Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

24 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expatriates deserting Beijing for commuter belt small towns

Rocketing real estate prices, overall cost of living increases, poor air quality and the chaos of the massive Chinese capital are resulting in an expat exodus to commuter belt towns 30kms and more away. For many Western expat working in Beijing, the city’s soaring cost of living is becoming unsustainable on average wages. The giant city is surrounded by smaller commuter belt towns with a more peaceful ambience and laid-back lifestyle. For many, the move means a three-hour commute, but most believe it’s well worth it as they have...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expats forced back home by Brexit may not have NHS coverage

British MPs have been told UK expat returnees post-Brexit may not be allowed immediate access to the National Health Service. Once Britain leaves the EU and cancels the reciprocal EU health scheme coverage, British pensioners may be forced to return to the UK but may not be entitled to immediate treatment via the National Health Service. A recent House of Commons hearing focused on UK retirees at present domiciled in France, all of whom are suffering anguish over the possibility of having to relocate to the home country. UK citizens,...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New media and lobbying campaign attempts to force FATCA repeal

A Washington-based campaign headed up by Nigel Green, CEO of the controversial De Vere financial advisory and insurance group, is attempting to force repeal of Obama’s unpopular US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Virtually unknown to the majority of the American public, FATCA has been the cause of havoc in the global financial system due to its stringent and inflexible demands on international banks and US expats living overseas. The objectives of the media and lobbying group started by Green are shared by Washington-based...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expat property investors routinely rejected by UK mortgage brokers

At a time when sterling is falling against a basket of foreign currencies, British expats wishing to invest in UK property are being routinely refused mortgages. The recent sharp rise in interest in UK properties by British citizens working overseas is being fuelled by the falling pound and is resulting in increased interest in cheaper areas outside the capital. However, the opportunity to invest is being stymied by the difficulty of obtaining mortgages for buy-to-let real estate in the UK. Enquiries from overseas buyers including UK...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals expatriate feelings about Japanese heathcare

A recent survey involving expatriates working in Japan rates the Japanese heathcare system as better and less expensive than healthcare in their home countries. Just over half the respondents to the Japan Times online survey were more than happy with Japanese healthcare provisions, rating the service higher than that of heathcare in their home countries. The trend was most noticeable amongst American expatriates, with 75 per cent comparing Obamacare unfavourably with its Japanese equivalent. Affordability and the quality of care...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK without private health insurance denied residence permits

As if getting residency in the UK post-referendum wasn’t tricky and time-consuming enough, EU expats desperate to stay in the UK post-Brexit are now being told they’ve been refused because they haven’t bought private health insurance. A little-known piece of legislation requiring EU citizens to purchase private health insurance is now being used to deny legitimate claims for permanent residency. The mostly ignored law applies to EU citizens living in the UK who are either looking for work or not in work, with residency only...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places. Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spanish PM believes UK expat rights can be preserved

In spite of May’s January rebuttal by EU leaders over UK expat rights, the Spanish Prime Minister still believes a deal to protect Britons wishing to remain in the country post-Brexit can be achieved. Following last week’s report that Spain is luring wealthy expats with generous deals in the hope the revenue will make up for the loss of thousands of Brit expats, the country’s PM Mariano Rajoy now believes a deal protecting expatriates' rights can be done. Spain, it would seem, would like to ‘have its cake and eat it’, a...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Americans in Japan join to fight against Trumpism

As the political chaos in the White House continues, American citizens living overseas are rejecting the Trump administration and getting together to fight against its possible consequences. Whilst Americans in the home country are becoming aware that all is not normal at the top of the Washington political tree, US expats living overseas are increasingly concerned about the future of America and the possible consequences of the nation’s choice of president. Around eight million Americans live outside the USA, with many in locations...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expat frozen pensions still under fire in Australia

In spite of many legal and political knock-backs, the fight against the British government’s stance on frozen pensions is still alive and kicking in Australia. The disgrace of frozen pensions has continued over many years, with many thousands of elderly UK long-stay expats living overseas being forced into increasing poverty by the rule. Currency fluctuations make matters worse, as a heavy fall in sterling can mean the difference between just getting by and being unable to support even the most basic lifestyle. Often, UK pensioners...