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Coping with financial matters as a newly arrived expat

Coping with financial matters as a newly arrived expat
If you get panic attacks when dealing with home country financial matters, imagine how much worse they’ll be when you’re attempting to get to grips with an unfamiliar currency! One of the major headaches of emigration is getting to grips with a foreign currency and your new country’s financial rules, regulations and bureaucracy. For...

Anger and dismay ramps up amongst retired expats in Thailand

Anger and dismay ramps up amongst retired expats in Thailand
A report of a 90-year old expat being forced to leave Thailand due to the visa changes is causing anger and dismay in the expat community. A new report by a 90-year old expatriate retiree in Thailand stating he will be forced to return to his country of origin due to last week’s retirement visa changes has ramped up expat sentiment...

Netherlands bracing for even more expats as 250 UK companies mull relocation

Netherlands bracing for even more expats as 250 UK companies mull relocation
Brexit in any form is proving to be a disaster in the making for both small and large businesses in the UK, with more and more planning to leave in the very near future. At the present time, the Dutch government is in talks with several hundred British companies regarding the possibility of relocating across the English Channel to a more...

Expat retirees in Thailand shocked and confused by new financial rulings for visas

Expat retirees in Thailand shocked and confused by new financial rulings for visas
After yet another sudden, confusing change in Thailand’s requirements for a retirement visa, a survey shows at least a third of respondents may choose to leave Thailand as they’re afraid of what might come next. In the past, Thai immigration’s retirement visa requirements were relatively straightforward, with the financial...

Company man to expat early retiree in easy stages

Company man to expat early retiree in easy stages
Retiring early is dream for many, but careful planning can bring on the reality. Bidding farewell to the mind-bending responsibility of having a career, saying goodbye to a boss who’s never realised your true potential and starting out on a much-deserved early retirement can be a dream come true for many would-be expats, provided the...

Bahrain wins out on career boosting for expat professionals

Bahrain wins out on career boosting for expat professionals
The tiny emirate of Bahrain is surprisingly good at boosting expat careers. Bahrain is the lesser-known emirate of the Gulf States, with its total area 200 times smaller than Florida and its population set at around 1.5 million. Despite its size and its political and economic problems, its archipelago of some 300 islands is strongly rated...

Hong Kong crashes out of its former reputation for liveability

Hong Kong crashes out of its former reputation for liveability
Former expatriate favourite Hong Kong is now crashing out of its high liveability ratings. The latest expatriate survey is likely to shock expat professionals heading to Hong Kong for the next stage in their international career progressions. Once a favourite for talented international professionals, the city is now at its lowest point...

Currency exchange rates affecting expat salaries and rental costs

Currency exchange rates affecting expat salaries and rental costs
The expat exodus is growing year by year as ever increasing numbers of professionals decide their futures lie outside their home countries. Fuelled by the ever more global nature of business, totals of expat professionals now working overseas are topping 66.2 million. Since 2013, the increase in expat numbers has averaged six per cent...

China to continue making life easier for expatriates

China to continue making life easier for expatriates
China has emphasised its wish to continue expanding openness and convenience to expats wishing to live and work in the country. As part of a speech given at a recent symposium, Chinese Premier Lj Keqiang reiterated the country’s wish to provide greater convenience and openness to all expats living and working in China's major cities. Li...

Taking your much-loved family pet to or from the EU post-Brexit

Taking your much-loved family pet to or from the EU post-Brexit
Brexit mean no more EU Pet Passports. Whether you’re chancing your luck and going ahead with plans to leave the UK for Europe or reluctantly leaving your retirement hub for the UK, taking the family pet along is about to become far more complicated. One of the worst effects of Brexit for expats whose pets are their best friends is the...