Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

24 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Lloyds announces London Expat Service expansion for non-doms

Lloyds Bank is to expand its London Expat Service to allow the increasing number of non-domiciles moving to the UK to access it. The London Expat Service launched last year in one of Lloyds’s offices in London, and is now available in various locations across the capital. The initiative aims to offer the bank’s day-to-day retail services as well as provide access to specialist British and international wealth advisers so clients relocating to the UK can enjoy a face-to-face experience. Lloyds Bank’s international private...
22 Jun at 2 PM 2015

Gulf’s demand for Filipino expat workers boosts remittances

The high demand for Filipino workers in a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, has increased the remittance value during the opening months of 2015. Philippines’ central bank governor Amando Tetangco said that a total of US$8.6bn was sent home by Filipinos across the globe between January and April – 5.1 per cent higher than the same period in 2015. The majority of the funds were sent from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and Japan, according to the bank. The Philippine...
20 Jun at 4 PM 2015

Saudi denies UN allegation of expat abuse

The government of Saudi Arabia has refuted allegations by the UN that that it and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations were guilty of not respecting expat workers’ rights. The Kingdom’s permanent resident at the UN in Geneva, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, said the claims, which were published in a report by Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zaid bin Raad Al-Hussain, were false. Trad, who spoke at a Human Rights Council meeting on migrant workers, refuted the allegations and requested that Al-Hussain reviewed where he had...
10 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Expats in the Gulf send home US$100bn

Expatriate workers in the oil-rich Gulf states sent home over US$100bn in remittances in 2014, according to a recent economic report. In a strong indication of growth, the figure marked a two-fold increase since 2010, said Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz) head of economic research Raghu Mandagoathur. About 25 million expats reside in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which roughly equates to the same number of locals in the states. The report, which...
9 Jun at 12 PM 2015

Murder charges dropped against Australian expat in Phuket

Thai police have thrown out the case against an Australian expat on the island of Phuket who was suspected carrying out the fatal stabbing of a nightclub worker in Patong. After studying CCTV footage that showed Mark Pendlebury acted in self defence when attacked by Sanya Khlueawaengmon, 25, on 11 March, police decided to drop the case. Lieutenant Colonel Jessada Saengsuree from the Patong Police said that the footage, which they could not be shown to the public at present, showed that a group of men attacked Pendlebury before he...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Manila ranked 136th out of 230 for expat quality of living

The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities. The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively. Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...
8 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia: Increased benefits for foreign husbands of Saudi women

Expat husbands of Saudi Arabian women who travel to the country for Haj, Umrah or any other kind of business will now be offered regular residence permits known as iqamas. Furthermore, a royal decree issued just under three years ago also entitles children with Saudi mothers and foreign fathers the same rights as Saudi in education, work and medical treatment. However, the decree does not exempt husbands from being deported following the expiry of the visa they arrive on. The new rules state that expat husbands can transfer their...
7 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Two Saudis saved by expat’s organs

Two patients in Saudi Arabia will undergo life-saving surgery after receiving the kidneys and liver of a brain dead expat worker in Makkah. Al-Noor Specialist Hospital in Makkah’s director of the central care unit Qassim Al Khateeb said that a helicopter flew the surgically removed organs to the hospitals in Riyadh and Jeddah where the patients will be operated on. The patient at Riyadh’s National Guard Hospital will receive one kidney and the liver, with the second kidney to be taken by a patient in Jeddah’s specialist...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Expats in Saudi who fail to reenter on time to get three-year ban

Expat workers in Saudi Arabia will receive a three-year ban from the kingdom if they fail to return before their exit-reentry expires. The entry ban, which requires expatriates to be back in the country at the latest on the visa’s re-entry date, will only be applicable to workers. However, many expats have admitted they were shocked by the decision, claiming that sometimes circumstances meant they had no option other to overstay at times. An Indian IT profession explained that his father travelled to India but was unable to...
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...