Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Fight for soft Brexit or no Brexit hots up via House of Lords defeat

The fight for a soft Brexit or even a withdrawal from Brexit is hotting up as campaign groups in support of UK expats in Europe and even the British government’s House of Lords are coming out in favour of defeating Theresa May’s vision for the country. Earlier this week, the British parliament’s Upper House inflicted an embarrassing defeat on May in the matter of the PM’s determination to include leaving the European Customs Union and its single market as part of her vision for Brexit. Her stance had already caused splits in...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Lifting of Saudi female driving ban to have positive economic impact

Following the June 24 lifting of the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia, many more women are expected to join the emirate’s workforce. Expat economists are not just viewing the move as a victory for women’s rights, they’re also predicting a significant boost in GDP growth as a result of vastly increased numbers of females in the Kingdom’s labour force. The kingdom’s recent acceptance of new roles for women has resulted in a number of Saudi women’s new-found prominence in a number of fields. Saudi now has an all-women law...
12 Apr at 3 PM 2018

Global financiers and Amnesty International support LGBT expat spousal visa battle

After winning her landmark case, brought to obtain a dependent visa allowing her to live in Hong Kong with her partner, an LGBT expat is now forced to fight for her rights again as the Hong Kong government has granted the state license to appeal. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal will hear the government’s case for denying the dependent visa on 5 June, but in the meantime no less than 16 local law firms as well as Amnesty International and many international financial companies have come out in favour of the lesbian woman and her...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Happy ending for Vietnamese rescue dog lost for a week at Paris airport

One of the worst fears for expats relocating with their beloved dogs is that something will go wrong during flight transfers. Nowadays, it’s far more common than in the past for relocating expats to bring their dogs with them, but it’s a scary time both for the pets and their owners. One of the most-asked questions of pet transportation companies’ employees concerns transfers between flights, with owners terrified their dogs will be put on the wrong plane or even lost. Almost all dogs reach their destinations safely, but when...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2018

EU parliament and UK lawmakers support Brit expats rights

The result of last week’s House of Commons parliamentary debate on EU citizenship along with news of a European parliament draft resolution could be a lifeline for UK expats in Europe. Last week, the British House of Commons passed a motion urging the government to ensure Britons could keep their EU citizenship post-Brexit. The proposal, submitted by Welsh MP Hywel Williams, also urged the UK government to allow Britain to stay in the EU single market. Although the result of the debate isn’t legally binding on government it does...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2018

New Kuwaitization scheme threatens expatriate private sector jobs

Kuwait is considering creating some 17,000 private sector jobs exclusively for Kuwaiti nationals. Meetings begun last month are progressing with the plan to create around 17,000 new private sector jobs aimed at Kuwaiti nationals. The Kuwaiti government is in conference with major trade unions to facilitate the replacement of expatriate workers with Kuwaitis on a permanent basis by making the private sector more attractive to locals. According to a spokesperson, the plan is part of the ongoing adjustment of the emirate’s demographic...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Skilled worker shortages loom as EU expats leave the UK

Official UK government figures show an increasing number of EU expats are leaving and far fewer are arriving. New migration statistics are now giving credence to signs of a growing Brexodus as the balance between those arriving and those relocating to their home countries shifts. Office for National Statistics figures still show 90,000 more arrivals from EU member states than departures of EU expats, but this new migration figure was 75,000 lower than in the previous year. According to an ONS spokeswoman, Brexit is expected to be a...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Immigrant born students in Canada gain more degrees than local students

Newly released data shows immigrants in Canada have high aspirations for their children’s academic success. Recently released statistical data has shown immigrants have been a strong force behind Canada’s status as one of the world’s most educated countries. It seems the vast majority of new arrivals have a degree or its equivalent in order to comply with strict immigration requirements, but immigrant-born students are far more likely to gain university education than Canadian-born young people. An access for information...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2018

How to survive as an expat in Thailand

In spite of Thailand’s political instability, it’s still a popular destination for expat retirees from Europe and the USA. According to local forums, many long-term expats who chose Thailand as their favoured overseas location believe the country’s changed out of all recognition since their arrival a decade or two ago. Everyday tasks, they say, are far more tricky and immigration procedures get worse year by year. Even so, although a few have left for other Southeast Asian countries, a mass exodus hasn’t yet been seen. One...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2018

EU to offer its expats in UK cover for settled status fee

EU expats living in the UK can expect the UK’s fee for settled status application to be covered by Brussels. Following a threat by the Home Office to charge EU nationals a £72 fee for their applications for settled status, the European Union appears to have decided it will pick up the tag. To qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK post-Brexit, EU citizens will need to have proof of five years’ residency as well as taking and passing a criminal record test. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has expressed...