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Expat Focus Financial Update December 2019

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2019 (21:20:06)

Australian expats remain concerned about new capital gains tax

The Australian government's plans to levy capital gains taxes on Australian citizens who own properties in the country but live abroad is still causing concern among expats.   more ...


Expat Focus International News Update December 2019

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2019 (20:55:38)

World's best cities to be an expat

A new survey by Internations ranked all the major expat destinations based on their popularity scores across several measures. Over 80 cities were analysed, and data was crunched concerning settling down, work-life balance, quality of life, childcare, and cost of living, among other measures.   more ...


Expat Focus Brexit News Update December 2019

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2019 (20:19:55)

Now that the general election is over, with the Conservatives returned (in England, at least) with an overwhelming majority and thus a mandate to leave the EU, the government says that Brexit will now definitely go ahead.

Whatever you may feel about leaving the EU, at least there is now an end date in sight and a reduction of uncertainty with regard to the possibility of another referendum. Yet there is still a lack of clarity in some significant areas: the British government’s insistence that freedom of movement would end on the day after Brexit, for instance, followed by a climbdown once there was a threat of a legal challenge.   more ...


Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2019

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2019 (20:14:56)

Election result in the UK sees Conservatives returned with a majority

The main news for British expats is, of course, the results of the recent general election on Thursday 12th December. This has seen the Conservative party returned with a substantial majority and as a result, Brexit will now be going ahead as originally planned on the 31st January 2020. How is this scenario likely to affect your healthcare, if you are a Briton living in a EU nation?   more ...


The Importance Of Feeling At Home While On An Overseas Assignment

Posted on Monday December 09, 2019 (21:28:03)

by Polly Collingridge, Family Global Mobility Manager for Parental Choice

Research has shown that around 40% of expat employees don’t feel at home abroad and cite it as a major reason for wanting to end their overseas assignment*. But what does it mean to ‘feel at home’ and why is it so important for people?   more ...


What Is The British State Pension And How Might It Change?

Posted on Friday December 06, 2019 (18:24:27)

by Oliver Heslop, UK Tax Specialist

Calling all Brits in the Middle East (and the USA, and Europe, and…)

The British State pension: Is this a dead duck, and do you as an expat ever think about it?

You can still be eligible and secure one. For many years (probably fifty), the UK government have honoured the state pension rights of British people living abroad, as well as anyone who worked in the UK for a few years (normally three or more).   more ...


Proactive Mental Healthcare For Expats: How To Look After Your Mental Health Abroad

Posted on Monday November 25, 2019 (12:23:41)

by Kelsey Hoff

Moving abroad is a lot of work and, understandably, certain details tend to take precedence in the months and weeks before getting on a plane. The to-do list is endless, as you are not only starting a new job, but also beginning a new life in a foreign place. With the chaos of submitting required paperwork, establishing housing, negotiating work contracts, and managing the needs of the family, it is of no surprise that many people arrive in their new country already tired and not in the most healthy place physically or emotionally.   more ...


Expat Focus Brexit News Update November 2019

Posted on Monday November 25, 2019 (12:09:09)

As we all know, Brexit did not actually take place at the end of October and the UK is now facing the unusual prospect of a general election in the run-up to Christmas. The question of Brexit is thus in a curious position at present: dominating the news while, at the same time, being curiously absent from it in the deluge of party politics as Britain prepares to go the polls. However, if you are an expat living in the EU, you cannot afford to avoid the issue. We will look below at how the ongoing situation could affect you.   more ...


Expat Focus International News Update November 2019

Posted on Monday November 25, 2019 (12:03:45)

Permanent Residency Granted To 2,500 Expats In The UAE

The UAE has granted its 'Permanent Golden Residency' status to 2,500 expats living in the country. Doctors, researchers and scientists make up the bulk of the first batch of expats to be granted permanent residency, along with technological innovators and investors.   more ...


Expat Focus International Healthcare Update November 2019

Posted on Monday November 25, 2019 (11:07:10)

Expats In Bahrain Must Have Health Insurance

A new law in Bahrain means that anyone entering the country - whether as an expat or as a temporary visitor - will need to have health insurance before they will be allowed in.   more ...

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