Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat Brits in France urged to join two Brexit-linked surveys

British expatriates living in France are being asked to take part in two surveys aimed at helping the French Interior Ministry and the British Embassy understand the expat community’s needs re Brexit. The two short online surveys are part of efforts by campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and the British Embassy, and both are guaranteed to be anonymous. The subject covers aspects of the controversial application process for the carte de sejour, necessary for confirming residence in France prior to Brexit. According to...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Saudi Arabian officials deny expat fee rumours

Social media rumours that expat fees paid by companies would be fixed at their present level are now being categorically denied by officials. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social development has issued a strong denial about the possibility of companies’ expat fees being pegged at their present, initial level. The fees, introduced at the beginning of this year and remitted annually, are paid by companies at a rate of $107 per month for each foreigner employed. If an equal number of Saudis and expats comprise the workforce,...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Brexit negotiations still ignoring UK pensions passporting plight

Tens of thousands of retired British expats living in Europe could lose access to their pensions should a hard Brexit result. According to experts working in the financial service industry, the possibility of being denied access to regular private pension payments isn’t fake news as it’s perfectly possible. Director General of the Association of British Insurers trade body, Huw Evans has already warned British lawmakers about the illegality of paying pensions to expat policyholders living in the EU should a hard Brexit become a...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dutch residency for US citizens getting harder

US expats are having increasing problems getting Dutch residency. The Netherlands’ popularity with expats is drawing ever-increasing numbers of US citizens to Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, but residency permits seem to be harder to get. Normally, American citizens have a head start as regards residency permits due to the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty which permits entrepreneurs to reside in the country. Requirements are straightforward and set in tablets of stone within the treaty, giving US expats an easy ride as regards...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

China fatigue can spoil the expat experience

Expats who’ve been working in China for some while are in danger of experiencing ‘China fatigue’ China is a favourite destination for expatriates looking to experience a totally new and very different culture as well as finding either a well-paying new job or assistance with an entrepreneurial start-up. On arrival, there’s always a feeling of excitement, anticipation and fascination with the new surroundings, all of which are part of culture shock but can often morph into more serious reactions of frustration, annoyance,...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai to be home to planets largest Chinatown

Will Dubai’s Chinese invasion squeeze out Western expat professionals? China’s in-your-face expansionist moves have so far been mainly confined to smaller Asian countries, but Dubai’s Dragon Mart development and its projected Dragon City will see the largest Chinese trading, retail and residential hub outside the mother country. Cleverly timed to coincide with the Chinese’ premier’s arrival in Dubai on an official visit, the UAE-based developer’s plan of an entire ‘city’ dedicated to Chinese expats and investors will...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2018

US expat SMEs in UK hammered by Trump tax law change

In spite of appeals to US lawmakers, US expatriate small business owners in the UK are caught up in IRS demands intended for multinationals which shift profits overseas. The Trump tax bill was signed into law last December, with new taxes introduced for corporate behemoths such as Microsoft which regularly move their profits overseas for tax purposes. However, unlike other provisions in the bill, the international changes don’t specify a financial profit point at which the law kicks in, forcing small and single-owner expat business...
30 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats advised to remit as sterling struggles

British expats living and working overseas are being urged to remit as the pound sterling is undervalued. As fears of a hard Brexit and its devastating effect on the UK’s economy increase, expats working overseas are being urged to remit before it’s too late. According to analysts, sterling’s instability will continue over the eight months left before Brexit kicks in, with the chance of a no-deal becoming ever more likely. Since mid-April, when the pound was at its highest rate since the 2016 referendum, many factors are...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Is cow cuddling the answer to expat executive stress

Every expat who owns a pet knows cuddling a dog or cat is a stress reliever but, for those without furry best friends, what’s the best thing to do? In the ‘60s, tree hugging was widely recommended as a stress-buster, but finding a tree in today’s fashionable architectural wastelands could be tricky. However, for expats who’ve relocated to the Netherlands, there’s a way forward – cuddling a cow! Cow-cuddling is highly recommended by Dutch scientists as a way to relieve the stresses of the average workplace as it reduces...