Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

22 Apr at 6 PM 2019

USA and UK expats killed in Sri Lanka bombings

USA and UK embassies in Colombo have urged expats and tourists to follow local authorities’ instructions on keeping safe after the deadly Easter Sunday bombing attacks which killed up to 300 people. The eight bombs set in upscale hotels and churches were the deadliest violent attacks since the end of the country’s civil was in 2009, with the death toll at present exceeding 290 and over 500 injured. At the present time, it’s still not clear which group or person set the bombs, although 24 Sri Lankan citizens have been arrested....
18 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Abu Dhabi permits expats to own freehold homes and land in selected zones

A new Abu Dhabi law will now allow residential units located in areas designated for investment to be registered as freehold, thus allowing purchase by expatriates. Changes to the emirate’s real estate laws are to result in expatriates being allowed to purchase freehold land and properties in designated investment areas. In the past, land and property ownership was restricted to Emirati nationals and citizens of GCC states, with expats only allowed to purchase 99-year leases. The new law is expected to be welcomed by expatriate...
18 Apr at 9 AM 2019

Expats in Spain post call for dedicated MP

Due to the inefficiency of its consulates and embassies as regards advice and updates regarding Brexit, British expats in Spain are calling for their very own PM to represent their interests. Some 5 million Britons live in expatriate destinations worldwide, many of whom will need consular assistance as some time during their stay overseas and the majority of whom are long term residents aged between 15 and 64 years. This statistic refutes the image of the typical British expat as a pensioner living the good life on a budget somewhere...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

French expats worldwide grieve for Notre Dame

French expatriates mourning the effects on Notre Dame of this week’s devastating fire have been joined by expats and citizens worldwide. Grief caused by the loss of so much of the world-famous medieval cathedral and its treasures is now being minimally tempered by the news that many precious artefacts and relics have been saved. The remainder of the structure seems to be holding up after the flames and the many tons of water needed to prevent total destruction of the much-loved French heart of the Catholic church. Messages of grief...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Planning your financial needs after expatriation

Managing money as an expat can be totally different than the same task back in the home country. More than ever before, emigration is now the goal of professionals looking to catapult their careers into the top echelon with financial benefits to match. In addition, digital nomads are indulging their dream of travelling the world, using their online expertise to pay the bills as they go. Even retirees are now choosing far-flung destinations with cheaper costs of living and far better weather than at home. All three expat categories...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2019

British expat pensioners in Europe need relief from sterling devaluation

One of the worst aspects of Brexit for British expats living in the EU is the devaluation of sterling. Expatriate Brits living on the measly UK state pension in European Union member states haven’t just had to deal with the fear and uncertainty of losing their chosen lifestyles due to Brexit, they’ve also had to scrimp even more due to the referendum’s effect on sterling’s value against the euro. Europe’s forcing Theresa May to accept a longer delay may cause a relief rally for the pound, but how long this will continue is...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brit government urges expats to check passport validity

The British government is warning UK expats to check their passports prior to travelling post-Brexit. The official passport warning to British expats living in EU member states also mentions healthcare may not be available using an EHIC card, but the at least six-month post-travel validity of the British passport in the case of a no-deal Brexit is essential. It now seems that, for those who renewed their passports before the due date, the extra months credited in addition to the 10-year validity may no longer be recognised by European...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2019

New votes for all campaign hits out at politics and disenfranchisement

With a possible second Brexit referendum in the offing, a new campaign for votes for all is ramping up. The newly formed ‘Let Us Vote’ campaign is intensifying the call for all British expats living overseas as well as all citizens resident in the UK to be free to vote in general elections and, most importantly, in referendums. At present, European citizens in the UK can only vote in European or local elections, and UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years are excluded from casting their votes, however strongly they...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait to limit expats’ contracts to five years

Kuwait lawmakers are recomming five year maximum stay for expats. As part of the emirate’s Kuwaitization programme, a committee dealing with Kuwait’s unbalanced demographic structure has recommended a maximum stay for expats of just five years. After the law takes effect, all new expat arrivals will be subject to the new rule with no exceptions, but those already in residence at the time the rule becomes law will be ‘grandfathered’. Of all the restrictions placed on expats in Kuwait over the past few years, this new law if...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government reassures British expats over Brexit effect

British expats in Spain are being urged by the government not to panic about their post-Brexit status. As the original date for the UK’s divorce from the EU has come and gone and yet another longer extension seems likely, the Spanish government has issued a reassuring update confirming a 21-month grace period. During this time, all Britons living in Spain will be considered residents, even if they’ve not yet received their certificates due to a backlog of applications. For those desperate to cover their backs due to fear of a...