Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

1 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Britons make up one in every 20 Australians

According to the latest Australian census, the country hasn’t lost its popularity as an expat destination for disenchanted UK citizens, as 5 per cent of Oz’s total population are Britons by birth. A total of 1.1 million Brits are now living in Australia, according to the survey ,and outnumber New Zealanders, the second largest group, by more than double. The census also pinpoints immigration trends as regards location and marital status. Melbourne and Sydney are the most popular destinations for migrants, home to almost half the...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expats love Australia but worry about discrimination

A recently-released social study has revealed that migrants recently arrived in Australia love their new lives but are experiencing racial discrimination. The survey, carried out by Monarsh University in Melbourne, found that, although the vast majority of expats are happy to be in Australia, racism does exist in some communities. Discrimination was most felt amongst New Zealanders, with 26 per cent of those surveyed stating they had been victims of racially-motivated comments. In general, migrants from Asian countries were the most...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat tax breaks threatened by UK 2014 Budget announcement

Many of the five million UK citizens living and working overseas may not have heard last week’s Budget allowance that non-residents’ personal tax allowances are to be reviewed. At present, expats working overseas and pensioners with investments and state and private pensions are allowed an annual income of £10,000 before being taxed on sums above that amount. According to Chancellor George Osbourne in his budget speech, the allowances are to be examined and could be cancelled for non-resident expats living overseas who no longer...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2014

New UK spousal immigration rules tearing families apart

UK expats who met and married their partners whilst working overseas are having their lives torn apart by new financially-based spousal UK immigration rules. The minimum income requirement now mandatory for migrants from outside EU member states was introduced to limit the numbers entering Britain. However, the net result has been that UK citizens wishing to return home together with their foreign wives and families have only two options - get a well-paying job or leave them behind. One such expat, born in the UK and privately...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2014

British FCO wants to hear expat opinions of consular services

Better late than never might be the expat reaction to a UK government watchdog’s request for opinions on embassy and consular services overseas. Britons who’ve fallen foul of police, immigration officers, local violence, scams and more and have asked local embassies or consulates for help have being asked to submit their experiences and comments. The government watchdog House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee is conducting a web forum as part of a push to improve the standards of overseas representation. The object of...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expats on final exit from Saudi must surrender their iqama

Following the refusal to leave the country imposed on a number of expats returning home after their contracts had ended, Saudi’s immigration department are urging corporations to surrender residential certificates on time. Private companies and residents in Saudi Arabia generally prefer to use the immigration authority’s online visa services for re-entry and final exit visas. According to the immigration office at Riyadh’s international airport, a final exit visa does not authorise its holder to leave the Kingdom...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2014

NZ expat construction workers exploited by bosses

A New Zealand trade union is accusing construction site bosses at the Christchurch rebuild of exploiting expat workers. First Union accuses construction site firms involved in the rebuilding of Christchurch of taking advantage of and exploiting skilled expat tradespeople. The union has revealed a catalogue of exploitation and insists that workers need protection form unscrupulous, crooked bosses. The union is urging the Earthquake Recovery Commission to ban all firms found guilty of exploitation from further work in the city....
9 Jan at 6 PM 2014

UK visas and citizenship to be auctioned to overseas millionaires

A report in the London Times stating that the UK government is preparing to auction off UK visas, residency and citizenship to high-bidding foreign millionaires is causing anger and controversy. The report states that, under the scheme, wealthy foreigners could buy their way into the UK by donating to hospitals or universities or bidding for investor visas. The controversial scheme, it seems, was dreamed up and put forward by the government’s immigration advisors and is already attracting a raft of negative comments. The proposal...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Canadian 65 year immigrant refused pension without proof of immigration

A 65-year-old woman who arrived in 1949 as a three-month old babe in arms with her parents has been refused her pension unless she can provide her immigration documents. Bureaucracy run riot is alive and kicking in Canada, especially in the case of Martha Kozub, whose parents brought her from Germany to Canada after WWII. When she was 13 years old, she became a Canadian citizen and continued her education up to university level before teaching for 35 years in Canadian schools. The crunch came when she applied for her Old Age...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2013

New Zealand Immigration under fire for Stasi tactics

Whether a worrying indication of the global police state or a bad hair day for an immigration officer, the ‘goings on’ at Kiwi immigration checkpoints are hitting international media outlets. It all started when a New Zealand citizen returning from London with his fiancée was detained at the airport and forced to hand over his iPad, smartphones, external hard drive and laptop. Immigration also demanded his passwords in order to access the content of his IT equipment. The 27-year old graduate in online copyright infringement...