Expat Immigration News
Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration
5 Mar at 6 PM 2014
UK expats who met and married their partners whilst working overseas are having their lives torn apart by new financially-based spousal UK immigration
The minimum income requirement now mandatory for migrants from outside EU member states was introduced to limit the numbers entering Britain. However, the net result has been that UK citizens wishing to return home together with their foreign wives and families have only two options - get a well-paying job or leave them behind.
One such expat, born in the UK and privately...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Better late than never might be the expat reaction to a UK government watchdog’s request for opinions on embassy and consular services overseas.
Britons who’ve fallen foul of police, immigration
officers, local violence, scams and more and have asked local embassies or consulates for help have being asked to submit their experiences and comments. The government watchdog House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee is conducting a web forum as part of a push to improve the standards of overseas representation.
The object of...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Following the refusal to leave the country imposed on a number of expats returning home after their contracts had ended, Saudi’s immigration
department are urging corporations to surrender residential certificates on time.
Private companies and residents in Saudi Arabia generally prefer to use the immigration
authority’s online visa services for re-entry and final exit visas. According to the immigration
office at Riyadh’s international airport, a final exit visa does not authorise its holder to leave the Kingdom...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A New Zealand trade union is accusing construction site bosses at the Christchurch rebuild of exploiting expat workers.
First Union accuses construction site firms involved in the rebuilding of Christchurch of taking advantage of and exploiting skilled expat tradespeople. The union has revealed a catalogue of exploitation and insists that workers need protection form unscrupulous, crooked bosses.
The union is urging the Earthquake Recovery Commission to ban all firms found guilty of exploitation from further work in the city....
9 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A report in the London Times stating that the UK government is preparing to auction off UK visas, residency and citizenship to high-bidding foreign millionaires is causing anger and controversy.
The report states that, under the scheme, wealthy foreigners could buy their way into the UK by donating to hospitals or universities or bidding for investor visas. The controversial scheme, it seems, was dreamed up and put forward by the government’s immigration
advisors and is already attracting a raft of negative comments.
16 Dec at 6 PM 2013
A 65-year-old woman who arrived in 1949 as a three-month old babe in arms with her parents has been refused her pension unless she can provide her immigration
Bureaucracy run riot is alive and kicking in Canada, especially in the case of Martha Kozub, whose parents brought her from Germany to Canada after WWII. When she was 13 years old, she became a Canadian citizen and continued her education up to university level before teaching for 35 years in Canadian schools.
The crunch came when she applied for her Old Age...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Whether a worrying indication of the global police state or a bad hair day for an immigration
officer, the ‘goings on’ at Kiwi immigration
checkpoints are hitting international media outlets.
It all started when a New Zealand citizen returning from London with his fiancée was detained at the airport and forced to hand over his iPad, smartphones, external hard drive and laptop. Immigration
also demanded his passwords in order to access the content of his IT equipment.
The 27-year old graduate in online copyright infringement...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The Thai widow of a deceased Danish man who was deported with her daughter after his death will now be able to return due to a changed law created jointly by the country’s political parties.
Suthida and Im Nielsen were deported back to Thailand by the Danish Immigration
Services on the pretext that they had more ties there than in Denmark. The child and her mother had arrived with Danish husband and stepfather Johnny Nielsen and had settled in for four years.
When the news of the imminent deportation broke following Mr Neilsen’s...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2013
It seems as though it’s open season for expats with property in the UK, whether it’s a second home or an investment in buy-to-let property.
Earlier this summer, the government announced consultations on a scheme involving letting agents and landlords being forced to check tenants’ immigration
status should the proposed tenancy last for over three months. The scheme brought immediate protests from letting agents and landlords both in the UK overseas, all of whom resented doing the UK Border Agency’s job as well as their...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The crackdown on undocumented expats in Saudi is spooking the regularised expat community into panic at the thought of another Saudization drive, but does the country need more expat-friendly policies?
To many analysts and long-term expat residents, the Saudization scheme seems to be totally unrealistic given the vast size of the kingdom and its massive natural resources, tapped and untapped. Oddly, there seems to be a push to emulate the UAE countries, Oman and Bahrain with their fewer resources and much smaller size.