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16 Jan at 6 PM

Cyprus property market buoyant, but investors warned to take care

Cyprus’s real estate market had a successful 2018 both in the commercial and residential sectors, but potential investors are being warned to take care. Increased demand for properties during 2018 pushed up prices in both the rental and residential sectors, with sales of homes as well as increased rental returns making investors and...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Spain pledges rights preservation for UK expats but no details given

Following on from a previous announcement, the Spanish government has now promised UK expats’ rights will be protected following a no-deal Brexit, but has given few details. The rights guarantee is conditional on the same deal for Spanish expats in the UK, but details of the proposed bilateral agreement with the UK haven’t yet been...
16 Jan at 6 PM

UAE public and private schools to pair in Year of Tolerance

In celebration of the UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance’, upscale private schools and their public education counterparts are to pair up, with a pilot scheme already on the go. GEMS, the emirates’ largest private school provider, is gearing up for the innovative programme by already pairing two of its 50 elite schools with their emirati...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expatriate pilots still being taken on by Indian domestic airlines

Expat pilot numbers are on the increase in Indian domestic airlines. In spite of the Indian government’s attempts to cut down the numbers working for the country’s domestic airlines, more expat pilots than ever are taking on the job. Last year, the Indian Directorate-General of Civil Aviation changed the rules for the employment of...
15 Jan at 6 PM

British driving licenses useless in Europe after no-deal Brexit

The UK government is warning Brit expats in Spain to immediately get Spanish driving licenses in case a no-deal Brexit is the final result. In yet another stunning example of ‘too little, too late’, the warning from the British government means British expats in Spain are now risking not being allowed to drive should there be an...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming...
14 Jan at 6 PM

Former Italian expat textile mill workers’ guaranteed stays now overturne

Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit. The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British...
14 Jan at 6 PM

Brit consul urges UK expats in Spain to register

The British consul has warned UK expats in Marbella to ensure they’re all officially resident if they want their post-Brexit rights guaranteed. The Brexit question and answer session held in Marbella’s town hall by the British consulate drew just 70 attendees, but the consul’s message was clear – the protection of expats' rights...
14 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expat shock as Ikea New Zealand may opt for smaller stores

Several months after the announcement that the IKEA brand was about to embrace conventional New Zealand, it seems there might not be enough customers to justify its massive store footprints! The news that Ikea was finally coming to the New Zealand outpost for disenchanted expat Brits struck fear into the hearts of husbands who’d hated...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Kuwaiti oil minister defends expat professionals as the only option

Attempts to make problems for Kuwait’s oil minister should he fail to apply Kuwaitization to the oil and gas sector are now on hold. Kuwaiti lawmakers have been threatening the emirate’s oil, electricity and water minister Khaled al Fadhel with grilling should he fail to replace expat professionals with their Kuwaiti equivalents. For a...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Republican bill seeks to outlaw US dual taxation for expatriates

American expats suffering financially from dual taxation may be about to get relief! After receiving endless complaints from US citizens living overseas about the unfairness and complications of citizen-based taxation as exemplified by FATCA, Republicans have now put forward a bill aimed at amending the hated system. Aptly named the...
11 Jan at 6 PM

British expat faces 15-year Indonesian jail sentence for cannabidoil usage

A British expat living on the Indonesian resort island of Bali is facing 15 years in an Indonesian prison for importing non-addictive cannbidoil into the country. Pip Holmes, an arthritis sufferer, uses the non-addictive natural remedy for pain relief and had asked a friend to send him several vials, but was arrested for drug smuggling...
10 Jan at 6 PM

EU states queuing to ensure rights to remain for UK expat residents

Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay. The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member...
10 Jan at 6 PM

New website helps expats buy online without the Chinese language

China’s online Chinese language sales sites beat out many of those in the rest of the world for price and selection, but everyone including expats who’re not fluent in Standard Chinese, is excluded. Sites such as Tmail and Taobao are hubs for Chinese buyers seeking bargains in everything from clothes through household goods to...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Survey shows most UAE expats don’t trust IFAs

A recent survey revealed more than half of expat respondents use financial advisors, but over two-thirds don’t trust them. The survey, carried out by the CFA Institute, was based on the trustworthiness of expat financial advisers working in the UAE’s retail sector, and brought no surprises to a retail audience now used to reports of...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia