Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat Democrats in Canada urged to vote in US mid-terms

American expatriates living and working in Canada are being urged to vote in the mid-terms in order to thwart Trump. US Democrats are attempting to rally the 200,000 US citizens living in Vancouver to vote in the upcoming US mid-term elections, citing their belief that Democrat expat voters could swing the balance in a number of tightly contested battles for state governors, seats in Congress and the Senate. According to campaigner Tammy Flynn Seybold, only a miserable two per cent bothered to cast their votes in the close-called 2016...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat social security cheats nabbed by international team

Thousands of Brit expats living and working overseas have been caught illegally claiming British social security benefits. Millions of pounds’ worth of social security benefits have been fraudulently claimed by British expats living and working overseas, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. An investigation by the department along with international fraud specialists has resulted in a record amount of £1.1 billion being reclaimed, with expats living and working in Alicante and Madrid featuring strongly amongst the...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador to Spain warns all UK expats over registration

Britain’s ambassador to Spain Simon Manley has sent out warning letters to all Britons living in Spain. British expatriates living, working and retiring in Spain have received a warning letter from the British ambassador regarding the need to ensure they’re fully registered by the end of March next year. Whilst the letter expresses the British government’s optimism that a deal will be reached, it also warns British citizens that all eventualities should be properly prepared for, including the possibility of a devastating no-deal...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Britons in France resort to anger over their plight

One of the worst aspects of the predicament in which UK expats in France now find themselves is conflicting information. For over two years, British expatriates who’ve chosen France as their home have been subject to misinformation, disinformation and occasionally outright lies by the British government and its ham-handed negotiating team. It’s been a roller coaster of hope followed by disillusionment, buoyed up again by hope before yet another let-down. Many have lived overseas for more than 15 years, disallowing them from...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Qatar opens up expat permanent residency for the select few

With a recent surprise announcement, Qatar secured its place as the first Gulf State to allow expat permanent residency for a select few. Qatar’s change of heart as regards permanent residency for a limited number of expats is a landmark ruling in the region, even although few expatriates will have the qualifications necessary. Those who do will have access to commercial rights as well as the emirate’s generous welfare system, both of which were formerly reserved for Qatari citizens. Just 100 expats every year will be granted...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Is Saudi Arabia unraveling as an expat professional destination?

What next for expat professional prospects versus Saudization? In the modern world, it’s sometimes difficult to determine between real and fake news, but numerous recent reports might suggest Saudi Arabia as well as the UAE are unravelling as an expat professional destination. Vision 2030, the brainchild of the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed, was initiated as an attempt to wean the country off its dependency on oil revenues as well as promoting full employment for Saudi citizens, but is now facing a self-made employment crisis...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2018

No deal Brexit still major risk for Brit expats in Europe

UK expatriates in Europe are still unsure of their rights some two years after the Brexit referendum. More than two years after the Brexit referendum, British expatriates living, working or retiring across the EU are no closer to having any security as regards their rights than they were when the result was announced. In spite of empty promises by the British government, it’s now clear the plight of over a million Britons is of no concern to the UK’s negotiating team. In a recent release of government papers outlining no-deal...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Surveys show EU and UK expatriates share post Brexit concerns

Two parallel surveys have revealed expatriate concerns are increasing, both for UK citizens in the EU and Europeans living and working in Britain. The two surveys approached expats regardless of their nationality or their present location in the UK or the EU. Overall, the vast majority of respondents who took part in both studies agreed that Brexit posed a major threat to the UK, with over a third of British expats saying they were already seeing a significant impact of their lifestyles. Responses from EU expats at present living in...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2018

EU expats in UK in trial applications to stay after Brexit

Whilst UK expats in EU member states still fear for their rights to remain, EU citizens in the UK are starting their 'settled status' applications. A Home Office trial of the ‘settled status’ post-Brexit settlement given to EU citizens living and working in the UK is now underway in the north-west, with NHS workers as well as students and staff from Liverpool University invited to apply. The trial is expected to take several months, and the results are due to be announced in time for a full roll-out of the process in late...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Retiring overseas as a US citizen subject to FATCA reporting

Once you’ve left the USA for your selected retirement destination overseas, you’ll need to pay special attention to your tax returns. As a would-be expat, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the dreaded IRS FATCA reporting, as well as being angry that everyday citizens have been caught up in a net originally designed to catch big-league tax avoiders who hide their ill-gotten gains offshore. The system works through dual reporting, in which overseas banks are forced to disclose the full details of and amounts held by every expat...