Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

22 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Expat Sri Lankans win the right to vote

Sri Lankans living overseas will now be permitted to vote in their country’s polls in further changes made under President Maithripala’s Sirisena’s new regime. The last Sri Lankan elections were held on 8 January, but expatriates, of whom there are an estimated 1.7 million, were not allowed to cast their ballots. However, under the new regime arrangements are being made to rectify the situation and allow them their votes, according to the Muslim Tamil Alliance leader and former deputy mayor of Colombo, Azath Salley, who is...
20 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Voting referendum ‘unlikely’ this year for Irish expats

A referendum on whether to allow Irish expatriates the right to vote in general elections is unlikely to take place this year, according to Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The Cabinet was scheduled discuss holding a referendum on the matter before Christmas, but it has yet to do so, confirmed Deehinan. The minister said that referendums on the minimum age of presidential election candidates and marriage equality were due to be held in the next 12 months, so it would be “”logistically very difficult” to stage a...
19 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Iran footballers warned about posing for selfies with expatriate women in Australia

Iranian footballers have been warned about posing for selfies with female fans at the Asian Cup finals in Australia. Australia is home to around 70,000 expats from Iran, and the buzz about the three-time Asian champions playing in the country has drawn many fans, male and female, to the stadiums to cheer them on. However, in Iran, women fans are not allowed to attend men’s games because of the sex segregation regulations – laws that do not apply in other countries. This, in addition to the fact that the strict female dress code...
19 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Saudi urges authorities to allow his regnant Indonesian wife to stay

A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded with authorities to grant his pregnant Indonesian wife a residency permit rather than deport her. Amro Muhammad Kurdi wed his wife eight years ago and the couple have one daughter. The woman, who is now seven months pregnant with their second child, has never had a residency permit for the Gulf state. Kurdi, 26, said that he was very worried about the future for his daughter and baby, acknowledging that he made an error when he married the Indonesian woman by not obtaining the proper documents....
16 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Indonesia: Bahasa test to be introduced for expat workers

The Indonesian government has proposed that expatriates in the country should have to master the Bahasa language before being granted work permits. At the beginning of the year, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri announced that the Test of Indonesia as a Foreign Language exam was being drawn up and that expat workers would soon be required to pass it in order to obtain the necessary documents. The test is being developed as part of a method of determining a foreign worker’s eligibility, and was part of the Manpower Ministry’s...
31 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Illegal expats in Oman to be offered amnesty

Expatriates in the Gulf state of Oman who have overstayed their working visas and are now in the country illegally are to be offered amnesty, a government spokesperson has revealed. The Ministry of Manpower’s head of media Talib Al Dhabari explained that the country wanted to regulate its labour market so was preparing to offer amnesty to overstaying expats or individuals who had been stuck in the Sultanate indefinitely in the near future. Al Dhabari noted that amnesty - which is expected to help thousands of workers from India,...
30 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Shanghai to open more expat help centres

China is to open nine new “one-stop” expat service centres in Shanghai on Thursday, announced police. The new facilities will be located in the districts of Minhang, Singjiang, Zhabei, Yangpu, Jing’an and Changning as well as in the Pudong New Area. The service centres are being introduced so visitors have greater access to facilities offering legal advice, visa pre-processing and temporary residence permits. The majority of them are within industrial parks where large numbers of foreigners work or in residential areas popular...
29 Dec at 3 PM 2014

Kuwait: Expats to be deported for illegal barbecuing

Expatriates in Kuwait will be deported if they are caught barbecuing in non-allocated places, announced the municipal council. Spokesman Ahmad Al Saubaih said that a plan had been put in place with the interior ministry to ensure that all foreigners who broke municipal laws, such as barbecuing in public parks or on beaches, would be deported. He revealed that the municipality had created designated areas in public parks and on beaches where people were permitted to barbecue, but they had also placed bans on other areas. He went on...
29 Dec at 12 PM 2014

UAE: Expats workers made to pay for visa renewal

Expat workers in the UAE are being illegally charged as much as AED15,000 by employers to renew their working visas every two years, a Bangladesh embassy employee has said. It costs AED2,879 to renew a manual worker’s visa, but the law states that it is the employer’s responsibility to pay for it. But, according to the embassy staff member, expats from Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh are being forced to front the bill by many owners of small businesses. Bangladeshi embassy councillor Mohammed Shahadat Husain in Abu Dhabi...
28 Dec at 12 PM 2014

New Zealand ‘expat’ faces jail time in Thailand for drug possession

A New Zealand man is facing years in a Thai prison if convicted of being in possession of Class A drugs, reports from the Southeast Asian country state. Forty-one-year-old Taylor Grainger was arrested and charged after local police allegedly found him with more than two grams of cocaine and methamphetamine in the hedonistic resort of Patong on the popular resort island, Phuket. Reports also claim that Grainger had overstayed his tourist visa after they found an expired passport at his home. In addition to being a tourist hotspot,...