Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

21 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Best 10 low tax jurisdictions for wealthy expats

The rash of changes in international tax laws have caused difficulties for wealthy would-be expats, but the globe still holds a number of low-tax jurisdictions happy to accept large pension pots and savings. A recent investigation revealed the top ten most tax-friendly countries based on actual tax rates, lifestyles, political and economic security and tempting expat packages for the wealthy or comfortably off. Many are idyllic tropical paradises, and several have tax rates as low as zero. The Bahamas is an ever-popular refuge with...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Top tips for new expat arrivals in the UAE

The UAE is still one of the most popular choices for jobs abroad due to its elevated salaries and upscale lifestyle, but culture shock tends to hit harder than in English-speaking countries or EU member states. A local news website recently launched a guide containing five top tips for successful integration into the complexities of living in the Emirates. Its aim is to give incomers a tell-it-like-it-is breakdown of what to do and, more importantly in a Moslem environment, what not to do. The five subjects discussed are residency,...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Expat women in UAE learning to deal with employment challenges

Trailing spouses in the UAE are finding work and learning to adapt to a new style of professional challenge. Whilst taking an executive job in the UAE is the dream of many professional men looking to further their careers and secure their financial futures, for many of their wives the move can become a nightmare. Trailing spouses used to working for a living and forced to put a hold on their own careers are often left wondering why they came. Even with the compulsory trappings of life in the UAE such as a live-in maid, child care...
7 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Turkish government abolishes compulsory health insurance for retired expats

The Mediterranean country’s complicated resident visa system is now simpler for expats wishing to retire in Turkey after a government turnaround on the compulsory health insurance requirement. Compulsory health insurance for retired expats over the age of 65 was part of a recently introduced policy relating to residency applications. The plan offered two options, expensive private health cover or the SGK government health insurance programme. The scheme’s practical application soon became problematic for older expats due to the...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Research shows Saudi expat private sector workers earn less than locals

A new study has revealed that expats employed within Saudi Arabia’s private sector are paid around 50 per cent less than their Saudi equivalents. The survey, undertaken by the Saudi Labour Ministry, revealed a huge gap between comparative salaries for similar positions held by Saudi employees and their expat equivalents. A report on the study, confirmed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, suggests the practice covers all available jobs in the kingdom. For example, expat administrators and secretaries average SR1,640 against...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
4 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Thai military government cracking down on expats

For decades, expats have flocked to Thailand for its laid-back atmosphere, great weather and low cost of living. Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai and southern Thailand’s sun, sea and sand beach resorts have long been favourites for expats searching for a place to retire, work or just have fun. Until recently, immigration laws were loosely interpreted, giving freedom to many to stay without the exact visa requirements. However, since the military government took over some two months ago, an increasingly tough crackdown...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Unofficial expats in the Land of Smiles rush to get legitimate stays

Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas. For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and decide to stay longer, with back-to-back border runs their only option. However, Thailand’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
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...