Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

13 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Accidental Americans still denied exemption from FATCA reporting

Accidental Americans overseas still being denied FATCA relief. The plight of Accidental Americans – those unfortunates who were born in the USA of expat parents and are considered US citizens as a result – is that even although they don’t live or work in the country they’re forced to comply with FATCA. Some were born prematurely whilst their parents were on holiday, others were children of expats on temporary assignments, and the vast majority have lived their entire lives outside the USA. Since the introduction of FATCA,...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Germany advised to get personal liability insurance

Expats in Germany are being advised to consider private liability insurance. For most expats, living like a local is the preferred option, whether expatriation was the result of personal preference or career progression. Germany is a perennially popular expat professional destination, with new arrivals doing their best to adjust and fit in by doing as the Germans do, even in matters they’ve never considered essential. One example is private liability insurance, considered a must by the German nation as a whole and ignored by the...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Mallorca identifies coronavirus infection in expat resident

Expats on Mallorca urged not to panic as the Spanish island archipelago’s first coronavirus victim is identified. At a press conference held yesterday, the Spanish island’s general director of public health urged expats and citizens to remain calm as staff are currently identifying and contacting passengers on the same Barcelona/Palma flight as the infected patient. The official promised a full investigation will take place, with all those identified being given precise instructions on how to proceed. Along with his wife and...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait cracking down on expat professionals yet again

Kuwait continues with plans to replace 25,000 expat employees, but needs expat teachers in a variety of specialities. According to local media, Kuwait’s human resources committee is urging the emirate’s government to give the go-ahead for the replacement this year of 25,000 expat workers by citizens, plus the same numbers next year. In addition, expats who lose their jobs as a result will not be rehired on monthly salaries. The only sectors exempted from the ruling would be MOH and MOE, due to a lack of qualified Kuwaitis in both...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2020

US expats in the UAE join to force the end of FATCA

American expatriate professionals living and working in the UAE are joining together to force the end of the hated FATCA dual taxation regime. The new law, passed in the US Senate 10 years ago, forces overseas banks to report on assets held by US expats living outside the country. Supposedly aimed at reducing tax avoidance, the measure has caused major issues amongst American expats worldwide, including rejection by retail banks in their country of residence due to the swinging penalties applied should an overseas bank fail to comply...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats slam British government over unsatisfactory response to Wuhan coronavirus

British expats’ anger over the UK’s unsatisfactory response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic is growing day by day. Given that the general opinion about Britain’s consular help for its overseas citizens is considered unsatisfactory on a good day, it’s no surprise that expat reactions in China are now bordering on fury after reading the UK government’s suggestions as regards leaving the heart of the infection. Many long-stay expats now have Chinese wives and young children, and have been left to decide whether they should...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain warned over increase in rape and sexual assault cases

Expats and tourists in Spain have been warned about a sudden rise in reported sexual assault and rape. The United States government has issued a warning to its expat citizens and tourists, urging those living in or visiting Spain to take extra precautions. The warning comes after a steady increase in reported cases of sexual assault including rape. According to media reports, those most at risk are students and younger female visitors as well as expatriate residents. The warning followed the New Year’s Eve rape in Murcia of three...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brits in China rage at UK Foreign Office message about leaving

Expat fury in China is growing fast as the UK government tells them they’re on their own as regards leaving. Britain’s poor reputation for helping its citizens in emergencies is now at its lowest level ever as the Foreign Office tells UK expats still in the Chinese city of Wuhan they’ll have to make their own arrangements should they wish to leave. At the same time, the Foreign Secretary is urging the estimated 30,000 Britons still in the stricken country to get up and go, and a ban on travellers to China is now being...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Petition over French citizenship refusal attracts tens of thousands of signatures

British expats in their tens of thousands have signed a petition after a popular Brit was refused French citizenship. Mark Lawrence has lived and worked in France as a carpenter for 27 years and serves on his home town’s local council as well as being fluent in French and supporting his four children. The news he’d been refused French citizenship was a shock to the expat father and caused anger across the entire British expat community in the popular country. Once the story reached English language expat news, a petition...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Cypriot government admits problems with registering disabled British residents

As British expats on Cyprus rush to register, the government is struggling to find a way to make the process easier for the disabled UK community, many of whom suffer from restricted movement. As Brit expats on Cyprus attempt to register with the local authority, the island’s Ministry of the Interior is trying to find ways to make registration easier for the estimated 5,000 disabled Brits living across the island. Some 60,000 British citizens are living, working or retiring in Cyprus, with many now involved in the constant rush to...