Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

20 Jun at 2 PM 2015

New Zealand introduces online visa application

People planning to visit or work in New Zealand can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things. Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand. He explained that the online visas became...
8 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia: Increased benefits for foreign husbands of Saudi women

Expat husbands of Saudi Arabian women who travel to the country for Haj, Umrah or any other kind of business will now be offered regular residence permits known as iqamas. Furthermore, a royal decree issued just under three years ago also entitles children with Saudi mothers and foreign fathers the same rights as Saudi in education, work and medical treatment. However, the decree does not exempt husbands from being deported following the expiry of the visa they arrive on. The new rules state that expat husbands can transfer their...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Expats in Saudi who fail to reenter on time to get three-year ban

Expat workers in Saudi Arabia will receive a three-year ban from the kingdom if they fail to return before their exit-reentry expires. The entry ban, which requires expatriates to be back in the country at the latest on the visa’s re-entry date, will only be applicable to workers. However, many expats have admitted they were shocked by the decision, claiming that sometimes circumstances meant they had no option other to overstay at times. An Indian IT profession explained that his father travelled to India but was unable to...
26 May at 11 AM 2015

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile, British expats who have resided outside their country for less than 15 years will be permitted to vote, just as they are in the country’s general election. British, Irish and any other Commonwealth...
7 May at 9 AM 2015

Philippine authorities to export Thai over Facebook insults

Officials in the Philippines could export an expatriate Thai worker after he posted comments about locals on his Facebook page. The Bureau of Immigration ordered that Prasertsri Kosin, or Koko Narak on Facebook, was to be deported after locals complained he had been insulting the people of host country. Reports did not say in what way Prasertsri, who worked for Cognizant Philippines in Taguig City, criticised Filipinos, but officials described his behaviour on Facebook as “controversial” and said he had been...
28 Apr at 12 PM 2015

British expats to be hit by NHS clampdown

British expats living in European countries such as Spain are likely to feel the full force of a proposed clampdown by the NHS. Many UK citizens living overseas often fly back to their homeland for doctors’ appointments or procedures such as operations because of the hassle involved when dealing with local health authorities abroad, particularly concerning the seemingly endless amount of paperwork that may need to be processed. However, the NHS has introduced new regulations, which will come into force in the coming days, stating...
27 Apr at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013, according to the statistics. The Cricket World Cup coupled with an earlier Easter were the main reasons for such a large increase, noted the manager of New Zealand Statistics, Vina Cullum. The yearly net...
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...