Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Thailand Tourism Authority holds Bangkok event to attract more expats

The Expat 2016 fair is due to take place in Bangkok on October 1 and 2, aimed at attracting more expats as well as wealthy tourists. The Tourist Authority of Thailand, (TAT), better known for its imaginative predictions of massive increases in tourist numbers, is holding a two-day event in Bangkok aimed at attracting more long-stay expats as well as more wealthy tourists. The event, known as Expat 2016, is the first such to be held within the country and will also target foreign workers considering jobs in the Kingdom. It’s...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK expats wanting snow as well as sun should head for Canada

For UK would-be expats with post-Brexit worries about settling in EU states, Canada is the perfect answer, especially if snow as well as sun is a requirement. The vast expanses of Canada are no strangers to Britons, as the first UK citizens arrived in the 15th century and have been arriving ever since. Nowadays, ultra-modern cities nestle amongst some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, making the country the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor lifestyle year-round. Canada is a country of contrasts, with Vancouver...
15 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Furious British couple up sticks and move to Malta after Brexit result announced

One British couple were so incensed by the Leave victory in the Brexit referendum they immediately sold up, left the UK and are now permanently settled in Malta. Like many millions in the UK, Nigel Lippard and his Hong Kong-born wife Linda didn’t believe the Leave campaign had even half a chance of winning the June 23 Brexit referendum. However, as the date approached and polls saw the gap between Remain and Leave narrowing, they became increasingly concerned. Having woken up to their worst nightmare on June 24, the couple...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2016

More reasons for Kuwait’s dismal survey result

As part of Kuwait’s new expat-related restrictions, the emirate’s parliament health committee is considering bringing in a compulsory private health insurance requirement for visitors. The latest in a series of xenophobic new rules, the health insurance requirement is to be fast-tracked through government procedures. Reasons given include a statement from officials that the high numbers of health tourists arriving for check-ups are causing Kuwaiti nationals to wait longer before being examined and treated. Another clampdown at...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful islands. On the day the Brexit result was announced, almost 1000 would-be migrants applied and are now being sent detailed information and updates on immigration requirements. By the 50th day after...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015. During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five per cent of Australians packing up and moving on. The majority aren’t heading back to their home countries, but are relocating to North America, Africa and Singapore. In addition, numbers of...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New UAE visa rules disallow expats from sponsoring visiting friends

New visa rules enforced in the UAE early this month mean expats can no longer sponsor visiting friends. The new mandate states only UAE nationals will be allowed to act as sponsors for foreign friends wishing to visit the emirates, and also makes health insurance compulsory for all visitors. In addition, a refundable deposit of Dh 1,000 will need to be collected before visit visas of any category can be issued. The deposit will be returned at the visitor’s point of exit from the country, and the Ministry of Interior is considering...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expats fear for their lives as bombs explode across Thailand

A fatal double bombing in Thailand's popular Hua Hin beach resort signalled a raft of explosions and fires across the country, causing expats and tourists to fear for their lives. Early Thursday morning and just prior to the Hua Hin explosions, a bomb was set off in Trang’s central market, killing one bystander and injuring seven. Soon afterwards, the double bombing in Hua Hin killed one woman and injured 20 people, including 10 foreigners. Early Friday morning, a massive fire in a Trang department store caused 100 million baht’s...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Tom Conti steps up to support Oz expat family facing deportation

An update on the recent report of an Australian couple who moved to the UK under the post study visa scheme has revealed they are finally being forced to leave the UK. Kathryn and Gregg Brain and their son Lachlan originally moved to Scotland in 2011, encouraged by an immigration study/work scheme intended to repopulate Scotland’s highlands areas. Soon after they arrived, the two-year post-study scheme was quashed by the UK government. In spite of strenuous attempts by both expat to find a job with a salary which would justify a...