Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
22 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Canadian expat missing ‘under strange circumstances’ in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica are investigating the disappearance of a missing Canadian native, announced the Canadian embassy and Central American country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Police discovered an abandoned vehicle with its roadside doors left open along Route 32 on Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, they found that the car was registered to one Ryan Piercy, a Canadian man who was last seen earlier in the day. Piercy’s wife told OIJ director Francisco Seguro that her husband had left for work on Tuesday...
22 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta, Cyprus and Greece will no longer receive their winter fuel allowances (around £200- £300 per year) as of next winter because the countries they live in are considered too warm. However, expats in...
13 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Spain: British expats wanted for ‘underpaid’ property tax

British expats who have purchased property in Spain at reduced prices in recent years may be told they have to make back payments on tax bills. Authorities in the Iberian country are currently looking thousands of property sales from the past four years and working out whether the costs were knocked down in order to make the sales. However, authorities in Spain can review sales prices years after properties are bought and decide whether or not they agree with the price. The Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales (ITP), known as...
8 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats to benefit from new British school in Thailand

Foreigners living in Thailand are expected to benefit from a new British International school that is to open on the outskirts of Bangkok. With the number of students worldwide between the ages of three and 18 enrolling in international schools increasing from 3.3 million in May 2013 to 3.6 million in just 12 months, analysts say that more and more parents living in foreign countries are looking to provide their children with a top quality English-speaking education in order to help them gain entry into an English-speaking...
7 Jan at 10 AM 2015

Ecuador tops list of retirement havens

The South American nation of Ecuador has been ranked the best place to retire abroad, with Latin American countries dominating the list. The International Living magazine’s Annual Global Retirement Index looked at factors such as cost of living, healthcare and climate in ranking a total of 25 popular countries among expat retirees on the overall quality of life offered. Although prices in Ecuador are on the up, there are still many excellent real estate deals available, according to the senior editor at InternationalLiving.com,...
6 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Oman scraps expat tax plan

The Gulf state of Oman has abandoned plans to levy a tax on remittances sent home by expat workers, reports local media. Last November, the country’s Shura Council said that the government tax on remittances foreign employees sent to their families should be set at two per cent in order to ease the mounting pressure on the troubled state budget. However, the Economic Committee of Oman’s State Council has rejected the proposal. Economic Committee chief Salim bin Said Al Ghatami explained that now was not the time to impose a new...
5 Jan at 11 AM 2015

Sri Lankan expat workers must show passports before casting vote

Migrant workers from Sri Lanka who are returning to the country for the elections will be made to show their passports and National Identity Cards (NICs) before being allowed to cast their votes, announced an elections official. By showing their passports, officials will be able to determine the date and time migrant workers returned to their homeland and, therefore, learn if they got back after the relevant Grama Niladharis (public officials) carried out the registration process, according to Additional Elections Commissioner M.U....
1 Jan at 12 PM 2015

German expat engineers killed in Nigeria

Two German expatriate workers have been shot dead in Nigeria while travelling on a motorbike without security, reports German media. The men, said to be in their mid-thirties and mid-fifties and from the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, worked with Nigerian construction giant Julius Berger, which bases its international operations in the German city of Wiesbaden. The German Foreign Office and its embassy in Abuja are still seeking clarification of the killings from authorities in the West African country. A Julius...
31 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Illegal expats in Oman to be offered amnesty

Expatriates in the Gulf state of Oman who have overstayed their working visas and are now in the country illegally are to be offered amnesty, a government spokesperson has revealed. The Ministry of Manpower’s head of media Talib Al Dhabari explained that the country wanted to regulate its labour market so was preparing to offer amnesty to overstaying expats or individuals who had been stuck in the Sultanate indefinitely in the near future. Al Dhabari noted that amnesty - which is expected to help thousands of workers from India,...