Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Qatar population diminishing due to expat exodus

According to statistic issues by the Ministry of Development Planning, the emirate’s population declined faster in July than in June, mostly due to expats relocating. The ministry’s figures show that a decline of a further six per cent was noted for July, bringing population levels down to just over 2.3 million people, Since February this year, population levels have fallen dramatically from a total of 2.54 million. A proportion of the decrease is being put down to locals leaving the country for holidays in European capitals, as...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia brings in new retirement visa

Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working as well as retiring expats has soared over the past two years, with many new arrivals having first spent some years in neighbouring Thailand. Today’s announcement is expected to ramp up the numbers of new arrivals still further. The country’s present visa regime is straightforward in that expats must get the so-called business visa, which allows a year’s stay and gives permission to work, volunteer or start a business should the holder wish. Annual renewals are allowed, and...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government committee calls for clarification on post Brexit right to remain

Uncertainty about the present and post-Brexit status of British expats in EU member states and EU citizens in the UK is becoming a contentious issue, according to a parliamentary report. The lack of clarity as regards the status of Brits overseas and EU expats in the UK has continued since before the referendum and is now causing both groups to fear they may be used as pawns in the political game. EU citizens living and working in Britain as well as several million Brit expats living in Europe have been given no clear indication as to...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying real estate in Europe still the way to go

Whatever the final result of the Brexit negotiations, purchasing property in Spain and other European countries popular with British expats will still be possible. One fact that seems to have been forgotten in the post-Brexit chaos is that many non-EU member state nationals can and are still purchasing homes and holiday villas in EU countries. Even after the UK finally quits the EU, British buyers will still be able to live in EU countries, although there may be more stringent and expensive immigration and financial requirements....
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government opens Brexit expat help webpage whilst France entices bankers

As the UK government launches a webpage aimed at clarifying expats’ Brexit issues, France pledges to offer generous tax and other relocation perks to UK-based banks and financial institutions. Unsurprisingly, the UK government website offers little that isn’t known already to even the least enthusiastic followers of British media reports. In the real world, Spain as well as France is re-jigging its tax laws in an attempt to entice bankers and multinationals to their shores. Spain was the first to announce a review of its...