Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

18 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat motorists in Europe urged to get a Green Card

UK and expat motorists are being urged to get a green card before driving in Europe. The Association of British Insurers is urging drivers, whether UK expats or British residents, to get a Green Card before driving in Europe once Britain leaves the EU . Guidance published this morning covers a no-deal Brexit and urges drivers to contact their insurers and request a Green Card before travelling by car to or in Europe. The cards will be required as proof of valid insurance, and those travelling without one will be breaking the law. The...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brits in Belgium get the green light from Brussels

Brits in Belgium can now stay even if a no-deal Brexit is the final result. As Brexitmania continues to paralyse the British government, common sense as regards Brit expats is spreading across the EU. Belgium is the latest EU member state to declare its intention to allow British expatriates to stay, whichever option is finally decided on as regards the UK’s departure from the union. As with other countries which have made the same promise, the offer depends on the same being allowed for Belgian expats living and working in the UK....
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait mulls cancellation of sponsorship system

After endless calls by Kuwaiti rights groups, the emirate is considering the cancellation of the sponsorship system. According to sources within the Kuwaiti government, Kuwait’s long-established sponsorship system is looking to be in its last days. For decades, the expat-aimed system has been criticised by rights groups and outside organisations for being a form of bonded labour, with the government now seemingly in agreement about its cancellation. It would seem lawmakers are finally aware that ending the system would be much...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain optimistic for second referendum

Following Tuesday’s shock parliamentary vote, British expats in Spain are hoping against hope for a second referendum. Spain is the all-time favourite for British expats fleeing the UK’s unreliable weather and its less than satisfactory quality of life for ordinary people, with those who’ve retired to the sun first in line for the devastation of a no-deal or hard Brexit. Predictions of the damage either option will do to the UK economy may or may not be accurate but would take some time to become apparent to the bulk of the...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 made clear. The total number of British expats living, working or retiring in Spain is estimated to total some 750,000, but could be far more as it’s believed a high number haven’t registered to...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 unmanageable rush of people applying for Spanish licenses. Those who’ve been unable to exchange their licenses will be faced with having to take the extensive written Spanish language driving test as...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 while, parliamentary demands have concentrated on the replacement of expat professionals holding technical jobs with qualified and experienced Kuwaiti nationals. Unfortunately, there seem not to be...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 ‘Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act’, the overdue attempt at repositioning the taxation goalposts was received just before the Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives. According to the...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019

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 states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...