Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

24 Jun at 6 PM 2015

US expat missing in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a Californian man who is thought to have gone missing in the Caribbean coast province of Limon. Sixty-four-year old Brian Lynn Hogue was last seen in the capital San Jose on 1 June before leaving the city to drive home to the farm where he lives in the slope town of Gaupiles with his wife and son, according to a family statement. However, when he failed to arrive home, a neighbor contacted the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) to file a missing persons...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Expat workers in Oman should get guarantee of minimum wage

Expatriate workers based in Oman should have a guarantee of receiving the country’s legal minimum wage, says the General Federation of Oman Trade Union (GFOTU). GFOTU board member Mohammed Al Khaldi said that the labour law did not mention a minimum wage for Omani citizens or expatriate workers, despite a ministerial decree in 2013 stating that nationals should be guaranteed minimum wage. However, he noted that expat workers were left in the lurch, and introducing such a ruling would improve the whole labour system. The Ministry...
19 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Spain reveals most common expat names

Spain’s office of national statistics has published the most popular expat names in the country, with Moroccan and Romanian names out in front. According to statistics agency, Mohamed and Fatima are the number one men and women’s names respectively, with 40,658 Moroccan Mohameds and 18,493 Moroccan Fatimas living in the Iberian country. However, there are also many more expat Mohameds in the country, with a further 2,436 from Algeria and more than 19,000 Mohammeds with a double m. Meanwhile, in addition to the number of...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Petition launched to prevent expats South Africans losing citizenship

An online petition in South Africa is asking lawmakers to change the rule that states when South Africans gain citizenship to a second country they lose the one for their homeland. The petition, which can be found on change.org, notes that many South Africans are stripped of their citizenship when they become naturalised to a nation they have relocated to, including the UK and the US. The initiative - which supports the South African Dual Citizenship Campaign that is fighting for thousands of South Africans who have had their...
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...
27 May at 4 PM 2015

Imprisonment for one killer of Miss Venezuela and British expat

One of the killers of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband, British expat Thomas Berry, has been handed a 25-year jail term. Twenty-five-year-old Gerardo Jose Contreras Alvarez was jailed after confessing to his part in the murder of the two, who were shot dead in front of their daughter Maya Veliz , five, who was also shot on the leg but survived. The family’s vehicle had suffered a puncture and was being put onto a tow truck at the time of the shooting. Police chief Jose Gregorio Sierralta explained that the...
26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...
18 May at 6 PM 2015

Worten electrical store angers expats with faulty goods

One of the biggest electrical chains in Spain have angered a couple of expats after they refused to issue a refund or to replace faulty items. Both men said that the customer service was non-existent at Worten’s Fuengirola and Marbella stores after appliances they deemed as useless arrived either broken or became faulty quickly. Expat Benehavis resident, Mike Hodge, 49, was dumbstruck when a fridge costing €1,200 arrived with its door broken. He said that when he was told he would have to pay for the shop to fix the fridge he...
11 May at 6 PM 2015

Expatriate record set by Americans abroad

According to data released by the IRS last Thursday, the first quarter of 2015 saw the largest amount of expat Americans giving up their U.S citizenship compared to any previous quarter since records began. The data, which was complied by Bloomberg, showed that the previous record was beaten by 18 percent with 1,335 expatriations occurring in that time period. Laws concerning tax compliance requirements and bank reporting have driven many Americans living abroad to turn in their U.S passports. This dramatic increase in the first...
28 Apr at 3 PM 2015

Expats in Spain told to hand ID into banks

Thousands of expatriates living in Spain could see their bank accounts temporarily closed if they fail to present their bank with digital ID. Spaniards in the Iberian country have been told to take a copy of their DNI national identity card into their bank, while foreigners must provide either their passport or residency card prior to 30 April. A law brought into effect in 2010 gave banks five years to completely digitalise all their customers’ records. Now, any accounts that are not in line with the new regulations will be...