Expat Immigration News
Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration
29 Jan at 9 AM 2015
Myanmar is due to release a census of the number of citizens living abroad in March, announced the Ministry of Immigration
and Population’s Myint Kyaing.
Kyaing, the director-general of the ministry’s Population Department, revealed that they had completed the census in Myanmar and were now carrying out a study on the number of citizens living outside the country. He added that after that was finished, they would do a census on the areas they had not covered including Kayin, Rakhine and Kachin states.
20 Jan at 3 PM 2015
Bangkok’s main international airport has banned a taxi driver from picking up passengers and revoked his registration with the facility after he admitted flat-charging a Japanese expatriate.
The cabbie, Chaiyan Charoensopha, was told he would no longer be allowed to operate at Suvarnabhumi Airport after he refused to turn on his meter and instead offered Japanese educational volunteer Koki Aki a fare of 700 baht to be taken to the Thai capital’s Saphan Khwai area on Saturday evening.
However, Mr Aki, who has been in Thailand for...
15 Dec at 9 AM 2014
Three thousand expat professors in Saudi Arabian universities are trying to find work in Western countries, revealed an official at an international immigration
The figures come after Saudi’s Ministry of Higher Education recently told universities across the country that they should not renew expatriate workers’ contracts if they were older than 60.
Lebanese lawyer Nader Eyad confirmed that 3,000 expat professors had already filed applications for working visas in Western countries. He added that the professors in...
15 Oct at 11 AM 2014
Senior citizens in first world countries such as the UK and USA are being offered a variety of retirement incentives such as tax breaks and easy visa options by an increasing number of states worldwide.
The value of would-be expat pensioners to second and third world economies seems at last to be obvious to a good number of far-flung yet attractive destinations’ governments. American expats started the trend with an exodus across the country’s southern border to Mexico, with Ecuador now a favourite for its cheaper expat mortgages,...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2014
For decades, Thailand has been a favourite expat destination for Westerners due to its relaxed immigration
rules, great weather and exotic culture, but the dream may be about to end.
laws were interpreted loosely, allowing long-term stays on short-term tourist visas for those not married to Thais or ineligible for retirement visas. Since the military took over the running of the country last May, long-forgotten rules have been brought out, dusted down and applied with rigorous intent by immigration
10 Sep at 6 PM 2014
A recently-published research report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) suggests that the price of a home in Singapore is likely to fall by 20 per cent over the next two years.
The bank believes that property loan curbs and economic restructuring will continue to drive down house prices until at least 2016, and overkill on population policies will encourage the dominance of the country’s ageing population over an influx of younger expat workers. At the same time, holding back on relaxing property measures may cause a negative...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014
The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog.
The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
4 Aug at 6 PM 2014
For decades, expats have flocked to Thailand for its laid-back atmosphere, great weather and low cost of living.
Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai and southern Thailand’s sun, sea and sand beach resorts have long been favourites for expats searching for a place to retire, work or just have fun.
Until recently, immigration
laws were loosely interpreted, giving freedom to many to stay without the exact visa requirements.
However, since the military government took over some two months ago, an increasingly tough crackdown...
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
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...