Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threats affect Brits at home and abroad

The full effects of Britain’s leaving the EU won’t be felt until two years of negotiation are done and dusted, but the reality is that the majority of changes won’t benefit either UK expats or UK residents. The 40 years’ norms of travel, passports, jobs overseas and in the UK, visas, immigration, free movement and more will all be turned on their heads once the UK finally withdraws from the EU. It’s only now that many British citizens who voted Leave due to immigration concerns are realising they’ve not been told the whole...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Thailand worried about Brexit reverberations

As the value of sterling shrinks due to the disastrous and unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, expats living in the southeast Asian retirement hub as well as visitors are expressing their concern. According to Thailand’s popular English language newspaper Bangkok Post, it’s not just British expats living, retiring and working in Thailand who are concerned about the effects of the Leave win. British tourists are also worried about the increased cost of holidays and the economic instability caused by the exchange rate. At...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Where best to live for UK expat Francophiles

France has long been the choice for Brits looking for great weather, superb cuisine, fine wines and a huge variety of history and culture, but where’s the best region and town to settle? A recent survey revealed a surprising first choice for overall quality of life linked with easy access to international air links, the coast, stunning countryside and even Paris. For all this and more, the Breton city of Rennes won out. Taking into account its 200,000 friendly residents, charming historic architecture and buzzing local markets, the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Beating bureaucratic challenges as an expat in the USA

Expats heading for a new life in the USA face a good number of bureaucratic challenges, but taking advice from those who’ve gone before is the best way to deal with officialdom. The USA is one of the most popular destinations for expats, with the majority relocating to take up new jobs in one of the country’s massive cities. For almost all, the most difficult of all the adjustments necessary is dealing with unfamiliar bureaucratic requirements. A new survey identifies the three most challenging systems to beat, and gives advice on...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU states no longer attracting the brightest and best expat talent

A recently released OECD report points out that legal labour regulation has resulted in a decline in the European Union’s share of the global talent pool. According to the respected think tank, the European community is now facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis requiring member states to come up with coordinated, bold solutions in order to preserve long-term competitiveness. Reforming its legal labor migration laws is essential to getting the region back at the top of the sustainable growth game. Those emigrating to European...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Slowdown in Gulf economies leaves expats trapped by debt

The slowdown in the economies of the Gulf has resulted in layoffs, stalled construction projects and cut-backs in expat employees, some of whom are trapped as they owe money to banks. The emirates and kingdoms making up the oil-rich Gulf region have seen revenues plunging since the dramatic downturn in oil prices began last summer. Gulf countries have no bankruptcy laws, leaving expats unexpectedly unemployed trapped inside the country until they can pay what’s owed. The majority of those affected are low-waged workers, but the...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Thailand find greener grass in Cambodia

For decades, Thailand has drawn expats from all over Europe and America to its stunningly beautiful islands, its raunchy mainland beach retorts and its surprisingly low cost of living, but many are now considering a move to Cambodia. Reasons given for abandoning Thailand in favour of its next-door neighbour may seem trivial to those who’ve recently arrived in the Land of Smiles, but for many expat long-stayers the famous smile seems to have lost its charm. The daily routine, once so pleasing and relaxed, now includes a sizeable...
30 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur in China markets eco friendly trikes

A British expat entrepreneur living in Shanghai has cornered the market for environmentally friendly tricycles, but most are being exported to the West. British entrepreneur Chris Trees came to China nine years ago, having working in Paris for international advertising giant JCDecaux for almost 10 years before being sent to Shanghai as the company’s technical director. By the end of 2007, he’d left his former employer to set up his own business marketing advertising equipment. Along the way he developed a passion for an...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems as well. Not every expat moving overseas, and certainly not every tourist, bothers to revew the home country’s overseas services online before picking up a phone when there’s a problem....