Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Maldives: 12 expat cashiers arrested

Twelve expats have been arrested in the Maldives as the island nation’s government continues its crackdown of foreigners working as cashiers. In a four-hour operation in which authorities sought to find foreigners in violation of a newly-imposed ban on them working as cashiers, 46 undocumented expats were arrested. Hassan Khaleel, spokesman for the archipelago’s Immigration Department, said that 36 of the cashiers remained in custody. In April, the government imposed a ban on expatriates being employed as cashiers. Authorities...
7 Aug at 9 AM 2015

New rules for expat husbands in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has introduced new laws for expatriates who marry local women, allowing them to remain in the country more freely. With an expat worker population of 9.2 million, the issue of foreigners marrying local women has long since been a bone of contention in Saudi Arabia, with many viewing the legal protection provided as not good enough. In recent years, the Gulf state has attempted to improve the situation for married couples in such situations, but moves have been largely unsuccessful. Children of such couples have been...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2015

No vote for Canadian expats abroad for 5 years

Canadians who have been residing overseas for over five years will not be permitted to vote in their country’s general elections in October. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on Monday after a 2-1 split decision that any Canadian who has lived abroad for at least five years will be barred from voting on the grounds that they are no longer linked to the taxation and laws of their votes in Canada. There are roughly 2.8 million Canadians living abroad, of whom 1.4 million are likely to be affected by the ruling. The ruling...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2015

Expat nurses in UK face prospect of being sent home

Increased budget cuts designed to further reduce the government budget deficit mean many foreign nurses in the UK may be sent home. To separate long-term residents and short-term workers, UK laws state that expat workers are permitted to stay and work in the country for six years. However, by the time the six-year mark comes round, they must be able to show they are on a yearly salary of at least £35,000. If not, working visas can be taken away from them and they then have to return to their homeland. In recent times the UK has...
11 Jul at 2 PM 2015

Spain-based expat publishes book about doing business with Fidel Castro

An expat author in the southern Spanish province of Granada has published his memoires about doing business in Cuba at a time when he was working alongside Fidel Castro. French-born Michel Villand revealed that the pair were so close that Castro was even a guest of honour when he opened his bakery chain – Pain de Paris – after arriving in the Cuban capital Havana in 1994. Villand, 74, said power politics, economics, revolution, black magic and eroticism all featured in My Partner Fidel Castro, with the book providing a...
8 Jul at 9 AM 2015

Expat employment in Bahrain up 6%

The number of expat workers in Bahrain increased by six per cent in the first quarter of 2015, according to recent data. The Bahrain Labour Market Indicators showed that the rise in the number of foreigners employed in the Gulf state was three times the increase among Bahraini workers, which stood at two per cent. The figures revealed a significant rise from the same quarter in 2014, when the increase among expat workers was two per cent and among Bahrainis three per cent. Overall, some 538,480 expats were working in the country...
20 Jun at 2 PM 2015

New Zealand introduces online visa application

People planning to visit or work in New Zealand can now fill out their visa applications online, in a move that has been viewed as a faster, more efficient way of doing things. Students have been able to use the online system since last August, and with the most recent enhancement of the system, more and more people heading to the country can do likewise. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse described the news as “fantastic” for anyone in the world who planned to visit New Zealand. He explained that the online visas became...
8 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia: Increased benefits for foreign husbands of Saudi women

Expat husbands of Saudi Arabian women who travel to the country for Haj, Umrah or any other kind of business will now be offered regular residence permits known as iqamas. Furthermore, a royal decree issued just under three years ago also entitles children with Saudi mothers and foreign fathers the same rights as Saudi in education, work and medical treatment. However, the decree does not exempt husbands from being deported following the expiry of the visa they arrive on. The new rules state that expat husbands can transfer their...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Expats in Saudi who fail to reenter on time to get three-year ban

Expat workers in Saudi Arabia will receive a three-year ban from the kingdom if they fail to return before their exit-reentry expires. The entry ban, which requires expatriates to be back in the country at the latest on the visa’s re-entry date, will only be applicable to workers. However, many expats have admitted they were shocked by the decision, claiming that sometimes circumstances meant they had no option other to overstay at times. An Indian IT profession explained that his father travelled to India but was unable to...
26 May at 11 AM 2015

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile, British expats who have resided outside their country for less than 15 years will be permitted to vote, just as they are in the country’s general election. British, Irish and any other Commonwealth...