Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

25 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Famous British superhero to run across America for childrens charities

Three years after he stunned the world with his superhero-costumed spectacular cross-Canada charity run, Jamie McDonald is at it again! Now known as a real-life superhero after his 5,000 mile dash across Canada during which he raised £250,000 for charities benefiting children, Jamie is now setting out for a mind-boggling run across America. He’s applied for and been granted a one-year visa during which he must complete the run, meaning he’s forced to run a marathon every day or fail. The fact he can do this at all is in itself a...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Living the tax free high life in Dubai for expats

Dubai’s fame as a luxurious haunt for the ultra-wealthy draws internationally-minded expats willing to try their luck in the casino of Middle Eastern life. Dubai is one of the world’s most enticing no-tax destinations, attracting not just the cream of the expat professional crowd but also mega-wealthy entrepreneurs and global-minded individuals keen to exploit all Dubai has to offer. For expats, the lure of earning many times more than their salaries in the home country coupled with a tax-free status is far too good to resist,...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat fundraisers in Dubai stunned by punitive new regulations

The majority of expats working in Dubai had no idea of the regulations concerning charity work in the emirate until one of their number was arrested for a Facebook post. Lawyers are now warning companies and resident expats that breaking the strict rules may mean massive fines and a 12 month prison sentence. Last year’s announcement of Decree 9 prohibits collecting donations and advertising fundraising events unless written permission has been given by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. It’s possible that...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese property prices no longer at bargain basement level

As the European housing market hots up, Portuguese real estate prices are showing the second strongest growth of all EU member states. Figures originating at Eurostat, the EU’s statistics guru, are showing the bloc’s real estate sector is still maintaining steady house price growth of around 4.5 per cent. Ireland recorded the largest growth percentage at 11.8, followed by Portugal at 10.5 and Slovenia at 10 per cent. Especially popular with UK retirees, a home in Portugal is now less affordable than in past years, with the...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats on Cyprus angry at fake news tabloid reports

British expat residents on Cyprus are furious over UK tabloid reports of panicking tourists fleeing in fear of Russian retaliatory attacks following the Syria missile bombardment. Monday’s report in the Daily Star is being condemned by expat residents as scaremongering and irresponsible, with one expat assuring local media reporters there’s no reason to panic as the report is total and utter nonsense. No-one, he added, should leave in a hurry, and there’s no need to cancel pre-booked holidays on the island as no alert has been...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Cyprus golden visas spur huge hike in property prices

A new report has revealed the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is now a favourite location for expat property investors. The recently-released Cyprus Real Estate Marker Report shows real estate purchased by foreign buyers in 2017 has soared over the 2016 totals by 33 per cent. Limassol and Paphos were the most popular locations on the island for buyers from overseas, with purchases in the two regions making up almost three-quarters of the island’s total foreign transaction-related real estate revenue. Sales in Limassol were mostly...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Retired expats in Thailand in fight for affordable private healthcare insurance

Expat retirees living in a number of popular Thailand destinations are pressing for dedicated group private healthcare insurance coverage. A group of retired Swedish expats living in Bangkok, Udon Thani province, Hua Hin and Phuket have banded together in an attempt to find a solution to a major problem affecting retirees - the soaring cost of individual private health insurance and the ever-increasing charges by private hospitals for their services. Thailand is home to a large number of long-stay elderly expats, many of whom were...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats with second homes in France hit by huge property tax hike

Second home owners across France, many of whom are expats, are facing swingeing tax increases on their properties. Following his election, President Macron made it clear he would increase France’s tax d’habitation payable by all holiday and second home owners across the entire country. Paris, Bordeaux, Nice and Saint Jean de Luz have already taken advantage of the new tax law, doubling the charge in many areas. It’s not known how many second homes and holiday lets are owned by expats planning to eventually retire to France, but...
12 Apr at 3 PM 2018

Global financiers and Amnesty International support LGBT expat spousal visa battle

After winning her landmark case, brought to obtain a dependent visa allowing her to live in Hong Kong with her partner, an LGBT expat is now forced to fight for her rights again as the Hong Kong government has granted the state license to appeal. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal will hear the government’s case for denying the dependent visa on 5 June, but in the meantime no less than 16 local law firms as well as Amnesty International and many international financial companies have come out in favour of the lesbian woman and her...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Thai property developers competing to provide sheltered complexes for elderly expats

Thailand has been a popular retirement destination for some years, attracting Western expats from the USA and UK as well as from other first world countries. As with a good number of other world countries, Thailand is an ageing society due mainly to a huge fall in birth rates. It’s also an increasingly favoured destination for elderly expats looking for warm weather, good service and a reasonable cost of living. Healthcare is important, with private hospitals setting up to deal with the demand from both expat retirees and the ageing...