Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

7 Feb at 6 PM 2018

The real Dubai behind the glitter and gold

The average expat professional’s view of Dubai before he or she arrives as part of a considered career move is normally centred on the city’s luxury, amazing skyline and the high life as lived by those fortunate enough to have secured permanent employment. Given that Dubai is all the above and more, opening your mind as well as your eyes will reveal the real Dubai with its fascinating culture and rich history. Exploring the reality of this unique corner of the planet starts with a visit to the original heart of the city around...
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...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats at risk from Dubai immigration scam

A new scam targeting expat workers is doing the rounds in Dubai, with a good number of already losing money. Posing as Dubai immigration officers, the scammers are calling expats and telling them there’s a pending residency case against them which can only be resolved in their favour if a fine of between Dh 1,000 and Dh 4,000 is paid immediately. Dubai’s expat forums are crammed with posts describing the scam, with some who believed the call was genuine and have already paid saying they’re filing police cases against the...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expats in France take meals on wheels to new heights

Bordeaux-based Brits desperate for a decent curry have elevated meals on wheels to a new height by chartering a plane to bring some in from a Portsmouth curry house. Having spent ages complaining about the impossibility of finding a decent Indian curry in the world’s most famous gourmet heartland, a group of deprived British expats have found a way to access their hearts’ desire. They’ve hired a private plane to fly a massive quantity of much-missed Indian curries from the Ashak curry house in Portsmouth. According to organiser...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Dubai banks now offering free online remittances

Dubai’s forex service companies are feeling the heat as Dubai banks begin offering free online remittance services. Banks across the UAE are now offering free remittance services via online and mobile banking in order to claw customers away from the emirate’s currency exchange businesses. Forex company remittance charges are typically between Dh16 and Dh22 to send remittances back to expats’ home countries, and are now having a tough time as more banks run free services, promotions and other benefits. First Abu Dhabi Bank is...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand immigration demographics heading for shake up

For decades, New Zealand has been a favourite expat destination, with Britons and Australians making up a high proportion of new arrivals. New Zealand has always been a popular destination for UK citizens looking to retire, start businesses or enjoy a better quality of life, with Australian migrants making up the numbers on a regular basis. A new wave of British migrants arrived following the disastrous Christchurch earthquake after the government sent out urgent calls for construction professionals to take part in the devastated...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Home Office refuses visa due to fluent English of graduate applicant

The UK Home Office is in the headlines yet again for a decision so illogical it’s almost amusing. Indian would-be expat Alexandra Rintoul, the pregnant 22-year old wife of a Scot living in St Andrews, has been denied a visa to enter the UK due to her excellent command of the English language. Hoping to be allowed to live permanently with husband Bobby well before their baby was due, Alexandra duly forked out the £2,000 fee for her visa application and took an advanced English exam after consulting an immigration lawyer for advice...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Dubai to build two hospitals for expats on basic insurance deal

In a welcome nod to the majority of Dubai’s expat community, the Asten DM Healthcare group is to build two new hospitals catering exclusively for those on the basic insurance package. Some 70 per cent of Dubai’s resident expat community are unable to afford the more expensive options under the mandatory health coverage available, leaving them in a difficult position when illness strikes. Asten’s initiative will deliver affordable healthcare in two brand new medical facilities, one in Muhaisnah and the other in Al...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Deadly Delhi air pollution spurs expat choice between health and wealth

Delhi’s continuing problem with deadly air pollution is causing expat professionals on high salaries to wonder whether it’s worth exchanging years of their lives for a booming bank account. For over a month now, Delhi’s toxic smog has blanketed the city, causing zero visibility in many districts. Elderly expat residents who can just about remember the four-day Great Smog of London in 1952 say it’s worse and it’s certainly lasting longer. The event killed around 4,000 Londoners, with its equivalent in Delhi set to kill many,...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait furious over 10 year cap on visas

Kuwait is back in the news once more due to it’s proposed 10 or 15-year cap on visas for expat professionals working in the emirate. Expat feathers were ruffled a few months ago when the first suggestion of the 10-year cap was mooted in the emirate’s parliament. Recently, the suggestion was made that the cap should be increased to 15 years, a slight improvement which has not yet been voted in by lawmakers. Kuwaitization is a dirty word for many expats nowadays, as they are fully conscious the emirate plus the rest of the Gulf...