Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

14 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Plunging currencies encourage Brits to purchase overseas

Strengthened sterling as a result of confidence in the UK economy’s recovery and falling currencies in troubled regions of the world have sent would-be UK expats on a bargain-hunting buying frenzy. Spain and France are at the top of most wish-lists, with the lower end of the Spanish property market still falling and entire abandoned villages on the market for less than a London garage. France’s real estate sector is still underperforming, and Greek property prices fell a further nine per cent last year. Surprise entries to the...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2014

New UK spousal immigration rules tearing families apart

UK expats who met and married their partners whilst working overseas are having their lives torn apart by new financially-based spousal UK immigration rules. The minimum income requirement now mandatory for migrants from outside EU member states was introduced to limit the numbers entering Britain. However, the net result has been that UK citizens wishing to return home together with their foreign wives and families have only two options - get a well-paying job or leave them behind. One such expat, born in the UK and privately...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Middle East anti-foreigner measures may be softening

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia’s u-turn on the proposed expat stay restrictions may indicate that the Arab world’s crackdown on foreigners is easing. The Gulf States’ recent attempts to reduce their numbers of foreign workers in order to provide jobs for nationals has been seen by many as prejudicial and ultimately dangerous for their economies. Saudi Arabia’s draft Saudization plans to limit expat workers’ stay to eight years and forbid their families from joining them was the most controversial in a raft of proposals across the...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Saudi bans women from hospital visits without male guardians

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars has banned women from visits to medical clinics or hospitals unless they are accompanied by a male guardian. The new rule was issued by the kingdom’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, and followed an edict by the council prohibiting women being seen by male doctors unless a male guardian was present. According to Qais al Mubarak, Islam does not permit the practice and women are prohibited from exposing their bodies to male doctors, except during medical...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Saudi labour ministry offers ways to hire more expats

Companies who have successfully adopted the Saudization conditions have been offered seven ways to hire more overseas workers. During a meeting with business owners in the kingdom, Labour Minister Adel Fakeih told listeners that the ministry will continue allowing the transfer of expat services from red zone companies to green zone businesses. The green zone will be divided, he added, into high, medium and low categories and a labour rental service will be introduced. The minimum requirements necessary for workshops and...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Questions aimed at vetting overseas property developers

Planning to retire overseas is an adventure which should be carefully planned, with buying property abroad needing to be approached with care. Investing in an overseas property as your retirement home is a dream held by most would-be expats, but the dream can easily turn into a nightmare if the right checks aren’t made. Buying into a development is the easiest way to settle, with most expat-savvy developers building to high standards, speaking English and even able to provide mortgages. However, buying off-plan in most favourite...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2014

British FCO wants to hear expat opinions of consular services

Better late than never might be the expat reaction to a UK government watchdog’s request for opinions on embassy and consular services overseas. Britons who’ve fallen foul of police, immigration officers, local violence, scams and more and have asked local embassies or consulates for help have being asked to submit their experiences and comments. The government watchdog House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee is conducting a web forum as part of a push to improve the standards of overseas representation. The object of...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2014

British expats in UAE found support group to help divorced or separated women

After becoming aware that divorce and separation was affecting a growing number of married expats, two Dubai-Based teachers have started a support group to help desperate women start over. Fiona Cameron and Anne Prince, themselves the victims of broken relationships, decided to start the Leaving Dubai group after they became aware that expats whose marriages had fallen apart have literally nowhere to run for advice and help. According to Prince, relationship breakdowns affect one in three expat marriages and, for women, it’s a...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Saudi government postpones plan to limit expat workers to seven years

Saudi businesses and long-term expat employees have welcomed the Saudi labour ministry’s decision to postpone the introduction of a proposal which would limit work visas to seven years. The recently mooted draft proposal was doubly unwelcome to expats working in the kingdom as it was also aimed at forbidding the families of expat workers from joining them. Deputy labour minister Ahmed al-Humaidan told the press that the measures were being postponed in order to study their implications more thoroughly. President of the Saudi...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expats on final exit from Saudi must surrender their iqama

Following the refusal to leave the country imposed on a number of expats returning home after their contracts had ended, Saudi’s immigration department are urging corporations to surrender residential certificates on time. Private companies and residents in Saudi Arabia generally prefer to use the immigration authority’s online visa services for re-entry and final exit visas. According to the immigration office at Riyadh’s international airport, a final exit visa does not authorise its holder to leave the Kingdom...