Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

16 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Kuwatization ramps up as government prepares to terminate expat jobs

Expats working in a number of Kuwaiti government sectors are to be sacked in order to provide jobs for locals. In accordance with a Kuwait government plan to fully Kuwaitise government jobs by 2022, foreigners working in the IT, information, development, public relations, admin and statistics, admin support, arts and marine sectors will lose their jobs over the next four years. The government has ordered the departments concerned to list the names and positions of foreign employees who will be let go during the emirate’s fiscal year...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats at risk from Dubai immigration scam

A new scam targeting expat workers is doing the rounds in Dubai, with a good number of already losing money. Posing as Dubai immigration officers, the scammers are calling expats and telling them there’s a pending residency case against them which can only be resolved in their favour if a fine of between Dh 1,000 and Dh 4,000 is paid immediately. Dubai’s expat forums are crammed with posts describing the scam, with some who believed the call was genuine and have already paid saying they’re filing police cases against the...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Homeless Scot in Dubai is a warning to newly arrived expats

A failed expat in Dubai is homeless and heavily in debt due to getting caught up in the emirate’s luxury lifestyle. Scot Jonathan Castle first arrived in Dubai in 2002, attracted by the high wages and luxury lifestyle of successful expats in the emirate. He soon found a well-paying job as a copywriter for a well-known advertising agency, where he stayed until 2010. Sadly, like many other expats seduced by the ‘Dubai lifestyle’, he took advantage of credit cards offered by Emirates Bank and began living the life he’d always...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioners claiming unlawful annual increases under threat by UK government

One of the British government’s new year resolutions is likely to make 2018 a very bad year for UK expat pensioners claiming annual pension increases whilst living in ‘frozen pension’ countries. Some 550,000 British state pensioners are living abroad, with the government now planning a crackdown on those claiming annual cost of living increases to which they are not entitled. Those proven to be claiming the winter fuel allowance whilst living in a ‘frozen pension’ country are also to be investigated. Countries where the...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2017

France not doing enough to attract skilled expat workers

An OECD study is criticising the French government for not working harder to attract skilled expat professionals. According to the report, France needs to improve and modernise its economic immigration system in order to make it easier for skilled foreigners to emigrate to the country. Immigration numbers of non-EU nationals are low in comparison with international standards, and are set at 16 per cent of the total number of foreign arrivals in the country. At the present time, the United States tops the attractiveness league for...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand immigration demographics heading for shake up

For decades, New Zealand has been a favourite expat destination, with Britons and Australians making up a high proportion of new arrivals. New Zealand has always been a popular destination for UK citizens looking to retire, start businesses or enjoy a better quality of life, with Australian migrants making up the numbers on a regular basis. A new wave of British migrants arrived following the disastrous Christchurch earthquake after the government sent out urgent calls for construction professionals to take part in the devastated...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Should long term expat professionals in Saudi be granted citizenship

In an ever-increasing world of prejudice, an opinion piece in a prominent Saudi newspaper calls for certain categories of expat professionals to be granted citizenship, as is happening in other world countries. The piece begins with other major world countries’ attitudes towards immigrant issues, stating Canada’s recent announcement of welcome to one million immigrants isn’t entirely based on the need to take humanitarian issues into account, as its view of incomers is as important contributors to its economic progress. If a...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Saudi Arabia gears up with tourist visas and strings of luxury resorts

Saudi’s leading tourist official has announced the kingdom will begin offering tourist visas in early 2018. The opening up of Saudi Arabia to tourism is yet another indication of the effect on the kingdom of the appointment of Saudi Prince Mohammad and his introduction of the Saudi2030 plan. According to top tourism official Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, government approval has already been given, allowing the launch of an electronic visa system applicable to nationals of countries on an approved list. Eligibility and...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Home Office refuses visa due to fluent English of graduate applicant

The UK Home Office is in the headlines yet again for a decision so illogical it’s almost amusing. Indian would-be expat Alexandra Rintoul, the pregnant 22-year old wife of a Scot living in St Andrews, has been denied a visa to enter the UK due to her excellent command of the English language. Hoping to be allowed to live permanently with husband Bobby well before their baby was due, Alexandra duly forked out the £2,000 fee for her visa application and took an advanced English exam after consulting an immigration lawyer for advice...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait furious over 10 year cap on visas

Kuwait is back in the news once more due to it’s proposed 10 or 15-year cap on visas for expat professionals working in the emirate. Expat feathers were ruffled a few months ago when the first suggestion of the 10-year cap was mooted in the emirate’s parliament. Recently, the suggestion was made that the cap should be increased to 15 years, a slight improvement which has not yet been voted in by lawmakers. Kuwaitization is a dirty word for many expats nowadays, as they are fully conscious the emirate plus the rest of the Gulf...