Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Thailand Tourism Authority holds Bangkok event to attract more expats

The Expat 2016 fair is due to take place in Bangkok on October 1 and 2, aimed at attracting more expats as well as wealthy tourists. The Tourist Authority of Thailand, (TAT), better known for its imaginative predictions of massive increases in tourist numbers, is holding a two-day event in Bangkok aimed at attracting more long-stay expats as well as more wealthy tourists. The event, known as Expat 2016, is the first such to be held within the country and will also target foreign workers considering jobs in the Kingdom. It’s...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Oman clamping down on work visas for female expat professionals

Female expat professionals who’ve been offered jobs in Oman are either having to wait over a year to be approved or their visa applications are simply being refused. According to the Times of Oman, female professionals who’ve applied for work visas in the Muslim country are facing long waits before the correct paperwork is provided, with those planning to work in certain male-dominated sectors are simply being refused a visa. An advisor to the Omani ministry told reporters that female job applicants are assessed on a...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK expats wanting snow as well as sun should head for Canada

For UK would-be expats with post-Brexit worries about settling in EU states, Canada is the perfect answer, especially if snow as well as sun is a requirement. The vast expanses of Canada are no strangers to Britons, as the first UK citizens arrived in the 15th century and have been arriving ever since. Nowadays, ultra-modern cities nestle amongst some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, making the country the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor lifestyle year-round. Canada is a country of contrasts, with Vancouver...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats in North Cyprus may get their evening entertainment back

Popular with tourists and a smaller number of expat residents than in the southern part of the island, North Cyprus was a desert last year as regards evening fun due to restrictions on visiting entertainers. Many Brits considering emigrating to Cyprus after their retirement kicks in may not even be aware that North Cyprus is also a residential option as well as a popular tourist destination. However, for several years, the number of expatriate entertainers working in local pubs and clubs has been severely curtailed due to difficulties...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016

New French universal heathcare system to benefit expats

Earlier this year, the French government introduced a new universal system giving automatic and continuous healthcare rights to permanent legal residents. The new Protection Universelle Maladie system is available to all permanent legal residents in France including expat retirees. To qualify, expats need to have been living in France for at least three months and spending at least 183 days per year within the country’s borders. Basically, the new rules shorten the length of time foreigners need to have been resident before being...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

China rejigs visa system in favour of highly skilled expats

Chjna is planning to upgrade its visa system in order to give priority to attracting more top-level expat professionals and limit the numbers of low-grade workers. At the present time expats wishing to work in China have two visa options – the foreign expert work permit available from the State Administration for Foreign Affairs or an employment license issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. The new rules will see the two visas merged into a single, unified work permit in order to reduce unnecessary...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Post Brexit expats may need residency visas to live in Europe

According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas. European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather. Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expat experiences during the attempted Turkish coup

The night of July 14 will remain in the memories of expats in Turkey as a time of frightening uncertainty underlined by the realisation they could abandon the country if necessary. The bloody, thankfully unsuccessful coup began on the evening of an average working day, just as citizens and expats were settling down for a normal evening’s dining, socialising with friends and relaxing. The first inclination of disaster ahead came at 10pm, with police blocking Istanbul’s two famous bridges and fighter jets filled the skiers over...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK embassy launches social media campaign for new expat arrivals in UAE

The new ‘Checking In’ campaign aimed at UK expat workers newly arrived in the UAE follows on from the recent ‘Checking Out’ campaign aimed at Brit workers leaving the emirates after their contracts ended. September is the busiest time of year for new arrivals taking up jobs in the UAE, with the campaign aiming at providing useful tips on all aspects of settling into unfamiliar surroundings. The site, available on Facebook and Twitter, focuses on the paperwork and licenses expats need before they can start their new working...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Western expats in Saudi made to pay for oil price crash

Foreign professionals working in Saudi Arabia already bearing the brunt of the soaring cost of living will now be forced to pay more for their visas, work permits and residency visas. Due to the dramatic fall in oil prices, the Saudi government’s budget is disappearing down a massive black hole of about $98 million. It seems the chosen way to claw back at least some cash without hurting its own citizens is to charge all foreigners more for the same services as before. The increases are to apply to all visas issued to foreigners,...