Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

IRS gets tough with US expats over unpaid tax by threatening passport revocation

Defaulting US expat taxpayers are at risk of having their passports cancelled. Expat American citizens who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have been aware for a while of the risk of having their passports revoked, but many have adopted the head-in-the-sand defence of not believing the threat would ever become reality. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it’s about to be fully enforced. The USA’s State department along with the IRS are now escalating the enforcement of what’s known as the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in Britain to be forced to pay for NHS treatment after no-deal Brexit

UK hospital managements have been told EU expats must prove their right to free treatment should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. Warnings have now been sent out to hospital managers to prepare to charge EU expats for formerly free medical and surgical procedures immediately after exit day. With only one million EU expats out of the total of three million now registered for settled status, the decision is now sparking claims of a hostile post-Brexit environment for formerly welcome EU expatriates. Immediately, civil rights...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Boris plans new immigration rules for brightest and best science talents

If you’re one of the world’s brightest and best expat scientists, Boris Johnson wants you! As a counter-measure to a post-Brexit cut-off of EU research funding and the loss of European researchers, Boris Johnson is planning a new visa aimed at encouraging the brightest and best expat brains in the tech, engineering and general science sectors to up sticks and migrate to the UK. The new visa won’t depend on an existing job offer and will also allow applicants’ dependents to seek work. The availability of the so-called ‘Tier 1...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British pensioner saves his Thai wife from deportation

A British citizen’s Thai wife has been saved from deportation by her fast-thinking husband’s actions. British expat retiree Mark Leonardi met his wife-to-be in Isan’s Khon Kaen City 14 years ago and married her in 2015. The couple spent their time between Thailand and the UK, living in North London during their regular visits. In 2003, two years before he met and fell in love with Ngam Ngon, Mark was diagnosed with kidney disease and received a kidney transplant which failed, leaving him with a permanent need for dialysis. Added...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

What do expat French bankers in London think of Boris?

What do French expat professionals in the UK banking sector think of Boris? Dramatic political moves based on manipulation tend to cause major disruption within expat communities, but the election of Johnson as UK prime minister comes at a time when millions of EU and UK expats are desperately hoping common sense will prevail. In London, the French expat community is strong and mostly working in finance, with French bankers in the front line should the dreaded no-deal become a reality. One brave expat-aimed website dared to...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Dubai female expat sponsorship rules add confusion due to mixed messages

The basis for expat sponsorship of family members is now set on salary rather than job title. Clarification of the actual requirements for sponsorship was necessary after wives planning to sponsor their husbands were unsure of their right to do so after Dubai officials had been advising that sponsorship was limited to expat professionals earning over Dh4,000. A spokesperson from the emirate’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship clarified the issue, saying that both male and female expatriates are now able to sponsor their...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2019

How to rescue Thailand from itself

After a week of dire media predictions concerning the near-collapse of Thailand’s tourist industry, one local English-language online newspaper is telling it like it is. Traditionally, Thailand was the preferred option for both Western tourists and expatriates for its fascinating culture, ultra-friendly, welcoming local people, natural beauty and, crucially, for its affordability, all of which were plus points attracting huge numbers of Western tourists as well as retirees looking for an enjoyable life amidst warm weather. Over the...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Chinese provincial town arrested in drugs bust

Expats in China’s Xuzhou are missing their high life as China’s crackdown on crime and corruption spreads to the provinces. The small, eastern Chinese town of Xuzhou is set in lush countryside, ringed by mountains and dotted with lakes, and has become a hub for Western expats living the ‘60s lifestyle all over again. Drink, drugs and rock ‘n roll are the order of the day, or were until the crackdown. Only a few foreigners had arrived for jobs or study, and the town is only accessible via road or rail, with the new arrivals...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Racist media rant angers expats in Thailand

An article recently published in an online media site widely read by expats living and working in Thailand has angered readers with its racist tone.of a recently published article. As an online English language media outlet regularly read and respected by expatriates in Thailand, Asian Correspondent has long been well regarded for its coverage of events and news stories relevant to those living, working or retiring in the Southeast Asian country. Sadly, a recent article seems to have destroyed its image for a proportion of its...