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Joint visa scheme for Ireland and the UK could be expanded

November 6, 2014 Ireland

The authorisation to allow Chinese and Indian citizens to transit through the UK on route to the Republic of Ireland under the Transit Without Visa Concession (TWOV) has been ratified in the UK parliament. UK Minister of State for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire has also announced that this first phase of the scheme will [...]

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New report calls for special mobility zones between Commonwealth countries

November 5, 2014 Visas, Permits and Immigration

Citizens of the key Commonwealth countries should be granted special status to live and work in the UK without restriction, according to a new report. Bilateral mobility zones should be established between the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada says the report from the Commonwealth Exchange. The proposal is based on an idea first put [...]

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Many expats find true love when they move abroad, survey finds

November 4, 2014 Moving

Love is in the air for expats who move to Italy — 57% say they found long term love after moving overseas. In second place is the United Kingdom where 50% of expats said they found their perfect match, according to HSBC’s seventh Expat Explorer survey. The Expat Explorer survey, conducted by YouGov, asks nearly [...]

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Expats boost the use of new tech banking

November 3, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

Expats are leading the way in terms of using online banking — little wonder, as it makes money trasfers so much easier than traditional banking. Face-to-face banking just doesn’t work when you are living abroad, especially if you have banks accounts in more than one currency and want to move money around regularly. Indeed, the [...]

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Are British expats unsociable? This survey says yes

October 31, 2014 Expat Interviews

When it comes to integrating overseas, British expats certainly live up to their reserved and unfriendly stereotype, with almost a third never going beyond their social groups, new research has found. British expats living in African countries and the United Arab Emirates are the least integrated, according to the new study by international relocation specialist [...]

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British expats urged to check their Premium Bonds with over £3 million unclaimed

October 30, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

British expats are sitting on over £3 million of Premium Bonds prizes that are unclaimed, with the largest amounting to £100,000. Premium Bonds are the UK’s most popular form of savings provided by National Savings and Investments (NS&I), which has almost 850,000 overseas-based customers with nearly £750 million Premium Bonds to their names. Of these, [...]

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Is Bangalore the world’s next expat tech hub?

October 29, 2014 India

A burgeoning IT industry in Bangalore and the support networks available to expats are the reasons for the growing number of foreigners moving to the Indian city, it is claimed. The emergence of the IT sector and volume of outsourcing to the subcontinent, and Bangalore in particular, has seen the city get the nickname the [...]

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More Brits consider moving abroad to make home ownership dream reality

October 28, 2014 Britain

People become expats for lots of reasons including work and a better lifestyle, but now it seems that the cost of property in the UK is emerging as a new reason for moving abroad. New research has found that a fifth of disillusioned house hunters would consider leaving the UK — and the United States [...]

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Many US expats tempted to give up citizenship over tax issues: survey

October 27, 2014 America

A large number of expat Americans are tempted to give up their US passports in response to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a new survey has found. In the global poll, independent financial advisory firm deVere Group asked more than 400 of its American expat clients if they would consider voluntarily relinquishing their US [...]

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Thailand, Vietnam increasingly popular with British expats

October 24, 2014 Expat Interviews

Countries in the Far East are becoming increasingly popular for British expats due to lower costs and a higher standard of living, new research says. In a new survey, many expats pointed out how cost effective it is to live in countries like Thailand and Vietnam as they get more value for their money than [...]

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Is New Zealand the best place to raise a child? Expats think so

October 23, 2014 New Zealand

New Zealand has emerged as the best place to raise a child, with an expat survey scoring the country high for wellbeing and child safety. The country tops the Raising Children Abroad league table compiled by the annual HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, followed by South Africa, Germany and Japan. New Zealand performs particularly well in [...]

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Want more work/life balance? Move to Switzerland, say expats

October 22, 2014 Quality of Life

Switzerland is ranked as the number one country by expats looking for a well-balanced, high quality lifestyle, new research has found. In second place is Singapore, followed by China, Germany and Bahrain. The rest of the top 10 includes New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Hong Kong. The seventh annual Expat Explorer survey commissioned by [...]

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New Zealand is breaking immigration records all over the place

October 21, 2014 New Zealand

A record number of people are arriving in New Zealand with net gains in September equalling the highest levels ever recorded, the latest figures show. There were more arrivals than departures, reaching 4,700 last month, equal to the highest net gains ever recorded in August 2014 and February 2003 with arrivals from India pushing up [...]

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