Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

26 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat pensioners in Thailand facing triple whammy of high baht, falling property prices and soaring inflation

Expats forced to leave Thailand are finding themselves caught in a property sale trap. For an increasing number of expatriates in Thailand looking to leave for a less restrictive alternative or even returning to the home country, the property market slump is seriously bad timing. Many long-stay Western expat retirees who sold their homes and used the cash to buy a Thai condo or villa are now unable to keep up with immigration’s ever-increasing financial demands and are looking to sell or rent before giving up and trying somewhere...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Mexico threatened with deportation over incomplete documents

American expats are now facing deportations similar to those being experienced in Thailand. It seems the world is now regressing as regards its overall treatments of expats, many of whom in various popular worldwide destinations are now facing deportation for simple and easily remedied mistakes in documentation. For some while, Western expats in Thailand have been the targets of official harassment over minor bureaucratic errors and the re-hashing of old laws, with US expats in Mexico now posting similar shock-horror stories. The...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Unreleased Brit government paper poses huge risks to British expats’ rights in Europe

A report on the UK government’s threat to deport EU expats who fail to register in time for post-Brexit immigration status may result in devastating retaliatory treatment of UK expats in Europe. The majority of European expatriates at present living in the UK will need prior permission to stay post-Brexit, thus cancelling the priority given to EU citizens over immigrants from other world countries. The recent report stresses as yet unreported guidelines for new immigration status registration, with exemptions only granted to those...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2019

New Saudi residency scheme proving popular with wealthy expats

Saudi Arabia is now rolling out its premium residency scheme for expats who meet the visa’s criteria. After the news broke that a premium residency visa was to be introduced in the Kingdom, its immigration department received literally thousands of applications for the promised premium residency. The first batch of those lucky and rich enough to receive the visa contains the details of expats already in residence and well as those of professionals living overseas and comprises 73 successful applicants from 19 world countries. A wide...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Bad Brexit news for British expats in Eindhoven

Whilst Europe watches the Brexit fiasco tottering towards some kind of conclusion benefiting no-one ,British expats in Eindhoven attended yet another British embassy meet-up. Held at Eindhoven’s Hub expat centre, both representatives from the British Embassy and the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service were present, ready and willing to interpret the bad news for around 50 UK citizens ranging from retirees to students. A number of retirees had been denied the referendum vote as they’d been living overseas for more...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2019

China announces new digital ID platform for expatriate details

China’s new digital ID platform is expected to provide easy expat access to public services. The new digital identity verification site is expected to allow far easier access to China’s public services than exists at present. The system will hold names and passport details of every foreigner arriving in the vast country, sharing the info with a nationwide authentication platform. Expat access will be given to 35 specific public services including finance, accommodation, healthcare and education, with the listings expanded to cover...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in BVI now at the back of the jobs queue

Expats, Belongers and BVIslanders’ basic immigration status prevents them from getting jobs. PM of the British Virgin Islands Andrew Fahie recently announced that the immigration status of BVIslanders and Belongers does not mean they will be prioritised as regards job offers. The comment came after the PM prohibited work permits for expats unless employers had exhausted official lists of unemployed local islanders when advertising a vacancy. His comments were mostly aimed at Belongers and included a statement that the status came...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brexit set to wreck jobbing musicians’ chances of career advancement

Brexit is due to make musicians’ lives far harder by restricting freedom of movement. One profession which requires frequent travelling between countries is about to find its members’ lives and their chances of advancement seriously curtailed by Brexit. Musicians travel the continent of Europe and even the world on a regular basis, no matter what style of music is their thing, with the open borders of the EU a blessing for those determined to gather a following in this tricky profession. It’s not just boy bands and the like...