Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

10 Apr at 10 AM 2015

Expat from Britain arrested after his daughter dies from fall in Hong Kong

A British man and Filipino women have been arrested after their teenager daughter fell to her death from their upmarket residential building. According to police, they aren’t treating the death as suspicious however they have arrested the parents on suspicion of ‘neglect or ill-treatment of a child’. Nick Cousins, aged 58 and the father of the daughter, is Hong Kong office’s managing director of one of the world’s top insurance brokers, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT). Hong Kong’s consulate said that they are still...
10 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Maids in Saudi Arabia working illegally in small businesses

It has been discovered that some Saudi women are illegally employing their domestic workers to go and work in their small businesses such as cooking sales and other long working hour positions. Many experts and businesspeople think that women are forced to do this as getting the correct visas for expatriates is becoming increasingly difficult and many Saudis refuse to undertake these types of jobs. Umm Ali, a shop owner, said that her domestic worker helps makes popular Saudi meals and deserts which she then sells onto food stands...
8 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Illegal expatriates who work in Oman offered amnesty

According to embassy officials, the Oman government is offering amnesty to expatriates working and living in there illegally, starting this week. Head of Chancery at the Pakistani Embassy, Naheed Naveed, said that they have already started working on the process of drawing up detailed standard operating procedures in order for a smooth repatriation for Pakistanis who have approached the mission. According to a senior official from the Indonesian Embassy based in Muscat, workers from Indonesia who have either overstayed their visas...
27 Mar at 11 AM 2015

Maldives: Illegal transfers of expat jobs to be penalized

On Thursday, the Immigration Department in the Maldives said that expats who came to the country for specific jobs, which were then being illegally transferred for other work, would be penalized. This would also include terminating the permits of employers to bring in expats in the future. A statement released by the Immigration Department said that issues arose when expats were moved illegally to work in other posts and they had been receiving numerous complaints regarding the problem. Such problems included employers not taking...
27 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Luxembourg among other countries as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, anyone living in the US will not be considered because of the Foreign Account...
23 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Police in Saudi Arabia detain more than 300 expatriate workers

Saudi Arabian police arrested 330 illegal foreign workers on Wednesday following a number of raids in districts across the capital Riyadh. A police spokesman said the next day that among the districts involved in the operations were Deerah and Batha. Thirty beggars - most of whom were from Yemen - and 40 Ethiopian women were among those detained. Others arrested included foreigners without residency permits, expats working when they were not permitted to, vendors hawking in public places and absconders. During the raids, police...
12 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Bahrain plans to remove illegal expat workers

Bahraini officials are to launch a crackdown on what they believe is tens of thousands of illegal foreign workers in the Gulf country. A key reason there are so many illegal foreign workers in Bahrain is because of visa rules that allow foreigners to buy two-year visas for around US$4,000 and enter the country without the guarantee of employment. Once in, they often accept whatever is offered to them, regardless of whether working visas are provided. The latest crackdown is also set to involve officials targeting the firms that sell...
9 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Ecuador again scores highly in expat index

Ecuador has been named the best place to live and work as an expat, according to a recent InterNations survey. The report, The World Through Expat Eyes, quizzed more than 14,000 people on why they relocated, how life abroad was and how happy they were, and found that the South American country came out on top ahead of Luxembourg and Mexico respectively. InterNations took 61 one popular countries among expats into account, rating them on a number of factors including ease of settling in, overall quality of life, how welcoming they...
6 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Bangladesh to send 500,000 maids to Saudi

The government of Bangladesh has announced that it is set to send half a million qualified housemaids to Saudi Arabia once the two countries have finalised an expatriate recruitment agreement. A source from the Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia said that a delegate will travel to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to finalise the agreement, link Bangladeshi companies with Saudi recruitment firms and decide the date the recruitment will commence. The Bangladeshi Consul General Shahid Al-Kareem said that his government had done all it...
3 Feb at 11 AM 2015

British residents in Turkey could have permits revoked

UK expats residing in Turkey face having their permits cancelled if they spend more than 120 days outside the country, states a new ruling by the Turkish government. For many years, a popular choice of living among the roughly 40,000 British expats in Turkey has been to spend most of the year in the Eurasian country before heading elsewhere, often to warmer climes, during the winter months. However, that could all be about to change after the Turkish government changed their residency rules to state that any foreign resident who...