Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Volunteer programme to befriend elderly expats in Abu Dhabi

The results of a Better Life Index study by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development have revealed a high proportion of elderly residents are depressed and lonely as well as suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other age-related disorders. It’s not just local people who’re affected, as there are now some 30,000 expats aged over 60 years living in the emirate. In order to improve their lives, a volunteer initiative is being put in place in an attempt to build a bridge between the generations. The pilot programme, to...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brexit chaos ruining would-be British expat retirement plans

A recent survey suggests Brexit is wrecking overseas retirement plans for British citizens. The survey was carried out by Canada Life and involved 1,006 Britons over the age of 50 who were considering moving overseas after retirement. The results weren’t encouraging, as almost half of respondents who’d been planning to retire overseas were now reconsidering and resigning themselves to staying in the UK. Others believe the threat of Brexit and the difficulties of retiring in Europe without freedom of movement is causing them to...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat students offered cheap digs in exchange for help with senior citizens

If you’ve arrived in Prague and can’t afford to rent an apartment, a new volunteer scheme may be your answer to sleeping on the streets. As Prague’s popularity as an expat hub soars, so do its rental charges, leaving many new university students the choice of going home or sleeping on someone’s sofa. A recently-started answer to the problem may be of use, especially for expatriate students with social consciences. Prague’s district 3 has initiated a pilot plan which will help solve students’ accommodation problems as well...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Are Brits in Europe immigrants or expats?

British expats in France are being asked to define themselves as either immigrants or expatriates. In reports, news items and blogs, the descriptions ‘expat’ or ‘expatriate’ is the norm, with Western professionals rarely described as immigrants but, in many world countries including the USA and UK, the semi-official term is ‘immigrant’, no matter whether the person referred to is maintaining a long- or short-term presence in a foreign country. Recently, a survey by a well-known Europe-based English language online...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Leaked report quantifies major post-Brexit hassles for UK expats

The leaked Yellowhammer report is warning UK citizens and expats attempting to travel to or in the EU will face maximum stays of just 90 days and stricter passport checks on arrival. The British Embassy in Spain is expected to be overrun with consular enquiries from devastated and angry Brits as well as having to deal with consular assistance for vulnerable UK citizens. One of the major elements in Theresa May’s rejected Brexit deal was aimed at protecting the rights of both the one million Brits in the EU and their 3.5 million EU...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expats in France advised on ensuring their rights to stay

As the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit creeps ever closer, British expats in France are being encouraged to prepare for the worst whilst hoping for the best. The citizens’ rights campaign group Remain in France Together has issued a checklist aimed at helping those likely to be affected make preparations against the wider implications of Britain’s crashing out of the EU without a deal of any kind. Firstly, in order to comply with France’s ‘no deal’ ordinance, you’ll nerd to be legally registered in the country, as owning...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmaker hits out at overlarge expatriate communities

Expatriates in Kuwait are in the firing line again as MP hits out at the size of expat communities. This week it was Kuwati lawmaker Ahmad al-Fadhi’s turn to slam the emirate’s expat community, claiming it was far too large and therefore poses a security threat to the country. As a sideline, he also mentioned the vast majority had either no or very low qualifications. Indians, Syrians, Bangladeshis and Egyptians, he said, now make up over half of the emirate’s 3.4 million expat residents. Quoting what he described as the...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

IRS gets tough with US expats over unpaid tax by threatening passport revocation

Defaulting US expat taxpayers are at risk of having their passports cancelled. Expat American citizens who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have been aware for a while of the risk of having their passports revoked, but many have adopted the head-in-the-sand defence of not believing the threat would ever become reality. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it’s about to be fully enforced. The USA’s State department along with the IRS are now escalating the enforcement of what’s known as the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in Britain to be forced to pay for NHS treatment after no-deal Brexit

UK hospital managements have been told EU expats must prove their right to free treatment should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. Warnings have now been sent out to hospital managers to prepare to charge EU expats for formerly free medical and surgical procedures immediately after exit day. With only one million EU expats out of the total of three million now registered for settled status, the decision is now sparking claims of a hostile post-Brexit environment for formerly welcome EU expatriates. Immediately, civil rights...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Will expat Spanish property mortgages still be available post-Brexit?

In spite of the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit, Spain is still a favourite for second home purchases, with expat mortgages hopefully still available after October 31. Many British expats now permanently living in Spain bought a second home in the hope they could move permanently when retirement finally kicked in. Reasons included the reasonable price of property and the ease of getting a mortgage from a Spanish bank. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, many have followed in the same manner, with mortgages still available and house...