Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

27 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Luxembourg among other countries as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, anyone living in the US will not be considered because of the Foreign Account...
23 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Police in Saudi Arabia detain more than 300 expatriate workers

Saudi Arabian police arrested 330 illegal foreign workers on Wednesday following a number of raids in districts across the capital Riyadh. A police spokesman said the next day that among the districts involved in the operations were Deerah and Batha. Thirty beggars - most of whom were from Yemen - and 40 Ethiopian women were among those detained. Others arrested included foreigners without residency permits, expats working when they were not permitted to, vendors hawking in public places and absconders. During the raids, police...
12 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Bahrain plans to remove illegal expat workers

Bahraini officials are to launch a crackdown on what they believe is tens of thousands of illegal foreign workers in the Gulf country. A key reason there are so many illegal foreign workers in Bahrain is because of visa rules that allow foreigners to buy two-year visas for around US$4,000 and enter the country without the guarantee of employment. Once in, they often accept whatever is offered to them, regardless of whether working visas are provided. The latest crackdown is also set to involve officials targeting the firms that sell...
9 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Ecuador again scores highly in expat index

Ecuador has been named the best place to live and work as an expat, according to a recent InterNations survey. The report, The World Through Expat Eyes, quizzed more than 14,000 people on why they relocated, how life abroad was and how happy they were, and found that the South American country came out on top ahead of Luxembourg and Mexico respectively. InterNations took 61 one popular countries among expats into account, rating them on a number of factors including ease of settling in, overall quality of life, how welcoming they...
6 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Bangladesh to send 500,000 maids to Saudi

The government of Bangladesh has announced that it is set to send half a million qualified housemaids to Saudi Arabia once the two countries have finalised an expatriate recruitment agreement. A source from the Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia said that a delegate will travel to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to finalise the agreement, link Bangladeshi companies with Saudi recruitment firms and decide the date the recruitment will commence. The Bangladeshi Consul General Shahid Al-Kareem said that his government had done all it...
3 Feb at 11 AM 2015

British residents in Turkey could have permits revoked

UK expats residing in Turkey face having their permits cancelled if they spend more than 120 days outside the country, states a new ruling by the Turkish government. For many years, a popular choice of living among the roughly 40,000 British expats in Turkey has been to spend most of the year in the Eurasian country before heading elsewhere, often to warmer climes, during the winter months. However, that could all be about to change after the Turkish government changed their residency rules to state that any foreign resident who...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2015

British expats on Phuket burgled

Two British expats on the Thai resort island of Phuket were burgled on Friday evening, with money and valuables being stolen. The expats, who lived with their partners in Mission Heights in Thekrasattree, were not the first to be burgled in the area this year, with three other expats suffering the same fate in Bang Rong, just a few kilometres away, on 10 January. Police believe the same people may be responsible for all five burglaries. Fifty-four-year-old Peter Tiehurst, from the UK, and his Thai partner Luksanawan Srisamut, 46,...
2 Feb at 2 PM 2015

GCC to ban criminal expats from entering region

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) wants to establish a database to ensure it can block expats with criminal records from entering the region. The six-country block wants the proposed joint database initiative to provide accurate information on foreign workers seeking employment in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain or Kuwait, and if they are found to have criminal records, ban them from entering any of the states. According to a report by Arab News, the database will contain details of the would be workers...
22 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Expat Sri Lankans win the right to vote

Sri Lankans living overseas will now be permitted to vote in their country’s polls in further changes made under President Maithripala’s Sirisena’s new regime. The last Sri Lankan elections were held on 8 January, but expatriates, of whom there are an estimated 1.7 million, were not allowed to cast their ballots. However, under the new regime arrangements are being made to rectify the situation and allow them their votes, according to the Muslim Tamil Alliance leader and former deputy mayor of Colombo, Azath Salley, who is...
20 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Voting referendum ‘unlikely’ this year for Irish expats

A referendum on whether to allow Irish expatriates the right to vote in general elections is unlikely to take place this year, according to Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The Cabinet was scheduled discuss holding a referendum on the matter before Christmas, but it has yet to do so, confirmed Deehinan. The minister said that referendums on the minimum age of presidential election candidates and marriage equality were due to be held in the next 12 months, so it would be “”logistically very difficult” to stage a...