Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

22 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Edmonton couple plead with Canada immigration for their adopted baby

Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship bureau is busy racking up the country’s attraction for migrants, but seems to be ignoring the essential humanity that should be a part of their job. An Edmonton couple who adopted a Congolese child in August 2012 are still unable to bring the 18-month old baby to live with them in their home country. Cindy Nichol and her husband wanted to adopt for humanitarian reasons, but also because their two children had been born at great risk to their mother, who had been advised not to attempt another...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Thailand visa crackdown causes fear and confusion

Long-stay travellers, tourists wishing to extend their stay and expats in Thailand are faced with a crackdown on the interpretation of tourist visas. Formerly, many longer-stay tourists and expats in the kingdom were allowed to make regular border runs to Laos, Myanmar or Cambodia to top up their visitor visas. Short-stay tourists wishing to visit attractions such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat also used border crossings for a two or three day visit, returning to Thailand to continue their holidays. The crackdown, announced by the...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Five reasons why expats give up on the dream

Retiring to a dream destination overseas with great weather, good healthcare facilities and a delightfully low cost of living is a tempting option after years of corporate loyalty, but many less than wealthy migrants find deal-breakers dragging them back home. Knowing yourself and what you can live with or live without is essential for a successful retirement overseas, and introspection is the best tool as regards preparation for that life-changing move abroad. Successful integration depends on knowing your chosen relocation hotspot...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British exodus from Spain replaced by Russian incomers

Changes in the Spanish tax regime have sent thousands of British expats scurrying back to the UK, only to be replaced by hordes of emigrating Russians. According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, the total number of foreigners resident in Spain dropped by an impressive half a million last year, firmly establishing the returnee trend. The massive reduction isn’t all down to emigration, as almost half a million expats gained Spanish citizenship in 2013. However, it’s obvious to businesses serving the UK expat...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and retirement visas. One English language newspaper recently published a plea on its postbag page from a concerned expat with a Thai wife and family. The writer asked why contributions to the Thai...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Saudi expat health centres close due to deadly virus fears

Poor standards and bad management at 12 expat medical centres in Saudi Arabia has forced their closure amid fears of the spread of the MERS virus. Expats working in the kingdom are concerned that their applications for visas and residency permits may be jeopardised by the recent closure of 12 expat health centres for decontamination and re-training of workers. The health tests are necessary requirements for the granting of work visas as well as residency permits for expats and their families. The as yet uncontrolled spread of the...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Turkey confused and stranded due to new rules

Turkey’s newly-introduced residency permit and health insurance rules are causing chaos amongst expats due to horrendous paperwork-processing delays. The new residence permit laws require an ikamet via an appointment with the local police office, but no slots are now available before October 2014. Of the 40,000 British expats living in the country, many hundreds now have expired visas and permits, and are unable to leave on business or for urgent personal reasons. Should expats attempt to leave the country temporarily without...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Are Thai coastal resorts becoming the Costa del Crime of Southeast Asia

British expats may well remember that, back in the day, Spain’s Costas were the destination of choice for the UK’s most-wanted criminals, including the infamous Great Train Robbers and various East End mafia dons. Apparently, a dodgy UK passport and an offshore bank account stuffed with ill-gotten gains was all that was needed to escape being ‘banged up’ for at least several decades. The advent of modern technology and the European Union put paid to such shenanigans, with many notorious villains ending up with a forced holiday...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Australia to tempt wealthy British immigrants with London wine festival

Oz’s new campaign to lure British millionaires to a new life will include an immigration fair in London featuring tastings of Victoria State’s best vintages. Australian wines are highly regarded worldwide, with Victoria State’s vineyards some of the country’s best known for premium vintages. The government’s campaign aims to attract millionaire investors by demonstrating Australia’s upscale lifestyle exemplified by tastings of its fine wines. An ever-popular emigration destination for British citizens, Australia...