Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

3 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Kuwait to pay tax on international transfers

A recent announcement by the Kuwaiti government suggests that expats may be forced to pay tax on their international money transfers. Kuwaiti MP Faisal Mohamed al-Kandari has suggested that a tax be imposed on expatriate money transfers. The emirate is home to around three million expat workers, with a total of KD 19 billion having been sent out of the country over the past five years.According to al-Kandari, the amount transferred is the equivalent of the country’s 2015 national budget, and imposing a tax on the transfers would be a...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living in the Sultanate and will apply to arrivals by air as well as by road. A number of nationalities including Filipinos and Indians will have to apply for e-visas whatever their jobs, as the former...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Is Switzerland still tops for high end jobs

Is Switzerland’s position as a favourite destination for expat professionals now in decline? For decades, Switzerland’s unbeatable reputation for quality of life and career potential has attracted the brightest and the best to its carefully-tended cities, spectacular scenery and top-class amenities. Foreign workers have come, seen and conquered, helping the country maintain its high levels of prosperity. However, resulting from the 2014 referendum on the subject of mass immigration, a new law controlling the number of expats...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Intrusive new immigration form causes expat dismay in Thailand

Expats living in Thailand were shocked by the unveiling of a new immigration form requiring details of their social media habits, frequently used shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, details of their cars, bank accounts and other strictly personal information. The new requirement surfaced a few days ago on local forums, and was at first regarded by regular posters as a hoax or misinformation. Subsequently a popular English Language media website published an article confirming the genuine origin of the three-page form and its questions....
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New Kiwi retirement visa needs Brit millionaires

New Zealand’s innovative new retirement visa and residency permit may sound attractive, but the financial requirements are sky-high enough to deter all but the wealthy. The stunning antipodean islands of New Zealand have traditionally attracted expats from the UK looking for a British-style environment and friendly natives. However, the Kiwi government has, equally traditionally, made it less than easy for older UK and other expats to settle in comfort for the rest of their lives. The new retirement visa, a first in that category...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat mom facing deportation due to heartless UK visa rules

US expat Katy James, wife of Dominic and mother of two-year-old Madeleine, is awaiting deportation back to the US due to a heartless immigration decision. Mrs James’s visa application was rejected due to a recently introduced visa rule disallowing UK citizens from bringing their spouses back to the UK unless they are in work and earning at least £18,600 a year. In the James’s case, with one child the amount Dominic needed to earn was £22,400. According to the Home Office, the minimum income rule is in place to ensure...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Private details of expats in Thailand revealed in unprotected data release

Several thousand expats living and working in Thailand’s southern provinces are worried about their personal security following an embarrassing gaffe by a software developer. The data leak comprised an interactive map of the region with the exact locations, jobs, professions, nationalities, passport numbers and other personal information of over 2,000 resident expat workers clearly shown. The unprotected web page, found on a supposed Thai Immigration Police website last Sunday evening, went viral until it was taken down on Monday...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2016

European court judgment tightens up on expat welfare benefits

A recent ruling handed down from Europe’s highest court confirms that citizens of any one EU member state who emigrate to another state will be denied social welfare benefits for a period of three months after arrival. According to the European Court of Justice, the ruling covers a three month right-to-reside period after expat arrivals have entered with only a passport or valid ID card as identification. Member states have no means of telling whether new arrivals are able to support themselves or pay for medical treatment. The court...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Maldives: 12 expat cashiers arrested

Twelve expats have been arrested in the Maldives as the island nation’s government continues its crackdown of foreigners working as cashiers. In a four-hour operation in which authorities sought to find foreigners in violation of a newly-imposed ban on them working as cashiers, 46 undocumented expats were arrested. Hassan Khaleel, spokesman for the archipelago’s Immigration Department, said that 36 of the cashiers remained in custody. In April, the government imposed a ban on expatriates being employed as cashiers. Authorities...
20 Jun at 2 PM 2015

New Zealand introduces online visa application

People planning to visit or work in New Zealand can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things. Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand. He explained that the online visas became...