Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

23 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Unofficial expats in the Land of Smiles rush to get legitimate stays

Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas. For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and decide to stay longer, with back-to-back border runs their only option. However, Thailand’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Edmonton couple plead with Canada immigration for their adopted baby

Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship bureau is busy racking up the country’s attraction for migrants, but seems to be ignoring the essential humanity that should be a part of their job. An Edmonton couple who adopted a Congolese child in August 2012 are still unable to bring the 18-month old baby to live with them in their home country. Cindy Nichol and her husband wanted to adopt for humanitarian reasons, but also because their two children had been born at great risk to their mother, who had been advised not to attempt another...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Thailand visa crackdown causes fear and confusion

Long-stay travellers, tourists wishing to extend their stay and expats in Thailand are faced with a crackdown on the interpretation of tourist visas. Formerly, many longer-stay tourists and expats in the kingdom were allowed to make regular border runs to Laos, Myanmar or Cambodia to top up their visitor visas. Short-stay tourists wishing to visit attractions such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat also used border crossings for a two or three day visit, returning to Thailand to continue their holidays. The crackdown, announced by the...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Number of Britons living overseas soars to over five million

According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country. Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents. America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and retirement visas. One English language newspaper recently published a plea on its postbag page from a concerned expat with a Thai wife and family. The writer asked why contributions to the Thai...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Are Thai coastal resorts becoming the Costa del Crime of Southeast Asia

British expats may well remember that, back in the day, Spain’s Costas were the destination of choice for the UK’s most-wanted criminals, including the infamous Great Train Robbers and various East End mafia dons. Apparently, a dodgy UK passport and an offshore bank account stuffed with ill-gotten gains was all that was needed to escape being ‘banged up’ for at least several decades. The advent of modern technology and the European Union put paid to such shenanigans, with many notorious villains ending up with a forced holiday...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Australia to tempt wealthy British immigrants with London wine festival

Oz’s new campaign to lure British millionaires to a new life will include an immigration fair in London featuring tastings of Victoria State’s best vintages. Australian wines are highly regarded worldwide, with Victoria State’s vineyards some of the country’s best known for premium vintages. The government’s campaign aims to attract millionaire investors by demonstrating Australia’s upscale lifestyle exemplified by tastings of its fine wines. An ever-popular emigration destination for British citizens, Australia...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2014

NZ immigration surge likely to cause soaring real estate prices

As the popularity of New Zealand as an expat destination soars, fears of increasing upward pressure on the country’s real estate prices are emerging. The recent excess of immigrants to New Zealand against the fast-falling number of migrants is putting pressure on the already-stressed Kiwi housing market, with professionals in the field expecting a further 12 per cent rise in house prices by the end of 2015. Net inflow of immigrants is expected to rise to 45,000 by December this year. A similar boom in net migration last year...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Dubai plans to be hub of world medical tourism

The revenue to be gained worldwide by investing in and promoting medical tourism has resulted in a slew of countries setting up private hospitals and clinics, with Dubai the latest to announce its aim to become a world medical tourism hub. The oil-rich country now boasts internationally-accredited hospitals with world-class facilites as well as acclaimed specialists in the field, and is well-placed to fulfill its ambition. The emirate’s health authority met last week to invite stakeholders to benefit from the extensive financial...