Expat Canada News
Latest 10 news items tagged Canada
23 Jul at 6 PM 2014
Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas.
For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and decide to stay longer, with back-to-back border runs their only option.
However, Thailand’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2014
’s Immigration and Citizenship bureau is busy racking up the country’s attraction for migrants, but seems to be ignoring the essential humanity that should be a part of their job.
An Edmonton couple who adopted a Congolese child in August 2012 are still unable to bring the 18-month old baby to live with them in their home country. Cindy Nichol and her husband wanted to adopt for humanitarian reasons, but also because their two children had been born at great risk to their mother, who had been advised not to attempt another...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2014
The annual British Behaviour Abroad report brings bad news for British tourists and expats working in the UAE, as the number of those arrested for bad behaviour has soared since 2012.
Attempt to blame the results of the report solely on British tourists in the region are likely to fail due to a strong decline in temporary visitors to the desert emirates. Comparative numbers tell the tale, with tourism declining during the last two years by 25 percent, and the number of UK expats working in the region staying steady at around 100,000...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014
According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country.
Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents.
America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2014
Although life in the UK is undoubtedly harder and more expensive than when they left, 2013’s trickle of Brits leaving Spain has turned into a flood.
Since last year’s new law made it compulsory for expats to declare all their overseas assets, the size of the British expat community in Spain has decreased by 23 per cent, with German and French diasporas reducing their communities by 23 and 12 per cent respectively. According to returning Brits, no-one trusts the Spanish tax agency, and many more are simply failing to register and...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2014
With Ramandan beginning this weekend, expats in Saudi have been warned they will be deported should they disrespect the rules of the holy month of fasting.
An announcement by the kingdom’s Interior Ministry urged non-Muslims to respect the feelings of practicing Muslims by not smoking, drinking or eating at work, in public places or in the streets between the hours of sun-up and sundown. Expats caught disobeying the order, it stated, will have their contracts cancelled and be deported, adding that not being aware of the restrictions...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2014
British expats may well remember that, back in the day, Spain’s Costas were the destination of choice for the UK’s most-wanted criminals, including the infamous Great Train Robbers and various East End mafia dons.
Apparently, a dodgy UK passport and an offshore bank account stuffed with ill-gotten gains was all that was needed to escape being ‘banged up’ for at least several decades. The advent of modern technology and the European Union put paid to such shenanigans, with many notorious villains ending up with a forced holiday...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2014
Retiring overseas has been the dream of many UK citizens, worked for and saved for over many years, but inflation in favourite destinations is now killing the reality for many.
Experts are reporting that buying a property overseas and living the good life in retirement is no longer possible for the average British couple due to rapid rises in the cost of living abroad. Specialist relocation companies are now branding expat life as a luxury rather than an affordable reward for a lifetime’s work.
The majority of favourite European...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2014
Thousands of UK state pensioners living overseas are likely to lose out due to the recent changes in state pension legislation.
Overseas UK citizens who planned and took their early retirement well before its UK due date are finding their calculations are in tatters as they may no longer be entitled to a full UK pension. Formerly, 30 years of National Insurance contributions entitled those reaching pension age to the full amount, but the government has now hiked the contribution period to 35 years.
Many of those relying on a full...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2014
A new pilot programme, Home Instruction for Pre-School Youngsters, has been designed to make integration into Canadian
schools far easier for recently-arrived children between the ages of three and five.
Operating with a grant from Canada
’s Citzenship and Immigration department, children from 25 immigrant families will take part in the pilot programme. A 30-week curriculum is being provided, and immigrant mothers will be aided by Canadian
mothers with regular home visits, activities and book deliveries.
The Vancouver Island...