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Doubling of UK investor visa threshold not welcomed by all

December 2, 2014 Britain

The minimum threshold for a UK investor visa has been doubled to £2 million with the aim of encouraging high net worth individuals to invest in British companies in exchange for the right to apply for citizenship after five years. The Tier 1 Investor route is one of the two routes offered to business people [...]

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London mayor’s US tax stance highlights drawbacks of FACTA regime for expats

December 1, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

The refusal by the Mayor of London to pay his American taxes has been hailed as a brave stance that highlights the drawbacks of the recently introduced Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Mayor Boris Johnson has a US passport as well as a British one, as he was born in the United States. As such, [...]

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Mortgage bargains to be had in Europe, new index suggests

November 27, 2014 property

Would-be expats looking to move to popular destinations such as Spain and France can find some of the lowest mortgage deals ever available, according to new research. British buyers in particular can use the strength of the pound against both the Euro and the dollar to their advantage, according to the latest quarterly index from [...]

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New fast track entry service for UK’s biggest airport to be extended

November 26, 2014 United Kingdom

Frequent travellers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are set to benefit from fast track service into the UK. The Registered Traveller Service, which has been running as a pilot, is now being extended, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has confirmed. It means that those eligible to enrol will benefit from a [...]

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Have you ever dreamed of living off the grid?

November 25, 2014 Moving

A London-based television company is looking for British expats who have moved to live in remote parts of Scandinavia to take part in a documentary series. Optomen Television wants to feature individuals, couples or families living in Norway, Sweden or Denmark who would like to talk about why they quit the rat race and chose [...]

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Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth, survey says

November 24, 2014 Costa Rica

Expats might rave about the mild weather in the south of France or the outdoor lifestyle of Australia, but a new map has found that Costa Rica is the happiest place to live. The research, which looked at 151 countries across the globe, put Vietnam second, followed by Columbia and then Belize and El Salvador, [...]

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Creation of a multicultural society highlighted at Canadian symposium

November 21, 2014 Canada

Communities, individuals and organisations all play a role in helping immigrants integrate when they arrive in Canada, a symposium has heard. It helps newcomers to learn about Canadian history, values, and responsibilities and work toward a common future, according to Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander. He told the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) symposium [...]

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Expats faced with shifting home buying rules in the UAE

November 20, 2014 property

Expats buying a property in the United Arab Emirates are facing changes in terms of access to both available properties and finance. Sharjah is opening its property market to foreign investment for the first time and HSBC has said that it is reviewing its Abu Dhabi mortgage lending strategy for expats. Leases of up to [...]

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Poll reveals lack of retirement financial planning by expats

November 19, 2014 Expat Banking and Finance

Retired expats are known for seeking the best possible location for their retirement, but many have not saved enough money to make themselves comfortable, it is suggested. An international survey has found that over 50’s believe that their number one financial mistake is not saving enough for their retirement, according to a poll carried out [...]

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Job seekers in the US urged to use new online service to verify their status

November 18, 2014 America

Workers and job seekers in the United States can now use an online verification process to confirm their employment eligibility. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made the myE-Verify process available to anyone in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, DC, with further states to be added over [...]

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Study finds France has lowest level of English proficiency in Europe

November 17, 2014 Education

Among European Union countries the French have the lowest level of English proficiency out of all nationalities, a new report by an international language training company has found. A study by the firm Education First looked at levels of English proficiency in 63 countries and France ranked 29th overall, the lowest out of all EU [...]

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UK super priority visa service to be extended to more countries

November 14, 2014 Britain

The UK government has unveiled plans to extend the popular 24 hour visa service to more business leaders, investors and wealthy tourists aimed at attracting more investment into the country. The Super Priority Visa Service, already on offer in China and India, ensures a decision on a visa application within 24 hours, removing lengthy bureaucratic [...]

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New BBC comedy set in fictional Spanish expat community

November 13, 2014 Britain

A new television comedy series set among a group of expats on a fictional Spanish island is being filmed by the BBC to be aired next spring. British expats are known for getting together in groups when they move to popular areas abroad and having many comical experiences. The series, called ‘Woody’ features award winning [...]

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