Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

24 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brits in Oz angry about changes to 457 visas

The extension of the number of qualifying years before migrants in Australia can apply for permanent residence is causing anger and dismay amongst British expats on the continent. Previously, the so-called 457 work visa allowed workers skilled in a specified number of professions to apply for permanent residence after just one year, but the changes now stipulate a four-year timescale. In addition, an English language test is now mandatory, as is proof of commitment to Australian values. The new 457 rules were announced Thursday...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Buying a home as an expat in Australia

Australia has been a favourite destination for expats for many decades, with a good number enjoying the lifestyle so much they decide to put down roots by buying a home. For expats considering the commitment of a property purchase, the first thing to remember is that foreign nationals do not have the automatic right to buy a home unless they are married to an Australian national, already have permanent residence or are New Zealanders on a special category visa. Expatriates to whom these exceptions don’t apply will need to apply for...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Australian 457 work visa cancellation aims at protecting Oz jobs

Australia’s popular four-year work visa, known as the ‘457’, is to be replaced by a different system aimed at keeping Australian jobs for Australian nationals. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the nation the cancellation of the popular work visa which allowed highly skilled expat workers to claim permanent residence on its expiry was being stopped to protect jobs for Oz nationals. The visa was popular with skilled workers from overseas as it was seen as a passport to permanent residency. According to Turnbull,...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait under pressure in run up to demographic debate

According to reliable sources, the Kuwaiti parliament is preparing for a debate in the National Assembly over plans to tackle the emirate’s controversial demographic imbalance. The debate, due to take place after this year’s Ramadan, is aimed at encouraging the government to take action over problems caused by Kuwait’s huge demographic imbalance. A push for immediate action on measures put forward to reduce the number of expats in the emirate will form part of the debate itself. A number of Kuwaiti lawmakers have been expressing...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Shanghai still tops for Western expats

For the fifth year in a row, the Chinese city of Shanghai has been voted the best place in the vast country for foreigners. Results of the annual study were released by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs during a Shenzhen-based conference on the international exchange of professions. For the fifth year running, Shanghai was awarded the number one spot in a list of 10 Chinese cities with expat communities.According to the Global Times, an expert from the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies rated the city highly...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Is Canada the dream location for Brit expats

Canada’s thriving jobs market, strong economy and world-beating quality of life make it one of the most rewarding locations for relocating professionals looking for the expat dream. The contrasting beauty of Canada’s many regions has made it a hub for tourism as well as emigration from the UK for decades, but many professionals haven’t considered it seriously as a location for career advancement as well as an enjoyable lifestyle. However, those who’ve researched further have come to realise they’ve made the right choice as...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Thailand offers pricey Elite Visa to disenchanted British Brexit remoaners

A charm offensive by Thailand’s tourism supremos is aimed at wealthy Britons feeling disenchanted by the prospect of Brexit Britain. On offer is the Thailand Elite ‘exclusive’ long-stay visa scheme, run by a government-owned agency hoping to lure UK expats to try their luck in the Southeast Asian country rather than enduring two years of uncertainty and insecurity in their present EU member state homes. Also targeted are Brexit remoaners looking to avoid the consequences of a hard Brexit by packing up and leaving. In its...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Danish Immigration to deport US expat retiree after 32 year residency in the country

An American expat pensioner who’s lived and worked for more than half her life in Denmark is now facing deportation by the Danish immigration authority. US citizen Mary Stuart Burgher arrived in Denmark in 1985 to work for the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen. Due to exemptions given by the Danish immigration service to international organisations such as the WHO, she was allowed to live and work in the country under a special permit. On her retirement in 2015, she applied for residency as the special permit no longer...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait lawmakers at odds over expat focused price increases

The recent surge in prices of expat-focused goods and services is bad news for foreign workers in the emirate, and is stirring controversy amongst both the foreign and Kuwaiti communities. Coupled with increasing links to Kuwait’s demographic imbalance, blame for everything from traffic jams to overcrowded hospitals and a lack of job opportunities for locals, the singling out of the expat sector for price increases fits in with a disturbing trend. Kuwaitis’ feelings on the situation are split between those urging the government to...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK and Spanish diplomats agree on need for fast deal for expats rights

As the numbers of Brits in Spain applying for Spanish nationality soars, Spaniards in the UK are given an Embassy helpdesk to address their queries about the effects of Brexit on their status within the UK. The release of current figures by the Cervantes Institute has revealed an increase of 431 per cent in the numbers of Brits in Spain applying for Spanish nationality. Some 308,000 British citizens already have permanent residency in Spain, with a minimum of 110,000 owning second homes in the country without having registered with...