Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Maldives: 12 expat cashiers arrested

Twelve expats have been arrested in the Maldives as the island nation’s government continues its crackdown of foreigners working as cashiers. In a four-hour operation in which authorities sought to find foreigners in violation of a newly-imposed ban on them working as cashiers, 46 undocumented expats were arrested. Hassan Khaleel, spokesman for the archipelago’s Immigration Department, said that 36 of the cashiers remained in custody. In April, the government imposed a ban on expatriates being employed as cashiers. Authorities...
20 Jun at 2 PM 2015

New Zealand introduces online visa application

People planning to visit or work in New Zealand can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things. Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand. He explained that the online visas became...
7 May at 9 AM 2015

Philippine authorities to export Thai over Facebook insults

Officials in the Philippines could export an expatriate Thai worker after he posted comments about locals on his Facebook page. The Bureau of Immigration ordered that Prasertsri Kosin, or Koko Narak on Facebook, was to be deported after locals complained he had been insulting the people of host country. Reports did not say in what way Prasertsri, who worked for Cognizant Philippines in Taguig City, criticised Filipinos, but officials described his behaviour on Facebook as “controversial” and said he had been...
11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Expat ATM scammers arrested in Phuket

Yesterday, Thai Immigration said that an Australian man and British man on the popular holiday island of Phuket worked together in order to skim cash from ATMs. At the immigration media conference, it was reported that Jamie Steven McKee, aged 31 and from the UK planned with his Australian friend, Darrin John Williams, 48, to defraud bank customers in Phuket. There have been multiple skimming attacks on ATMs by expats in Phuket and Thai banks are now improving the security of the machines. On Wednesday, the pair were arrested...
27 Mar at 11 AM 2015

Maldives: Illegal transfers of expat jobs to be penalized

On Thursday, the Immigration Department in the Maldives said that expats who came to the country for specific jobs, which were then being illegally transferred for other work, would be penalized. This would also include terminating the permits of employers to bring in expats in the future. A statement released by the Immigration Department said that issues arose when expats were moved illegally to work in other posts and they had been receiving numerous complaints regarding the problem. Such problems included employers not taking...
23 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Cuban migrants taken to Immigration Detention Centre

Last week, 37 Cuban migrants were moved to the Immigration Detention Centre after arriving in Cayman Brac. The migrants’ arrival with no food supplies and a damaged engine sparked an online debate in which the Brac MLA Hon. and House speaker, Juliana O’Connor Connolly, joined the conversation. Franz Manderson, the Deputy Governor, also commented on Facebook about the issue. He said illegal immigration could be encouraged by offering help to those trying to enter the country in unsafe boats and would be contradictory to the...
23 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Expats Celebrated at Event in Luxembourg

With the support of the Government, a successful immigration fair was hosted in Luxembourg by the Comité de liason des association d’étrangers (CLAE). Integration was the main theme at this year’s event and the Minister for Family and Integration, Corrinne Cahen, supported the aims of the fair. She said that better integration should be the responsibility of all who reside in Luxembourg, where foreigners make up 45 per cent of the population. She also highlighted the importance of the work done by CLAE and organizations with...
8 Mar at 3 PM 2015

A third of migrant wives in Korea plan to return home

Thirty-five per cent of migrant wives from Southeast Asia and China living in South Korea have admitted that they eventually plan to return to their home countries. The Korean Women’s Development Institute surveyed a total of 534 migrant wives from China, Vietnam and the Philippines last year and found that 34.5 per cent said they had thought about returning home. Some 45 per cent of wives from the Philippines said that they had considered moving home – the highest proportion among the women. Around 33 per cent who have thought...
29 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Myanmar to publish expat census in March

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. Immigration and Population...
20 Jan at 3 PM 2015

Suvarnabhumi Airport bans overcharging taxi driver after Japanese expat rant

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...