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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...

Vietnam becoming ever more popular as an expat hub

Vietnam becoming ever more popular as an expat hub
Expats are flocking to Vietnam as its reputation soars. Vietnam’s progress over the past decade is impressive, to say the least, and the formerly war-torn country is showing no signs of slowing down. Of course, it’s not perfect, but it’s now on track to achieve economic growth of six per cent in 2019, aided by foreign investment in...

EU expats in the UK are disgusted at ?pay to stay? Brexit Christmas video

EU expats in the UK are disgusted at ?pay to stay? Brexit Christmas video
Whilst most news stories about Brexit’s effect on expats have concentrated on Britons in Europe, EU expats and their families are now disgusted about the tone of the Home Office’s Brexit video. According to media reports, ‘disgusted and angry’ are just two of a considerable number of negative emotions felt by EU expats living and...

Tips on making the best of a shrinking expat budget due to currency fluctuations

Tips on making the best of a shrinking expat budget due to currency fluctuations
The expat lifestyle as it’s portrayed online gives plenty of causes for envy in many conventionally-oriented members of society. It’s true that living outside your comfort zone as well as your country can be exciting as well as challenging, but realities exist everywhere expats hang their hats. Budgeting is one, and is a good reason...