Welcome to the Expat Forum

by mfefadmin on October 31, 2008

Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Expat Forum. We are quickly realising our aim to be the largest community of expatriates on the internet. We now have over to 175,000 members who have either moved abroad or wish to emigrate, with 100′s of new members joining up everyday.The site is organised into 2 main parts – the forums and the articles. You can access any of the country specific expat forums by clicking on the flags in the top navigation areas above. You can read through hundreds of helpful articles, news and interviews by clicking on the relevant country in the left navigation menu. So if you want to immigrate to a new Country or if you have already moved to a new destination, we’re sure you’ll find some great content here as well as be able to talk to members in a similar situation to you. Enjoy the Expat Forum, it’s great to have you here.

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Expats love their lifestyle but worry about major health issues, survey finds

August 1, 2014 General

Most expats are positive about their lifestyle abroad, but half are concerned about health care treatment if faced with a major condition, according to an international survey. Some 80% of those surveyed by private medical insurance broker Medibroker said they either really enjoyed or enjoyed their life abroad. Less than 2% said they were not [...]

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US sees 4% decrease in permanent resident green cards

July 31, 2014 America

Almost 100,000 foreign nationals were granted green cards, entitling them to permanent residence in the United States in 2013, a drop of 4% compared to 2012. The latest data from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows that the decrease was mainly due to lower numbers of family-based applications; however, there was an overall [...]

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New UK immigration reforms crackdown on benefits, students and jobs

July 30, 2014 Britain

A new crackdown on immigration abuses has been announced by the UK’s Prime Minister and Home Secretary as part of a long term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Starting in November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational [...]

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Expats in Macau who overstay face heavy fines under new rules

July 29, 2014 Macau

Expats in the Chinese territory of Macau face heavy fines if they overstay their visa and residence permits, it has emerged. According to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office a number of expats have recently been subjected to stiff penalties in the special administrative region, which is across from Hong Kong. Expats who had overstayed by [...]

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Expats need more than ordinary travel insurance, say experts

July 28, 2014 Country Guides

New expats are being reminded that ordinary travel or holiday insurance will not cover their medical needs during their new life abroad. ‘Most people will probably be surprised to know that there is actually a relevant distinction between travel health insurance and expat health insurance. Before going abroad, you will need to carry out some [...]

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New bill to lessen visa backlog in Canada becomes law

July 25, 2014 Canada

Canadian visa applications still backlogged in the federal Immigrant Investor Programme and Entrepreneur Programme have now been terminated after a new law designed to sort out the backlog was officially implemented. This means that if a decision regarding applications caught in the backlog was not made by an immigration officer before 11 February this year, [...]

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France tops lists of global destinations for retired expat healthcare

July 24, 2014 France

There is a steady increase in the number of people moving abroad for their retirement and research shows that France, Uruguay and Malaysia have the best healthcare systems for retired expats. The Annual Global Retirement Index 2014 from International Living, which allocates points according to the climate, cost of living and healthcare, puts France at [...]

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Young expats settle well into new life abroad, Spanish study finds

July 23, 2014 Moving

Spain is a popular country for expats, especially families, and now new research shows that young people in particular integrate into Spanish life without any major problems. For parents moving abroad, it is often a worry how youngsters will adapt to a new life, language and climate, but the Obra Social La Caixa study shows [...]

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Annual overseas arrivals in New Zealand reach new high

July 22, 2014 New Zealand

Annual migrant arrivals in New Zealand have exceeded 100,000 for the first time ever, the latest figures published by Statistics New Zealand show. In the June 2014 year, permanent and long term migrant arrivals numbered 100,800, up 14% from 2013, the first time more than 100,000 arrivals have been recorded in a single year. Migrant [...]

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US companies that have outsourced jobs overseas could bring them back

July 21, 2014 America

More jobs could be available for expats in the United States if a Senate bill that would provide tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the country is approved. It could help bring 3,000 jobs back to New York alone, according to Senator Charles Schumer, who explained that since 2008 some 22 [...]

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New range of mortgages for UK expats wanting buy/let opportunities

July 18, 2014 property

A new range of mortgages aimed at British expats who want to buy and let a property in parts of the UK has been launched. Skipton International is offering a maximum loan to a value of 75% on residential properties for buy-to-let, but the property must be purchased in England and Wales. Applicants will need [...]

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Over 3% of the world’s population are expats, according to UN report

July 17, 2014 Visas, Permits and Immigration

A new report reveals where expats have moved to and how a record 232 million people are living outside the country where they were born. According to the United Nations report, this means that 3.2% of the world’s total population have moved to live and work in another country. In 2000, the figure was only [...]

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