Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

10 Sep at 6 PM 2014

House prices in Singapore slated to fall 20 per cent by 2016

A recently-published research report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) suggests that the price of a home in Singapore is likely to fall by 20 per cent over the next two years. The bank believes that property loan curbs and economic restructuring will continue to drive down house prices until at least 2016, and overkill on population policies will encourage the dominance of the country’s ageing population over an influx of younger expat workers. At the same time, holding back on relaxing property measures may cause a negative...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
4 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Thai military government cracking down on expats

For decades, expats have flocked to Thailand for its laid-back atmosphere, great weather and low cost of living. Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai and southern Thailand’s sun, sea and sand beach resorts have long been favourites for expats searching for a place to retire, work or just have fun. Until recently, immigration laws were loosely interpreted, giving freedom to many to stay without the exact visa requirements. However, since the military government took over some two months ago, an increasingly tough crackdown...
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...