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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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Thousands become new citizens on Canada Day

July 3, 2014 Canada

Canada Day was chosen by more than 2,200 people from 138 countries to become new Canadian citizens at a time when the country’s immigration programme is becoming more efficient. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed some of them in his hometown of Ajax, Ontario, and said that streamlining is allowing more people to achieve [...]

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Expats in Turkey facing travel problems due to new residency permits

July 2, 2014 Turkey

The British consul in Istanbul has raised concerns with government officials that expats in Turkey are having difficulties travelling abroad since new residency regulations were introduced in April. The new rules mean that any expat who tries to leave the country without a residency permit, an ikamet, may be stopped from doing so. Those arriving [...]

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New Zealand sees welcome rise in international student numbers

July 1, 2014 Education

International student numbers in New Zealand look set to grow again following the worst effects of the global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes, according to ministers. The newly-released International Education Snapshot 2013 full year report provides a window into the trends in New Zealand’s international education industry for the 2013 academic year. ‘The second [...]

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Top immigrants celebrated in Canada

June 30, 2014 Canada

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has congratulated the winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards ahead of Canada Day celebrations. The awards recognise newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada. Organized by Canadian Immigrant magazine and RBC Royal Bank, the peoples’ choice awards, which have [...]

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New financial service launched to help US expats and expats in the US

June 27, 2014 America

A comprehensive financial advisory firm that helps clients grow and conserve wealth has announced a new service to help expats living in the US and US citizens living abroad manage their investments. Saddle River Capital Management (SRCM) said it has identified many investors as stranded between tax and regulatory regimes in the US and elsewhere, [...]

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Euro citizens urged to get health card for visits to other EU countries

June 26, 2014 European Union

European citizens visiting other EU countries, plus Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland are advised to make sure they have their health card even if it’s only for a short trip. Almost 200 million Europeans already have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), according to the latest figures available for 2013. This represents more than half [...]

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UK cracks down on fraudulent English tests for overseas student visas

June 25, 2014 Britain

The UK has revealed that it has been conducting a wide ranging investigation against highly organised gangs of criminals who have been falsifying English language tests for foreign student visa applications. According to Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, some 48,000 students abused the system so that they could get a visa and stay in the UK. [...]

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Reforms to immigration and citizenship act in Canada passed

June 24, 2014 Canada

Reforms to immigration and citizenship laws in Canada which will strengthen the rules around access to citizenship have been passed by the country’s parliament. The changes aim to ensure that new citizens are better prepared for full participation and integration into Canadian society, with the goal of fostering in new Canadians a stronger attachment to [...]

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