Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

EU expats in UK get no Brexit deal right to remain

According to a leaked cabinet paper, EU expats living in the UK are to be given the right to stay even if Brexit negotiations result in a no-deal exit. ' In what is being referred to as a decision taken from the moral high ground, EU expats in the UK will not only be allowed to stay in the event of a hard Brexit, they will also be allowed to bring in their spouses and close family members. According to the cabinet paper, the decision has been taken out of fear of labour shortages in a number of sectors. The offer will be set out as...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Sinking sterling hits Brit state pensioners in Thailand

As sterling continues to struggle against the Brexit effect, UK expats in Thailand are feeling the pinch. For the more adventurous amongst British retirees, Thailand has been a favoured destination for several decades due to its weather, low cost of living and, for some, the readily available choice of young, female companions. In the good old days, an exchange rate of around 72 to the pound meant even a British state pensioner on the ungenerous £628 per month UK stipend could fund a comfortable lifestyle including housing and...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats arriving at UAE airports warned about immigration scam

Expats arriving back in the UAE after holidaying overseas are being warned not to fall for a recently discovered immigration fraud. Scammers are targeting expatriate holidaymakers returning to the emirates through Dubai airport, using Caller ID Spoofing to convince victims they’re genuine immigration officers. At present, scores of returnees have received calls from crooks impersonating genuine immigration staff and accusing them of committing serious immigration laws whilst away. Victims are threatened with deportation should they...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Wealthy expats in UAE join in Golden Visa rush

Demand for foreign citizenship by ultra-wealthy expats in the UAE has soared by 67 per cent over last year’s totals. Statistics compiled by a Dubai-based immigration firm show a rush to hedge their bets by wealthy expats in the UAE, with the GCC as a whole also seeing increased demand by around 30 per cent. The research seems to confirm the need amongst the entire region’s mega-wealthy expatriates to protect their assets and ensure secure futures for their families by purchasing second passports via Golden Visa schemes....
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a single entry although it wasn’t yet out of date. She was told by an immigration official she’s have to return to the UK on the next available flight, but pleaded for a new visa application as her...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Polish expats in UK urge ringfencing of rights post Brexit

Britain’s Polish community is urging May to guarantee their rights in the event of a hard Brexit. The Federation of Poles in Great Britain charitable organisation is now voicing concerns over the plight of Poles in the UK following a hard Brexit. The group hasn’t spoken before, but now believes it’s compelled to appeal on behalf of the more than a million Polish expats living, studying and working in the UK. Trepidation, it states, is now growing in the community due to increasing worries about non- involvement in discussions and...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dutch residency for US citizens getting harder

US expats are having increasing problems getting Dutch residency. The Netherlands’ popularity with expats is drawing ever-increasing numbers of US citizens to Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, but residency permits seem to be harder to get. Normally, American citizens have a head start as regards residency permits due to the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty which permits entrepreneurs to reside in the country. Requirements are straightforward and set in tablets of stone within the treaty, giving US expats an easy ride as regards...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Dubai to be home to planets largest Chinatown

Will Dubai’s Chinese invasion squeeze out Western expat professionals? China’s in-your-face expansionist moves have so far been mainly confined to smaller Asian countries, but Dubai’s Dragon Mart development and its projected Dragon City will see the largest Chinese trading, retail and residential hub outside the mother country. Cleverly timed to coincide with the Chinese’ premier’s arrival in Dubai on an official visit, the UAE-based developer’s plan of an entire ‘city’ dedicated to Chinese expats and investors will...
30 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Aspiring expats may decide to keep working after retirement

New research suggests Brit workers are planning to phase in their actual retirement. British citizens coming up to retirement age are Europe’s most likely to take on part-time jobs once they’ve officially retired. Literally three out of every four Britons surveyed are planning to keep working beyond retirement, either keeping on the same job or finding part-time employment. The study, undertaken by a popular pension provider, also noted the UK’s flexible access pensions as well as relaxations of employment rules are contributing...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are informed. The process in the UAE is typical, and is made easier if the deceased left a will, but has good few stages and can take time to complete. The first task is to obtain a death certificate...