Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

29 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Thailand woos elderly, sick and wealthy foreigners with new visa

Thailand’s ruling military government last week approved the issuing of a new 10-year visa aimed at wealthy expats with heathcare needs. The requirements for the new 10-year visa have created controversy amongst Thailand’s large expat community, many of whom are retirees from Europe and the USA at present on the so-called annual ‘retirement visa’ extension. The new visa is to be offered to foreigners over 50 years of age, and requires either monthly earnings of 100,000 baht (£2,261, $2,810) or a deposit in a Thai bank account...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

EU MEP proposes individual EU citizenship for British expats

Following a huge post-Brexit rise in applications by expat Britons for citizenship of other countries, the European parliament will review a plan for individual EU membership. If adopted, the proposal put forward by a Luxembourg liberal MEP would allow UK expats and British citizens free movement and the right to remain in EU member states. MEP Charles Goerens believes many UK citizens both overseas and at home want to stay as part of the European community. Amendment 882 has been proposed as an add-on to an EU parliament...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2016

The joys of expat life in Ireland

Ireland has been a safe haven for foreign direct investments for decades, along with thousands of expat professionals and managers who find it the preferred place to live and work. In spite of its troubled past, the cool, green Republic of Ireland has become a popular refuge for expats from across the Western world. Since the financial crash and subsequent recession, a new wave of immigrants has arrived and settled into the laid-back life of the country. The expat community in Ireland is truly international, with Americans, Asians,...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Tech expats in USA fear Trump effect on visa programme

Expats working in USA tech hubs are afraid their skilled worker visa programme may be terminated by Trump. Following Donald Trump’s mixed messages on the campaign trail concerning the USA’s skilled worker visa programme, tech workers in Silicone Valley and other American IT hubs are afraid for their jobs. Before the presidential election, the industry had been lobbying for an expansion to the programme, which at present admits 65,000 workers and 20,000 graduate students every year. Trump’s campaign trail speeches sometimes...
16 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Indonesian visa rules set to cause expat chaos

In a sudden reversal of the immigration status quo in Indonesia, expats applying for visas must now accompany agents to immigration offices. Formerly, foreigners wishing to get visas or stay permits could use agents to submit the required paperwork on their behalf. Since November 14, applicants will now be required to attend immigration offices along with their agents before visa and stay permits can be issued. The news broke officially after several days of rumours about the change, with all agents invited to a meeting last...
15 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Spain may be US expat answer to Trump haters

As the reality of the Trump dump hits in amongst disgruntled Americans, expat media worldwide is rushing to provide info on the best ways to escape. Canada and New Zealand were the first countries to see a massive increase in hits on their immigration sites, but Spain’s expat publications weren’t far behind in giving all-you-need-to-know articles on how to become Spanish. It’s not just the Brits who’ve already discovered the charms of Spanish life, as many Americans are already settled in the Costas and Spain’s larger...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand second choice for US citizens fleeing Trumpland

It’s not just Canada which is seeing a huge jump in interest as regards emigrating from the US, it’s New Zealand as well. The New Zealand Immigration website may not have actually crashed due to huge demand after Trump’s victory was announced, but its hits increased dramatically to 56,300 in the first 24 hours. The site’s daily average before last Tuesday was 2,300 visits. A second Kiwi web page, New Zealand Now, saw 70,500 hits originating from the USA over the same 24 hours. The site offers information on investing,...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Canadian immigration site crashes after Trump victory declared

Immediately following the shocking announcement that Hillary Clinton had conceded the election to Trump, the Canadian immigration web pages crashed. Late on Tuesday night, the official Citizenship and Immigration Canada website crashed due to the sheer number of enquiries from American citizens looking to leave the home country and settle north of the border. Instead of offering a menu leading to immigration pages, the site was reduced to a long-loading home page with no access to the website itself. According to CBC, Canada has...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2016

EU citizenship proposal may give hope to UK expats in Europe

A revolutionary new proposal due to be reviewed by the European parliament could result in UK expats being allowed to stay in EU member states. The plan, put forward by a Luxembourg Liberal MEP, suggests establishing an associate EU citizenship aimed at nationals of any country which has opted out of the EU. The revolutionary proposal, if adopted, would offerf a solution for UK expats wishing to retain specific EU rights to remain and work in EU member states. Liberal MEP Charles Goerens brought the amendment forward as he is...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows half of expats in Thailand considering leaving

A recent survey conducted by Thailand’s largest and most popular expat forum has revealed 50 per cent of expats have considered relocating elsewhere over the past year. The survey results came as somewhat of a shock to the forum’s administrators, as a previous vote taken earlier in 2016 seemed to suggest most expats were happy to be in Thailand. In the current poll, 84 per cent of respondents who’d considered moving on stated they were unhappier than in previous years. For decades, Thailand has been a popular expat...