Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Making a success of expat life

Leaving your home country to become an expat isn’t just about shipping yourself, your goods and your family to a new country, nor is it just about jobs and visas. Moving overseas, whether for retirement, career advancement or simply a much-needed lifestyle change take months of research and planning, but the story doesn’t end once you’ve boarded the plane. Even if you’ve successfully ticked all the practical boxes, you may not have realised the subtle adjustments necessary to get through your first few months in a strange...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Beijing eases restrictions on expat property purchase

Beijing’s government is set to loosen restrictions on expat real estate purchases from early next year. As China becomes ever more popular with expatriates seeking to live and work in its unique environment, the good news is that expats in Beijing will be able to buy a home with just their work permit as a qualification. At present, foreigners must live and work in the city for at least one year before being allowed to buy a residential property. Even although Beijing’s property prices are soaring, many expats committed to...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Thailand woos elderly, sick and wealthy foreigners with new visa

Thailand’s ruling military government last week approved the issuing of a new 10-year visa aimed at wealthy expats with heathcare needs. The requirements for the new 10-year visa have created controversy amongst Thailand’s large expat community, many of whom are retirees from Europe and the USA at present on the so-called annual ‘retirement visa’ extension. The new visa is to be offered to foreigners over 50 years of age, and requires either monthly earnings of 100,000 baht (£2,261, $2,810) or a deposit in a Thai bank account...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2016

The joys of expat life in Ireland

Ireland has been a safe haven for foreign direct investments for decades, along with thousands of expat professionals and managers who find it the preferred place to live and work. In spite of its troubled past, the cool, green Republic of Ireland has become a popular refuge for expats from across the Western world. Since the financial crash and subsequent recession, a new wave of immigrants has arrived and settled into the laid-back life of the country. The expat community in Ireland is truly international, with Americans, Asians,...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats relocating to Qatar get extended time for residency permits

A law passed last October giving foreigners extra time to process residency permits is due to come into force on December 3. The new sponsorship law is expected to make the lives of foreigners arriving in the emirate less stressful, as it extends the time allowed for arranging residency permits from seven days to 30 days. The same extension will apply to departure, residence and sponsorship. It’s also expected the extension will make changing jobs or leaving the emirate more straightforward. However, the ruling has been received...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Tech expats in USA fear Trump effect on visa programme

Expats working in USA tech hubs are afraid their skilled worker visa programme may be terminated by Trump. Following Donald Trump’s mixed messages on the campaign trail concerning the USA’s skilled worker visa programme, tech workers in Silicone Valley and other American IT hubs are afraid for their jobs. Before the presidential election, the industry had been lobbying for an expansion to the programme, which at present admits 65,000 workers and 20,000 graduate students every year. Trump’s campaign trail speeches sometimes...
16 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New Indonesian visa rules set to cause expat chaos

In a sudden reversal of the immigration status quo in Indonesia, expats applying for visas must now accompany agents to immigration offices. Formerly, foreigners wishing to get visas or stay permits could use agents to submit the required paperwork on their behalf. Since November 14, applicants will now be required to attend immigration offices along with their agents before visa and stay permits can be issued. The news broke officially after several days of rumours about the change, with all agents invited to a meeting last...
15 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Spain may be US expat answer to Trump haters

As the reality of the Trump dump hits in amongst disgruntled Americans, expat media worldwide is rushing to provide info on the best ways to escape. Canada and New Zealand were the first countries to see a massive increase in hits on their immigration sites, but Spain’s expat publications weren’t far behind in giving all-you-need-to-know articles on how to become Spanish. It’s not just the Brits who’ve already discovered the charms of Spanish life, as many Americans are already settled in the Costas and Spain’s larger...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China dismayed by changes in Uber

Expats living and working in China are shocked by the withdrawal of Uber’s dual-language app. The Uber International dual language app has been a lifesaver for Western expats attempting to negotiate the tangle of streets making up most of China’s major cities without having to learn Mandarin Chinese. Basically, Uber International cannot now be used within China, and its replacement, Uber China, doesn’t work anywhere else on the planet. Uber China only uses the Chinese language, and will not recognise destinations entered in...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Canadian immigration site crashes after Trump victory declared

Immediately following the shocking announcement that Hillary Clinton had conceded the election to Trump, the Canadian immigration web pages crashed. Late on Tuesday night, the official Citizenship and Immigration Canada website crashed due to the sheer number of enquiries from American citizens looking to leave the home country and settle north of the border. Instead of offering a menu leading to immigration pages, the site was reduced to a long-loading home page with no access to the website itself. According to CBC, Canada has...