be removed are a real cause for concern in the community. According to an article in the English language newspaper China Daily, the Shanghai Road Administration Bureau is actively considering the...
25 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brexit fallout sees surge in expat buyers as UK property prices stall

Banks and building societies are seeing an increase in mortgage enquiries from UK expat overseas due to stalling UK property prices and the decrease in the value of sterling. The Bank of England’s recent interest rate cut, sterling’s plunge and the post-Brexit stalling of the UK housing market are tempting British expats living and working overseas to cash in on a bargain. The London property market is most affected at present, with the trend beginning to spread to desirable locations in the rest of the country. Professionals...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

UK pensioners in cooler parts of Spain cheated out of winter fuel allowance

Newly discovered data has revealed British pensioners living in colder parts of Spain may have been entitled to the UK state pensions’ Winter Fuel Allowance. The winter fuel allowance was cancelled in 2014 for all UK pensioners living in Spain, depriving many thousands of an extra few hundred pounds with which to supplement the ungenerous British pension. The reason given was that Spain’s average winter temperature was ‘too hot’ to justify the payment.The country’s average winter temperature came out at just above the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the results of the samples will only be available to police, public prosecutors and the judiciary if requested. According to the emirate’s Ministry of the Interior, it’s expected that many thousands of...
22 Aug at 4 PM 2016

New Cambodia three year multientry visa aimed at expat residents and tourists

Cambodia seems to be finally waking up to its potential not only as a tourism destination but as a home for expats looking for long-term residence in a friendly, warm country. Following an announcement that retirees can now purchase a retirement visa without the need to also purchase a work visa, it will soon be possible for expats to be granted a three-year multi-entry visa suitable for retirement or for those working regularly overseas. The new visas should be up and running by next month, although no guidance as to cost or where...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Switzerland is best choice for expat careers

HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey gives one of the best comparisons of locations suitable for career development, with Switzerland placed high on the list. Selecting the right relocation destination for a move to expat life isn’t easy, as it depends as much on personal preference as it does on salary and perks. However, for career development, Europe is still a great choice, with Switzerland considered by expats to be the best for salaries, job security, working conditions and lifestyle. Over 66 per cent of expat professionals working...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

15 year expat voting rule promise trashed again by Whitehall

Despite the British government’s pre- and post-Brexit assurances that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years will finally get the right to continue to vote, civil servants are claiming the plan is too complex to administer. The British government’s refusal to allow long-term expats living overseas to vote in the Brexit referendum caused massive resentment in expat retiree communities, especially after the result was declared. Long-stayers rightly feared their lifestyles, businesses and properties would be at risk if...
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...