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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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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Canadian Minister explains new express entry system for skilled overseas workers

July 16, 2014 Canada

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has held a series of high profile meetings to explain how the new Express Entry system will work. Express Entry is an electronic application management system that launches in January 2015 and will apply to four existing immigration programmes. It means that overseas applicants in the Federal Skilled [...]

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Retired British expats warned over currency fluctuations

July 15, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

Retired British expats in the Eurozone who are currently benefitting from a strong pound are being urged to remain cautious of potential currency fluctuations by a senior analyst at one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations. The warnings from Tom Elliott, international strategist at deVere Group, which has 80,000 (mainly) expatriate clients globally, [...]

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Majority of world’s most expensive cities for expats in Europe and Asia

July 14, 2014 Cost Of Living Guides

African, European, and Asian cities are the most expensive for expats due to currency fluctuations and the impact of inflation on goods and services, a new survey has found. Two African cities top the list of most expensive cities, according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey. Although not typically recognized as wealthy cities compared [...]

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UK announces changes to visa system to combat fraud and abuse

July 11, 2014 United Kingdom

New restrictions on students with British visas who apply to stay in the country as entrepreneurs have been announced in a bid to to combat fraud and abuse of the system. It affects those already present in the UK as a Tier 4 (Student) or Tier 1 (Post Study Work) migrant to make an in [...]

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US to see changes to offshore amnesty tax programmes

July 10, 2014 America

The Internal Revenue Service in the United States has announced major changes to its existing amnesty programmes which were created to encourage delinquent taxpayers with offshore assets to come forward and become compliant with their US taxes. The two programmes, the Streamlined Procedures and the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) were launched in 2009 and [...]

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British expats in Eurozone now getting more from their pensions

July 9, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

British expats living in the Eurozone have seen their state pension increase by 10% in the past year due to beneficial exchange rates, new research shows. This means that the value of the UK state pension when paid in euros is now at an all-time high, with the increase largely due to the soaring value [...]

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Global regulatory changes are affecting expat investors

July 8, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

US expats are being told by financial services firms that they can no longer buy or trade mutual funds due to a stricter global regulatory environment. This means that when it comes to certain financial investment vehicles, they will not be able to undertake some investments because they live in a foreign country. One of [...]

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UK and China relax working and visiting visa arrangements

July 7, 2014 Britain

Both the UK and China have eased various visa arrangements for nationals as they work towards being able to do more business. Work visas in China are normally restricted to short-term placements and linked to a specific employer, with long-term residency green cards rarely granted and visa and work permits renewable annually. Now, there is [...]

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More young people studying in the US, latest educational report shows

July 4, 2014 America

More young people are going to the United States to study, with the latest data showing that the number of international students at colleges and universities has increased to a record high. Figures from the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange show that in the 2012/2013 academic year, the number of overseas students increased [...]

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