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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Expat nurses in UK face being sent home under new settlement rules

June 26, 2015 Britain

Thousands of expat nurses working in the UK face having to return home under new immigration changes brought in by the government because they do not earn enough to stay. The National Health Service (NHS) recruits hundreds of nurses from abroad every year, many of them from the Philippines and other Asian countries. But under [...]

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US foreign bank and financial accounts filing deadline looming

June 25, 2015 America

The taxman in the United States is reminding people with one or more bank or financial accounts outside the country that they need to file their Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts by the end of June. The Internal Revenue Service said FBAR’s must be completed by Tuesday 30 June and can be done electronically online [...]

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British expats seek to capitalize on ‘hot’ buy-to-let market in UK

June 24, 2015 property

British expats, particularly those living in the United Arab Emirates, are taking advantage of rising rents in the UK to purchase investment properties. London is the most popular location due to a high demand for buy-to-let rental properties and good yields for landlords, but expats are also looking outside the capital city. Offshore bank Skipton [...]

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New Zealand proves popular with Chinese visitors, latest official data shows

June 23, 2015 New Zealand

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand increased by 10% in May compared to the same month in 2014 with growth being driven by the Chinese, the latest published figures show. There were 176,700 visitors in the month of May 2015 with the number from China up by 45%, most of them arriving on holiday visas, according [...]

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UK census data tracks changes in foreign-born arrivals

June 22, 2015 Britain

Almost half of people living in the UK who were born abroad have described themselves as being from a white ethnic group while 33% identified as Asian, official data shows. Figures from the 2011 Census, which have now been released by the Office of National Statistics, also show 13% label themselves African, Caribbean or British [...]

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Research reveals the cost of private health care for expats in Asia Pacific

June 19, 2015 Asia

For working expats, particularly those in the Asia Pacific region, private health insurance can be a costly business, but research reveals it is still not as expensive as the United States. Hong Kong has the highest average health insurance premiums of popular expat countries in the region at an average cost of US$10,391, but the [...]

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New Zealand announces expansion of online visa applications

June 18, 2015 New Zealand

People applying for visas to work or visit New Zealand can now do so online, it has been announced, a move that will make application processing faster. Student visa applications for the country have been possible online since last August and now further development of a new ICT system means that others can also be [...]

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Currency the main factor in globally rising cost of expat employees

June 17, 2015 General

Currency fluctuations are contributing to the cost of living for expats, which makes sending an employee abroad increasingly expensive. According to a comprehensive survey on the costs of expat packages from global firm Mercer, Asian and European cities are the most expensive in the world. The firm’s 21st annual Cost of Living Survey shows that [...]

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Change is speeding up citizenship applications in Canada

June 16, 2015 Canada

New citizenship applications in Canada are being finalized in a year or less and the current backlog will be eliminated in a few months, officials have confirmed. The good news comes as a final group of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada’s citizenship laws come into force which are aimed at ensuring that new citizens [...]

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Zurich becomes most expensive city in Europe for expats

June 15, 2015 Cost Of Living Guides

Shanghai has become Asia Pacific’s most expensive location for expats for the first time while Zurich, Switzerland has been named as the most expensive location in Europe. The weakening of the Norwegian Krone in response to the weakened oil sector contributed to Oslo’s tumble down the ranking from 1st last year to 11th position globally [...]

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Expat parents hit out at change in bilingual school acceptance in Paris

June 12, 2015 Education

Expat parents living in the suburbs of Paris are considering legal action against the city’s education department after a change in rules could prevent their children getting places at bilingual state schools. Many expat parents like their children to go to bilingual schools where key subjects such as English literature, history and maths are taught [...]

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Maltese government pleased with demand for new investor citizenship programme

June 11, 2015 Malta

Malta’s individual investor citizenship programme (IIP) has received hundreds of applications from more than 40 nations and demand is set to remain strong in 2015, according to advisors and agents. The IIP citizenship programme has already attracted more than €450 million in Foreign Direct Investment since its launch in early 2014 and the country is [...]

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