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Why is Portugal refusing to end its Golden Visa program?
Visas
Why is Portugal refusing to end its Golden Visa program?
Unlike other European countries that recently reviewed their controversial golden visa programs, Portugal stands firm. Severely affected by the pandemic, followed by the economic crisis, the war in Ukraine, and rising inflation (8% last month), the Portuguese economy heavily relies on foreign investment. This is probably why the government refuses to end its golden visa program despite warnings.
Processing of UK student visa applications extended to 5 weeks
Schools & studies
Processing of UK student visa applications extended to 5 weeks
The latest update for international students in the United Kingdom is raising concerns. The British High Commission is extending the processing time for international student visas to 5 weeks. At the same time, the government is introducing a new global talent visa. So what does this mean for international students?
Europeans now need a visa for 3 month-stays in Japan
Visas
Europeans now need a visa for 3 month-stays in Japan
Since June 10, Japan has reopened its borders to tourist groups. For the moment, the government doesn't want to take any risks, considering the rising number of Covid cases abroad. Its latest measure was making visas compulsory for travelers from the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), even for short stays. So it seems that the total reopening, which should include expats, will not be anytime soon.

Expat news

Which countries are lifting Covid vaccination requirements?
Everyday life
Which countries are lifting Covid ...
As the summer season approaches, countries around the world are dropping their Covid restrictions. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO), many countries no longer require proof of Covid vaccination for international travelers and expats.
Expats in Quebec have 6 months to learn French
Everyday life
Expats in Quebec have 6 months to learn ...
On May 24, the Quebec National Assembly adopted a new law promoting French as Quebec's official and common language. This quite controversial law has caused upheavals within the expat community and associations defending the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Indonesia rolls out the red carpet for expats post-Covid
Everyday life
Indonesia rolls out the red carpet for ...
Like most countries, Indonesia is also looking to the post-Covid era. To boost its economy and its attractiveness, the government is introducing new measures to relaunch tourism and attract expats and digital nomads, considering the upcoming summer.

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Three mistakes to avoid when estate planning in Portugal
Holborn Assets Wealth Management
Three mistakes to avoid when estate planning ...
If you're living in Portugal, you might need to review your estate planning. This is to ensure your legacy will pass to your chosen heirs without an unnecessary tax bill.
U.S. citizens abroad can vote in upcoming midterm elections from anywhere in the world
Federal Voting Assistance Program
U.S. citizens abroad can vote in upcoming ...
Whether you're an American studying abroad, working overseas or a long term expat, you can vote in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections. 
A bespoke education for every child at the British Junior Academy of Brussels
British Junior Academy of Brussels
A bespoke education for every child at the ...
For nearly three decades, the British Junior Academy of Brussels has provided excellent education to an increasingly international community in the centre of Brussels. The school is situated in Etterbeek's diplomatic quarter, a mere 15 minutes from Cinquantenaire Park, and offers primary and secondary admissions for children 3 to 12. With small class sizes and a family feel, parents praise the school for its personal touch. The Headteacher, Mrs White, explains how from the first visit, BJAB creates a unique experience for each pupil.

Features

Millennials are keener on moving abroad for new experiences
Everyday life
Millennials are keener on moving abroad for ...
Millennials are keener on moving abroad for a better life. These young adults, mostly aged between 25 and 40, have experienced it all, from economic crises to the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and other geopolitical conflicts.
Britons abroad face difficulties with pension and passport renewal
Everyday life
Britons abroad face difficulties with ...
With Brexit, expats from the UK are having to go through a lot of red tape to update their documents, such as having a passport renewal. Modifications that seemed to be a smooth process are transforming into a real nightmare for Brits who live in countries without a reciprocal social security agreement with the UK.
How has the crisis affected expat packages?
Work
How has the crisis affected expat packages?
Repeated economic crises, including the Covid pandemic, plunged the world into one of the worst recessions in its history. This caused major upheavals in work structures and the rise of remote work and digital nomadism. So, where do expat packages stand amid all this?
Where do expats find the best and worst work-life balance?
Work
Where do expats find the best and worst ...
Today, most people who want to work abroad have new priorities. While high wages, career prospects and high living standards are the key motivators, health, work-life balance and quality of life are equally important, as evidenced by many global reports. The Covid pandemic has increased these needs even more. 
Are expats a burden on healthcare systems?
Health system
Are expats a burden on healthcare systems?
The Covid pandemic has revealed flaws in health systems around the world, including organizational dysfunctions, lack of infrastructure and human resources, aging populations, skills shortage, demographic challenges, etc. Added to this already complex equation are expatriates, who also need healthcare.
What is it like to be an expat in Scandinavia?
Everyday life
What is it like to be an expat in ...
For many years, Scandinavian countries, more often refered to as Nordic countries, have boasted an unparalleled quality of life. Indeed, they rank among the world's happiest countries in the world. The locals are the first to recognize their nation's "soft power". But for expats, is the grass really greener in Nordic countries? Or is it just a myth? Are expats able to fully adapt?

Expat interviews

How this Swiss expat family left everything for Abu Dhabi
Everyday life
How this Swiss expat family left everything ...
It's been four years since they packed their 10 years together in a few suitcases to move to Abu Dhabi, on the 75th floor of a building overlooking the capital. The Swiss Family Expat, comprising Sandy, Roger, Louane and Novan, talks to us about this unique adventure.
From France to Ecuador through the USA: an expat's tales
Everyday life
From France to Ecuador through the USA: an ...
Mathilde moved to the United States for an internship when she was 22 and left with a husband and three children to start all over again in Ecuador. Originally from Grenoble, France, she talks to Expat.com about her uncommon journey.
Moving to Mauritius with family: An expat entrepreneur couple's journey
Everyday life
Moving to Mauritius with family: An expat ...
Originally from Normandy, France, Amel and Marouane are both entrepreneurs. With their two children, they recently moved to Mauritius to develop their business. They talk to Expat.com about expat family life on the island and the entrepreneurial scene.

Expat stories

Entrepreneurship in the USA: The E2 visa amid the Covid-pandemic
USA
Entrepreneurship in the USA: The E2 visa ...
As the year 2021 comes to an end, we're hoping for this very stressful period for expatriates all over the world to be over. Expats living in the USA on an E2 visa have been faced with a particularly complicated situation. In addition to the pandemic's impact on their businesses, they will also have administrative difficulties obtaining visas or even their renewal.
Life as an expat in South Africa
Everyday life
Life as an expat in South Africa
From October 1, 2021, South Africa moved to Alert Level 1 after multiple Covid-19 peaks, and life is slowly getting back to normal. Hannah, an expat from the UK, was lucky enough to relocate to Cape Town in September following her husband's intra-company transfer. She shares her views about expat life in the country she now calls home.
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll always be the outsider?
Everyday life
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll ...
Does being an expat mean always being the outsider? Not quite at home in your host country and a little bit of a stranger to your home country. Stephanie discusses how she navigates this identity as a Brit living in Paris.
Please, don't ask me these expat-related questions again
Moving
Please, don't ask me these expat-related ...
Expatriation started as a necessity when I was looking to progress with my academic studies of a Master's degree in England. However, it was earlier in my life, when I began travelling for leisure, that I figured out moving countries is a lifestyle I would like to revel in. Since 2007, I have lived and worked in five countries in Europe, Africa, and East Asia, and I am currently preparing for my next expatriation project. I may find it easier to board a plane and start all over again than deciding what to have for dinner, but the journey is not anxiety and sorrow-free. So, if you are interested in how a life away from everything you take for granted is, please don't ask me (or any other like-minded expat for that matter) any of the following questions — here's why.
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
Moving
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
I have always been very thoughtful about the things I own, and how I organise them in my space — whether it's the tiny studio in South Korea, the shared-flat in Ghana, or the two-floor house in Mauritius. I love change, and I see moving to a different country as an opportunity to reset my reality and rediscover myself; living abroad helps me look at things with fresh eyes and get rid of preconceptions. Packing is a big part of the whole moving process, and when you have to limit your belongings down to two suitcases, you reconsider the value of possessions. Here's how I learned to put my life on the scale and hit the 23 kg target.

Expat of the month

Expat life in the UK between the Brexit and the pandemic
Everyday life
Expat life in the UK between the Brexit and the pandemic
Angelica is originally from Verbania, Italy. It's been nearly ten years since she moved to the UK, hungry for independence and new experiences. She has also spent a year in Germany for her studies before going back to the UK and is currently in the process of obtaining British citizenship. She talks to us about living in London as an expat between Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

Articles from our local editions

Recipe: The famous katkat maniok
Mauritius
Recipe: The famous katkat maniok
Warm days on the beach are slowly being replaced by cozy nights under the blanket sipping tea. To keep you warm and comfortable, we thought we would share with you this cassava stew recipe, called Katkat Maniok here.
News at a glance: Twice more Emirates flights to Mauritius
Mauritius
News at a glance: Twice more Emirates ...
The airline company, Emirates, will double the frequency of its flights to Mauritius. Also in the news, it is going to get cold over the weekend.
Sustainable development: Towards becoming a carbon neutral island?
Mauritius
Sustainable development: Towards becoming a ...
While economic independence remains the government's key strategy for recovery, sustainable development is no less a concern for Mauritius. A series of measures were announced and should be put in place to allow the country to reduce its carbon emissions to achieve the much sought after neutrality.