Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying residency in popular EU countries restricted to wealthy expats

Securing an idyllic expat life post-Brexit as a resident in favourite European destinations is proving to be only an option for the wealthy. The rush for European passports is gathering steam as the full implications of Brexit hit home, but unless applicants are long-stay or have nationals of that country in their ancestry, there’s no chance unless big money is handed over. Various countries are now offering citizenship to Britishers affected by Brexit – but only at a staggering price. The vast majority of the 1.2 million...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threatens students, retirees and their dogs

As if the situation post-Brexit wasn’t dire enough for UK expats living in EU countries, more threats are emerging, especially for students, long-stay retirees on the state pension and, unbelievably, their dogs. Although at the present moment no-one is going to be deported from their country of residence after having their assets seized, more bad news about the effects of Brexit is coming out day by day. Brits living in Europe are by now familiar with the potential losses of free healthcare via the European Health card, the strong...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Is citizenship or permanent residency the expat answer to Brexit

Ever since last Thursday’s shocking referendum result, social media has been buzzing with EU-based expat suggestions of how to avoid being forced back to the UK. Prior to the vote, expat media outlets in several EU member states carried reports that long-term British expats were hedging their bets by applying for citizenship of their countries of residency. Now that scary suspicions have been replaced by awful realities, many more are deciding to become French, Spanish or even Bulgarian rather than resume living in the UK....
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Postal voting scandal ignites worldwide expat fury

Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum. Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June. Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
23 Jun at 4 PM 2016

Expat healthcare services in the Philippines

Retiring to a tropical paradise is a favourite dream for older would-be expats, but what if unexpected health issues are the reality? Emigrating overseas outside North America and Europe undoubtedly has its plus points, with the fascination of a totally unfamiliar culture, the challenge of an obscure language and the possibility of a far cheaper cost of living all attractions in themselves. However, one item of concern is true for all less familiar expat destinations – the state of the local heathcare service. For decades the...
23 Jun at 9 AM 2016

Could votes by UK expats in Oz swing the referendum

Tomorrow’s the day the long-term future of the UK is decided, with the million or more UK expats living in Australia possibly able to swing the vote to Remain. British passport holders living in OZ are fully entitled to postal votes if they have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Australia is home to 1.2 million expat Brits, with New Zealand accounting for another quarter of a million. Both the Remain and Leave camps have been at full stretch in the run-up to the referendum, knowing the possible size of the antipodean voter list...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Beating bureaucratic challenges as an expat in the USA

Expats heading for a new life in the USA face a good number of bureaucratic challenges, but taking advice from those who’ve gone before is the best way to deal with officialdom. The USA is one of the most popular destinations for expats, with the majority relocating to take up new jobs in one of the country’s massive cities. For almost all, the most difficult of all the adjustments necessary is dealing with unfamiliar bureaucratic requirements. A new survey identifies the three most challenging systems to beat, and gives advice on...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Body of murdered expat dad found in Pattaya police morgue

Scots expat Steve Balfour’s body was found in a Pattaya police morgue a month after he disappeared during a visit to his Thai daughter. Steve Balfour, a security consultant working in Basra,Iraq, went missing on May 14 during one of his regular visits to Pattaya to see his six-year old daughter Georgina, The child was living with Steve’s former Thai wife, Nan Kidaw, following the couple’s acrimonious divorce last year. Pattaya police found Steve’s body in a Walking Street room on May 15, but failed to inform his family or the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats giving up on Abu Dhabi as costs rise and incomes shrink

Once considered the star of expat relocations, static pay, cancelled bonuses and the soaring cost of living are forcing many expats to pack up and go home. Saudization and the fallout from the dramatic fall in oil prices are just two of the reasons given for what is being referred to as a ‘mass exodus’ of expats from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Once considered the prime expat location for luxury living, rising costs and job uncertainties are taking their toll on the region’s expat communities. MD of a major recruitment agency...