Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

20 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU citizens in UK to fight for post Brexit residency law

A protest group formed by French expats is preparing to campaign for a new law giving protected rights to all EU expatriates in the UK. Marketing executive Nicholas Hatton is spearheading the group’s efforts to end what he calls ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ by forcing British MPs to grant permanent residency to all EU expats settled in Britain. His 3million forum group was inspired by a Bristol meetup of 200 French EU citizens, all of whom were desperately concerned about their rights to stay and work in the UK. The group is based...
19 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UK state pensioners in France terrified over more exchange rate falls

With the pound sterling forecast to sink even lower as the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer, Brit expats in France are fearing the worst. Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday did nothing to allay the fears of British expats living in France on their UK state pensions. The PM’s continuing emphasis on a hard Brexit is expected to do even more damage to the already threatened currency and those who rely on it. Both EU and French politicians had been hoping for meat on the bones of ‘Brexit means Brexit’,...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK at risk of deliberate government hostility post Brexit

Leading immigration lawyers are sending a disturbing message suggesting possible deliberate governmental hostility to EU citizens living and working in Britain after Brexit. According to the Guardian, an immigration specialist lawyer with London firm Kingsley Napley is suggesting the possibility of a nightmare scenario for expats in the UK should Britain go for a hard Brexit. Andrew Tingley suggests the government might well decide those who were resident in the UK pre-referendum have no right to remain. Tingley is concerned about...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UAE expats rush to relocate currency as pound falls again

Following yet another fall in the value of sterling on Wednesday, British expats working in the UAE rushed to transfer funds back to the UK. Sterling fell a further 0.7 per cent against the US dollar, the local currency to which the dollar is pegged, starting a rush by UK expats to send even more money back home and causing remittance transactions to rise above the norm by 25 per cent. Expats from neighbouring European states also took the advantage to increase their savings simply by relocating them to their home countries. The...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Austrian idiosyncrasies and their effects on expats

In general, expats in Austria are more than happy to be there, but some local habits can cause frustration in the overseas community. Expats across the world are the first to admit that nowhere’s perfect, with those living in Austria finding the locals welcoming, helpful and supportive. Even so, some Austrian habits can cause consternation or even irritation amongst the expat population. Perhaps the most controversial Austrian habit is the entire population’s disregard of the country’s less than stringent anti-smoking laws....
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

European expats and UK nationals bring fresh Brexit legal challenges

As February’s Article 50 invocation draws ever nearer, four anonymous challengers are adding fuel to the legal fire lit by pro-single market group British Influence. Thursday saw the introduction of new challenges aimed at consolidating Adrian Yelland and Peter Wilding’s case demanding separate approval by the British parliament be mandatory before the Brexit process begins. The high court hearing will decide whether triggering Article 50 will or will not be seen as a mandate for leaving the single market, and will also demand a...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK being refused residency

The UK Home Office is under fire from frustrated EU citizens over its draconian refusals of permanent residency permits. The permanent residency process appears to be in chaos as long-stay EU citizens and experts are being told they must leave the UK due to minor paperwork problems. As a result, a recently formed campaign group is now urging government ministers to undertake a reform of the overburdened system. According to the Guardian newspaper, the 3 Million group was founded by Frenchman Nicolas Hatton in order to fight for the...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Europe protest against Trumpland

American expats in Europe are getting together to protest Trump’s devastating victory in the recent presidential election. Concerned citizens all over the USA aren’t alone in planning protests and demonstrations to coincide with the Trump inauguration in January, with groups now forming in European expat destinations in order to make their feelings known. Protests have already been seen in Berlin, Paris and Madrid, all of which were organised via Facebook to give Americans overseas a chance to debate and discuss their feelings...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Common sense tips for expat newbies in Dubai

Newcomers to Dubai’s dramatically different culture can be excused for making all the usual mistakes whilst settling in to their new lives, but most issues can be easily resolved with common sense and advice from long-stayers. Relocating to any foreign country can be stressful in itself, but when your new location is as different as it possibly can be from your home country, it’s best to take care not to upset the locals. Dubai is a magnet for talented professionals from across the world, but it’s no comfort that you’re not...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Shanghai steps up calls for talented expats

Last week, the Shanghai government unveiled fresh efforts to attract more young graduates and highly-qualified professionals from overseas. The Chinese city is planning to become a global hub for technological innovation by the year 2030, and is now stepping up its efforts to attract the brightest and best in the field. The new rules will apply both to non-Chinese and Chinese tech-savvy expats. Shanghai’s Ministry of Public Security’s new 10-point immigration policy is expected to make access to permanent residency for...