Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia brings in new retirement visa

Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working as well as retiring expats has soared over the past two years, with many new arrivals having first spent some years in neighbouring Thailand. Today’s announcement is expected to ramp up the numbers of new arrivals still further. The country’s present visa regime is straightforward in that expats must get the so-called business visa, which allows a year’s stay and gives permission to work, volunteer or start a business should the holder wish. Annual renewals are allowed, and...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government committee calls for clarification on post Brexit right to remain

Uncertainty about the present and post-Brexit status of British expats in EU member states and EU citizens in the UK is becoming a contentious issue, according to a parliamentary report. The lack of clarity as regards the status of Brits overseas and EU expats in the UK has continued since before the referendum and is now causing both groups to fear they may be used as pawns in the political game. EU citizens living and working in Britain as well as several million Brit expats living in Europe have been given no clear indication as to...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying real estate in Europe still the way to go

Whatever the final result of the Brexit negotiations, purchasing property in Spain and other European countries popular with British expats will still be possible. One fact that seems to have been forgotten in the post-Brexit chaos is that many non-EU member state nationals can and are still purchasing homes and holiday villas in EU countries. Even after the UK finally quits the EU, British buyers will still be able to live in EU countries, although there may be more stringent and expensive immigration and financial requirements....
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government opens Brexit expat help webpage whilst France entices bankers

As the UK government launches a webpage aimed at clarifying expats’ Brexit issues, France pledges to offer generous tax and other relocation perks to UK-based banks and financial institutions. Unsurprisingly, the UK government website offers little that isn’t known already to even the least enthusiastic followers of British media reports. In the real world, Spain as well as France is re-jigging its tax laws in an attempt to entice bankers and multinationals to their shores. Spain was the first to announce a review of its...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand expat forum happiness survey provokes denials

The overly positive results of a recent happiness poll undertaken by Thaivisa Forum have resulted in many forum members having their say in a less than overjoyed manner. Thaivisa Forum covers Bangkok and most of the larger Thai cities as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and South East Asia in general. The site claims to have over 200,000 members who regularly visit the selection of specialist forums including visa requirements and experiences as well as activities and hobbies such as gardening, Buddhism, food, golf and more. It’s a...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expat rush to marry EU citizens hits social media

It seems that the idea of marrying one’s EU citizen partner in order to stay in an EU member state has expanded into marrying anyone who’s willing in order to avoid having to return to the UK once it finally exits the EU. In a surprise turn-around from hoping and praying common sense would return to the UK’s politicians and allow them to reverse the devastating effects of Brexit, UK expats are taking to social media begging for a marriage of convenience. Twitter and Facebook are the usual suspects as regards requests for...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threats affect Brits at home and abroad

The full effects of Britain’s leaving the EU won’t be felt until two years of negotiation are done and dusted, but the reality is that the majority of changes won’t benefit either UK expats or UK residents. The 40 years’ norms of travel, passports, jobs overseas and in the UK, visas, immigration, free movement and more will all be turned on their heads once the UK finally withdraws from the EU. It’s only now that many British citizens who voted Leave due to immigration concerns are realising they’ve not been told the whole...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tragic murder of MP Jo Cox puts hold on Brexit campaigning

Yesterday’s shocking news of the murder of Batley MP Jo Cox resulted in both the Remain and Leave camps suspending their campaigning until at least Saturday out of respect for the popular parliamentarian. As the appalling news broke that one of politics’ brightest young stars had been stabbed and shot to death outside her constituency centre in Birstall, Yorkshire, the entire nation reacted with horror and grief. Since then, condolences and tributes have been arriving from her constituents, her parliamentary colleagues, British...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU states no longer attracting the brightest and best expat talent

A recently released OECD report points out that legal labour regulation has resulted in a decline in the European Union’s share of the global talent pool. According to the respected think tank, the European community is now facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis requiring member states to come up with coordinated, bold solutions in order to preserve long-term competitiveness. Reforming its legal labor migration laws is essential to getting the region back at the top of the sustainable growth game. Those emigrating to European...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK citizens at home and abroad let down by both Brexit campaigns

Given that the Brexit referendum is the most important issue to hit the UK in many decades, the total chaos of both the Remain and Leave campaigns may be disastrous for the millions ultimately affected by the result. As it’s generally now understood that a Brexit win would unleash political and financial repercussions extending far beyond the UK and the EU itself, making sure the British public had the information necessary to make objective decisions should have been a priority. Instead, UK citizens, wherever they live, are faced...