Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

26 May at 6 PM 2020

Beach-loving expats in Spain to be monitored by robotic drones

As Spain gets closer to opening up to international tourism, high-tech systems and volunteer beach armies preventing overcrowding are all being introduced. When the pandemic began spreading its tentacles across the world, many publications gave voice to peoples’ fears that life would never be the same again. Given the latest methods proposed by Spain in order to prevent a second wave of devastating infection, it seems the sensationalist arm of the media may have been right after all. For starters, Marbella and Benalmadena as...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

Chinese students trapped in USA being scammed by US airlines

Chinese expat students are now trapped in the USA via a cash grab by US airlines. Chinese students studying at American universities are unable to return home due to a cash-grab by US airlines looking to their financial bottom lines. The young expats are now trapped in a seemingly never-ending loop of bookings, cancellations and fights to get refunds issued. One informer working as a United Airlines flight attendant told the media he’d seen flights marked as available which couldn’t be found on flight schedules nor had any crew...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Mexico are opening hearts and wallets to help locals

This is happening all across the world in expat hubs – humanity is getting together to do the right thing whilst the politicians play their games. Expats in Mexico are the latest foreign community to open their hearts and wallets to help those struggling to survive following pandemic-linked job losses. As governments use xenophobia to blame strangers for the spread of the pandemic, expatriate groups band together to ensure their local neighbours have enough food and medical care. Self-quarantine, shutdowns and curfews make life...
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat-owned businesses in Andalusia warned about poor summer season

British expat-owned hospitality businesses in Spain are furious at the Andalusian government’s attempt to cancel the summer tourist season. Obviously, avoiding a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths is essential, but cancelling the summer season would mean many thousands of expat-owned businesses would be bankrupted. Obviously, southern Spain’s main industry is the hospitality sector, with some 800,000 businesses facing seriously hard times even now. Spain was one of the EU’s best-performing member states up...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

UAE announces amnesty for expat visa overstayers

Expats in the UAE whose visa and residency documentation expired early in March will now escape fines and will still be allowed to re-enter the country without bias. All expats in this situation will now be granted a three-month grace period, after which they must exit the country, starting from May 18. Those who decide to leave will not face prohibition from returning at a later date. Exemption from fines will also apply to expired ID cards and work permits. In addition, for labourers employed by local companies as well as support...
12 May at 6 PM 2020

Pandemic causes huge surge in US expats renouncing their citizenship

The US government’s ineffective response to the coronavirus pandemic seems to have been the last straw for huge numbers of American expats overseas. Whilst those representing the USA’s so-called official stance on the pandemic continue to sow confusion and despair across the nation, increasing numbers of its expats living and working overseas are finally and reluctantly deciding to renounce their citizenship. Whilst a good number have already taken this irrevocable step due to the hated FATCA reporting law, those who’ve hoped for...
11 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat frustration and anger as Spain continues lockdown

Expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol regions are taking to social media to register their anger and frustration over the recently extended lockdown. According to local media, thousands of British and other expat nationalities in the affected regions are ‘climbing the walls’ due to their local governments’ plans to extend the lockdown for another 14 days. Posts on social media indicate huge numbers are stuck in limbo, with many stating they’re unable to endure another two weeks of almost total isolation....
11 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Netherlands in favour of government coronavirus rulings

Most expats in the Netherlands remain positive over the government’s reaction to coronavirus. The results of a Dutch media-led survey show some 70 per cent of expats in the Netherlands are largely in favour of the government’s measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, a good number of respondents found certain aspects of its response could well be called into question, including the all-important approach to testing and the wearing of masks. Over half of expat professionals who took part in the survey gave the...
8 May at 6 PM 2020

Singapore expats look to rent cuts as salaries shrink

As Singaporean employers are tightening their money bags and cutting expat salaries, landlords are receiving rent cut requests. Once known as a hub for sky-high expat salaries, the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on Singapore’s economy is forcing employers to cut wages across the board. As a result, affected expatriate professionals are petitioning their landlords for a rent cut. Real estate agents in the city state are reporting a number of such requests, although only four were successful. One female expat originally from...
8 May at 6 PM 2020

US expats and Green Card holders entitled to stimulus payments

American expats can’t believe their luck as the USA government’s $1,200 stimulus payment now applies to them as well as to Green Card holders. Most USA expats’ only contact with their government is a result of FATCA and the double taxation rule, with few actually expecting they’d also be recipients of the generous stimulus payment. It’s available to all US expats provided they’re up to date with their tax payments and have an income lower than $75,000 a year. To those whose income is between this amount and $99,000, a...