Expat Usa News
Latest 10 news items tagged Usa
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country.
It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life.
The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2013
For newly arrived expat employees, the most tricky part of moving to a new country is learning the language and finding a home without the assistance of their new employer.
A recent survey conducted by Lloyds Bank International has revealed that many overseas employers fail to give new expat staff any help in settling in to their new host country. As many as 25 per cent of those surveyed were given no payment towards the cost of moving nor any help in finding suitable long-term accommodation, and 68 per cent had no help in finding...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
An American working in the United Arab Emirates has been the first foreigner to be arrested under tough, newly-introduced cybercrime laws.
A press release by the Emirates Center for Human Rights confirmed that Shezzan Cassim was arrested last April for publishing a video on YouTube depicting a satirical view of life in Dubai for young residents. Cassim and others who helped create the video are being held at an Abu Dhabi maximum security prison, according to the group.
Cassim has been accused of publishing caricatures likely to...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The thousands of expat home owners in Spain who unknowingly bought illegally built properties are stll living in fear and limbo due to corruption and senseless laws.
Andalusian expats who fear losing their homes are now gathering to decide on a course of action after two of their number, John and Jan Brookes, watched their dream villa torn down last month. The Spanish homes scandal has caused many more to lose all they had, as their retirement savings had been used to purchase their homes.
Emergency meetings are being held anywhere...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Results of a recent survey on salary trends suggest that expats working in Latin America
will see the highest salary increases in 2014.
The Salary Trends survey, initiated by ECA International, revealed bad news for UK employees, who may only receive 3 per cent rises, if any at all. With inflation in the UK taken into account and the recent swinging increases in power prices and commuter rail tickets, it seems British workers will feel no relief from hard times.
The UK is second only to Finland as regards the miserliness of...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Living, working or retiring abroad is the end of the rainbow for many disgruntled Brits these days, with many planning to chase their dream as far as is necessary.
The expat experience is seldom what was expected in the months of planning and getting ready to leave. It can be emotionally and financially rewarding with careful planning but many are forced to return to the UK after losing everything.
The Foreign and Commonwealth office consider that success or failure depends on adequate planning and, although it’s often not that...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2013
After a confusing several months, a Saudi Ministry of Labour source has stated that female dependents of expat relatives will be given yearly work permits allowing them to teach in private schools.
The move seems to be a tentative first step toward full legalisation of the status of women dependents wishing to teach in the Kingdom’s popular private education facilties. A license or certification will be required, and work permit forms are already being submitted by a number of private schools.
Female staff members are normally...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The boom in expat retirees over the past decade has led to real estate prices in a number of world expat hot-spots to soar, with many new arrivals now deciding to rent rather than buy.
Homes in developing nations deemed suitable for expats have increased considerably in value, with many reaching prices seen in the USA
and even the UK. With investments underperforming and the cost of living a vital consideration, renting a home in the sunshine is becoming more popular.
Real estate specialists are in agreement, saying that renting...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2013
As part of his Autumn Budget Statement the UK Chancellor is expected to announce that overseas nationals and British expats will be charged capital gains tax on UK property sales.
The tax raid due to be announced by George Osborne was revealed by Deputy PM Nick Clegg, and was originally aimed at wealthy foreign buyers of luxury London properties, a trend which has seen house prices rocket amid fears of a housing bubble. Thousands of expats who live abroad but have kept their UK homes are expected to be caught in the tax net should...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The crackdown on undocumented expats in Saudi is spooking the regularised expat community into panic at the thought of another Saudization drive, but does the country need more expat-friendly policies?
To many analysts and long-term expat residents, the Saudization scheme seems to be totally unrealistic given the vast size of the kingdom and its massive natural resources, tapped and untapped. Oddly, there seems to be a push to emulate the UAE countries, Oman and Bahrain with their fewer resources and much smaller size.