Expat Working Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Working Abroad

8 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expat international money transfers made easy

Wherever you’re working as an expat and however much you’re earning, you might need to transfer money back home. If you’re working overseas and supporting your family back in the home country, you’ll need to be able to make regular transfers without their costing you a fortune. The same goes for mortgage payments and savings accounts in your own currency. Currency transfer is very big business for international banks, with transfers from overseas to the UK totalling around a massive four billion sterling in 2015, much of which...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Number of US expats renouncing citizenship is soaring

In the first half of this year, over 3,000 UK expats cancelled their citizenship, an increase on the entire number in 2016. Last year, just 2,999 Americans abroad gave up on their country and renounced their citizenship. During the first two quarters of 2017, 3,000 more followed, indicating that increasing numbers of American expats are sick to death of being treated as double-tax cash cows by the IRS. The federal crackdown on so-called tax evasion has hit hard on US expats living and working overseas, with many banks now refusing to...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Rescued Quatari puppy becomes canine expat in Chicago

A four-month old puppy rescued from a Qatar building site by an expat American animal rescue volunteer is now safe in a Chicago dog shelter. Good news coming out of Qatar at present is a rarity, as is any news about expat efforts overseas to help homeless and maltreated animals, whether they are dogs, cats or more exotic species. The reality is that a large number of expatriates living and working overseas are more likely than not to be involved in volunteer organisations set up to help those who can’t help themselves. Oli, the...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Major expat howlers and how to avoid them

Taking on a new job in an unfamiliar environment for the first time is about as stressful as life gets, but it’s reassuring to be told that almost every new arrival makes the same, obvious mistakes. When newbie expatriates drop obvious cultural clangers, they’re mostly forgiven by seasoned expat workers, simply because the blunders are exactly the same ones everyone makes when they first arrive. Working overseas isn’t just about improving your bank balance along with your career prospects, it’s also a valuable experience...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

More postal vote chaos disenfranchises UK expats again

British expatriates across the world have again been denied the chance to have their say by voting in last Thursday’s snap General Election. Thousands of Britons living overseas have lost their right to vote due to the chaos caused by international delivery logistics and tardy responses by local authorities. Many of those affected will have experienced the same lack of preparedness prior to the Brexit referendum in which they had a considerable stake. Councils across the UK were left to fall behind schedule as regards the...
25 May at 6 PM 2017

US expat survey notes increasing dissatisfaction with US government

The latest version of an annual US expat survey has revealed a growing number of respondents are unhappy with their government. The US Expat Opinion Survey was based on expats' feelings about taxes, the 2016 presidential election, government representation, citizenship renunciation and more, including the new guy in the White House and his administration. Overall, the data emphasised the growing trend amongst US expats to report their dissatisfaction with government and the impact they might have had on the results of the 2016...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Madrid wins out as European favourite for expat life

A recent survey has identified Madrid as one of the top world cities for expat life. Deciding to live and work overseas often involves a tricky choice between top-waged, elite jobs with unsatisfactory lifestyles and a more laid-back, enjoyable environment with an acceptable salary. With its central location, finance and commerce hubs, job opportunities, friendly locals and sunny weather, it’s no surprise that Madrid is highly rated as a favourite destination for expats searching for a congenial way of life at reasonable cost. The...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

What do expats miss most about Britain

Expats working overseas often can’t simply take a trip back when they’re experiencing homesickness or missing everyday things they can’t get in their new countries of residence. In the real world, most expats experience bouts of homesickness however long they’ve been away, but few have the total freedom to up sticks and return for a month or so of pure nostalgia. Homesickness is usually triggered by holidays such as Christmas, birthdays or simply by missing favourite foods, sights and symbols. The ‘green and pleasant...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2017

How to avoid common expat financial mistakes

Wherever in the world you’re planning to go and whatever your financial status, there are common money-related mistakes made by almost all expats when they move overseas. Obvious financial must-haves and must-do’s aren’t included here, as most expats are aware of the need to save as well as spend, plan for retirement and allow for unlooked for medical emergencies by having private insurance. Unfortunately, ignoring the less obvious errors of judgement can easily lead to money problems for even the most careful expatriate....
14 Apr at 6 PM 2017

US expats in UK living in fear of IRS discovery

An accountancy firm working with US expats living in Britain has revealed a strong increase in the numbers of Americans declaring UK assets to the IRS for the first time. Fears of a Trump crackdown on the amnesty declared by former President Obama would seen to be the reason for a 75 per cent increase in the number of US expats coming forward this year. The amnesty, introduced in 2012 and known as the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedure, was intended to entice US taxpayers back into the net without their incurring drastic...