Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Republican bill seeks to outlaw US dual taxation for expatriates

American expats suffering financially from dual taxation may be about to get relief! After receiving endless complaints from US citizens living overseas about the unfairness and complications of citizen-based taxation as exemplified by FATCA, Republicans have now put forward a bill aimed at amending the hated system. Aptly named the ‘Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act’, the overdue attempt at repositioning the taxation goalposts was received just before the Democrat takeover of the House of Representatives. According to the...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

UK expat pensioners in Europe still threatened by loss of pension uprate

UK expats in EU member countries are to have their state pensions uprated – but only for a year. Along with all the other negative effects of the Brexit disaster on British expatriates living in the EU, the continuing of the guaranteed annual inflation-proofing increase has been a serious cause for concern, especially for the newly-retired. The uprate is triggered by the higher of two indicators – wage growth and the rate of inflation. Should both be lower than 2.5 per cent, the same percentage uprate is guaranteed. ...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Is Cancun the expat and tourism haven its creators dreamed of?

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a favourite with expats from the USA, but how many realise its famous resort of Cancun was built from the bottom up as a playground for visitors? Deciding on Cancun wasn’t a snap decision either, as the federal government employed the best tech know-how at the time as well as the best brains for the massive project. The choice of what was then a jungle-clad island with one fishing village was, in fact, a genius of an idea based on the theory of ‘we build it, you’ll love it’! Started in 1970, the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner. At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Thailand’s soaring private healthcare costs to be ministry-controlled

The soaring cost of treatment in Thailand’s private hospitals may soon be placed under government control. The days of cheap heathcare in Thailand’s reputable private hospitals are well and truly over, as commercial interests continue to drive up charges for everything from medicines through consultations to treatment including operations. Once a hub for expat retirees and medical tourists, average charges in the country for common operations are now higher than their counterparts in Spain, although still cheaper than in the UK...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Protecting your financial freedom as a relocating expat

Expats on relocation or reassignment may well be the brightest and best as regards their jobs, but money management is another matter. yourself in a strange city along with a career boost and salary you’ve long dreamed about can be an exciting experience, but if you’re financially illiterate the glow soon wears off. Expats must make many changes in order to achieve success in their chosen sectors, but many find their money-related habits very hard to adjust. Our spending is subconsciously controlled by our behavioural patterns and...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Vietnam enjoy Christmas in Ho Chi Minh City

Expats across the world celebrate Christmas in their own ways, with Vietnam's community no exception. Whatever religion is practised by expatriates the world over, Christmas is a time for getting together with friends and family at parties and celebrations. The multinational expatriate residents of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ruby Home’s 34 apartments are no exception as, for the past several years, a mini Christmas festival has been held, to which all are invited. This year’s event was held in the residency’s front yard, decked...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Dubai celebrate with real live Christmas trees

Of all the memories of Christmases past, the pine fragrance of a real, live Christmas tree is one of the most evocative. Expats moving to Dubai could be forgiven for believing a plastic Christmas tree will have to do, but they’re in for a magical moment when they realise the real thing has been available in Dubai for over 25 years! Large-size, fragrant Christmas trees have been imported from Canada and the USA every Christmastime since the 1990s, and are for direct sale from trucks set up in the city’s working-class Satwa...
20 Dec at 6 PM 2018

British expats in Mijas warned over tech-savvy gang robbing cars

An enterprisingly tech-savvy gang of robbers are cloning car keys and robbing vehicles’ contents. Operating in Mijas on the Costa del Sol, a gang of youths have found the perfect way to steal the contents of cars without having to break in. They’ve discovered an inexpensive Chinese-made gadget easily available from internet electronics stores gives a free pass to either clone wireless keys or even create new keys, making entry into parked cars straightforward and quiet. The ‘Duplicator Copier Writer Programmer’ is one such,...