Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

19 May at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for mass sacking of expatriate teachers

In yet another attack on Kuwait’s expatriate community, a local lawmaker is calling for all foreign teachers to be sacked and replaced with Kuwaiti nationals. MP Osama al Shaheen believes there is now an urgent need to address the emirate’s demographic imbalance, suggesting that removing all foreign teachers would contribute strongly to the Kuwatization programme. He also suggested that reducing the numbers of non-Kuwaiti students enrolled in public schools could free up a great deal of money which could be used for other...
18 May at 6 PM 2017

Japanese bank beefs up English language services for expats

Major Japanese banks are responding to an increase in incoming expat professionals by providing more English language services. One of the biggest problems for expats taking up positions in non-English speaking countries is dealing with the need for a local bank account. Not only is it rare to find English-speaking staff, the banking systems and services are mostly very different than those in the home country. Even in European countries, setting up a new bank account can be tricky, but for newly arrived expatriates in Asia it’s a...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Oman considering loosening expat property purchase rules

Omani lawmakers are considering allowing foreigners living and working in the emirate to purchase homes outside the specially designated integrated tourist complexes. A recent article in the Oman Times quoted deputy chairman of the Majlis al Shura Mohammed al Ghassani as saying that changes in the rule disallowing expats from buying homes outside the designated complexes would boost the Omani housing market. The emirate’s housing sector has been hard hit by the fall in oil prices, with money flowing out of Oman as a result. Al...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Expats fear losing data from global cyber attack

Expats across the world are afraid they might lose files, photos and contact details of family and friends back home due to Friday’s devastating cyber attack. For the first time ever, a massive cyber attack using malicious ransomware has spread across 150 countries and infected at least 300,000 computer systems, leaving expats who rely on the internet to stay in touch with family and friends back home fearing the loss of photos, texts and contact details. Expat businesses risk potentially even more harm, as records, tax forms and...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Foreign finances and FATCA for US expats

American expats are far moré likely to up sticks and move between various international destinations than other nationalities, but managing finances can be tricky, especially where taxation is concerned. The result of this constant sampling of new destinations can result in a variety of bank accounts in different countries and currencies, causing headaches when it’s time for the annual tax return. The introduction of the dreaded FATCA has made it even more difficult, as an unintended mistake can result in horrendous fines. However...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Brexit trap stalks Brit expats in Europe

As the Europe-based clamour for fair treatment for EU expats in the UK accelerates, UK citizens at present living in EU member states are being left out in the cold. Analysts are saying the Brexit negotiations will result in disaster for Britons living in Europe, whilst EU expats in the UK are likely to get a far better deal. Last Monday, a group of long-term expat professional Britons who’ve made their homes in Germany met to discuss serious concerns regarding the lack of understanding of their plight by both the UK government and...
10 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals majority of Brit expats determined to stay put

As the UK digs itself ever deeper into the hole of a hard Brexit, a small survey by a financial services company has revealed a distinct lack of British expat enthusiasm for ever returning to the home country. The survey, although clearly initiated for marketing purposes, stated that out of the small number of 808 expat respondents, 70 per cent said they had no intention of ever com9ng back to Britain, whilst 21 per cent said they might consider the possibility and just 10 per cent said they would return eventually. Another result...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

Indonesia as an expat destination

For expats with a sense of adventure looking for a decidedly different destination, Indonesia is far more than just Bali, Papua and Jakarta, but care should be taken when travelling with limited knowledge of the archipelago. Arriving in Jakarta gives the first taste of Indonesia to expats looking to find a haven outside the usual haunts. Many residents in the bustling city speak English, so finding your feet is relatively easy. However, once you’ve headed into the hinterlands, communication can become anything between difficult and...
8 May at 6 PM 2017

UAE expat views about Trump first 100 days

A recent debate held by US expats living and working in the UAE focused on differing interpretations of the Trump presidency’s first 100 days in office. The debate, organised by the GCC Business Council, was held at Dubai’s International Financial Club and featured four speakers – two Republicans and two Democrats. Moderating the lively occasion was a journalist from the Khaleej Times. Media spokesperson for the UAE’s Abroad chapter Tony Graha, opened the proceedings by noting his concern about the damage an unfettered Trump...
4 May at 6 PM 2017

Hopes dwindle over continuing healthcare for UK expats

Predicting any Brexit outcome this early in the game is impossible, but UK negotiator David Davis is already indicating the European Health Card as it applies to Brit expats won’t survive the divorce negotiations. Until now, the EHIC has been a literal lifeline for older Brits living in the warmer climes of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Many thousands of British pensioners chose to leave the UK in order to be able to stretch their state pension further, secure in the knowledge that their NHS contributions over a lifetime’s...