Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

20 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Qatari businesses struggling due to expat exodus

According to a Reuters report, businesses catering for middle class Qataris and expat professionals are failing due to lack of demand caused by lay-offs of thousands of well-paid workers from overseas. Large-scale layoffs of expat workers at white collar levels have taken place for some two years now, spurred by the fall in oil prices. Last year, Qatar Petroleum sent redundancy notices to an estimated 3,000 professional expat employees, with its subsidiary RasGas also shedding hundreds. Danish Oil giant Mersk rid itself of hundreds...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expat meeting with Amsterdam mayor brings hope

During a meeting with around 200 concerned UK expats living in Amsterdam, the Dutch city’s mayor gave a ray of hope and advised them not to give up their UK passports yet. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Lann told the assembled expats it wasn’t necessary at present to exchange British nationality for the Dutch option, as he and all Dutch people would do everything possible to minimise any post-Brexit changes. Applying for a Dutch passport, he said, isn’t even necessary at the present moment as a clear path to leaving has yet to...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand sex industry under attack by tourism minister

Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution. Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal with their need for more than just female companionship. Traditional and culturally acceptable amongst Thai men, sex for sale stems from the custom of the ‘mia noi’ or mistress, without whom the...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in the Gulf advised to keep sending money home

As a result of continuing uncertainty over the value of sterling, British expats working in Gulf states are being advised to keep sending money home. The dramatic fall in the sterling exchange rate following the shock Brexit result prompted an eight-fold increase in remittances from the region to UK banks. Given the continuing political and economic bad news, it’s no surprise financial experts are recommending that expats continue to transfer capital back to their home countries. Gulf Research Center’s director of economic...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand expat forum happiness survey provokes denials

The overly positive results of a recent happiness poll undertaken by Thaivisa Forum have resulted in many forum members having their say in a less than overjoyed manner. Thaivisa Forum covers Bangkok and most of the larger Thai cities as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and South East Asia in general. The site claims to have over 200,000 members who regularly visit the selection of specialist forums including visa requirements and experiences as well as activities and hobbies such as gardening, Buddhism, food, golf and more. It’s a...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying residency in popular EU countries restricted to wealthy expats

Securing an idyllic expat life post-Brexit as a resident in favourite European destinations is proving to be only an option for the wealthy. The rush for European passports is gathering steam as the full implications of Brexit hit home, but unless applicants are long-stay or have nationals of that country in their ancestry, there’s no chance unless big money is handed over. Various countries are now offering citizenship to Britishers affected by Brexit – but only at a staggering price. The vast majority of the 1.2 million...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threatens students, retirees and their dogs

As if the situation post-Brexit wasn’t dire enough for UK expats living in EU countries, more threats are emerging, especially for students, long-stay retirees on the state pension and, unbelievably, their dogs. Although at the present moment no-one is going to be deported from their country of residence after having their assets seized, more bad news about the effects of Brexit is coming out day by day. Brits living in Europe are by now familiar with the potential losses of free healthcare via the European Health card, the strong...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit threats affect Brits at home and abroad

The full effects of Britain’s leaving the EU won’t be felt until two years of negotiation are done and dusted, but the reality is that the majority of changes won’t benefit either UK expats or UK residents. The 40 years’ norms of travel, passports, jobs overseas and in the UK, visas, immigration, free movement and more will all be turned on their heads once the UK finally withdraws from the EU. It’s only now that many British citizens who voted Leave due to immigration concerns are realising they’ve not been told the whole...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Thailand worried about Brexit reverberations

As the value of sterling shrinks due to the disastrous and unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, expats living in the southeast Asian retirement hub as well as visitors are expressing their concern. According to Thailand’s popular English language newspaper Bangkok Post, it’s not just British expats living, retiring and working in Thailand who are concerned about the effects of the Leave win. British tourists are also worried about the increased cost of holidays and the economic instability caused by the exchange rate. At...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Where best to live for UK expat Francophiles

France has long been the choice for Brits looking for great weather, superb cuisine, fine wines and a huge variety of history and culture, but where’s the best region and town to settle? A recent survey revealed a surprising first choice for overall quality of life linked with easy access to international air links, the coast, stunning countryside and even Paris. For all this and more, the Breton city of Rennes won out. Taking into account its 200,000 friendly residents, charming historic architecture and buzzing local markets, the...