Expat Usa News
Latest 10 news items tagged Usa
20 May at 6 PM 2013
The Australian ban on the recognition of gay marriage or legal partnerships may be affecting skilled worker immigration at a time when the country is begging for migrants with specific qualifications and experience.
Australia’s long-standing discrimination against homosexual couples is traditional but, with an increasing number of countries including its near neighbour New Zealand now recognising same-sex expat couples, the ban seems to be having a negative effect on much-needed skilled immigration. Same-sex couples are choosing...
20 May at 6 PM 2013
A recent poll showed an increase in the number of British expats living overseas who feel positive about their current financial situations.
The survey, undertaken by financial advisory organisation deVere Group, showed that 54 percent of those who took part feel more confident about their current financial status. Those feeling less confident represented 19 per cent, and the inevitable ‘don’t knows’ came out at 27 per cent.
Participants in the poll were drawn from the firm’s existing and potential clients in Switzerland,...
17 May at 6 PM 2013
The recently announced change in UK pension law disallowing married women’s pensions is hitting hard on stay-at-home expat mums.
Married women who have lived overseas with their husbands and never worked will be hit hard by the proposed change in pension law disallowing them from claiming a spousal pension. The change in the law is being brought in to save paying expat spousal pensions to foreign wives who have never worked or lived in the UK but is expected to hit hard on legitimate claimants.
The spousal benefit, known as the...
16 May at 6 PM 2013
The World Value Survey’s map of every world country’s level of racial tolerance was used by Swedish researchers to determine the relationship between racism and economic freedom.
The report by Swedish economists was prompted by one of many questions asked in the original survey of respondents in 80 world countries. The question was simple, with people asked to identify the types of people they’d dislike as neighbours.
One check-listed answer was people of another race’, which led the economists to reason that countries in...
14 May at 6 PM 2013
Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian society as a result of mass immigration.
The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8 countries. The greater Toronto region is becoming increasingly multi-national and is now home to many unfamiliar religious practices and languages.
According to Tina Chui, Statistics Canada’s...
8 May at 6 PM 2013
British, American and EU member state overseas territories seen by many expats as tax havens are increasingly falling under new disclosure rules set out by the UK and USA
British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Montserrat and even the Isle of Man have capitulated to the disclosure demands of the UK government, although Jersey and Guernsey are not yet involved. The US is targeting Switzerland and the EU is demanding what it calls ‘fair tax practice’.
For expats with...
7 May at 6 PM 2013
Rumours that gold bars are being removed from gold shops’ shelves until the price recovers have sent expats rushing to purchase jewellery and gold coins whilst the price is still low.
Expats working in the gold-purchase hotspot of the United Arab Emirates are queuing to buy gold coins and jewellery after the commodity’s price suffered the largest and fastest fall in 70 years. Gold bars are now hard to come by, with rumours suggesting the stores are removing them from the shelves until their value goes up again.
The rush to buy...
1 May at 6 PM 2013
According to figures issued by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, the total population of the country has fallen for the first time in 150 years.
As Spanish unemployment soars to over 26 per cent and the country’s economy staggers, a total of 206,000 residents have given up and left. According to the figures, the entire drop represents foreign residents leaving the country.
From the year 2000, Spain experienced a rapid rise in its immigrant population, mostly fuelled by migrants from Spanish-speaking countries in South...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2013
As the battle to reform the broken US immigration system drags on, other Western countries are introducing ultra-fast skilled worker visa programmes in the hope of grabbing top-tier innovators.
Canada’s recently-announced Start-Up Visa Programme is one such, and the most comprehensive yet, aimed solely at entrepreneurs looking to start up innovative businesses. Paul Northcott, Citizen and Immigration Canada’s spokesman, describes the programme as targeting a new type of immigrant with the ability to start companies which will...
23 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Following recent bad press about unemployment, depression and austerity in Ireland and reports on the latest Irish Diaspora, a New Zealand Irish group is publicising positive stories on social media.
A volunteer expat service providing help to new immigrants from Ireland is determined to counter depressing media reports about the state of the ‘old country’ by uploading positive stories. The Irish People Living in New Zealand group is a household name in the community and liaises with Enterprise Ireland and Auckland’s Irish...