Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New poll shows four out of five UK expats live in fear of Brexit effect

Survey shows 80 per cent of respondents fear for their post Brexit lives. A survey initiated by the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem group reveals that the vast majority of respondents are living in fear of the devastating effect of Brexit on their families and their lives. The survey, taken by 5,170 Britons living in EU member states, took place following last week’s Commons vote which opened the door for Theresa May to activate Article 50 next month. Asked about their main concern about Brexit, 25 per cent of respondents, most of...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spain concentrating on wealthy investors to replace UK expats

Serious concerns about their post-Brexit positions in Spain are forcing an increasing number of UK expats to sell their homes and relocate. The double whammy of Brexit and the falling sterling exchange rate is resulting in many UK expats being forced to give up their chosen lifestyles and sell their Spanish homes. Since the referendum result was announced, rreal estate agents have enjoyed a bonanza, with sales in Malaga up by 16.5 per cent and record numbers of completed transactions on the Costa del Sol. Driving the rush to...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Cambodia surpassing Thailand as expat Shangri La

Overshadowed for years by its next door neighbour Thailand, Cambodia is coming into its own as the preferred destination for expats looking for friendliness, natural beauty, an inexpensive cost of living and straightforward visas. Famed for decades for its spectacular Angkor Wat temples, Cambodia has drawn tourists to its mostly unspoiled land for several decades, with its attractions as an expat hub now resulting in increased numbers of arrivals looking for a safe, friendly, laid back life. In addition, the country is growing its...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2017

The challenges of expat relocation to Sweden

Sweden may not be the most popular expat destination as it has its challenges as well as its charms, but its quality of life is one of the best on the planet. As an expat destination, Sweden tops international survey rankings in the majority of sectors including the all-important global competitiveness and quality of life. However, relocating to this stunningly beautiful country has its challenges as regards culture, bureaucracy and a number of practical issues. Irish expat Anne Pihl runs her own relocation consultancy based on her...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait issues visa ban on five Muslim countries

As part of a plan to tighten immigration restrictions, Kuwait has announced a ban on visas for five Muslim majority states. A week after The Donald announced a travel ban on a number of Muslim majority countries, Kuwait has announced a similar crack-down on the issuing of visas to nationals of Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Described as a blanket ban, it advises citizens of the named countries not to apply for tourist, trade or work visas as they will be refused. According to local media, Kuwaiti sources said the ban...
1 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Inexpensive expat boltholes for living the simple life

For those looking to abandon their home countries in order to live the simple life, comparing relative costs of living is a crucial part of the process. Most surveys of expat destinations relegate costs of living to sub-forum status due to the fact that the majority of yearly comparison reports are aimed at expat professionals with relocation packages. However, totals of monthly utility bills and housekeeping costs are essential for would-be emigrants who’re planning on rejecting the 21st century concept of conspicuous...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Mexico at risk from Trump policies

American expats living in Mexico could be caught in retaliatory action by the Mexican government should Trump tax imports and remittances to pay for his wall. Three members of Mexico’s parliamentary Congress are putting forward a scheme which would result in US expat properties being confiscated or made subject to liens should Trump's tax be implemented. In an announcement on Saturday, one congressman told reporters retaliatory legislation could also be brought in if Mexicans living in the USA are harmed by new immigration policies....
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...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Brit government hikes Qatar terrorism threat level

Expats and foreign visitors in Qatar are being urged by the UK government to stay alert after the emirate’s terrorism threat level was raised to ‘likely’. Prior to the update, Qatar’s rating as regards the likelihood of terrorist attacks fell in the General category, indicating ‘some level of known terrorist activity’. The British government’s advisory page now shows an upgrading of the threat level which indicates a ‘high level of known terrorist activity’ resulting in warnings to expats and visitors. The UK...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats worldwide join 600 anti Trump Womens Marches

In perhaps the largest mass protest the world has ever seen, an estimated two million plus women, their partners and children marched against Trump in over 60 countries. In a multinational rejection of Trump’s stance on womens’ rights, immigrants, multiculturalism, racism and pacifism, as many as 2.2 million people took to the streets everywhere from major world cities to small backwoods towns to get their message of total rejection across to the new US President. Expat women living and working outside their home countries as well...