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European Commission hits out at risky golden visas and passports

European Commission hits out at risky golden visas and passports
The European Commission has come out against Golden Passports, saying the programmes put the EU at risk from money laundering and organised crime. The EU’s warning is part of the executive’s initial report on the multi-billion dollar industry providing ‘investment migration’ to ultra-wealthy would-be expat individuals eager to get...

Tips for expats on getting a Chinese driving license

Tips for expats on getting a Chinese driving license
If you’re intending to drive in China, you’ll need to get a Chinese driving license as the country doesn’t accept international driving permits. So you’ve arrived in China, but miss self-drive as a way of life and aren’t sure about what’s needed to allow you to get behind the wheel! It’s the same story for many expats new to...

Chaos in Cyprus expat community follows rejection of May?s Brexit deal

Chaos in Cyprus expat community follows rejection of May?s Brexit deal
British expats in Cyprus are facing more uncertainty since May’s agreement tanked. As a no-deal Brexit looms, British expats living in Cyprus face a seemingly never-ending world of uncertainty. According to the British High Commission for the island, expats’ situations will depend on future developments, adding it could not give any...

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos
Living on the other side of the planet hasn’t prevented Brit expats in Singapore from viewing the scary Brexit developments with concern. This week’s parliamentary chaos has stunned the world, especially as Brits have a reputation for being cool and calm in the face of impending disaster. British expatriates in Singapore are as...

Is American English a foreign language for Brit expat professionals?

Is American English a foreign language for Brit expat professionals?
If you’ve been offered the dream job in the USA and are ecstatic that you don’t have to learn a foreign language …..think again! In general, the British are more than happy to believe a ‘special relationship’ exists with their American cousins, based on several centuries of historical, cultural and linguistic ties. Brits....

Saudi Arabia backtracks to two year expat work visas

Saudi Arabia backtracks to two year expat work visas
Saudi Arabia has backtracked on one-year private sector expat work visas, increasing their validity to two years. The extension of a further year to the private sector Saudi work visa will be welcomed by expats who’d be happy to stay without having to undergo more bureaucracy after they’ve settled in to their jobs and communities. New...

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China
In its latest travel advisory, the US government is warning those planning on heading to China they may risk not being able to leave once their visit is over. The advisory comes under the Level 2 ‘exercise extreme caution’ bracket, and was issued due to fears China may suddenly and arbitrarily enforce laws which allow immigration...

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination
Is Thailand still the Land of Smiles for expats? Nowadays, many expats living working or retiring in Thailand hold their breath as the New Year approaches, waiting to see what changes will worsen their already precarious positions within the country. Expats elsewhere in the world worry about the cost of living, the effect of a no-deal...

Dutch schools gearing up for influx of expatriate pupils

Dutch schools gearing up for influx of expatriate pupils
Dutch primary schools in The Hague, Amsterdam and Eindhoven are attempting to gear up for an expected influx of expat pupils over the next few years. The move is in response to the increasing numbers of expat professionals arriving to take up jobs in the IT and technical sector due to a skills shortage in the local population. For...

Expats in China now feeling effects of tax changes

Expats in China now feeling effects of tax changes
Expatriate entrepreneurs considering heading for China are reminded to consider the effects of the government’s recent tax changes. A huge number of expatriates have arrived in China to take advantage of the country’s tax laws giving a five-year tax exemption on their worldwide earnings. New laws introduced late last year now state...