Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Saudi Arabian officials deny expat fee rumours

Social media rumours that expat fees paid by companies would be fixed at their present level are now being categorically denied by officials. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social development has issued a strong denial about the possibility of companies’ expat fees being pegged at their present, initial level. The fees, introduced at the beginning of this year and remitted annually, are paid by companies at a rate of $107 per month for each foreigner employed. If an equal number of Saudis and expats comprise the workforce,...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Will expats in Paris pee in public

Doing everything the French way is the norm for many long-term expats living and working in Paris, but a recent addition to the city’s street scene may prove a step too far. For Parisian men and maybe a few expats, peeing discreetly in the street is the normal thing to do, although it’s illegal and can result in a hefty fine if caught. However, recent moves by the city fathers are causing even more controversy as well as amazement within the city’s population including its expat community. The installation of several eco-friendly...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Is Dubai the new crime hub for tax fraud

Expat tax fraudsters are flooding to Costa del Dubai The futuristic desert city of Dubai is being used as a refuge by fraudulent tax evaders from the UK. Loved by the ultra-wealthy and famous, Dubai is now being nicknamed ‘ the World’s new Costa del Crime’ in a reference to the Southern Spain region formerly a refuge for UK criminals and fraudsters. Data leaked from the normally watertight government agencies show a high number of wanted and suspected criminals have purchased luxury mansions in several of Dubai’s most upscale...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat favourites for retirement relocation to Spain

For Brits dashing to get settled in Spain before the Brexit door slams in their faces, choosing a favourite location is the first priority. According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, almost 50 per cent of the 300,000 Britons living in Spain are retirees over the age of 65. They’ve arrived for the warm climate, the lower cost of living and the security blanket of established British expat communities in favourite destinations. In addition, Spain’s healthcare system is rated in the world’s top ten, living costs are 20...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Saudi work permits now linked to house rent contracts

Issuance or renewal of expats’ work permits In Saudi Arabia is now linked with the authentication of rental contracts. The publishing of the new rule is a consequence of implementation by Saudi’s Council of Ministers’ February 2017 decision not to allow the issuance of work permits to expats without authenticated, registered property rental contracts. Final implementation is due next month, and an awareness campaign will be launched by the ministries involved to ensure the linking process is successful. All rental contracts...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats to be subject to airport health screening on returning to Kuwait

A proposal to subject all expats returning to Kuwait after time overseas to airport health screening has been put forward by lawmakers. MP Mohammed al-Dalal has presented a proposal that all returning expatriates should be subject to health screening by medical examiners before they’re allowed back into the emirate. The MP is suggesting allocating a building close by the international airport to be updated and refitted to serve as a medical examination centre. Al Dalal is also in favour of all expatriate workers undergoing further...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats and Brit residents fall for binary trading scam

Expats as well as British residents have lost all their savings to a binary options scam. Eclipse Finance Ltd operated from a registered office in London’s East End district and claimed to be marketing an investment scheme based on binary option trading, a form of fixed odds betting on financial market movements. The term ‘binary option’ represents a financial option which pays out either a fixed sum or nothing. Trading online and operating from its London-based virtual office address, Eclipse persuaded potential investors in...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat remittances on hold as Saudi corruption crackdown bites

Expat professionals as well as Saudi businesses are now holding back on money transfers overseas. Due to a government crackdown on corruption earlier in the year, any attempt to send more than $30,000 outside the emirate is now being blocked by the government. According to local banks, many expats and their families are now afraid to send money home in case the government is monitoring their activities. The crackdown resulted in some 300 top business owners and wealthy investors being detained for weeks in Riyadh’s luxury...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Strange deaths of two expats in the Land of Smiles

Over the years, the popular expat destination of Thailand has been somewhat unfairly categorised either as a massive rest home for senile Western retirees or a haven for elderly sexpats, but recent reports suggest a resemblance to la-la land on steroids. Every year, dozens of expats meet their end via supposed suicide in the Land of Smiles, with leaping from balconies an all-time favourite, but few have done so as spectacularly as may the two reported this week. One English language article described the gruesome end of an unnamed,...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Increasing violence in Nicaragua sparks US expat exodus

Thousands of US expatriates are considering packing and leaving due to government-led violence focused on an uprising against the country’s president. Protests against Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortaga began some three months ago, with the resulting government crackdown killing at least 300 citizens. Early last week, massive protests against Ortega culminated in an invasion by heavily armed paramilitaries and police which took back control of the city. This and other incidents are causing concern and fear amongst Nicaragua’s...