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Turkey reverses compulsory health insurance rule for expat residency

August 13, 2014 Health

Retired expats in Turkey will no longer have to take out compulsory health insurance in order to qualify for a residency permit, it has been confirmed. In a complete U-turn, the General Directorate for Migration Management (GDMM) has announced that plans for compulsory health insurance for foreigners aged over 65 have been abandoned. The move [...]

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British expats could be worse off under UK tax change proposals

August 12, 2014 Britain

Hundreds of thousands of British expats face paying tax on all of their UK income under new proposals being drawn up by the Treasury. At present, European Union nationals and British expats are entitled to offset income earned in the UK against the national personal allowance of £10,000. This means that for Brits who live [...]

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UK cracks down on expat benefit fraud

August 11, 2014 Britain

British expats who commit fraud by living abroad but still claiming benefits face a new crackdown aimed at weeding out thousands who are costing the country more than £80 million. New figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show that in the past year, 769 cases were detected in Spain, 628 in [...]

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Employers in Singapore face new rules on expats

August 8, 2014 Jobs

New regulations in Singapore mean that all employers doing business in the country must consider native applicants for job vacancies. Under the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) which came into being this month, all employment, hiring and staff development must be open, merit based and non-discriminatory. According to some recruitment experts, it could affect the number [...]

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Middle East expat job explosion creates calls for employment transparency

August 7, 2014 Dubai

There could be opportunities for thousands of jobs for expats in the Middle East in the run up to two major global events, it is claimed. The Gulf State of Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup finals in 2022 and Dubai is home to the Expo 2020 event. According to recruitment experts, foreign expertise [...]

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Thai authorities launch crackdown on expat paperwork

August 6, 2014 Thailand

Expats in Thailand are facing a crackdown on visa checks with immigration rules being more heavily enforced, it has emerged. Thailand has long been seen as a country where rules are not enforced, with people working without permits, retired people going unchecked and people staying long-term on tourism visas. Now, the new military-run administration says [...]

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Spain is the top location for Brits retiring abroad

August 5, 2014 Britain

Over six million British adults are planning to retire abroad and most of them want to move to Spain, which is the nation’s top foreign retirement destination. New research reveals that Spain is still the most popular place for Brits to retire, with 26% opting for the country. In second place is France, with the [...]

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Canadian government adds 10 more jobs to skilled priority list

August 4, 2014 Canada

Ten more occupations have been added to the priority list of skilled jobs in Canada, and overseas candidates will now have their applications fast tracked. Skilled trades added to the list include electricians, carpenters, welders, heavy duty equipment technicians, heavy duty equipment operators, geo-scientists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, lawyers and midwives. The positions are [...]

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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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