Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

30 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur in China markets eco friendly trikes

A British expat entrepreneur living in Shanghai has cornered the market for environmentally friendly tricycles, but most are being exported to the West. British entrepreneur Chris Trees came to China nine years ago, having working in Paris for international advertising giant JCDecaux for almost 10 years before being sent to Shanghai as the company’s technical director. By the end of 2007, he’d left his former employer to set up his own business marketing advertising equipment. Along the way he developed a passion for an...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems as well. Not every expat moving overseas, and certainly not every tourist, bothers to revew the home country’s overseas services online before picking up a phone when there’s a problem....
24 May at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows majority of expats in Europe wish to remain EU citizens

According to research carried out by a major website aimed at UK expats, the vast majority of UK citizens living in EU countries are in favour of Britain’s staying put in the EU. The survey, carried out with a representative sample of expats in Europe, showed that 71 per cent are committed to staying in the EU. Just 23 per cent are intending to vote to leave the union, with six percent unable to make up their minds as yet. The survey, conducted by global expat network AngloInfo, demonstrated that in spite of non-stop campaigning by...
19 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Saudi to be forced to have private health insurance

Given that health care is one of the most expensive necessities for moving overseas, Saudi Arabia’s setting up of a private health plan for all expats would seem to be a good idea. According to online reports, the Saudi government’s new, compulsory private health plan will be backed by insurers and linked to more than 2,500 hospitals in the kingdom. The majority of Western expats in high-level professional positions either have heath insurance or can afford private care, but the huge number of expats from India, Bangladesh and...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat workers in the Netherlands hit by phone scammers

A reappearance of a telephone scam is now targeting working expats in the Netherlands. Expats working in the Netherlands have fallen foul of a re-jig of a telephone scam involving their work and residency visas. Fraudulent callers pretending to be officials from the Dutch immigration service are demanding money on the basis that expat work and residency visas will be revoked if payment is not made. Frighteningly, the fraudulent callers seem to have obtained their potential victims’ personal and private information, including...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats face state pension slash should Brexit succeed

UK expats settled in European hot spots could see their triple-locked state pension frozen pending negotiations with EU member states regarding the annual increase. The present system permits British retirees living in European Economic Area (EEA) countries to receive annual pension increases related to either inflation or 2.5 per cent, whichever is greater. Should the UK leave the EU, pension payments are likely to be frozen at the current level due to the necessity of negotiating new agreements with individual countries. Should...
11 May at 4 PM 2016

Brit expats in OZ forced back to UK over spiralling health costs

Spiralling health insurance costs essential for Australian medical care are forcing retired Britons to return to the UK. Medical insurance is essential for British expat retirees living in Australia, but the ever-rising premium charges are forcing many retirees to give up their dream and return to the UK. One couple living in Albany, Western Australia, have seen their annual premium rise by an incredible 123 per cent over the last 10 years. The couple are living under a temporary rather than permanent resident visa, so are not...
9 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in China get English language online shopping platform

After years of struggling with massive Chinese language online shopping sites such as Alibaba, expats now have their own English language online website connected with the huge retailer and its endless choices of goods. Finding the way around the huge, Mandarin language Alibaba sites and their 8000 million products has been a nightmare for expats working in China. Without a Chinese friend to help negotiate the giant sites, the chances of being able to purchase anything were rated as slim to none. Help, however, is at last in hand,...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Beijing greedy landlords making life difficult for expats

Expat quality of life in Beijing is being seriously affected by soaring rental increases. Although rent increases in Beijing are nothing new, greedy Chinese landlords nowadays are putting the screws on expat tenants as never before, especially in the more popular expat districts. Average rents in China’s capital rose last year by 14 per cent on top of the usual annual increases in previous years. A recent report from the Global Cities Business Alliance named Beijing as the world’s most expensive city for expat rentals, ahead...