Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

4 May at 6 PM 2016

Beijing greedy landlords making life difficult for expats

Expat quality of life in Beijing is being seriously affected by soaring rental increases. Although rent increases in Beijing are nothing new, greedy Chinese landlords nowadays are putting the screws on expat tenants as never before, especially in the more popular expat districts. Average rents in China’s capital rose last year by 14 per cent on top of the usual annual increases in previous years. A recent report from the Global Cities Business Alliance named Beijing as the world’s most expensive city for expat rentals, ahead...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat professionals in Africa becoming less attractive to employers

In spite of Africa’s continent-wide skills shortage and need for foreign expertise, the numbers of expats working for multinational companies is on the decrease. For international companies operating within Africa, finding the right candidates for upper-level jobs has always been a challenge. Under restrictive colonial rule until comparatively recently, African countries in general were bereft of good schools and universities in which home-grown talent could flourish. Following independence, oppressive dictatorships and local...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living in the Sultanate and will apply to arrivals by air as well as by road. A number of nationalities including Filipinos and Indians will have to apply for e-visas whatever their jobs, as the former...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows massive expat majority in support of Stay campaign

British expats able to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum are overwhelmingly in favour of staying as part of the European Union. Global expat network Angloinfo’s survey results released earlier this week showed that almost three quarters of respondents intended to vote to stay. Just 20 per cent are in favour of leaving the EU, and seven per cent are still undecided as to how they will vote The study reached out to over 2,800 of Angloinfo’s user base of expats living in many countries across the world. Of those who were in...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats unhappy with dual pricing in Thailand

Amongst the many cross-cultural issues which get expats in Thailand hot under their collars, dual pricing at national parks, tourist attractions and other historic sites is possibly the most annoying. Admittedly dual pricing, where locals are charged one price and foreigners are charged double or more, isn’t confined to Thailand, but it’s certainly prevalent in the Land of Smiles and enthusiastically justified nowadays by various tourism and government organisations. In the past, it was selectively applied, but nowadays...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Intrusive new immigration form causes expat dismay in Thailand

Expats living in Thailand were shocked by the unveiling of a new immigration form requiring details of their social media habits, frequently used shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, details of their cars, bank accounts and other strictly personal information. The new requirement surfaced a few days ago on local forums, and was at first regarded by regular posters as a hoax or misinformation. Subsequently a popular English Language media website published an article confirming the genuine origin of the three-page form and its questions....
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New app aims to help non Mandarin speaking expats in China

A Beijing-based start-up has launched a new app aiming to give much-needed assistance to non-Mandarin-speaking expats living and working in China. With what seems like a genius of an idea for those whose brains just can’t get to grips with one of the world’s most difficult languages, GrabTalk’s new app is bound to be a roaring success. Nowadays, more and more expat professionals are flocking to the new opportunities and challenges of China, most of whom are encountering daily difficulties due to an inability to...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat property investment hubs under the microscope

Expat property investment is seen as an option by many retirees living overseas, but needs to be carefully considered. Buying a second home or investment property outside the home country is a popular option for many expat retirees, but making an informed decision takes a good deal of research as regards location, tax liabilities, renting out and leasing legalities and the chance of capital appreciation. In short, making the right decision should be based on personal priorities, the purpose of the purchase, any risk exposure and...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

China to built vast database to match expat workers with jobs

China is looking to build a massive database containing details of foreign talent as a first step toward matching up experienced professionals with employers needing expat expertise. The database will be China’s first mega-data project and is expected to include foreign workers’ areas of expertise, nationalities, city of residence and present employer. Director of the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs Zhang Jianguo proposed the project at the Shenzhen Conference on International Exchange of Professionals held last...