Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat driving licenses and Kuwait residency permits now automated

Following the successful introduction of online driving permit renewals, Kuwait is planning to extend the facility. According to a source, since the programme’s launch in November last year, a total of well over 17,000 residents including expats have applied online, been accepted and have collected their licenses from machines set at two malls and the Ministry of the Interior’s service centres. Fines for violation can also be cleared at the locations, and a similar service is set to offer new licenses, licenses for learner drivers...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Dubai's sweet and spicy karak tea is an expat addiction

Expat professionals settling into a new posting in Dubai soon become addicted to the ultra-sweet, spicy karak tea. Especially during the cooler winter months, the UAE’s favourite beverage is the sweet karak tea beloved by Arab nations since their days in the desert. Every café and street stall which sells karak tea is crowded with both expat and local customers addicted to its sweet, spicy taste, but does anyone known exactly how unhealthy as regards sugar levels it is – and if they do, do they care? The UAE government may be...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Support for Royal Family wanes amongst UK expats in Spain

UK expats in Spain are calling for a referendum vote on the British monarchy. Even although they’re no longer living in the UK, British expats all along the Spanish coastline are dismayed and angry about the current state of the British monarchy. Headline, online and TV media news items have captured expats’ attention ever since the recent sex scandal involving Prince Andrew’s connection with convicted paedophile Geoffrey Epstein. Both supporters of the monarchy and those who deride the institution well remember the bad...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

UK and US expats and tourists now at risk in Middle East

Expats and tourists in Egypt are being warned they’re now soft targets for terrorists demonstrating their loyalty to Iran. Although it stopped short of placing a travel warning for 14 states in the Gulf region, the British Foreign Office is telling it like it is as regards the risks to both expats and visitors. Dubai and Turkey are also included in the warnings, and Iraq is now considered a no-go area for Westerners, especially American and British citizens. Embassies and Foreign Offices are now reminding expatriates and tourists of...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Gulf States advised to evacuate

Are British expats in the Gulf States at risk from Soleimani assassination reprisals? Experts in the USA and many Western nations are now urging their expat citizens to leave Iraq and the UAE as retaliation against US and other western targets is highly likely. Following the attack, British PM Boris Johnson came out in favour of Trump’s possibly illegal decision, with many now believing his statement puts UK expats in the region at risk. One Tehran-based analyst is strongly advising all Western workers in the region to evacuate...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Accidental Americans in France now being targeted by FATCA

France is urging its banks not to shut down accounts held by so-called ‘accidental Americans’ holding French nationality and living in France. Groups of French citizens ‘accidentally’ born in the USA whilst their parents were on a short stay are urging the French government to act and prevent the FATCA related closure of their bank accounts. An estimated 10,000 ‘accidental Americans' are believed to be resident in France and are facing being denied banking services due to the effects of FATCA on the banks themselves. The...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat campaign groups to demand clarity and closure for all

For expats who think it’s all over now as regards Brexit, campaign groups are mobilising again to ensure they’re not left out of the transition period negotiations. One of the shames of the past three year’s negotiations was the incontrovertible fact that those who stood most to lose had no say at all in their futures as British expats in Europe. A huge number didn’t even have the chance to vote in the original referendum due to having lived outside the UK for more than 15 years or having been unable to get their postal votes...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Europe reassured over their transition period status

British expats in Europe are being reassured their status will remain as it is, at least until the end of December 2020. Effectively, the situation as it is now means there’s no change to any expat entitlements including free movement as their status is covered by former PM Theresa May’s negotiations. In addition, once the year’s transition period is over, expat rights should remain broadly as they are at present, with the exception of the free movement clause. Should another year’s extension be requested and granted, the same...
24 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Survey reveals expat confidence due to Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai expats are now optimistic about 2020 personal finances and jobs. A new survey released last Monday reveals 80 per cent of expatriate professionals in Dubai now feel optimistic about their job prospects and personal finances, with 32 per cent considering the emirate’s jobs situation will improve considerably over the coming year. Over half of Emirati responders to the survey registered the same feelings, and 43 per cent of expatriates see their overall prospects as good. According to the new study, undertaken by Dubai’s...
20 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Verhofstadt comes out in favour of guaranteed expat post-Brexit rights

As Brexit creeps nearer, a leading member of the European Parliament is demanding British expats in EU member states be given guaranteed rights along with their counterparts in the UK. EU Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has come out strongly in favour of protecting British expats in EU member states as well as EU citizens living and working in the UK by guaranteeing their full rights prior to any agreement being signed. In addition, he’s also prepared to support a scheme to give British expats associate EU citizenship. The...