Expat Visas News
Latest 10 news items tagged Visas
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
A wealthy property entrepreneur and his culinary-talented wife have won a landmark case brought by HMRC over £5 million capital gains tax bill.
James and Sarah Glyn sold up their £29 million of assets and moved to Monaco, believing that, as they no longer had a home in the UK, they were not subject to capital gains tax on the property sales. The revenue department, unsurprisingly, disagreed, and sent Glyn a bill for £5 million.
The basis for HMRC’s decision was that Mrs Glyn, an accomplished cook, often returned to the UK to...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Revised rules have been introduced for expats wishing to bring adult dependents such as children over 18 and parents to the emirate on residency visas
Adult dependants and the parents of expats working in Abu Dhabi have historically been granted residency visa
automatically. According to an unnamed source, under the revised rules announced by the Minister of the Interior dependents’ residency visa
will only be issued for emergency reasons or on humanitarian grounds.
A special panel will be appointed to scrutinise all resident...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2013
British government missions in Dubai are to reduce their notarial and documentary services from 1 December in order to save money and improve efficiency.
Due to changes brought in by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, some services offered to British expats living and working in Dubai will be curtailed. Embassies and consulates in the UAE are to withdraw the shortlist of available documentary and notorial services, replacing it with a list of private UAE lawyers who provide similar services at an increased cost over that of the...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2013
After a confusing several months, a Saudi Ministry of Labour source has stated that female dependents of expat relatives will be given yearly work permits allowing them to teach in private schools.
The move seems to be a tentative first step toward full legalisation of the status of women dependents wishing to teach in the Kingdom’s popular private education facilties. A license or certification will be required, and work permit
forms are already being submitted by a number of private schools.
Female staff members are normally...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Maltese passports will become available shortly for a fee of €650,000, and will allow the holder to move to and live in Malta or in any other country which is part of the Schengen visa
The Maltese parliament voted in the new law last week, with its inception expected by the end of this month. Purchasers will not have to live on the island unless they wish to, nor are they required to invest in the country.
The minimum age for a passport purchase is 18 years, and applicants’ criminal records will be checked. In addition,...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2013
In spite of concerns in the private and expat-owned business sectors, Saudi Arabia’s government is determined to rid the kingdom of all unregistered workers.
Riyadh’s governor, Prince Khaled bin Bader, confirmed yesterday that the government is determined to rid Saudi Arabia of all its undocumented workers. In spite of protests by private firms, expat-owned businesses and those concerned the move will result in double-figure inflation, the governor said that no ill-effects would be felt in the Saudi economy.
The move, he said,...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Expat forums across the third world are crammed with posts detailing mistakes made by immigration officials, but this stunner by the already controversial UK Border Agency surely tops the 2013 list of embarrassing incidents.
Acting on a tip from Camden council, not the smartest knife in the drawer according to many local business owners, UK Border Agency immigration police crashed the legitimate wedding of two Harrods employees. Believing the marriage to be bogus, the two border police stormed in and halted the proceedings,...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The impact of Saudi Arabia’s new labour laws which forced a million foreign workers to leave is now being felt in rising costs, shortage of workers and human dramas.
Saudi and expat professionals are beginning to report that freelance workers have all but disappeared from the Kingdom, and are being forced to resort to local service companies which charge 100 per cent more for plumbers, electricians, carpenters and the like. Many Saudi businesses, already struggling with a shortage of affordable labour, are expected to close down as a...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Filipino expats and US/UK citizens with friends and relatives living in the typhoon-devastated areas are struggling without news as the communications blackout continues.
The devastating storm, one of the strongest the modern world has seen, laid waste to popular beachside areas in Cebu as well as other more remote ecotourism destination islands popular with visitors. The worst-hit was the Visayas archipelago, home to a number of beach communities popular with retirees.
The Filipino community worldwide is taking part in prayer...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2013
In a victory for common sense and fair treatment, the Ottawa federal government has waived immigration’s demand for full repayment of the Benhmuda family’s deportation charges and is issuing visas
for their return.
Adel Benhmuda and his family were rejected as refugees after fleeing persecution in Libya in 2000 and arriving in Mississuaga where they began their new life. In 2008, their claim for refugee status was rejected by immigration and they were deported back to Libya, where Adel was arrested and tortured by the police for...