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  1. Changes announced to make becoming a Canadian citizen faster and more flexible

    Articles: Americas
    Becoming a Canadian citizen is to be made faster and more flexible and provisions that resulted in different treatment for dual citizens are to be changed. Under amendments to the country's Citizenship Act announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum, the time...
  2. French banks introduce mortgage lending rules for expats

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    Expats looking to buy a home in France are facing tougher lending rules from some banks and even being required to have up to two years’ worth of mortgage payments in a separate account. An increased demand for mortgages due to historically low mortgage rates rising in France has led to a...
  3. French Senator wants to reduce red tape for expats

    Articles: Europe
    There have been concerns voiced for some time about the number of people leaving France to become expats and not returning home and now a plan has been put forward to encourage more of them to do so. French Senator Hélène Conway-Mouret has compiled a list of 49 proposals to make life easier for...
  4. British expats left with less choice in pension schemes investments

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    British Expats are seeing the number of overseas pension schemes that they can use to move their investments abroad being cut back drastically. In the UK, the tax man, HM Revenue and Customs, has removed thousands of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) from its approved list...
  5. Regulatory changes affecting expat financial and insurance choices

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    Expats face being able to access fewer options for life insurance and wealth asset management in key locations such as Dubai and Singapore due to regulatory changes and shifting business focus. One of the largest international operators is pulling out of both locations. Standard Life said...
  6. New law requires Canadian citizenship oath to be sworn in public

    Articles: Americas
    More and more people who move to live and work in Canada are choosing to become Canadian citizens and must now take a new oath openly and in public. The new Oath of Citizenship Act has been introduced to ensure Canadian citizenship applicants show their face while taking the oath during...
  7. Expat nurses in UK face being sent home under new settlement rules

    Articles: Europe
    Thousands of expat nurses working in the UK face having to return home under new immigration changes brought in by the government because they do not earn enough to stay. The National Health Service (NHS) recruits hundreds of nurses from abroad every year, many of them from the Philippines and...
  8. Change is speeding up citizenship applications in Canada

    Articles: Americas
    New citizenship applications in Canada are being finalized in a year or less and the current backlog will be eliminated in a few months, officials have confirmed. The good news comes as a final group of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada's citizenship laws come into force which are...
  9. Changes to Canada’s citizenship rules take effect this week

    Articles: Americas
    A final round of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada's citizenship laws will be fully in force later this week, it has been confirmed. The changes, part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year, ensure new citizens can fully and quickly participate in Canada's economy...
  10. Canada expands visa transit programme for Chinese

    Articles: Americas
    Canada is expanding its China Transit Programme which allows eligible Chinese travellers to fly to and transit through Canada visa-free when they are enroute to and from the United States. From 01 June, the programme will expand to three additional major transit hubs of Tokyo Narita, Tokyo...
  11. US expands list of countries eligible for certain visa programmes

    Articles: Americas
    The Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden have been added to the United States list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes for 2015. This means that a total of 68 countries are now eligible for the visa programmes that...
  12. British expats advised to check out new pension rules

    Articles: Europe
    British expats could be affected by new rules which mean workers must pay National Insurance for more years to get a full state pension from April 2016, experts have claimed. Rather than needing 30 years of National Insurance (NI) payments to qualify for a full state pension, as is currently...
  13. US expats urged to prepare for the most complicated tax return season ever

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    The 2015 tax filing season for US citizens may be one of the most complex ever and expats are being urged to plan ahead. The American Citizens Abroad group has launched a Tax Return Preparer Directory specifically aimed at helping Americans living overseas navigate the complicated system and...
  14. Pet travel rules in Europe change at end of December, expats reminded

    Articles: Europe
    Expats living in Europe who travel with their pets need to be aware of changes to the European Union pet travel regulations from the end of this month. Changes will come into effect on 29 December 2014 and are mainly designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of...
  15. British expats to lose winter fuel allowance in 2015

    Articles: Europe
    Almost 100,000 British expats living in Mediterranean countries will lose a payment they receive from the UK government called the winter fuel allowance. Retired British expats in France, Malta, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus will no longer receive the annual payments starting...
  16. Changes to French work permits take effect January 1, 2015

    Articles: Europe
    People looking to work in France next year and need a work permit will need to provide extra documents with their application. From 01 January 2015, the changes will apply to employees and employers, but pending applications will not be affected. However, the whole process from start to finish...
  17. UK introduces easier-to-follow transit visa rules

    Articles: Europe
    Changes have been made to transit visas for those passing through the UK, which should make the rules easier to understand. Since the beginning of December, the airside and landside transit visa requirements rules for transit without a visa have been made simpler, more consistent and easier for...
  18. New Canadian investor visa programme expected soon

    Articles: Americas
    Investor visa programmes have proved to be popular in many European countries and Australia and now Canada is set to follow suit. It is expected that prospective investors with one to two million Canadian dollars to invest will be able to apply for an investor visa with a residency option...
  19. Expats faced with shifting home buying rules in the UAE

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    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...
  20. UK super priority visa service to be extended to more countries

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    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...
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