Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

3 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Survey shows increase in US citizenship renunciations due to FATCA

A recent survey has revealed even more US expats are considering renouncing their citizenship. The USA is the only world country which taxes non-resident expat citizens on their world earnings, using a regime which causes confusion as well as anger amongst those it affects. Amazingly, this rule also applies to those known as ‘accidental Americans’, individuals who were born in the USA but had never lived there. Many attempts have been made to persuade the USA taxman to cancel the unfair ruling, but no action has been taken....
3 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Kuwaitisation and the pandemic causing chaos in Kuwait’s expat property sector

Kuwaitisation and the coronavirus are set to wreck the emirate’s real estate sector. Kuwaiti government measures to drastically reduce the numbers of expat workers in the emirate plus the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market are set to wreak havoc on the emirate’s real estate market. The rulers’ attempts to reverse the ratio of expats and citizens to 30/70 has already had an effect on rentals and house prices, with the pandemic sending the sector into negative territory. To date, some 100,000 expatriates...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats on Corfu divided over opening up

British expats on Corfu are not overjoyed by the government’s air bridge tourism start-up. In all of Greece, the island of Corfu is the most popular with foreign tourists and has suffered economically from the coronavirus pandemic. However, expats and citizens alike aren’t best thrilled at the prospect of hordes of Europeans arriving and bringing a second wave with them. The holiday island has been open for some seven days to date and is struggling to recapture its norm, but the thought of flights bringing in hordes of Brits is...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Expats and locals in Oman can now take on part time work

In a bid to diversify its failing economy, Oman is looking to allow both expats and citizens to take on part time and temporary jobs. As the expat professional exodus from the Gulf States continues, Oman is planning to open up a part-time private sector job initiative aimed at both expatriates and locals. The move forms part of an attempt by the government to diversify the economy after the damage done by the pandemic is more clearly understood, as well as encouraging newly qualified graduates to take jobs within the home country....
1 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Will UK expats in the Czech Republic be left without free healthcare?

British expatriates living and working in the Czech Republic may be at risk of losing their free healthcare, and it’s got little to do with Brexit. An agreement which was signed between the UK and the Czech Republic as long ago as 1976 is likely to be dumped due to the fact that its financial burden has fallen unfairly on the republic ever since it became a member of the EU. The original agreement involved co-operation between the two countries on matters of medicine and health as well as guaranteeing free healthcare for UK citizens...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expats still in Hong Kong are forced to accept the end of an era

What can expat professionals in Hong Kong do now? Expats and Hong Kong citizens alike are now fearing the effects of China’s sweeping new rules aimed at crushing all freedoms in the unique former British colony. After millions joined the last 12 months’ daily demonstrations demanding autonomy from Beijing, the imposition of the new law is striking fear into the hearts of all residents, who are now fully aware the unique archipelago and its financial industry will never be the same again. After Hong Kong’s handover to China,...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Longterm British expats still angry over losing their rights to vote

How are long-term British expats feeling now they’re still not allowed the vote? British expats scattered across the modern world have been fighting long-term for their rights to vote after they’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years, but in spite of occasional governmental comments nothing has been done. One of the scandals of the Brexit poll was that those likely to be worst affected by the result were those unable to vote, with many long-stayers convinced the result would have been different should the government have allowed...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Prague expats and locals take to their bikes during the pandemic

Expats in Prague are improving their health as well as conforming to the country’s coronavirus rules. Both expats and citizens in Prague are now looking after their health in two ways, firstly by taking the new coronavirus rules seriously and, secondly, by taking to cycling as a self-distancing, healthy way to get to work. According to the city’s government, the increase in cyclists on the roads is considerable enough to consider improving biking facilities. After March’s state of emergency took effect and regular transport...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat pensions versus straightforward interest rate-linked savings

If you’re planning to live your working life as an expat, making financial provision for retirement is the sensible option. Given the huge number of horror storied about dodgy IFAs leaving their unfortunate clients with worthless investments or, even worse, scamming them into losing the lot, it’s a surprise that potential expats are even thinking about retirement income! If you’ve not yet won the lottery, thinking a about the long-distant future may sound strange, but much can go wrong if this aspect of emigration is ignored....
9 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat professionals in Czech Republic to lose their jobs

Expat jobs in the Czech Republic to be the first to go due to the pandemic. As increasing numbers of Czech companies cut their workforce, expatriate workers are likely to be the first to lose their jobs due to the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Workers in the tourism sector and low-skilled workers in industry are at the highest risk of being let go, with non-contract factory workers also expected to face mass redundancies. In addition, agency jobs as well as jobs in the transport sector are also at risk, and expat...