Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

24 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brits in Oz angry about changes to 457 visas

The extension of the number of qualifying years before migrants in Australia can apply for permanent residence is causing anger and dismay amongst British expats on the continent. Previously, the so-called 457 work visa allowed workers skilled in a specified number of professions to apply for permanent residence after just one year, but the changes now stipulate a four-year timescale. In addition, an English language test is now mandatory, as is proof of commitment to Australian values. The new 457 rules were announced Thursday...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Buying a home as an expat in Australia

Australia has been a favourite destination for expats for many decades, with a good number enjoying the lifestyle so much they decide to put down roots by buying a home. For expats considering the commitment of a property purchase, the first thing to remember is that foreign nationals do not have the automatic right to buy a home unless they are married to an Australian national, already have permanent residence or are New Zealanders on a special category visa. Expatriates to whom these exceptions don’t apply will need to apply for...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Australian 457 work visa cancellation aims at protecting Oz jobs

Australia’s popular four-year work visa, known as the ‘457’, is to be replaced by a different system aimed at keeping Australian jobs for Australian nationals. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the nation the cancellation of the popular work visa which allowed highly skilled expat workers to claim permanent residence on its expiry was being stopped to protect jobs for Oz nationals. The visa was popular with skilled workers from overseas as it was seen as a passport to permanent residency. According to Turnbull,...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals worlds most child friendly countries

The prospect of moving overseas as a family with younger children inevitably raises parental concerns over safety, education, healthcare and how easy it is for children to feel welcome in their new surroundings. Results of a recent expat survey included important comparisons of over 190 countries as regards the welcome given to children of relocating professionals. Just under half of all expats are parents, with around 21 per cent bringing their families with them on assignments and raising them overseas. InterNation’s Expat...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats trapped in pensioner poverty due to sterling fall and frozen pensions

Britons who decided to retire overseas and live in modest comfort with the help of their UK state pensions are now facing a poverty-stricken future as a result of the frozen pension rules and Brexit’s effect on sterling. Living with the knowledge that one’s life savings will soon run out, one’s pension payments are shrinking due to the fall in sterling and there’s no hope of repeal for the frozen pension rule isn’t what many UK retirees expected would happen within their lifetimes. However careful their planning, the present...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Online Chinese job sites under fire for scams and expat identity theft

For adventurous expats looking for employment, China is the new, cool kid on the block but is also a hub for fake job scams aimed at expat professionals as well as language teachers. China is becoming ever more popular for expats looking for well-paying jobs in a totally unfamiliar and fascinating environment, but more and more online fake job advertisements are luring the unaware with offers which seem too good to refuse. Up until recently, scammers concentrated on ESL and TEFL-qualified language teachers, but a recent change has...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expat employee tells truth about fraudulent trading by boss

Expats in Marbella are taking legal action against a local glass and windows company after they’d lost thousands in uncompleted work. The Marbella based Andalucia Glass and Steel is owned by Vincent Ware, and was at first popular with expats living on the Costa del Sol until contracted work was left unfinished or never started and moneys paid were not returned. The complaints of literally dozens of defrauded customers resulted in former employee Rudi Kaiser coming forward and telling what he know about Ware’s activities....
30 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Gulf States see massive falls in popularity with expat professionals

A recent InterNations expat survey has shattered the Gulf States’ reputations as great places for expat professionals to further their careers and enjoy luxury lifestyles. In the past, landing contracts in Saudi, the UAE, Kuwait and several other oil-rich emirates gave expats an opportunity to kick-start upward mobility in their careers, accumulate savings for their futures and enjoy an enviable lifestyle. Since the price of crude crashed, the dream seems to be over as lawmakers turn to blaming expats for problems caused by...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Australia forced out of top ten expat hubs in shock survey result

After years of being placed in the top ten expat worker destinations, Australia’s star is fading fast due to the country’s excessively laid-back ambience. The latest edition of HSBC Bank’s popular Expat Explorer survey relegated Australia to 11th place as a destination for expat professionals eager to further their careers as well as enjoying the continent’s famous outdoor lifestyle. Surprisingly, respondents felt the well-known Aussie trait of ‘it’ll be all right’ is deemed unsuitable nowadays by the obsessively career...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Corbyn calls for immediate repeal of UK frozen pension legislation

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined the fight to repeal Britain’s hated ‘frozen pensions’ policy by calling for an immediate parliamentary vote to repeal the ruling. Corbyn has been a strong supporter of the campaign to end expat frozen pensions, and is now urging British lawmakers to vote to end the discriminatory regulation. Labour MPs have just a week to secure a debate and vote in the House of Commons, as the UK Parliament’s Easter Recess begins on March 30. If the party’s efforts are successful, around half...