Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful islands. On the day the Brexit result was announced, almost 1000 would-be migrants applied and are now being sent detailed information and updates on immigration requirements. By the 50th day after...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the results of the samples will only be available to police, public prosecutors and the judiciary if requested. According to the emirate’s Ministry of the Interior, it’s expected that many thousands of...
22 Aug at 4 PM 2016

New Cambodia three year multientry visa aimed at expat residents and tourists

Cambodia seems to be finally waking up to its potential not only as a tourism destination but as a home for expats looking for long-term residence in a friendly, warm country. Following an announcement that retirees can now purchase a retirement visa without the need to also purchase a work visa, it will soon be possible for expats to be granted a three-year multi-entry visa suitable for retirement or for those working regularly overseas. The new visas should be up and running by next month, although no guidance as to cost or where...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New UAE visa rules disallow expats from sponsoring visiting friends

New visa rules enforced in the UAE early this month mean expats can no longer sponsor visiting friends. The new mandate states only UAE nationals will be allowed to act as sponsors for foreign friends wishing to visit the emirates, and also makes health insurance compulsory for all visitors. In addition, a refundable deposit of Dh 1,000 will need to be collected before visit visas of any category can be issued. The deposit will be returned at the visitor’s point of exit from the country, and the Ministry of Interior is considering...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Spain still hub for expat financial fraud

Despite all the recent publicity about unlicensed, unqualified IFAs scamming expats out of their savings, fraudsters are still targeting Brit retirees in Spain. A warning from Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority about the growing trend of pension scamming by unqualified IFAs overseas has highlighted a number of incidents in Spain. The danger of losing a lifetime's worth of savings has escalated since the change in UK law made it possible for savers to access their pension pots at age 55. Expats in popular Spanish retirement...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Internet backlash greets Thai junta plan to track expats via SIMs

Following the Thai military junta’s announcement of the latest anti-foreigner plan, expats and international media sites responded with disbelief and seething comments. Just two days after the controversial referendum took place, the ruling junta in Thailand announced its latest plan to monitor all expats and foreign tourists in the country. The plan involved tracking all those with foriegn passports by forcing them to change their existing SIM cards with SIMs programmed as tracking devices. Initially, no exemptions were to be made...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Rising costs of Australian healthcare spell problems for expats

Australia’s healthcare provisions are known to be of exceptional standard, but the ever-rising costs of treatment are a cause for concern in the country’s expat community. The Australian healthcare system is a hybrid of public and private hospitals and clinics, seen as a cross between the USA’s expensive and fully privatised system and the British National Health Service. All residents have access to what’s on offer, but expats cannot take advantage of the various free services and must pay for everything, leaving them unable...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia shaping up as the next dream retirement destination

As Thailand falls ever deeper into the dictatorship trap, its next door neighbour Cambodia is set fair to become the next Southeast Asian retirement hub. Despite the country’s tragic 20th century history, or perhaps because of it, Cambodia is now welcoming expats from across the Western world to its tropical beaches, charming towns and ultra-friendly people. One recent arrival from Thailand said his welcome by locals reminded him of another Southeast Asian country’s advertising soundbite - ‘Where the Smiles are Still Genuine’....