Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Gibraltar and nearby Spanish towns protest against Brexit

Last weekend’s massive anti-Brexit protest by several thousand members of Gibraltar’s expat community made their opinions about Johnson’s new deal as clear as day. Taking place in the border town of La Linea de la Conception and attended by the mayors of Los Barrios, La Linea and San Roque, the march saw over 2,000 anti-Brexit protestors voicing their fury over the potentially disastrous effect of a no-deal Brexit both on their lives and on the economies of Gibraltar and southern Spain. For decades, the British overseas...
18 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat volunteers can see the world whilst protecting its species and peoples

For the majority of would-be expats heading overseas to start a new life, it’s all about the money and prestige a successful relocation can bring. However, not every purchaser if an airline ticket to a foreign land has this motivation, as increasing numbers of talented volunteers are taking time off to use their skills to benefit humanity and the planet itself. Materialistic rewards don’t come into the decision, and volunteers often save for several years to realise their dreams of being useful and supportive to the causes...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Will the NHS collapse under the strain of returning British expats?

What will happen to the NHS should British retirees in Europe return to the UK? The worst scenario for a huge number of British expats living in retirement in Europe is the chance of losing their rights to healthcare due to Brexit. Should this happen, their only alternative would be a reluctant repatriation to the UK, thus putting a massive strain on the already stretched NHS. Recent estimates of the cost of servicing an influx of former expats come out at around half a billion sterling. The actual cost could be even higher than...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs. A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move,...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2019

EC slams UK government for deliberately excluding the expat vote

A report from the British Electoral Commission has accused the UK government of excluding 1.7 million expats from voting in the European elections. The report considers the government’s action violated its responsibility as regards ensuring correct levels of democracy by failing to correct errors which saw many hundreds of thousands of EU citizens losing their votes in 2014, resulting in a similar issue concerning this year’s European elections. Most importantly, eligible British voters living, working or retiring within the EU...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Retired British cocaine smuggling couple beg Johnson for transfer to better jail

The British expat couple arrested last year for smuggling cocaine in suitcases with false bottoms are now appealing to the British PM to get them out of a rat-infested Lisbon jail. Roger Clarke and his wife Susan had been running their suitcase scam from their retirement home in Spain for several years when their modus operadum was cracked and they were arrested when the cruise liner on which they were travelling docked at Lisbon. Both were convicted and sent to a notorious Lisbon jail, but are now attempting to get transferred to a...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat-run horse rescue centre in Spain now dried out but running short of feed

The expat-run Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre based in Rojales is now dry, but is facing a chronic shortage of feed for 140 horses, ponies and other rescued livestock .During the bibilical floods caused by the gota fria weather phenomenon, the centre escaped the worst of the waters although the struggle to deal with the torrential rainfall went on for days. Expats and locals feared the worst when the Segura River overflowed its banks but, by a miracle, it didn’t flood the centre. Hundreds of animals including horses, donkeys, ponies,...
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...