Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

19 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Uruguay: Lebanon Foreign Minister urges expats to buy Lebanese products

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil wants to see Lebanese expats in Uruguay spending their money on things produced in their homeland, noting that the recently-signed free trade agreement (FTA) with Latin America would make importing such goods all the more easier. During a meeting on Wednesday with a delegation of Uruguay-based expats, Bassil explained that the free trade deal with Latin America’s Mercosur countries would “facilitate trade” between their country of origin and the sub-regional bloc, which includes, Brazil,...
19 Dec at 9 AM 2014

North American expats in Belize reveal its draws

North American expats living in Belize have revealed the reasons why they chose the picturesque Caribbean nation as their new home. In addition to the pristine beaches and rolling mountains, they say they only need between US$2,000 and US$3,000 a month to give them a comfortable lifestyle. Another reason is that it is closer to home than many of the other countries and islands in the Central American/Caribbean region. Located beneath Mexico’s Tucatan peninsula, Belize has a population of 330,000 and boasts a rich heritage such as...
15 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Saudi Arabia: 3,000 expat professors seek move to Western countries

Three thousand expat professors in Saudi Arabian universities are trying to find work in Western countries, revealed an official at an international immigration centre. The figures come after Saudi’s Ministry of Higher Education recently told universities across the country that they should not renew expatriate workers’ contracts if they were older than 60. Lebanese lawyer Nader Eyad confirmed that 3,000 expat professors had already filed applications for working visas in Western countries. He added that the professors in...
12 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Kuwait: Skilled expats unaffected by visa crackdown

Skilled expats in Kuwait will not be affected by a proposed five-year residency cap on foreigners working in the Gulf state. At present the number of expats in the country, which has a population of around 1.25 million, is in the region of 2.5 million, but the new proposal wants that figure brought down to just 10 per cent of the population. Currently expats with residency visas have a right to return within six months after leaving the country, but that privilege is also set to be scrapped. However, the new guidelines will allow...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2014

Abu Dhabi expat murder not linked to terrorist group

The Emirati women facing charges for murdering US kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan in Abu Dhabi last week has no connections to any terrorist groups, an official security source has said. The woman, believed to be in her late thirties, is suspected of brutally murdering the nursery school teacher in the ladies toilets in the Boutik Mall on Reem Island. She is also suspected of leaving a homemade bomb outside the residence of an Egyptian-American doctor which police managed to defuse before it went off. However, Abu Dhabi state news...
8 Dec at 2 PM 2014

British expat has missing wallet returned after 18 years

UK expat Colin Mendoza got an almighty shock when police in Switzerland contacted him to say they had his missing wallet and passport – 18 years after he lost them on a train in the country. Mendoza fell asleep on a train journey from Zurich Airport to Geneva in 1996, and didn’t realise he had left his wallet on board until after getting off. He immediately reported that it was missing to police, before having to get a new passport as well as cancelling credit cards and ordering new ones. However, nearly two decades later,...
4 Dec at 4 PM 2014

Hong Kong’s expats told to brace themselves for cold weather

Weather authorities in Hong Kong have delivered a message to residents of the normally humid city: wrap up warm as winter is on its way. The Hong Kong Observatory issued the Cold Weather Warning as the temperature dropped to 21 degrees Celsius on Wednesday afternoon. It advised residents to be prepared for temperatures to plummet further in the days ahead - as far down as 11 degrees Celsius, according to forecasts. In a statement published on its website, the Observatory urged people to wear warm clothes and avoid adverse health...
3 Dec at 4 PM 2014

New Zealand’s Kea expat network reaches 500,000

A global network designed for New Zealanders living overseas has hit the half-million-member mark. Kea, which was launched in 2001 by Professor David Teece and The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on the back of the Knowledge Wave conference, connects New Zealand businesses with Kiwis living around the world. Among those permitted to sign up to the network are ‘Friends of New Zealand’, people who are not from the country but have a vested interest or are connected in some way to it. The group’s global chief executive,...
2 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Survey names Costa Rica happiest place in the world

The Central American country of Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to a recent survey by relocation website Movehub. The study, which conducted research on 151 different countries, found that Vietnam was the second happiest place on Earth, followed by Colombia, Belize and El Salvador. The research took measures such as life expectancy, ecological footprint and general well-being into account, using data from the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index. It worked out each country’s happiness level...
1 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Expats in Abu Dhabi to pay more for power and water

Expats in Abu Dhabi will have to fork out more for their electricity and water bills come the start of 2015, with utility companies to up the charges. Electricity tariffs will increase to 3p per kilowatt hours of power used for customers consuming up to 20 kilowatt hours per day. Water charges will depend on whether the home is a villa or an apartment. Those living in villas will not have to pay higher prices, but they will see their usage capped at 5,000 litres per day. Meanwhile, those residing in apartments will have to pay...