Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

19 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UK state pensioners in France terrified over more exchange rate falls

With the pound sterling forecast to sink even lower as the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer, Brit expats in France are fearing the worst. Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday did nothing to allay the fears of British expats living in France on their UK state pensions. The PM’s continuing emphasis on a hard Brexit is expected to do even more damage to the already threatened currency and those who rely on it. Both EU and French politicians had been hoping for meat on the bones of ‘Brexit means Brexit’,...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK at risk of deliberate government hostility post Brexit

Leading immigration lawyers are sending a disturbing message suggesting possible deliberate governmental hostility to EU citizens living and working in Britain after Brexit. According to the Guardian, an immigration specialist lawyer with London firm Kingsley Napley is suggesting the possibility of a nightmare scenario for expats in the UK should Britain go for a hard Brexit. Andrew Tingley suggests the government might well decide those who were resident in the UK pre-referendum have no right to remain. Tingley is concerned about...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats in UAE to undergo criminal record checks

The UAE parliament is expected to make a favourable decision regarding the need for expatriate workers to undergo criminal record checks. Security checks for criminal records are about to become the norm for expats working in the UAE after the scheme was approved in principle by the emirates’ cabinet. The move is believed to be a result of a high-profile criminal case involving a Jordanian accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year old boy. Since the case was brought, FNC members based in Dubai have called for...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MP hits out at expat right to change employers

Expat professionals working in Kuwait are under attack again regarding their right to change employers and residence permits. Kuwaiti MP Mubarak al Hajraf is being quoted in the Arab Times as attacking his government for not nationalising the jobs market as a tool to assist Kuwaitization of the workforce. Other oil-producing states are, he says, reorganising their labour markets to reduce dependence on foreign workers, whilst Kuwait is encouraging the continuance of the status quo. Al Hjraf is also up in arms over so-called...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Kuwait to face huge heathcare cost increases

Kuwait’s unenviable position as one of the least satisfactory destinations for expats is about to get even worse as the government announces massive increases in heathcare costs. According to the Kuwait Times and other English language media, heathcare charges are to be increased by up to 500 per cent, beginning in mid-February. The price hike is intended to end the emirate’s popularity as a hub for medical tourism as, according to a government spokesperson, the cost to users at present is lower than the costs of actually...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

China may phase out non native speaker expat English teachers

Following its testing late last year of a three-tier work permit system, China is looking to rid itself of non-native English language teachers. The new three-tier system, at present on trial in Beijing Shanghai, Tianjin and other major cities, classifies expat workers into three classes of expat, A, B and C. The rules include a requirement that all foreign English teachers must be native speakers and have a bachelors’ degree as well as two years’ formal teaching experience. However, a good number of Chinese schools seem to be...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Best destinations for expat heathcare at the right price

For many expats weighing up the pros and cons of a particular country, the quality and cost of healthcare is one of the most important aspects. Affordable, quality heathcare is one of the most important aspects of expat life for older professionals looking for an overseas position, retirees seeking the perfect location and expats with young families, but standards and costs across the world aren’t easy to evaluate. Most would-be expats judge healthcare standards by those in their home countries as well as by the necessity of...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait to increase health charges for expats

Following a study of health service fees, the Kuwait ministry of health is due to announce increased health charges for expats in the emirate. The recent study reviewed expat health service charges with the aim of aligning them more closely to the actual costs, with the result that charges will now be set at an increased level affordable for expats. All loopholes are to be closed in order to protect public funds, and methods of collection are to be upgraded. The increases, described as inevitable, are due to come into effect in...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK being refused residency

The UK Home Office is under fire from frustrated EU citizens over its draconian refusals of permanent residency permits. The permanent residency process appears to be in chaos as long-stay EU citizens and experts are being told they must leave the UK due to minor paperwork problems. As a result, a recently formed campaign group is now urging government ministers to undertake a reform of the overburdened system. According to the Guardian newspaper, the 3 Million group was founded by Frenchman Nicolas Hatton in order to fight for the...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Qatar expat residents forced to carry ID cards or face heavy fines

Expats living and working in Qatar are being forced to carry their Residence Permit ID cards with them at all times or face being fined QR10,000. An article in Qatar Scoop is reminding expats of the requirement to carry the documentation with them whenever they go out, irrespective of their home countries or cultures. Should those stopped fail to produce valid proof of their identities and permission to stay, a fine of QR10,000 must be paid. According to police, ID will only be requested if there is suspicion of illegal behaviour,...