Welcome to Bournes Emigration News, a centralised round-up of the top stories affecting emigration, expats and those considering or in the process of moving overseas.
SINGAPORE: Singapore beats Norway as best world destination for Expats
According to the 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Singapore has topped the list of best expat destinations for the third year running. Norway came in second, climbing from 6th place in 2016. Common factors of high scorers included stable political environments, great welfare systems, high employment, good salaries, high levels of safety and security for families and quality of life.
KUWAIT: Rising cost of expat healthcare in Kuwait sees 30% drop in patient numbers
Kuwaiti hospitals have increased charges for expat patients (Oct 2017). The fees, detailed by the Health Minister here has reduced the amount of expats using local public hospitals and clinics, with some expat workers choosing to return home for treatment to avoid the high costs.
OMAN: Cuts to salary limit to allow more expat families
The minimum salary for expat 'family joining visa's' in Oman has been halved, allowing more expat workers to bring their families to Oman during their assignment. Economists predict the move will generate more revenue for the economy by increasing spending and encouraging expats to remain in country longer.
SAUDI ARABIA: Expat engineers in Saudi Arabia must have a minimum of 5 years experience
In a move to decrease unemployment in Saudi Arabia the Ministry of Labour and Social development has announced an agreement to restrict the recruitment of foreign engineers by requiring a minimum of 5 years experience (currently 3). The agreement will come into effect in January 2018.
HONG KONG: Landmark ruling in Hong-Kong gay rights case could lead to greater equality
Hong Kong's court of appeal has ruled that the partner of a British lesbian who moved to the territory with her partner should be granted a dependent visa. Judges ruled that immigration authorities had failed to justify their indirect discrimination on the account of sexual orientation, which is illegal in Hong Kong.
BELGIUM: Alteration to notification requirements for posting foreign workers
As of 1st October 2017 companies sending workers to Belgium must use the LIMOSA declaration to notify Belgian authorities of the nature of services being carried out and to appoint their liaison officer.
UK: Business travel to the UK set to become easier from 15 countries
Following the expansion of the UK governments Registered Traveller scheme travellers to the UK from 15 new countries can now apply for membership of the service to speed up entry into the UK on arrival using the ePassport gates or the UK/EU passport lane. The service has also been expanded to under 17 year old dependents of members, allowing families to travel more easily together.
The new countries are Andorra, Bahamas, Botswana, Vatican City, Macao, Maldives, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga and Trinidad and Tobago.
NORTH KOREA: UK Travellers to North Korea warned of 'significant risk'
As tension rises over North Korea's nuclear missile tests following the UN Security Councils vote for further sanctions the Foreign Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for UK travelers, advising against all but essential travel to the country.
AUSTRALIA: Australian Capital Territory migration program closes to Overseas Applicants until 2018
The ACT closed their state sponsorship program to overseas applicants on the 23rd August 2017. Some exceptions are in place if you can provide evidence of close ties in Canberra (e.g. through family or a job offer, or having completed a PhD at an ACT university). The program is due to re-open in 2018.
USA: Government considering reductions in Cultural Exchange programs
The Trump administration, as part of its efforts to increase employment opportunities and wages for American citizens, is considering reductions in cultural exchange programs that allow for young workers to travel to the United States, focusing its attention on 5 programs within the J-1 visa exchange programme. The program currently provides opportunities for around 300,000 foreign visitors each year and may also affect foreign students.
UK: Goverment looks to keep visa-free travel from the EU post Brexit for visitors but workers may need to apply for a permit
The Home Office says managing migration is as much about access to work and benefits as it is the ability to control entry at borders and propose to allow visa-free entry for EU visitors only with those looking to work, study or settle in the UK having to apply for permission. Some critics are concerned about how the Home Office will stop visitors from over-staying or attempting to work without a visa or permit.
OMAN: Expat hiring ban in Oman will only affect some sectors
Oman's Ministry of Manpower say that a 6 month ban on expat workers in some sectors is intended to regulate and re-classify some companies. They have indicated that this will affect companies that have not yet re-classified in learning and development sectors including educational establishments, training, HR development as well as some rehab, older persons and special needs centres.
JAPAN: New guidelines for permanent residency applications for foreign nationals
As part of the Japanese Prime Ministers Revitalisation strategy the period of temporary residency required to be eligible for permanent residency has been slashed from 5 years to between 1-3 years for those scoring highest in the points-based system for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals.
COLUMBIA: Updates to Immigration Law for Columbia will be introduced on the 1st November 2017
Existing visa classifications, conditions, documentary requirements and the application process will be replaced by new immigration law published by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, effective 1st November. The new law simplifies the existing visa categories with three new types of visa: Visitors, Migrants and Residents.
FINLAND: Advanced notification of posted workers required from 1st September 2017
Posted workers sent by EU employers to work temporarily in Finland must submit a notification to the Occupational Safety and Health Authority before beginning work, with a penalty fee of between €1000 and €10,000 in force if the notification is not submitted or is incomplete.
NEW ZEALAND: Immigration Changes implemented for Essential Skills and Skilled Migrant visas.
Significant changes to the Essential Skills Visa and Skilled Migrant Visa programs are now in force following New Zealand's government plans to revise its immigration systems in response to high immigration levels. A new temporary "Job Search Visa" has also been introduced for those without current employment who meet other points-based standards.
EUROPE: EU to limit UK expat residency rights post Brexit
Britain’s Brexit minister David Davies has revealed that the European Union plans to restrict the residency rights of British expats living within the bloc once the UK leaves. This could mean that Britons living in the EU after Brexit will only have the right to stay in the member country where they are resident at the point the UK exits in March 2019 and does not guarantee onward resident rights in other member states.
QATAR: Qatar rule to grant expats permanent residency
Last week Qatar approved landmark legislation to grant permanent residency to some of the foreigners that dominate its population, giving access to public services and property and employment rights previously guarded and restricted privileges of Qatar Nationals.
SINGAPORE: Tighter rules and standards for work permits and visas for overseas workers
With a workforce that is made up of nearly 40% non-residents, Singapore is tightening their rules and standards for work permits and visas for overseas workers. The result is that permits and visas are harder to obtain, and processing times have increased, meaning that global mobility professionals have to plan ahead to comply with the requirements.
SOUTH AFRICA: Possible changes to South Africa immigration in progress
Following the South African Cabinet's approval of the White Paper on immigration changes, lawmakers have started to draft legislation that is expected to amend and create new immigration policies. If implemented into law these recommendations could see more objective criteria for granting work visa's for foreign nationals.
AUSTRALIA: Visa overhaul to slam door on 55,000 skilled migrants
The Australian government’s visa crackdown is on track to slash Australia’s annual skilled immigration intake by more than 55,000, or about a quarter of the total, according to new research, with numbers of employer sponsored and temporary 457's visa's falling significantly.
GLOBAL: 9 Most Welcoming Countries to raise an expat family revealed
One of the biggest concerns for expats with children are around how the relocation will affect raising their family. Expat networking group InterNations revealed the results of their study which found the 9 friendliest nations for raising a family as voted by their expat members.
CHINA: How much rent does an expat pay in China?
Recent data by Shanghai-based E-house China R&D Institute suggests the average rent-to-income ratio in Beijing is as high as 58% with other major cities following closely behind.
EUROPE: Brexit update - What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK in 2019?
The government has outlined its initial plans for all EU citizens living in the UK post-Brexit. According to proposals by the Home Office, all EU citizens resident in the UK will need to apply for “settled status” on a new register which allows them to stay in the country. Successful applicants may then be required to hold ID cards. Additionally, EU nationals will only be allowed to bring spouses to live here provided they are earning £18,600 or more.
EUROPE: Pension and healthcare rights for UK expats in Europe to be protected post Brexit.
The pension and healthcare rights for UK expats living in Europe will be protected, it has been confirmed. This means that all UK citizens living in the EU will continue to be entitled to receive public healthcare funded by the UK government. They will also be guaranteed the ‘triple lock’ on pensions, meaning that those who are retired will continue to see their pensions increase in line with inflation.
AUSTRALIA: More immigration changes announced for Australia
Another wave of changes to Australia’s immigration and citizenship rules were introduced at the beginning of the month. As of July 1st, a number of changes are applicable to the country’s employment-based immigration, permanent residence and citizenship rules. This is the second round of changes, with the first being introduced back in April and plans already announced to introduce further changes in December of this year and March 2018.
UK: London named most dynamic city in Europe for expats according to research
London has been named the most dynamic city in Europe for expats to live and work – despite the UKs impending exit from the EU. According to research from Savills Investment Management (Savills IM), London, Paris, Cambridge, Amsterdam and Berlin are the top five European cities for expats to live and work in terms of economic growth, technology, population and wealth trends.
SPAIN: 2.5 times more UK expats living in Spain than Spanish in the UK
There are almost three times the amount of UK expats living in Spain than there are Spanish expats living in the UK, a report by the Office for National Statistics has revealed. Of the 300,000 British citizens living in Spain last year, 48% were retired. By contrast, around 59% of the Spaniards living in the UK were employed.
SWITZERLAND: New voting system used for the first time by Swiss expats
A new electronic voting system has been used by expats to elect candidates in a Swiss ballot. Around 1,378 people in Swiss expat communities in Australia and Mexico successfully used the new online system to elect candidates to the Swiss Abroad back in June.
QATAR: Expat uncertainty as seven nations cut ties with Qatar
Movement in and out of Qatar for expats is currently under question as seven neighbouring nations have cut their ties with the country under protestation that Qatar is supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have all severed relations with Qatar, closing land borders, airspace and ports with immediate effect. The measures are in response to claims that Qatar supports active terrorist networks throughout the region. At present, it is not known what the long-term effects will be for assignees in the country, although with all air, land and sea links to the area currently blocked it is strongly advised that anyone due to come in or out of Qatar speaks directly with the company they were due to travel with.
UK: NHS could face billion pound bill for expat healthcare after Brexit.
Thousands of retired expats could return to the UK for NHS treatment after Brexit, a healthcare trust has recently warned. If negotiations for healthcare don’t result in expats being able to keep their current treatment regime after Brexit, or offer a similar alternative, the UK should be prepared for them to return home and receive treatment here – which could end up costing up to £1bn, the Nuffield Trust has warned.
USA: U.S. Expats express dis-satisfaction for tax rules when working abroad
An astonishing 88% of U.S. expats surveyed by expat tax specialists Greenback felt that the government in their home country unfairly represented their interests - with the majority citing unfair tax rules when working abroad as their biggest dislike. American expats are required to file tax returns to the U.S. Government when living abroad, even if they don’t owe any tax – a move which has prompted many expats to renounce their citizenship.
HONG KONG/SINGAPORE: Worsening expat packages
Expat packages in Hong Kong and Singapore have worsened over the last five years, information from consultancy firm ECA International claims. Despite being the fourth highest in Asia, Hong Kong’s benefit packages are falling and those offered in Singapore are the lowest ever in five years in U.S Dollar terms, it has been revealed.
AUSTRALIA: NZ expats living in Australia may be exempt from capital gains tax
Kiwi expats living in Australia may be exempt from paying capital gains tax under new measures announced by the Australian government. A ruling discussed in Australia’s recent Budget suggested that all foreign property owners would be targeted by the tax – however, the country’s Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has stated that “New Zealanders living in Australia aren’t treated as foreigners for land purchases.”
FRANCE & IRELAND: Immigration changes announced
Several important immigration changes for France and Ireland are due to or have already come into effect recently, it has been announced. For companies with assignees being sent to France, it will be a standard requirement to declare which country the employee is covered by when it comes to social security from July 1st.
Meanwhile in Ireland, the rules around immigration permission for married partners has altered, meaning a non-EEA national unmarried partner of an Irish national will now only have to prove the relationship has been genuine for one year, rather than two, when applying for immigration permission.
WORLDWIDE: Undeclared savings could result in penalties for British Expats abroad
Expats with undeclared savings could be handed large tax penalties as part of a new transparency drive which means banks, building societies, insurance companies and investment companies are forced to share financial information with HMRC. It is thought that thousands of expats could now face fines for not declaring funds in ISAs and other savings accounts which they wrongly believed would be tax-free while living abroad.
WORLDWIDE: Struggles of being an expat revealed in new study
New research by insurance firm AXA PPP International has revealed the biggest struggles expats face in their new lives abroad. According to the study, 40% of expats cited missing their friends and family as the biggest challenge they face when emigrating, while 20% find making new friends in their host country particularly difficult.
SLOVAKIA: New expat centre to be built in Bratislava
Approval has been given for the building of a new centre in Bratislava exclusively for expats living outside of Slovakia, the World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad (SZSZ) has confirmed. Located in the middle of Bratislava, the Centre for Slovaks Abroad will be home to cultural exhibits from artists, musicians, writers and actors as well as several expat restaurants.
AUSTRALIA: New Zealanders in Australia to pay full university fees under new proposals
Expat students from New Zealand could be forced to pay full university fees when studying in Australia, it has been announced. If proposals are approved, the current agreement that Kiwi expat students are treated like domestic students in Australia will be revoked, forcing them to take out loans to cover their tuition fees.
EUROPE: Expat rights are top of the EU's 3 point Brexit negotiation bill
Brexit trade talks will come to a standstill unless an agreement can be reached in three key areas, Brussels Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned. Country borders, the rights of EU expats and the UK’s EU ‘divorce bill’ are all top of the agenda, and must be negotiated before trade talks can continue.
AUSTRALIA: Visa cost to increase in July 2017
The cost of obtaining an Australian visa is set to rise from 1st July this year. Announcing the measure in his budget speech, the country’s treasurer Scott Morrison said that the fees will be increased to rise in line with inflation – being indexed annually and rounded up off to the nearest $5. It is hoped that the new measure (which will affect all Australian visas) will generate an extra $410 million by 2021.
AUSTRALIA: Pension changes for Expats in Australia bring QROPS into question
New rules set by HMRC in the UK mean that expat pensioners in Australia may miss out on pay outs. Under the new rules, pay outs from a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension scheme (QROPS) to retirement savers under 55 years old will be restricted, and those requesting one will have to meet a strict set of criteria.
CANADA: Residency rule for sponsored spouses in Canada overturned
The Government of Canada has revoked a rule that formerly meant some sponsored spouses of Canadian citizens had to live together for two years to retain their permanent residence status. The change, which has been introduced to support gender equality and family reunification, will apply immediately to anyone currently subject to the clause as well as to new sponsored spouses.
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Government want all expat employment terminated by 2020
Around 70,000 expat workers in Saudi Arabia’s public sector stand to lose their jobs under a new government initiative which will see the end of all expat employment in the country by 2020. The move is being made as part of a drive to “nationalise” all employment within the country’s government sectors.
AUSTRALIA: Australian Government to stop 457 Visa for skilled migrants
Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced this morning (17th April) that the 457 Visa for skilled migrants is to be withdrawn. Mr. Turnbull said that two new Visas will replace the 457, stating that “Australians must have priority for Australian jobs.” The two replacement programs will make employment in the country for migrants temporary, lasting between two to four years, and applicants will face tougher criteria for eligibility. The list of jobs on offer will also be cut. Those currently holding 457 Visas will not be affected by the changes, although it is not yet clear how the changes will affect those who are in the process of moving to Australia in the next few months as no date has been given for the switch as yet.
EUROPE: Shipping industry could face ‘chaos’ after Brexit
The UK Chamber of Shipping has warned that there will be chaos with freight shipments across Europe post-Brexit if the UK and Europe don’t work together to sort a “frictionless and seamless” border across all ports. The introduction of customs checks are likely to cause delays and backlogs, which need to be pre-empted now, the Chief Executive Officer, Guy Platten, has warned.
WORLDWIDE: Best places in the world to retire in 2017 revealed
Expat magazine, International Living, has officially named its top ten places for expats to retire around the world in 2017. The magazine ranks countries based on their cost of living, retiree benefits, climate and healthcare amongst other things. This year, Mexico, Panama and Ecuador take the top three places, respectively.
SPAIN: Spain will support PMs Brexit deal to keep British expats abroad
Spain has announced that it will support any deal that allows British expats to remain in the country with all their usual benefits after Brexit. According to the Foreign Office, Spain has one of the biggest British expat communities, with over one million Brits living full or part time somewhere in the country.
WORLDWIDE: 10 countries where expats work the longest hours revealed
Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria are the top three countries where expats work the longest hours, an Expat Insider study by InterNations has revealed. With average working weeks of 50.9, 50.5 and 49.3 hours respectively, expats here work longer than the 44.6 hours averaged in the study.
UK: Five UK immigration changes being introduced this April explained
Several key changes to immigration have been introduced this month which all affect employment and immigration rules. The introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge, minimum salary threshold increase, resident labour market test, a change to the way employees can be transferred within the same company or group and the Immigration Health Surcharge will all directly affect the cost and administration involved in hiring non-EEA migrants.
KUWAIT: Expat healthcare fees set to rise in Kuwait
Healthcare fees for expats are set to rise in Kuwait, officials have warned. The move is being made in preparation for a segregated healthcare system for expats and locals. Additionally, expats may also be denied access to certain hospital services such as MRI scans and endoscopies. The switch to exclusive healthcare for expats is expected to around three years to implement.
WORLDWIDE: Expats reveal the things they wish they’d known before they’d moved
Research from the ECA International has revealed the things that expats wish they’d known before they started a new life abroad. Topping the list was the cost of living - which came as a surprise to many - followed by the quality and availability of goods and services, and the bureaucracy surrounding residence permits, visas, driving licences and bank accounts.
CHINA: Shanghai’s new Work Permit System has officially started
A new Work Permit System has officially come into place in Shanghai. The country’s Foreign Expert Bureau announced that the service would be live from March 27th – five days earlier than the planned start date of April 1st. The new system consolidates the Labour Bureau’s employment permit and the Foreign Expert Bureau’s Foreign Expert Certificate into one unified work permit.
UK: Teresa May to trigger article 50 by end of March
UK Prime Minister Teresa May will officially begin the process of separating the UK from the EU at the end of the month. A spokesperson for Mrs. May said that Article 50 will officially be triggered on Wednesday March 29th. Once actioned, this will allow the Prime Minister to begin talks with the other 27 members of the EU about how Britain will formally sever its ties and begin new relationships over the next two years. The Brexit process is expected to be complete by April 2019.
EUROPE: Could there be an end to visa-free travel to Europe for Americans?
A resolution which would end visa-free travel to the EU for Americans has been passed by the European Parliament. The move has been made in a bid to try and improve the equality of travel conditions between Europe and the U.S. The resolution will need backing from the European Commission in order to be implemented, however MEPs can take further action at the European Court of Justice should the EC decide not to act on it.
USA: Changes to H-1B visa rules
Skilled workers coming into the U.S. will be temporarily banned from fast tracking their H-1B visas from the 3rd April 2017, it has been announced. The move, which is being made in order to clear a backlog of H-1B visas, will leave thousands of foreign workers in limbo. The H-1B visa process typically takes around 6 months to complete, however for an extra fee people can speed the process up so that they have an answer within 15 days.
UK: New tax charge announced in UK budget affecting expat pension savers
Expats took a hit in the recent Spring Budget after the new Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced he was imposing a 25% tax on UK expats moving their retirement funds abroad. The charge – which is already effective, having been implemented on 9th March – will apply to anyone who moves their retirement fund from a British bank account to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). The charge will not apply if an expat transfers from a bank account in the country they are currently living into a QROPS in the same area, however.
UK: Tier 2 visa charges set for introduction
A reminder has been issued that charges for Tier 2 visa holders are set to rise from April 6th 2017. The new charges will increase costs and make it harder for employers wanting to bring non-EEA migrants to work in the UK on Tier 2 visas.
EUROPE: 40% of European doctors working in the UK want to leave after Brexit
A survey conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA) has revealed that over 40% of European doctors working in the UK are considering leaving once Britain has left the EU. Of the 1,193 people questioned, 42% said the uncertainty about their right to live in the UK post-Brexit is a major factor in their desire to leave.
JAPAN: Japan's healthcare system comes out on top in Expat survey
Japan’s healthcare system has been rated one of the best by expats living in the country. According to an online survey, 3 out of 4 expats living in Japan rated the healthcare system better than the one in their own country. American expats were particularly enthusiastic about system, rating it highly for its affordability and the quality of care given.
WORLDWIDE: The most expensive countries to live as an expat revealed
A recent survey by InterNations has revealed the most expensive countries for expats to live in. 67 countries were included in the survey, with 50 respondents in each country asked to rate the cost of living on a scale of 1-7. Top of the list for the highest cost of living was Nigeria, followed by Hong Kong and Switzerland.
KUWAIT: Challenge to expat workers in jobs without the municipality's permission
Kuwait’s Municipality is preparing to challenge expats living in the country who are working in jobs without authorisation. Statistics indicate that there are a high number of expats working in unofficial positions across the country, all of whom are being added to a list for monitoring.
LUXEMBOURG: ‘Safest country in the world for Expats' is revealed
Luxembourg has officially been named the safest country in the world to live as an expat. Over 14,000 people living in 191 countries were questioned as part of a survey conducted by InterNations, which asked expats to rate their host country in terms of safety, crime rates and financial security, among other things. Behind Luxembourg, Singapore, Japan, Canada and Malta all followed to make the top five, respectively.
UK: Reciprocal healthcare agreements have uneven balance of users, new figures show
The NHS funds more healthcare for British expats living abroad than it does for expats from other countries qualified to receive treatment in the UK, figures have revealed. Under a reciprocal agreement with the European Economic Area (EEA), British expats can receive NHS-funded treatment abroad, while expats from other EEA countries can receive NHS treatment in the UK which is then charged back to their home countries. However, figures have revealed that the disparity between Brits claiming treatment abroad and those from abroad seeking treatment here is huge, with around 70,000 retired Brits using healthcare systems in Spain, compared to the 81 Spanish pensioners registered to receive treatment here.
UAE: More skilled workers by needed by 2021
New regulations announced by Abu Dhabi’s Federal National Council earlier this month will ensure that nearly half of the country’s expat workforce will be highly skilled in four years’ time. Under new rules, expat workers coming to the country will be required to obtain a ‘good-conduct’ certificate from their home countries before being able to accept work in the UAE. Employers will also favour those who hold formal qualifications such as diplomas and degrees. The move is being made to try and boost sectors of the country’s economy outside of the oil industry by 5% year-on-year until 2021.
UK: Calls for UK to hand immigration powers over to Scotland
Scotland should have greater powers over UK immigration, a group of MPs has announced. According to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, an investigation should be conducted into whether the powers of immigration could be devolved from Westminster to give Scotland a greater say in where migrants are allowed to live when entering the UK.
AUSTRALIA: Ex-PM supports commonwealth Brexit proposals
A report calling for the UK to leave the EU’s customs union and strike its own free trade deals has gained backing from the former Prime Minister of Australia. Tony Abbott has urged the UK to put Commonwealth countries first when considering new trade deals post-Brexit, and stated that any such deals should go “hand-in-hand” with a more relaxed visa system for skilled workers within the Commonwealth wanting to relocate to the UK.
FRANCE: New rules for minors travelling alone
Children under the age of 18 leaving France without a parent or legal guardian will now need special authorisation to do so. New regulations introduced at the beginning of 2017 means that minors wishing to travel alone will now have to complete an authorisation to leave form, as well as carrying a copy of their guardian’s identity documents with them. The ruling applies whether the child is a French citizen or not – so is likely to affect expats with children who need to travel alone overseas during school holidays etc.
EUROPE: Expat rights and immigration will be Brexit priorities, PM’s speech reveals
The rights of expats living in Britain and Europe will be a priority in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. As she prepares to unveil her plan for leaving the EU, Mrs. May stated her intention to “guarantee the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK and of UK nationals in other states as early as possible.” The Prime Minister has until 31st March to finalise her plan for Britain to leave the EU and trigger Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty, which will begin the formal Brexit process.
WORLDWIDE: Expat ‘success factors’ revealed in latest international work study
A study into expat employment has revealed the key characteristics an individual needs to ensure their international assignment is a success. Cut-e’s ‘Predicting Who Will be a Successful Expatriate’ study suggests that there are nine key ‘success factors’ employers need to look out for when hiring international assignees. Top of the list was emotional stability, followed by openness to change and cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity.
FRANCE: Presidential candidate proposes health care charges for foreign citizens
Expats living in France might have to pay for their healthcare if Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen wins the upcoming election. The leader of the country’s National Front party made the announcement as part of her campaign earlier this month, and believes that all foreign citizens living in the country should have to pay for their health care for their first two years living there.
ABU DHABI: Expats in to pay backdated housing fee from March 2016
Expats in Abu Dhabi will have to pay their 2016 housing fee in a backdated lump sum, it has been announced. The fee - which is calculated as 3% of a person’s annual rent - will be backdated to March 2016, and expats are required to pay it in one single transaction. However, the 2017 fee will be split into monthly instalments, with payments added to utility bills.