|A new set of rules defining residence in the United Kingdom have been introduced with the 2013 Finance Act, to worry, intrigue, and mystify us. These rules provide a legal definition of residence called he Statutory Residence Test.
Read more about it here.
Regrettably, due to a sudden deterioration in the health of his father-in-law, Andrew Wells has had to resign his chairmanship. As Vice-Chairman, Nigel Coombs has agreed to assume this role at least until the AGM in May 2014.
We very much regret Andrew’s departure and your Council will be studying his ideas for reforming the BRA and making proposals to present to the AGM in May next year.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has carried out a 12-week consultation to amend part of the British Nationality Act (BNA) 1981 to allow the FCO to centralise its consular birth and death registration service from April 2014.
You see the results and follow the link to the FCO site here.
|One of our members is leading a campaign to get English Theatre shown live in cinemas in Switzerland. She asks for your support – you can read more here.|
|As you can see in Rosemary Billinge’s report on the BRA AGM and Spring Luncheon, our Patron, Ambassador Sarah Gillett, is leaving at the end of this year for another Diplomatic Service appointment. The Foreign and Commonwealth has announced that her successor will be Mr David John Moran, currently Chargé d’Affaires in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Mr. Moran’s profile can be found in the British Embassy section.
|United Kingdom citizens needing a passport renewal or anyone asking for a new passport should be aware that the system changed on 3 June and their requests must now be sent to Durham in the UK. In recent years, passport matters for British residents in Switzerland have been handled by an office in Paris.
More details can be found in the British Embassy section.
|After four years as Chairman where do I begin? The list is endless. You have at all times had the best interests of us all at heart.You have visited all the regions for events and fulfilled your job as Chairman of the British Residents‘ Association throughout Switzerland above and beyond the call of duty. In your speeches you have goaded us on to strive for success in all we do. Full text ….
As many of you will know there has been a fight to save World Radio Switzerland, the English speaking public service arm, in Geneva, of the Swiss Broadcasting Service. The service has been an invaluable source of information and entertainment.
This battle has now been lost and it is probable that Radio Frontier, which is very commercially oriented, will take over but without DAB most people won’t be able to listen.
You can find out more about them at their website.
Romandie East’s intrepid explorer, Sandra Darra, has recently completed a 10-week saga touring Mongolia with younger son Marc.
You can see the blog of their of their fascinating adventure by clicking here.
One of the major objectives of the BRA is to assist British subjects in Switzerland.