Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

21 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Saudi Arabia advised to find ways to attract expat workers

International inancial gurus are advising Saudi Arabia to work on addressing cultural differences in order to attract more foreign professionals. At the present moment, Saudi Arabia is attempting to diversify away for its former almost total reliance on oil as a revenue stream. According to speakers at New York’s recent Bloomberg Global Business Forum, the kingdom is facing a major challenge in attempting to attract large numbers of expat professionals whilst failing to deal with massive cultural differences. One suggestion made by...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Thai brides offered one day free government course in interracial marriage

The Thai Social Development Ministry is now offering Thai women a free one-day course in interracial marriage and moving overseas. Thailand is a favourite destination for romance and marriage between older Western expats and younger Thai women, but cultural differences are often ignored. According to the country’s Social Development Ministry, many see marrying a foreigner as the best way to enhance their economic statuses, but most don’t appreciate the rifts cultural differences can cause. The course is based on an understanding...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2017

US expats heading to Ecuador for retirement

As it becomes increasingly difficult to fund an enjoyable retirement in the USA on the average pension or social security payment, older would-be expats are looking to exotic yet affordable locations such as Ecuador. Many are finding they can enjoy luxuries as well as plan a comfortable budget for necessities, and there’s lots to see and do in this rapidly developing country. Ecuador is a small country set on South America’s northwest coast, with its citizens enjoying a relaxed pace of life unknown to almost anyone living in...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait cracking down on private sector employers of expat professionals

In another attempt to accelerate Kuwaitization of its workforce, Kuwaiti private sector companies are to be charged a fee for each expat employee over an allowance of 50 per cent of the workforce. The announcement by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Affairs is likely to affect almost every private sector company, as 90 per cent of the total Kuwaiti workforce is employed in the public sector. The levy will be fixed at $830 per expat employee and is being seen as a tax aimed at reducing the number of expats in the emirate. The move was...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Cambodia English language newspaper closed down for political reasons

Expats in Cambodia are mourning the politically motivated loss of the English language Cambodia Daily newspaper. The demise of the Cambodia Daily comes after 24 years of publishing English language news, views and opinions aimed at the country’s expat community. As with many such media outlets, it was never a financial success but spurned fake news and became much-loved for its service to the foreign community in Cambodia. The country’s ruler, PM Hun Sen, isn’t known as a fan of either freedom of the press or free speech in...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UAE laws female expats need to know

Many women moving to the UAE either for work or as trailing spouses are confused as to their rights and obligations in UAE law. Being male and moving to the UAE is tricky enough as regards laws, cultural aspects and correct behaviour patterns, but for women it’s a potential nightmare. Former freedoms and legal entitlements are thrown out of the window the moment females set foot on Arab soil, with immediate adjustment necessary to avoid unpleasant situations. One obviously sensitive topic in this Islamic region is drinking,...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Bali expats plan ultra marathon to fund kids education

Seven disadvantaged Balinese children will be the beneficiaries of an 84km coast-to-coast fundraiser marathon organised by two expat runners. Briton Tom Hickman and his Russian running mate have lived on Bali for several years, enjoying the lifestyle and running regularly as a hobby. Hickman told local media the idea of the marathon was born when the pair decided to give something back to the locals who’d been part of their amazing Balinese experience. The fundraising event will start at the northeastern coastal town of Tejakula and...