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EU expats in UK without private health insurance denied residence permits

As if getting residency in the UK post-referendum wasnâ??t tricky and time-consuming enough, EU expats desperate to stay in the UK post-Brexit are now being told theyâ??ve been refused because they havenâ??t bought private health insurance. A little-known piece of legislation requiring EU citizens to purchase private health insurance is... Expats Blog -

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an... Expats Blog -

Spanish PM believes UK expat rights can be preserved

In spite of Mayâ??s January rebuttal by EU leaders over UK expat rights, the Spanish Prime Minister still believes a deal to protect Britons wishing to remain in the country post-Brexit can be achieved. Following last weekâ??s report that Spain is luring wealthy expats with generous deals in the hope the revenue will make up for the loss... Expats Blog -

Tax Court Upholds Penalties on Expat Who Failed to Disclose Foreign Corporations

By Ephraim Moss, Esq. & Joshua Ashman, CPA In a new decision, the Tax Court upheld heavy penalties imposed by the IRS on a U.S. expat taxpayer who failed to report his ownership in two foreign corporations.  The decision certainly serves...Show More Summary

Americans in Japan join to fight against Trumpism

As the political chaos in the White House continues, American citizens living overseas are rejecting the Trump administration and getting together to fight against its possible consequences. Whilst Americans in the home country are becoming aware that all is not normal at the top of the Washington political tree, US expats living overseas... Expats Blog -

UK expat frozen pensions still under fire in Australia

In spite of many legal and political knock-backs, the fight against the British governmentâ??s stance on frozen pensions is still alive and kicking in Australia. The disgrace of frozen pensions has continued over many years, with many thousands of elderly UK long-stay expats living overseas being forced into increasing poverty by the rule.... Expats Blog -

Crime spree targets expat businesses in Marbella

British expats living and working in the popular resort of Marbella are pressing local police for information about a recent and still ongoing crime wave. Laura Tona, owner of a local sex shop, is the tenth victim of an organised gang active in the area over the past three months. During the break-in, nothing was taken, but others have... Expats Blog -

A Sad Day for Nijntje

I just saw the sad news about Dick Bruna, the creator of Nijntje/Miffy passing away yesterday. Discovering his work was one of the many joys I got out of living in Utrecht. As well as the Nijntje books and related … Continue reading...

My First Attempt At Dutch Lessons

When I first attempted to learn Dutch (back in 2001) I took up the offer of a free course from my employer. The Dutch lessons took place twice a week, an hour before work, in a meeting room in the office basement. The office itself was an old Dutch bank which added to the strange atmosphere. Show More Summary

Expat educators in Kuwait to be replaced by Kuwaiti nationals

Beginning in the 2017/2018 education year, the Kuwaiti Education Ministry will replace 25 per cent of its expat workers with Kuwaiti nationals. The purge will stop all recruitment of expat teachers whose specialities are covered by Kuwaitis. According to the Arab Times, the names of more than 450 teachers and 150 technical supervisors and... Expats Blog -

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, itâ??s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual... Expats Blog -

US expats with IRS tax debt to lose passports

New IRS rules introduced earlier this year mean that Americans living overseas who have unresolved tax debts will no longer be allowed passport renewals. According to the IRS website, certification of details of US citizens with seriously delinquent tax debts is now to be passed to the State Department. Those in this situation will not be... Expats Blog -

Portugal named top of world retirement hubs

Already a favourite holiday and relocation destination for the British, Portugal has been named as the top retirement hub on the planet for three years running. Well-known expat relocation website Live and Invest Overseas considers the attractions of the country to be the perfect draw for retirees, especially single women. The Algarve is... Expats Blog -

New poll shows four out of five UK expats live in fear of Brexit effect

Survey shows 80 per cent of respondents fear for their post Brexit lives. A survey initiated by the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem group reveals that the vast majority of respondents are living in fear of the devastating effect of Brexit on their families and their lives. The survey, taken by 5,170 Britons living in EU member states, took... Expats Blog -

One million signatures needed for push to legalise EU passports to UK expats

The UK expat campaign group Bremain in Spain is joining forces with Choose Freedom Campaign in promoting a European Citizens Initiative seeking a million EU citizensâ?? signatures. Active in fighting for UK expatsâ?? rights to remain in Spain after Brexit is finalised, Bremain in Spain spokesperson Sue Wilson told the Olive Press the move... Expats Blog -

Best Chinese cities for expat alternatives to Beijing

Expats wishing to settle themselves in China but who donâ??t like the idea of Beijingâ??s smog, crowds and fast, expensive pace of living might like to consider a few smaller, more laid back Chinese cities. Whilst Beijing is Chinaâ??s expat hub for foreign starts-ups and lifestyles, not every new arrival in this ancient land wants to... Expats Blog -

Spain concentrating on wealthy investors to replace UK expats

Serious concerns about their post-Brexit positions in Spain are forcing an increasing number of UK expats to sell their homes and relocate. The double whammy of Brexit and the falling sterling exchange rate is resulting in many UK expats being forced to give up their chosen lifestyles and sell their Spanish homes. Since the referendum... Expats Blog -

Leaked EU document warns backlash against UK expats overseas

As the British governmentâ??s total lack of commitment to the plight of UK expats overseas and EU expats in the UK continues, applications for UK permanent residency continue to soar. A leaked EU document is warning the British governmentâ??s poor treatment of EU expats in the UK could well result in a concerted backlash against British... Expats Blog -

Record number of US expats renounced citizenship in 2016

From a record high in 2015 of 4,279, US expats giving up citizenship and returning their passports surged to 5,411 in 2016, setting a new record. The figures issued by the US Treasury Department show annual increases for the past four years and are thought to be tied to increased activity by the Internal Revenue Serviceâ??s hunt for... Expats Blog -

Costa Blanca expats meet with British Consul over Brexit

British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris has been touring locations across Spain in an attempt to keep worried Uk expats informed about Brexit. At a meeting in Playa Flamenca Town Hall, Morris did her best to reassure concerned British nationals. but admitted there is much she doesn't know as yet about the progress of Brexit negotiations and... Expats Blog -

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