Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Shanghai expatriates win Magnolia Awards including citizenship

Twelve prominent foreign professionals living and working in Shanghai are the latest expatriates to receive the coveted Magnolia Gold Award. Since the early days of Shanghai’s development into a thriving global city, it’s welcomed expats from across the world eager to help build its commercial and social infrastructure. Starting in 1989, the city fathers began awarding bronze Shanghai Gratitude Awards to foreigners who’d contributed to its development. Later renamed Magnolia awards for the flower engraved on the medals, the...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

British NGOs and volunteers helping UK expats in Cyprus get post-Brexit residency

The 70,000 British expats living, working and retiring in Cyprus are now getting help with their residency concerns via volunteer groups and Brit NGOs. As the dread date looms, British expats in Cyprus could well be forgiven for allowing a degree of panic to set in as regards their residency status after the end of this month.The groups and their volunteers are focusing on UK citizens formerly in the British military and who are now vulnerable or have mobility issues. SSAFA, the UK’s longest-running military charity, has sent a team...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain unhappy over new NIE requirements

British expats’ confusion over the new requirement for getting an NIE number is now turning to outrage. The recent modification of the rules for obtaining the essential NIE identification number is causing confusion and anger across UK expat communities in Spain. The NIE is a foreigner identification number issued to all expats wishing to stay in Spain for over three months, but the new requirements include a revamp of the original application procedure. Due to come into force on the first day after the UK leaves the EU, the rules...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats urged to protect against new-build deposit loss

British expats living overseas and investing in a new-build UK property are being warned they may lose their deposits. Whether the purchase is for investment purposes or because the buyer is returning to the UK after living overseas, expats are at risk of losing their initial deposits if they’ve decided on a new-build property. Typically, developers will expect a 10 per cent deposit linked to strict rules as to how or even if the deposit can be redeemed should the sale not go ahead. Nowadays, increasing numbers of would-be expat...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Thai government legalises dual pricing for expat treatment at public hospitals

Retired expats in Thailand are now to be charged double the rates paid by Thais and ASEAN nationals for treatment at public hospitals. Thailand’s ministry of health officials have now ordered administrators at the country’s public hospitals to charge non-Asean foreigners requiring diagnosis and treatment at least double the price charged to Thais and ASEAN citizens. The new rules became effective this week, and are being seen by the expat community as another blow to their human rights in the country. The new law states four...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....
3 Oct at 6 PM 2019

US expats now facing passport revocation for tax debt

US expats who’ve had their passports revoked due to FATCA are now facing action as regards work permits and visas. Passport revocation can have serious implications for expats with business visas and work permits, with the impact of action by the US taxman far more serious than that for US taxpayers in the home country. According to chair of American Citizens Abroad Jonathan Latowitz, problems caused by passport revocation are potentially far worse for US expats overseas than they are for domestic American citizens as it can trigger...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expatriate nuns face Malaysian visa block when volunteering

As immigration requirement toughen up in Southeast Asia, expatriate nuns volunteering in Malaysia are calling for special approval as regards visas. Two homes for the needy elderly in Kuala Lumpur and Penang are staffed by volunteer nuns receiving no salary or allowances and sourced mainly from the worldwide Catholic congregation. Many are expatriates, and must apply for visas under the expatriate category even although their volunteer work doesn’t fall into a slot aimed at expat professionals in the corporate sector. Immigration...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

French company to dump Brit expat employees without residency permits

A France-based major employer of expats is demanding all its British staff produce the French carte de sejour residency certification within six months of the UK’s leaving the EU. The order came after French lawmakers decided to allow British citizens a full year’s grace period in order to secure their futures in the country. The company concerned employs a large number of British expats in France, including many working from home or part-time, all of whom who’ve received an email ordering them to submit their residency permits...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Shanghai presents coveted Magnolia Awards to prominent expat professionals

Twelve prominent foreign professionals living and working in Shanghai are the latest expatriates to receive the coveted Magnolia Gold Award. Since the early days of Shanghai’s development into a thriving global city, it’s welcomed expats from across the world eager to help build its commercial and social infrastructure. Starting in 1989, the city fathers began awarding bronze Shanghai Gratitude Awards to foreigners who’d contributed to its development. Later renamed Magnolia awards for the flower engraved on the medals, the...