Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

16 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Soaring cost of living matches soaring number of Brits leaving the UK

As the cost of a comfortable life in the UK rises, it’s being matched by the number of Britons opting to live and work overseas. A combination of Brexit uncertainty, the ever-rising cost of living and potential job insecurity has led to increasing numbers of UK citizens making the decision of their lives in order to secure their futures. At the present time, Brits desperate to desert the sinking ship before it falls apart are spoilt for choice as to where to go and what to do when they get there. Whether they’re budding...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait proposes deportation for expats with five traffic law violations

According to an unnamed high-ranking security source, Kuwait’s head of traffic affairs has proposed the deportation of expats with five serious traffic convictions. Major-General Fahad al-Showai, Kuwait’s acting Interior Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs, has sent a proposal to the emirate’s deputy Prime Minister calling for deportation to apply to any expat who’s booked for five serious traffic violations, either one per incident or separately. Offences considered serious include not wearing seatbelts,...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2017

New NHS passport policy to affect all expats living in UK

A new rule affecting millions of expats living in the UK slipped in under the media’s radar earlier this week. Colloqially entitled the Passport Policy, it forces all expats needing hospital services to prove their immigration status or pay upfront for treatment. The rule seems to be part of a government cost-cutting strategy, but is likely to cause major problems for those affected. For the past several years, medical tourism has been constantly blamed for accelerating problems within the NHS. Formerly the envy of the world,...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Qatar eases banking regulations for expats with expired visas

As the regional economic boycott enters its sixth month, Qatar’s central bank is loosening up on expat banking rules. According to the regulator, lenders must now allow expat workers whose visas have expired a full 90 days before their accounts are closed. Formerly, accounts were shut down immediately on visa expiry. The news was posted on the regulator’s website last Sunday, and is in line with an existing law which allows a stay of up to three months for expats whose residency permits have ended. The declared aim of the new...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Bremain in Spain calls for clarity on post Brexit provisions for UK expats

Following Alfonso Dastis’s pledge that UK expats resident in Spain will be able to stay no matter what the Brexit result brings, campaign groups are calling for reassurance as regards healthcare and other rights. Bremain in Spain’s chairperson Sue Wilson is claiming the right to remain without assurances on healthcare and other existing rights could result in Brit expats still being forced to return to the UK. She welcomed Dastis’s comments, but pointed out, if expats’ EU citizen rights were not protected, the right to remain...
20 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MP urges exit visas for expats

As Kuwait’s government and lawmakers continue proposing and introducing measures hostile to foreigners working in the emirate, a law is being introduced requiring exit visas for all expats. Kuwaiti MP Waleed al Tabtabaei has proposed a measure imposing exit visas for all foreign workers intending to leave the emirate. The law, if adopted, would forbid expats working in the private sector from leaving unless they are granted approval by their sponsors and have received a special permit from the public manpower authority. It’s...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows Oman is an expat favourite for its peace and security

The GCC nations in general may be best for high salaries and luxury living, but expats have voted Oman as the most peaceful of them all. The 2017 Expat Insider survey, complied by expat networking website InterNations, rated the small country as the most peaceful of all the GCC nations as well as one of the most stable. It’s also the second most popular as a work destination, in the region, and the 17th in the world. Expats living and working in the kingdom agree with the ratings, adding it’s great to be able to go out at night...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Netherlands not exactly welcoming entrepreneurial expats

For years, the Netherlands has been known for its entrepreneurial culture, but would-be self-employed expats are experiencing real problems getting residency visas for their start-ups. Local entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are playing a huge part in growing the economy by providing new jobs as well as innovative ideas and generally benefiting their country of residence. That said, it’s increasingly difficult for expat entrepreneurs to even get a foothold in the country, let alone a residence permit which will enable them to start...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats invited to finance and run Omani private schools

The Oman government is to offer expats the chance to invest in the Sultanate’s private education facilities. Foreign investors may establish new private schools under certain conditions, according to an official representative of Oman’s Ministry of Education. Regulations and management requirements, the spokesman said, have been extended and changed in order to allow foreign investment in private education facilities. The list of must-haves and must-dos seems long and complicated but, given the high charges for private education...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Cambodia concerned over anti US threats

American expatriates living and working in Cambodia are growing more concerned about the seemingly anti-US stance of the ruling military government. After the recent closure of independent English language media outlets and radio stations and the arrest of the country’s opposition leader, Phnom Penh officials have focused their rhetoric on the USA. Government critics and media professionals are increasingly concerned about the reasons behind the rising antipathy, especially after Friday’s announcement that senior military officers...