Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

12 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Demographics and expat work permit chaos in Kuwait

Kuwaiti parliamentarians are demanding ministers meet with lawmakers to devise an end to the chaos surrounding the issuance of expat work permits. As well as an attempt to rectify problems with expat work permit issuance, the demand is seen to involve public demands to control growth in the expat population as it harms citizens. Accusations of manipulation of the emirate’s demography were also made, as lawmakers believe jobs are being stolen from locals by incomers. The meeting, expected to be held at the end of September or...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy would-be expats can go it alone for residency and citizenship

As the world becomes more politically and economically unstable, more and more wealthy would-be expatriates are getting caught by smart salesmen. The trend of internationalising is the latest way for wealthy nationals to ensure their capital, investments and even businesses are safely stored against economic disaster whilst they continue their lives in another country. For high net worth individuals, becoming a global citizen is the way to go, but taking wealth out of the country of origin requires dealing with key issues. The...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows US expat discontent over citizen based taxation

The hugely unpopular US tax regime imposed on American expats living and working overseas needs to change, but survey respondents are unsure as regards how changes would affect them. Some nine million USA citizens by birth are living and working overseas, but retain their citizenship as an automatic right, thus leaving themselves open to citizenship-based taxation. Results of a recent survey indicate the vast majority are more than unhappy about the effect on their lives and finances of what they see as unfair taxation policies. The...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in EU and those still at home have diverse Brexit views

Over one third of British expatriates living in EU member states are now applying for either permanent residency or citizenship due to Brexit. According to new research, 34 per cent of respondents to a study are either in the process of formerly relinquishing their British citizenship or planning to stay permanently in their present country of residence. In addition, a further five per cent stated they would apply for citizenship for themselves and their families should a hard Brexit be the final outcome of the 2016 referendum....
4 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Human development school helps expats in Singapore to live better

Focusing on self-employed entrepreneurs and their SMEs in Singapore, the ‘Expatprenuer’ Awards celebrate innovative ideas put into practice to help resident expats have better lives. At this year’s award ceremony, SR Nathan School of Human Development lecturer Dr.Yvonne McNulty explained to the media the combination of originality, necessary criteria and intent to help expats live better which singles out winners from the entries. First of all, she said, official business registration is essential, showing taxable income and the...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US expats in France win court case on unlawful IRS tax bills

The USA taxman has finally admitted US expats in France were ripped off to the tune of $100 million over a period of eleven years. It’s a rare day when any country’s tax authority admits it made a mistake, but after a seven-year court battle the IRS had no option. The overcharged US expats were living in France, and are now considering reclaiming their lost cash from the authority. The French court’s ruling was that the IRS’s interpretation in its favour of a double tax treaty between the two countries was wrongly held to be...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2019

EU and UK expat voters calling for investigation into EU MP voting irregularities

EU expats in the UK as well as British expats overseas are still furious over the mismanagement of the EU parliament election. It’s now claimed that over 1.5 million EU citizens living and working in the UK as well as tens of thousands of Brits living in EU member states were unable to vote in last month’s EU parliamentary election due to mismanagement of the entire procedure. As a result, 37 MEPs are now calling for a full, formal investigation by the EU’s Venice Commission into what went so very wrong. The mess may have been...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats counting the pennies as sterling sinks

Whilst British expat retirees are counting the pennies, multinationals relocating staff to London are cashing in on the weak pound. By now, it’s a well-known fact that British retirees in popular EU retirement destination are having a hard time making ends meet due to the falling pound, but many don’t realise that companies sending expat staff to the UK are saving money for the same reason. In the 2018 annual surveys, London was the 19th most expensive world city for relocating expats, but this year’s rating for the capital is...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Most British expats in Gulf States reject returning to the UK

Only one in every three British expatriates living and working in the UAE have the intention of eventually returning to the UK. As the result of a survey based on British expat intentions regarding a return to the UK shows, the message is now loud and clear – no way! Almost 75 per cent of Gulf-based respondents are either somewhat or very concerned over the effects of Brexit on the UK economy and the lives of its resident citizens. The conclusion is obvious – a good selection of Britain’s brightest and best is more than happy...