Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats at risk from Dubai immigration scam

A new scam targeting expat workers is doing the rounds in Dubai, with a good number of already losing money. Posing as Dubai immigration officers, the scammers are calling expats and telling them there’s a pending residency case against them which can only be resolved in their favour if a fine of between Dh 1,000 and Dh 4,000 is paid immediately. Dubai’s expat forums are crammed with posts describing the scam, with some who believed the call was genuine and have already paid saying they’re filing police cases against the...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2018

International mobility threatened by worldwide instability and tightening visa laws

A recent report is showing a strong decline in the numbers of Britons being sent overseas by their employers. The Brexit effect may well be the cause of a decline in the number of Britons being sent on secondment or assignment to worldwide destinations, according to a recent report. Just two years ago, 13 per cent of all overseas assignments were for British professionals working at UK-based companies, with the figure for 2017 falling to nine per cent. Another reason for the decline may well be the changed political climate and its...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2017

France not doing enough to attract skilled expat workers

An OECD study is criticising the French government for not working harder to attract skilled expat professionals. According to the report, France needs to improve and modernise its economic immigration system in order to make it easier for skilled foreigners to emigrate to the country. Immigration numbers of non-EU nationals are low in comparison with international standards, and are set at 16 per cent of the total number of foreign arrivals in the country. At the present time, the United States tops the attractiveness league for...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Should long term expat professionals in Saudi be granted citizenship

In an ever-increasing world of prejudice, an opinion piece in a prominent Saudi newspaper calls for certain categories of expat professionals to be granted citizenship, as is happening in other world countries. The piece begins with other major world countries’ attitudes towards immigrant issues, stating Canada’s recent announcement of welcome to one million immigrants isn’t entirely based on the need to take humanitarian issues into account, as its view of incomers is as important contributors to its economic progress. If a...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Home Office refuses visa due to fluent English of graduate applicant

The UK Home Office is in the headlines yet again for a decision so illogical it’s almost amusing. Indian would-be expat Alexandra Rintoul, the pregnant 22-year old wife of a Scot living in St Andrews, has been denied a visa to enter the UK due to her excellent command of the English language. Hoping to be allowed to live permanently with husband Bobby well before their baby was due, Alexandra duly forked out the £2,000 fee for her visa application and took an advanced English exam after consulting an immigration lawyer for advice...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Which US cities are the most expat-friendly

If you’re dreaming of the perfect job somewhere in America, researching for the most expat-friendly destination is a good start. As with every world country's major conurbations, USA cities may or may not be especially expat-friendly, but feeling welcome is an essential if you’re going to succeed in a challenging new job as well as settling into a new life. Usually, expat-friendliness is found in cities with multi-cultural populations and a wide range of diverse work opportunities, with five USA cities identified as being the...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Panama cashes in on wealthy retirees and expat investors

Over the past decade, the expat world has expanded to include far-flung destinations in every corner of the world. The latest haven for expats with a view to investment as well as the good life is Panama, home to the iconic Canal as well as a host of new updates and improvements aimed at attracting wealthier tourists, retirees and potential residents. Set in Latin America, it’s a safe country with up-to-the-minute medical services, a high standard of living and great nightlife. Its government is pro-investment and pro-business,...
16 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Soaring cost of living matches soaring number of Brits leaving the UK

As the cost of a comfortable life in the UK rises, it’s being matched by the number of Britons opting to live and work overseas. A combination of Brexit uncertainty, the ever-rising cost of living and potential job insecurity has led to increasing numbers of UK citizens making the decision of their lives in order to secure their futures. At the present time, Brits desperate to desert the sinking ship before it falls apart are spoilt for choice as to where to go and what to do when they get there. Whether they’re budding...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Post Brexit transition period must allow free movement of EU citizens

British expats in EU member states as well as EU expats in the UK are expected to be even more confused by the leak of papers from Brussels on post Brexit transition period rules to apply to Britain. According to papers relating to discussions in Brussels about Britain’s position during a post Brexit transition period, the UK would be expected to abide by all new laws issued by the EU although it would have no say in their content. The bloc’s plan also bans the UK from leaving the single market before it finally withdraws from...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2017

BCC to hold two Brexit themed meetings in Bergerac and Perigueux

Talks on the progress of the Brexit negotiations and the referendum’s possible effects on UK expats living and working in France are due to be held in the south-west region later this week. A UK expat-aimed meeting organised by the British Community Committee in France (BCC) is due to be held November 8th in Bergerac, with another due on the 9th in Perigeux. Chairman of the BCC Christopher Chantry will lead the meetings with an explanation of the present state of the negotiations and the necessity for expats to work together to...