Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU expat nationals in UK facing a stay or go dilemma

As British expats in the EU grow ever more fearful of Brexit’s effect on their lives, EU nationals living and working in the UK are faced with the same crucial decision. EU nationals at present in the UK have a stark choice – to apply for British citizenship, pack their bags and head back to the home country or stay put whilst keeping their fingers tightly crossed. Melanie Moerbe, a German national who came to the UK to study nursing and who is now caring for patients with psychological disorders, has just received British...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Saudi businesses suffering due to expat exodus

A dearth of expats is leaving Saudi businesses counting the cost Even although the vast majority of expat workers who’re suffering from Saudi Arabia’s new labour market reform are from the lower and middle-income groups, key private sectors such as housing, transport, education, recreation and retail are feeling increasingly negative effects. Expat citizens of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Philippines are the hardest hit by Saudization , with many sending their families back to their home countries in an exodus...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Cambodia fear Chinese colonisation

Is Cambodia fast becoming a satellite of China? Cambodia has long been a destination for expatriates keen on Southeast Asia but disenchanted with Thailand and not quite ready for rural Laos, but the increasing Chinese presence in popular destinations such as Sihanoukville is worrying the long-stay foreign community. Chinese investment has transformed the former premier seaside resort over the past two years, forcing many Cambodians and expats to leave for the as yet unspoiled cities of Kampot and Kep. Sihanoukville’s formerly...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in France offered six more British Embassy outreach meetings

Four outreach meetings for UK expats during November and a further two in December are to be held by staff from the British Embassy in Paris. As with previous meetings, the aim will be to answer British expatriates’ questions about their situation after Brexit becomes a reality rather than just a bad dream. Chantilly and Aix en Provence will host senior embassy officials on November 7 and 14 respectively, with Saint Germain-en-Laye and Saint Malo’s meetings to be held on November 19 and 20th. In December, the Annecy meeting will...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Taiwan rewards top expat talent with easy citizenship

Top expat talent in Taiwan now has a straightforward route to citizenship. The 90 expatriates in Taiwan who hold the coveted ‘Plum Blossom’ Alien Permanent Residency Certificates now have a simplified route to become Taiwanese citizens. The new citizenship procedure will apply to those senior expat professionals who’ve provided exceptional services to the country via their expertise and received the ‘Plum Blossom’ residency cards for their efforts. Those wishing to apply for nationalisation will only have to submit a letter...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Serial beggar causing grief for expats in Saigon

Expats living and working in Saigon are furious about an American expat beggar who’s survived on the streets for an entire year. Unconfirmed reports give the reputed American beggar’s name as Tim Style, with a local expatriate store owner confirming he’s seen Style in various Saigon locations for around a year. The beggar holds a sign written in Vietnamese asking passers-by to give him money for food, and is apparently telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s lost all his ID papers and money and can’t afford the trip back to...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Yet another mafia-related expat murder in Spain

Last Saturday evening, an expat dining with his girlfriend at a Torremolinos restaurant was gunned down and killed by an assassin. Hamza Ziani was shot four times in the chest and head, dying a few hours later in Malaga’s regional hospital. His killer was masked, and escaped with an accomplice in a stolen vehicle after a police chase on the motorway. Ziani, a Dutch citizen originally from Northwest Africa, was recognised immediately by police as an international drug dealer who’d been arrested in Marbella a month previously for...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Spaniards join UK expats in concern over Brexit

As controversy over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit soars, Spanish businesses join with British expats in concern about its effects. Fears are mounting in the British expat community, the Spanish expat community in the UK and the Spanish business community about the likelihood of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal. Spain hosts around 19 million British tourists every year, and bilateral trade is also a major earner for Spanish businesses. Add to these factors the spends of a quarter of a million UK expats...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2018

May offers reciprocal lifelong rights for both EU and UK expats

During a recent meeting, Theresa May finally came out on the plight of UK expats, offering a possible solution. During a September meeting with the EU Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, the PM offered EU citizens lifelong rights of residence in the UK, even if they’d left the country for years and wanted to return. In exchange, she said, the EU should allow free movement for all British expatriates living in the EU. At this time in the negotiations, the EU is only offering Britons in European Union member states the...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Oman to be allowed to buy non-ITC properties

Oman’s Ministry of Housing is considering a proposal which would allow expats to buy homes outside its Integrated Tourism Complexes. According to a spokesperson for the ministry, a proposal is being debated which allows expatriates to own properties in other designated districts apart from Muscat’s Integrated Tourism Complexes (ITC). At present, foreigners from outside the GCC can buy properties in the complexes either for investment or residential purposes, and citizens of GCC countries resident in Oman can purchase commercial,...