Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

18 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Spain: Expat aims to ban circus on Casares and Manilva

A British expat in Spain is campaigning to outlaw animal circuses in the southern Spanish towns of Casares and Manilva after they were banned in Malaga. The animal-loving expat, Angela Ferguson, from the English country of Middlesex, is of the opinion that the law that was introduced in Malaga should be applied all along the Costa del Sol, a coastline popular among British expats, short-stay residents and holidaymakers. Malaga mayor Francisco de la Torre ruled on 14 December that circuses that include animals as part of their...
17 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Phuket expat accused of stealing bikes to sell via Facebook

A French expat and his Thai girlfriend have been accused of stealing motorcycles on the island of Phuket in order to rebuild them and sell them via Facebook. Twenty-seven-year-old Mathieu Alfano and Pawana Moonsatub, 21, were identified from CCTV footage and able to be traced to their residence on Phrabaramee Road in Patong – the island’s largest town. Alfano is also suspected of offering local police a 100,000 baht bribe. When police searched the apartment on Tuesday they found bike parts and accused the Frenchman of stealing a...
15 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Saudi Arabia: 3,000 expat professors seek move to Western countries

Three thousand expat professors in Saudi Arabian universities are trying to find work in Western countries, revealed an official at an international immigration centre. The figures come after Saudi’s Ministry of Higher Education recently told universities across the country that they should not renew expatriate workers’ contracts if they were older than 60. Lebanese lawyer Nader Eyad confirmed that 3,000 expat professors had already filed applications for working visas in Western countries. He added that the professors in...
12 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Kuwait: Skilled expats unaffected by visa crackdown

Skilled expats in Kuwait will not be affected by a proposed five-year residency cap on foreigners working in the Gulf state. At present the number of expats in the country, which has a population of around 1.25 million, is in the region of 2.5 million, but the new proposal wants that figure brought down to just 10 per cent of the population. Currently expats with residency visas have a right to return within six months after leaving the country, but that privilege is also set to be scrapped. However, the new guidelines will allow...
4 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Saudi Arabia: Firms that deny expats medical insurance will not be granted visas

Saudi Arabian companies that refuse to pay for the health insurance of their employees and their families will not be granted recruitment visas, the secretary-general of the Health Insurance Council has revealed. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Sharief said that the regulations in the Gulf nation state that an employer is obliged to pay for the insurance premium of its expatriate employees and their families. He warned that if they refuse to do this and are found out, they will be made to pay every installment as well as a fine for each...
3 Dec at 4 PM 2014

New Zealand’s Kea expat network reaches 500,000

A global network designed for New Zealanders living overseas has hit the half-million-member mark. Kea, which was launched in 2001 by Professor David Teece and The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on the back of the Knowledge Wave conference, connects New Zealand businesses with Kiwis living around the world. Among those permitted to sign up to the network are ‘Friends of New Zealand’, people who are not from the country but have a vested interest or are connected in some way to it. The group’s global chief executive,...
3 Dec at 3 PM 2014

Kuwait introduces new regulation for professional expat drivers

Driving will not be allowed to be considered a profession for expatriates in Kuwait unless the country the motorist comes from has issued the required licence to state he has come to the Middle Eastern state for that purpose. Kuwait has stated that the licence issued in the driver’s homeland must be in accordance with the Interior Ministry’s Public Authority for Manpower and General Traffic Department after public authority officials for manpower met to debate the issue. The officials were meeting to discuss recommendations for...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Hidden financial and legal hurdles cause most expat stress

A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities. Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Expat bulk buyers and Saudi farmers hit hard by Jeddah Market Saudization

A daily loss of around SR4 million is being reported by fruit and vegetable traders at Jeddah’s famous market after legal limits were placed on expat purchases. Non-Saudi customers are now prohibited from buying in bulk at the popular market, with only two or three boxes of fresh produce permitted. To ensure the new law is complied with, barbed wire fences now surround the area, entry and exit gates are manned by guards, and officials are located at each stall. As a result of the market’s Saudization, there’s already a...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Chinese goverment survey reveals most expats are illiterate males

The results of a survey by China’s State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs may have come as a shock to the ministry, but expat professionals seem to be regarding it as a big joke. The study was undertaken in order to determine how to attract the brightest and best overseas talent to China’s buzzing economy. The results, however, seemed to indicate that most expats are male, and almost all are unable to utter ever a short, simple sentence in basic Chinese. Expats who took part in the survey had a different tale to tell,...