Expat Teach Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Teach Abroad

6 Mar at 6 PM 2017

India introduces five year multi entry visas for expats in UAE

According to the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, both expats and residents in the emirates will be ‘issued as routine' with five-year multi-entry business visas by Indian missions located in the UAE. The announcement of the new visas was made by Indian ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri during a media discussion held at Dubai’s Indian consulate. Suri said the new visas will become the norm for genuine Emirati and expat business applicants, adding the introduction of five-year multi-entry tourist visas would follow over the next few...
2 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expat teachers to have contracts terminated in favour of Kuwaiti nationals

Kuwait Ministry of Education undersecretary Dr Haitham al Athari has publicly stressed a move to terminate expats’ teaching contracts is being instigated for the ‘greater good’. The minister’s comment reinforces recent moves encouraging Kuwaitization in many sectors involving expat professionals on contract. The move will apply to expat teachers of a number of specific subjects in the emirate’s public schools, replacing them with Kuwaitis who are awaiting recruitment. A number of exemptions from contract termination will...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK without private health insurance denied residence permits

As if getting residency in the UK post-referendum wasn’t tricky and time-consuming enough, EU expats desperate to stay in the UK post-Brexit are now being told they’ve been refused because they haven’t bought private health insurance. A little-known piece of legislation requiring EU citizens to purchase private health insurance is now being used to deny legitimate claims for permanent residency. The mostly ignored law applies to EU citizens living in the UK who are either looking for work or not in work, with residency only...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expat educators in Kuwait to be replaced by Kuwaiti nationals

Beginning in the 2017/2018 education year, the Kuwaiti Education Ministry will replace 25 per cent of its expat workers with Kuwaiti nationals. The purge will stop all recruitment of expat teachers whose specialities are covered by Kuwaitis. According to the Arab Times, the names of more than 450 teachers and 150 technical supervisors and department heads have been listed for contract termination. Subjects covered by the sackings are integrated science, sociology, computer science and Islamic studies and all stages of education will...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Irish construction boom prompts pleas for expat workers to return home

Following its forecast of a building boom between now and 2020, the Irish Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is urging expat construction workers to return. During the 2008 financial crash, Ireland saw a mass migration of teachers, medical staff and construction workers seeking new jobs, new lives and higher wages in destinations across the world. New Zealand was a favourite for construction professionals, especially during the still-ongoing rebuild of Christchurch after the devastating earthquake in 2011. The CIF’s...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Australia targets Ireland with new Working Holiday Visa package.

Australia has launched an appeal to younger Irish nationals to consider up to two years’ stay in the country on a Working Holiday visa package. Once a popular way for Irish citizens to experience Australia in the longer term, the Working Holiday Visa scheme has declined in popularity over the last few years. In 2011/12, successful applicants from the Emerald Isle totalled 2,827, but data from 2015/16 showed a drop to just 6,743, resulting in the new package now on offer to those wishing to experience the real Australia. For many...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expat teachers in Kuwait giving private tuition risk being sacked

Expat teachers on contract to Kuwaiti education facilities are now risking the sack if they offer private tuition without Education Ministry approval. According to the ministry’s undersecretary Haytham al Athari, the full force of the law will be applied to contracted teachers and lecturers giving private, out-of-hours tuition. In a measure aimed at a total ban on private tuition, teachers found to be involved in the so-called ‘phenomenon’ will have their contracts cancelled and face disciplinary action. Statistics show some...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

China may phase out non native speaker expat English teachers

Following its testing late last year of a three-tier work permit system, China is looking to rid itself of non-native English language teachers. The new three-tier system, at present on trial in Beijing Shanghai, Tianjin and other major cities, classifies expat workers into three classes of expat, A, B and C. The rules include a requirement that all foreign English teachers must be native speakers and have a bachelors’ degree as well as two years’ formal teaching experience. However, a good number of Chinese schools seem to be...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Falling yuan causes expat belt tightening

Expats working in China are tightening their belts against further depreciation in the value of the yuan. According to Chinese media reports, the yuan is now at its weakest point against the US dollar since the 2008 financial crash. Expats whose salaries were agreed as late as 2015 are feeling the pinch and are concerned about further falls resulting from the USA’s recent decision to raise its interest rates. For the last decade or so, China has been an increasingly favoured destination for millennials' sense of adventure, with...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2016

British couple living their expat dream in Cyprus found dead

Kenneth Lincoln and his wife Linda, both long-term British expat residents in Cyprus, were found unconscious in their gas-filled apartment after Linda failed to turn up to her job. After emigrating to the holiday island in 2005, the couple were living their dream of retiring to a stress-free location and simply enjoying life in Kapparis, but the dream turned into a nightmare when an undisclosed fault in their gas heater supply killed them both. They were discovered sitting unconscious on their sofa by a friend who’d called after...