Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

13 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Will Brexit affect expat British state pensioners’ winter fuel allowances?

Now that Brexit in one form or another seems certain, what will be the fate of the UK’s winter fuel payment? Given that the winter fuel payment made to British expats living in some EU member states is possibly the least of British expat concerns at this moment, for those intending to stay in Europe and who are receiving the payment it’s yet another problem. Winter is already here and forecasts suggest it will be severe all across the continent, with British retirees on the UK’s ungenerous state pension rightly concerned that...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Retired expat returnees carry on with charity events in the home country

A recently-returned retired Scottish expat couple have used their charity experience in Cyprus to start regular meet-ups in support of local Scottish projects. Auchterarder residents Greg and Margaret Keenan returned to their home country following five years volunteering for the North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust, founded and headed up by another British expat. When he sadly passed away in 2014, Margaret continued organising regular events in support of Kyrenia Animal Rescue and the British Expat Cemetery Fund. The couple also donated...
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...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat Brits on Cyprus now have another year to apply for residency

Should a no-deal Brexit be the end result, British expats in Cyprus now have until December 31, 2020 to register for legal status. Wednesday’s announcement of an extra 14 months’ deadline for legal status applications was made on the island’s Migration Department website and will help to calm British expats’ fears as a no-deal exit from the EU looms ever nearer. Initially, residency permit applications could be made up until October 31 for the MEU1, MEU2 and MEU3 permits, with the island’s British High Commission welcoming...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Ensuring the best outcome when investing in an overseas property

For expats buying a home overseas, it’s often a daunting prospect due to language difficulties and lack of knowledge of property laws applicable to non-citizens. Emigrating on a permanent or semi-permanent basis often includes buying a property in the new country of residence, but it’s a challenge for new arrivals who don’t yet know their way around property laws and the correct procedures. As a result, the first priority should be to seek legal advice from a totally independent property specialist with no ties to any other...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...
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...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2019

UK DWP letting Brit expats in Cyprus down on required S1 certificates

British pensioners in Cyprus are jumping through hoops to re-register with the island’s new GESY health service. Until now, British recipients of the UK’s state pension were entitled by means of a reciprocal agreement to Cyprus NHS care. The new Cypriot General Healthcare System (GESY), is its replacement, but Britain’s Department of Work and Pensions is making the already complicated task far harder for many. For the majority of UK expats on the island, their local surgery will be willing to help with explaining the...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Massive Costa Blanca investment fraud loses UK expat retirees some 25 million

In spite of endless warnings by authorities and online advice sites, pensioners in the Costa del Sol have lost millions to yet another investment scam. Continental Wealth Management, now defunct, was using the familiar technique of shovelling expat retirees’ life savings into high-risk investments paying massive commissions to dodgy IFAs operating from a high-end office in Denia. Hundreds of British pensioners in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France have now lost a total of up to £25 million, with little or no chance of getting any of...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Inflation in Europe stays low but currency exchange rates have expats worried

Expats living in Europe are seeing low cost of living increases. Expatriates living and working in the European Union are facing an average cost of living increase of 1.6 per cent in both May and June this year. According to the European Central Bank, it’s targeting an increase of just below two per cent, with European parliament members now saying they’re ready to support increasing inflation by means of raising interest rates. Those living in Romania have seen the highest inflation at 3.9 per cent, with Hungary coming in on...