Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat voters with representatives could change the world

Over the last five decades, the number of expats living abroad has soared to 250 million, but almost all have no effective political representation back in the home country. Whilst it might seem illogical that citizens who’ve opted to spend many years overseas should have a say in the politics of the home country, the last few years have shown how necessary this is. Across the world, recent elections and one referendum have brought in disastrous changes which would possible not have happened should expat opinions and their votes...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Dutch expat tax reprieve causes more confusion

Rather than being a solution to the Dutch government’s sudden changes to the 30 per cent expat tax relieve scheme, the recent changes are causing yet more confusion. Expat professionals attracted to the Netherlands by the government’s 30 per cent of salary tax free deal for eight years were horrified when lawmakers suddenly shortened the tax break’s timescale to five years without ‘grandfathering’ those already in the scheme. The move devastated the financial plans of thousands of expats, with those who’d taken on...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Disenfranchised Brit expats come closer to getting vote

A Welsh MP's private members’ bill aimed at ending the hated 15-year disenfranchisement rule has moved one small step closer to becoming law. The Overseas Electors Bill, brought forward by MP Glyn Davies and supported by famous nonagenarian British expat Harry Shindler, has been passed for a second reading by the British House of Commons. Parliamentarians approved the financing of the bill, but also stated there are serious concerns about the cost of adding some five million voters to Britain’s electoral roll. The 15-year...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Southwestern France hit by devastating floods as storm batters Carcassone

Devastating floods in France’s southwestern corner have resulted in destruction and death. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate, roads were washed away, hospitals were flooded and at least 13 people are known to have died after several months’ worth of rain fell in France’s Aude region during just a few hours overnight. This southwestern corner of France is popular with British expatriates as well as owners of holiday homes, many of which are in the rural areas surrounding Carcassonne. Rivers overflowed across the...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Controversy surrounding Golden Visas causes calls for more control

Recent publicity surrounding the controversial subject of Golden Visas is resulting in calls for more control over their issuance. EU lawmakers are now calling for tighter controls over the so-called Golden Visa purchases of second passports and residential rights in exchange for cash. Major concerns about the second passport schemes are centred around the likelihood of money-laundering, especially since a spate of scandals concerning Malta, Estonia, Denmark and Latvia came to light. It has to be said that it’s not clear whether or...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait begins crackdown on expat uni degrees and old cars

Kuwait’s manpower agency is to ban work permit issuance to expat university graduates arriving to take up jobs in the private sector unless they have good grade point averages (GPA). The ban is expected to help resolve the emirate’s demographic imbalance as well as benefiting its restructuring of the local labour market, with further plans to accredit and endorse expats’ degrees as a precondition to residency visa renewals also in the pipeline. Sources suggest the new rules are intended to ensure only highly-skilled and...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat vets and nurses march in Dogs against Brexit Wooferendum

Last Sunday’s ‘Wooferendum’ protest throws a spotlight on the post-Brexit plight of EU-qualified expat vets in the UK. More than 50 per cent of qualified, experienced vets in the UK are expats, mostly from EU member states, and another 90 per cent of all those working in public health roles are under threat by Brexit. In addition, prices of animal health products are expected to increase and shortages of essential medications are likely. Worse still, a good number of EU-qualified vets as well as veterinary nurses working in the...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UK expats to be charged stamp duty on British property purchases

As part of a move by the British government to ease the UK’s worsening housing crisis, UK expat buyers of property in Britain will now be charged stamp duty. The reason for the extension of the unpopular tax to expat property purchases is the belief that non-resident British buyers are using house purchase purely as an investment, a move which is pushing up prices nationwide. Although the proposal has yet to go for consultation, it’s certain that expatriate buyers will be charged at a rate of between one and three per cent of the...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Stricter Oz immigration policies causing skills shortages as fewer expats arrive

For many decades, Australia has been a top choice for expats, but the dream now seems to be fading. A recent statement by Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton revealed immigrant numbers in 2018 are now at a ten-year low, having dropped by a further 10 per cent over last year’s figures. According to those in the know, the stricter visas regime is the main reason for the drop, with skilled as well as family visas the worst affected. Since Dutton was appointed, 21,000 fewer expats have been admitted and a 46 per cent refusal...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2018

EU to investigate UK expats carte de sejour problems

As more and more UK expats in France experience problems with their carte de sejour applications, the EU has been asked to investigate. The European Commission’s MEP citizens’ rights task force has tabled a question in the EU parliament requesting information as to why so many UK expats in France are experiencing serious problems getting their carte de sejour residency permits. Many are not being given the full 5-year permanent residency card to which they are entitled after having already lived in France for over five years....