Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

24 Mar at 6 PM 2017

British Ambassador holds outreach meetings with expats in Portugal

The British Ambassador to Portugal is visiting expat communities during the run-up to next Wednesday’s triggering of Article 50. British Ambassador Kirsty Hayes has already met with members of expat communities in Albufeira, Portamao and Cascais and is hoping to visit Porto and Caldas da Rainha before PM Theresa May invokes Article 50 next week. Her intention is to explain the next stage of Brexit negotiations and answer any questions British expats may have about their futures in the country. She’s being accompanied by...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expats arriving in the UK now being advised to take out private health insurance

In spite of the looming effects of Brexit, the UK is still a popular destination for expat professionals from outside the European Union. Although the number of EU nationals headingto the UK to further their careers may soon reverse itself as most are forced to pack up and leave post-Brexit, the country is expected to still be open to workers from across the world, provided they qualify for visas. However, one common misconception about Britain is that heathcare is free and amongst the best in the world, thus voiding the need for...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expatprenuers set new trend in Asian business hubs

For expats looking to work overseas, there’s a whole new culture developing, especially in Asia, in which the focus is on informal expat start-ups rather than corporate postings with all the trimmings. Traditionally, becoming a working expat involved relocation to an overseas subsidiary of a multinational Western company, with fixed term contracts and financial packages on hand to ease the transition. Nowadays, a new breed of ‘expatprenuers’ are journeying to the same destinations and starting up their own businesses, helped by...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Favourite expat hubs for nursing professionals

Nursing is a specialisation always in demand, as qualified nursing professionals can work anywhere in the world they wish provided they’ve obtained the relevant certifications in their chosen country. Mobility as a qualified, experienced nurse is normally far more straightforward than in many other professions, meaning the world is wide open for heathcare professionals seeking a change of lifestyle. Five countries stand out as best for salary levels, ease of finding a suitable position and comparative ease of obtaining permission...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

New Kuwaiti female MP called racist for her attacks on expat rights

Anti-expat female MP Safaa al Hashem’s latest attack on foreigners working in Kuwait urges her parliament to ban them from using government clinics and hospitals. Al Hashem, the only female MP in the Kuwaiti assembly, is becoming infamous amongst Kuwait’s expat community for her continued attacks on their position within the emirate. Her latest proposal urges the Kuwaiti authorities to pass a law forcing hospitals and clinics to cease and desist from providing medicines to foreigners. She wants the KD1 and KD2 fees paid by expats...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Hammond budget hits out at QROPS pension transfers

This week's 2017 budget is bad news for expats wishing to transfer their pension pots overseas via a Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme, better known as a QROPS. Introduced, according to Chancellor Philip Hammond, as a deterrent to tax avoidance, the new rule will come into effect today, March 9 and is not, he said, being seen as a blanket expense for all QROPS transfers. Expat pension savers will not be penalised if they are resident in the country where their chosen QROPS is based, if both the QROPS and the expat are based...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2017

India introduces five year multi entry visas for expats in UAE

According to the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, both expats and residents in the emirates will be ‘issued as routine' with five-year multi-entry business visas by Indian missions located in the UAE. The announcement of the new visas was made by Indian ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri during a media discussion held at Dubai’s Indian consulate. Suri said the new visas will become the norm for genuine Emirati and expat business applicants, adding the introduction of five-year multi-entry tourist visas would follow over the next few...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Surge in numbers of Brits in Germany applying for citizenship

For the more than 100,000 British nationals living in Germany, it’s time to consider applying for German citizenship. The uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds once the UK leaves the European Union is driving an increasing number of Brit expats living in Germany to apply for German citizenship. Many others are counting the days until they are eligible to make an application. The expat community in Berlin is mostly made up of young freelancers scared they’ll need visas but won’t be able to get them and elderly Brits...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2017

More confusion over the fate of EU expats working in Britain

As the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer and hard information on the plight of EU citizens in the UK becomes even more difficult to obtain, one British media outlet is saying multi-year visas will be issued post-Brexit. However tempting the prospect of multi-year visas for EU citizens working in the UK might be, the present-day fact is that the cut-off date for the EU immigrant community may be just weeks away or it may take place any time later. Exact information is crucial, as the cut-off refers to the date after which no EU...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spanish real estate agents already feeling the Brexit pinch

With Article 50 not even triggered as yet, estate agents in Spain are already suffering Brexit doldrums. At least two years of painful negotiations are on the cards before the UK finally quits the European Union, but businesses reliant on British customers are already beginning to envisage a grim future. Amongst the worst affected are real estate agents in Spain’s expat hotspots, with many reporting a drastic fall in property sales since the June referendum. Two of the hardest hit provinces to date are the Costa del Sol’s...