Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Discovering Cambodia as an expat retirement hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular with would-be expats from Western countries who’ve turned their backs on the chaos, confusion and political problems back home. Starting a new life in Cambodia is an adventure that’s proving more and more attractive to expats looking for a total change of scene. At the present time, visa requirements are straightforward and expats can work or volunteer without risking being deported. The country itself is a fascinating mix of modern amenities in its capital Phnom Penh and more traditional...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dealing with the new Chinese work permit system

China’s new work permit system for expats divides applicants into three tiers, dependent on point scoring of qualifications and experience. Although the new system combines the two previous permits, making it easier for expats to decide which to use, as well as allowing employers to submit applications, it’s still causing confusion. Basically, those with top talents and qualifications should be home free and enjoy additional advantages, whilst those in the two lower tiers may need to meet tougher entry requirements, longer waiting...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti female MP takes aim at expats again

Kuwait’s anti-expat parliamentarian hits out again at foreigners working in the emirate. Expats living and working in Kuwait could have been forgiven for hoping MP Safa al Hashem would find another cause to sensationalise after her initial anti-expat rants in the country’s parliament. Unfortunately, foreign professionals and other expat workers are in her sights again, as she’s now demanding a 10-year cap on expats’ stays in the emirate as well as a ban on dependent visas with the exception of parents and a doubling of charges...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Becoming localised as an expat in Thailand

Thailand may not be top of the tree for expat professionals looking for the ideal assignment, but it can be a fascinating experience for those seeking something different. Southeast Asia is crammed with countries once considered to be either third world or remnants of the British Empire, but much has changed over the past several decades. Vietnam is growing fast, and hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia are well ahead on points as regards economic growth and international-style amenities. Thailand, however, seems to live in its own,...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2017

USA deportations of Europeans and Britons on the increase

Irish, British and other European expatriate communities in the USA are worried over the Trump crackdown on illegal immigration. Traditionally, illegal immigrants and overstayers from Europe hid in plain sight whilst Asians, Latin Americans and others were sent packing, but the new order in the White House is causing concern amongst the country’s foreign communities. This fiscal year, the total number of Europeans cited for deportation is set to surpass last year’s total, according to figures released by the USA Immigration and...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Expat chaos reigns as Saudi fee payment software proves problematic

Frustration and, in some cases, panic is building in Saudi Arabia’s expat community as online payment software for the new dependents fees proves not fit for the purpose. The Saudi Gazette is reporting a swathe of texts and emails from expats desperate to stay legal regarding the new tax, all reporting problems with the e-payment programme. Crucial complaints include the software’s failure to update its records when the tax has been paid and, worse yet, visa cancellations for no obvious reason and with no explanation. More...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Canada encouraging expat professionals by loosening entry rules

Canada’s changing of its popular Express Entry ranking system is sure to attract increasing numbers of skilled expat looking for new life. In early June, Canada’s immigration minister announced changes to its points-related Express Entry pool which allow applicants with siblings already in the country to add 15 points to their rankings. The rationale of the change is that immigrants seeking to build a new life will find integration easier when backed by family members. Having a spouse or common-law partner with family members...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand takes over from Oz as expats favourite

International relocation companies are reporting a surge in expats expressing interest in moving to New Zealand. For the first time in over 20 years, more Australians are leaving the home country and heading south, and the surge in British interest after the Brexit referendum is gathering even more momentum. New Zealand’s uniquely dramatic scenery might have something to do with its increasing popularity, but the so-called ‘Brexit and Trump’ effect and the islands’ friendly communities are the main reasons for its soaring...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait plans new city to house 20,000 expats

The Kuwaiti government is to invite bids for the construction of a brand new city to house expats. To be known as the ‘Southwest Al Jahra Labour City‘, the massive conurbation will provide homes for foreigners working in the emirate and will be located in the Northern Al Jhara region. According to the Arabic language newspaper Al Bahar, the project will be a joint private/public sector venture and is expected to be ready for occupation by 2021. No details as yet have been given as to the requirements necessary for expats to live...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Report reveals EU expats in UK outnumbered by UK expats in Spain

A special report issued by the Office of National Statistics has revealed there are 300,000 Britons in Spain as against just 116,000 Spaniards in the UK. The report was designed to give accurate information about both expat categories before Brexit negotiations began. Almost half of UK expats are retired, with the numbers increasing rapidly over the past several years, and coastal locations are the most popular for this group. Spanish citizens living in the UK come mostly from younger age groups, with 50 per cent aged between 20...