March 2013 Emigrate News Archive

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Expat tax exemption attracts wealthy pensioners to Portugal

Posted on March 29, 2013 in
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Expat tax exemption attracts wealthy pensioners to Portugal
The rush to migrate to Portugal since the beginning of the year is linked with the country’s new ruling on tax exemption for wealthy retirees. Since the new rules were introduced, more than 200 millionaire pensioners able to satisfy the Portuguese government’s handful of requirements have made the move, joining a huge number of Britons...

Providing undocumented US Immigrants a direct path to citizenship could boost the economy by $1.4 trillion

Providing undocumented US Immigrants a direct path to citizenship could boost the economy by $1.4 trillion
A recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress suggests that granting undocumented immigrations immediate citizenship would boost economic growth by $1.4 trillion. A breakdown of this development showed that tax revenues would increase by $184 billion and create 203,000 jobs spanning over the next decade. This suggests not...

USA poll indicates two thirds of citizens back immigration reform

USA poll indicates two thirds of citizens back immigration reform
The results of a poll published last Thursday revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans are in favour of new immigration laws giving illegals official status and the chance to become citizens. The survey, undertaken by the Brookings Institute and the Public Religion Research Institute, saw positive reactions to legality and a path to...

Burlington Ontario ranks best livable Canadian city for immigrants

Burlington Ontario ranks best livable Canadian city for immigrants
In a Canadian survey into quality of life, the Ontario city of Burlington has scooped the pool for its lifestyle offerings to new migrants, followed closely by Calgary. Money Sense’s Best Places to Live for 2013 took into account a wide range of benefits including housing, weather, commuting, wealth, community makeup and the general...

Gang of Eight closer to major legislative immigration reform breakthrough

Gang of Eight closer to major legislative immigration reform breakthrough
In the midst of partisan congressional battles on gun law and the economy, the bipartisan Gang of Eight is inching closer to a definitive solution to US immigration reform. The four Democrat and four Republican senators have been meeting at least twice a week to thrash out a massive overhaul of the country’s immigration laws, the first...

Republican Senator Rand Paul Encourages Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Republican Senator Rand Paul Encourages Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Leading Republican and US senator Rand Paul has embraced comprehensive immigration reform, which carries a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals. Rand Paul, who as a freshman senator is reportedly in the run for 2016 presidency, made a speech to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday of this week during which he...

Senators debate huge reduction in family visas as part of immigration reform

Senators debate huge reduction in family visas as part of immigration reform
US lawmakers involved in structuring immigration reform are debating plans to severely restrict the number of visas available to relatives of US citizens in order to allow more visas for highly skilled workers. A bipartisan group of eight key senators is studying the plan, which would overturn policies in place for several generations....

Expats in Cyprus in shock over government savings grab

Posted on March 18, 2013 in
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Expats in Cyprus in shock over government savings grab
Tens of thousands of expats, members of the British Armed Forces, second home owners and those in the process of migrating to Cyprus are in shock following the announcement of a tax grab on their savings. As part of the agreement on an EU bailout package for the troubled island, the Cypriot government agreed to levy a tax on all private bank...

San Diego heads the field with unique immigration reform lobby

San Diego heads the field with unique immigration reform lobby
Disparate interests including organised labour, high-tech companies, civil liberties activists, police chiefs, progressive clergy and conservative pastors all joined a novel lobby in San Diego. The coalition thus formed, San Diegans United for Common Sense Immigration Reform, is the first such to surface during the long-running fight to...

New support emerges for US immigration reform

Posted on March 14, 2013 in
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New support emerges for US immigration reform
A swathe of new support groups are emerging in favour US immigration reforms as lawmakers get ready to put forward their bipartisan proposals during the next few weeks. The first to declare their support was the National Federation of Republican Women, (NFRW), whose representative announced on Tuesday that a resolution had been passed...

An Overview of US Immigration Reform: How is it progressing?

An Overview of US Immigration Reform: How is it progressing?
Although the hurdles for immigration reform are numerous, support from conservative members of congress is a ‘promising sign’. The debate over immigration reform may have been dwarfed temporarily by coverage of the sequestration as a symptom of Washington dysfunction, but the issue has certainly not disappeared. In fact, the...

Entry charges mooted for overseas migrants coming to Britain

Posted on March 12, 2013 in
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Entry charges mooted for overseas migrants coming to Britain
Emigrants arriving in the UK may be forced to pay entry charges, which will be reimbursed on leaving, provided they have not used Britain’s NHS services. A financial bond payable on entry is the latest scheme to act as a deterrent to risknationalities. In addition, according to a source close the Home Secretary Theresa May, migrants’...

Freezing weather and frozen wages see Britons migrate

Posted on March 11, 2013 in
STORY LINK Freezing weather and frozen wages see Britons migrate
Freezing weather and frozen wages see Britons migrate
The exodus of professional Britons heading for jobs across the world is being fuelled by a freeze on wages as much as by the last several years’ freezing British winters. A recent study shows that two-thirds of British workers packing up and leaving for jobs overseas are being motivated by poor job prospects and a lack of salary...

Brazilian Nationals have Increasing Interest in the EB-5 Green Card Investor Program

Brazilian Nationals have Increasing Interest in the EB-5 Green Card Investor Program
High net worth individuals globally have become more and more interested in the EB-5 program, mainly owing to the fact that it is a fast-track towards US legal residency. Brazilians are no strangers to boosting the US economy, in particular within the Florida area. In 2011, over 634,000 Brazilians visited Miami-Dade County alone, spending...

Survey shows a quarter of UK millionaires planning emigration

Survey shows a quarter of UK millionaires planning emigration
A recent survey has revealed that 22 per cent of Britain’s super-rich are planning to move overseas. Research conducted by Lloyds TSB International indicates that the number of millionaires considering a move abroad has risen from 19 per cent to 22 per cent over the past year. The news comes as figures released by the Office of National...

Aussie row over 457 work visa abuse hots up

Posted on March 6, 2013 in
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Aussie row over 457 work visa abuse hots up
New Australian immigration supremo Brendan O’Connor’s announcement that temporary work visa 457 was open to widespread abuse has ignited parliamentary confrontations. Accusations that the 457 visa is being used by Australian companies to employ overseas workers in jobs suitable for Aussie nationals involved claims that jobs were...

NZ immigration bans returning Chinese students for academic failure

NZ immigration bans returning Chinese students for academic failure
Chinese holders of student visas returning from celebrating the Lunar New Year in their home country have been banned from re-entering the country due to their poor academic performance. According to the New Zealand Herald, Auckland Airport immigration officers refused entry to 14 students out of the 32 stopped at the immigration...

Middle Eastern and North African companies increase expat hiring

Middle Eastern and North African companies increase expat hiring
Expat job opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa are due to increase in 2013 as multinational private companies seek more overseas talent. The next three months are expected to see a considerable increase in jobs offered at the junior executive, executive and coordinator levels, giving a chance for new graduates as well as more...

Powerful voices call for seizing of opportunities for immigration reform

Powerful voices call for seizing of opportunities for immigration reform
The US Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO are putting the message across that the USA’s immigration system is broken beyond repair and needs complete reform. The system, say the powerful institutions, isn’t just broken for Latino migrants and illegal immigrants, it’s broken for everyday employees and businesses of all shapes and...