Expat Life

Surge in expats applying to register to vote as EU Referendum date is set

EmbasyThe announcement of the date for the Referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union has triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to vote.

Latest figures show thousands of British nationals who live overseas are now going to

in order to be able to have their say on 23 June. The average daily rate of online registrations by Britons abroad has quadrupled from an average of just over 600 per day before the announcement of the referendum date last weekend, to more than 2600 per day since then.

Vote to keep your vote

votingboxThe EU referendum is not open to UK citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years. Do you believe that voting is a fundamental right of any citizens within a democratic society, including those outside of the country.

Please help give a political voice to UK expats directly affected by this vote by voting here.



Are you considering early retirement?

savings If you are thinking about releasing your pension funds early. Think again or you could face a huge tax bill.

Thousands of expats have fallen victim to ‘pension liberation' scams which has seen them lose their pensions and their dreams.

One victim has spoken of the extreme stress he is under now he is facing a tax bill of up to £300,000. Airline pilot Jeremy Donaghy-Sutton, 51, says that even though he never took a loan from his transferred scheme, the taxman is chasing him to pay a penalty, and his dreams of retiring early have gone up in smoke.

Can you vote in the EU Referendum?

EmbasyA  simple six-point guide on how to register to vote:

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be held by the end of 2017. It could even be this year – the date hasn’t been announced yet. If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, then you can register as an overseas voter and have your say. #yourvotematters.

The secret to a happy life in Spain

HappyAmbassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content

Some of the secrets to happy living in Spain are revealed in a new survey by the British Embassy on how expatriates adjust to a life in the sun.

Repay or go to jail

EmbasySuspended prison sentence for expat who failed to update benefits office

Vivienne Day, 70, from Basildon in Essex claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Pension Credit for eight years - yet failed to let her UK benefit office know she was actually living in Mazarrón, Murcia.

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