Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

12 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats urged to join anti-Brexit protests in Malaga and Gibraltar

For many expat Brits, Johnson’s political manoeuvering resulting in the closure of the British parliament for five weeks in the run-up to October 31 was a step too far. Should a no-deal Brexit happen as planned by Britain’s most unpopular PM ever, the effect on the UK itself is expected to be devastating, but the effect on British expats who chose new lives for themselves via a move to a European Union member state will be far worse. For retirees who fled inflation and Britain’s dismal weather for an affordable quality of life...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Biblical storms hit favourite expat destinations in Spain

The Spanish government issued a red alert warning yesterday afternoon as deadly weather phenomena returned to the Balearics and Mallorca. The two affected regions were hit hard again last night by monstrous storms, massive hailstones, tornados and heavy rainfall, with the worst-hit areas to the north and north-east of Mallorca and in the Tramontana mountains. Palma, Calvia and Andratx bore the brunt of the violent weather, with the southern part of the island also hard hit. Three tornadoes formed offshore from Santa Ponsa, but...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2019

American Citizens Abroad takes on the fight for USA expat tax fairness

American expats living overseas are urging their compatriots to join the fight for tax fairness. The non-profit American Citizens Abroad support group are urging all affected USA expats to join them in a campaign aimed at fighting the onerous tax compliance burdens incurred by all US citizens living outside the home country. The campaign is making use of an online appeal which guarantees the delivery of all messages received straight to Congressional offices as well as to the House Ways and Means Committee responsible for tax...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Omanisation rules OK as 34,000 expats thrown out last year

Oman’s Omanisation strategy was ramped up last year, with recently released figures showing some 34,000 expat private sector workers headed back to their home countries. It isn’t clear how many of those who gave up and got out were Western expats, but the Sultanate’s construction industry was a major employer of those who left. Other sectors replacing expat workers with Omani nationals are retail and wholesale businesses, fisheries and agriculture, manufacturing, services and admin and support service providers, with the...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Ensuring the best outcome when investing in an overseas property

For expats buying a home overseas, it’s often a daunting prospect due to language difficulties and lack of knowledge of property laws applicable to non-citizens. Emigrating on a permanent or semi-permanent basis often includes buying a property in the new country of residence, but it’s a challenge for new arrivals who don’t yet know their way around property laws and the correct procedures. As a result, the first priority should be to seek legal advice from a totally independent property specialist with no ties to any other...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

British government gives £3 million to help UK expats in EU get residency

The British government is setting up a £3 million fund aimed at helping UK citizens living in the EU prepare for Brexit. The money will be distributed to voluntary organisations and charities and will be focused on those having problems filling out the necessary forms for residency. Those helped will include the disabled, pensioners, Britons living in remote areas and those who need assistance with translations. It’s not known how many of the estimated 1.3 million British expats living in the European Union will need assistance,...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expats overseas warned to prepare for snap election

Johnson's proroguing attempt to negate parliamentary efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit may result in a snap election if justices rule its use is unconstitutional. Just as expats on both sides of the English Channel thought things couldn’t get any worse – they did, due to Boris Johnson’s proroguing of the parliamentary procedure, thus shutting the House of Commons down for a protracted period of time. The move caused rage in MPs of all persuasions, as did his involvement of the Queen as a ‘backstop’ against parliamentary...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2019

UK settled status scheme for EU expats not fit for the purpose

A tearful Portuguese long-term expat resident in the UK interrupted a Sky News live broadcast, saying she surely couldn’t be kicked out of the UK after 20 years. The woman’s heartbroken plea came as fears of another Windrush scandal broke after the government’s announcement that free movement would cease on November 1. She criticised the way the settlement scheme is being managed, saying she’d been told her ‘national insurance didn’t correspond’ so she needed to apply again, and told listeners she was angry and terribly...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

UK expat Boris backers tell why they want a no deal Brexit

Whilst the majority of British expats in Spain grow ever more fearful of the effects of a no-deal Brexit, a determined few are actively backing Boris. It’s difficult to imagine why any long-stay expat retiree would consider a no-deal exit from the bloc is a good idea, but those who voted leave are maintaining their stance in the face of warnings from business leaders and financial experts who’re claiming economic disaster as a result. Even as the shrinking pound and cost of living increases make life less far comfortable for...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Brexit causing prejudice against Irish expats in the UK?

UK expats are being warned over a Brexit-linked increase in anti-British sentiment in Ireland. In the 20 years following the Good Friday agreement, anti-British feelings in the Republic of Ireland waned to an almost negligible amount, but the 2016 referendum seems to have ignited a new wave of resentment against the UK and its citizens. At the same time, anti-Irish sentiment in the UK is on the increase. The British government and the British people are now being seen as audacious for even attempting to destabilise the precious peace...