Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Will new Kuwait health insurance rule discourage expat arrivals?

Kuwait’s new rule on mandatory health insurance for all visitors including expatriates arriving on relocation is to be brought in over the next few months. The rule will apply to all arrivals, from short-stay tourists through longer-stay family visitors and expatriates arriving to take up a new reassignment. Details of how the law will be implemented aren’t yet available, causing concern to companies as regards new appointments as well as to established expatriates bringing in their families. The given reason why the rule has been...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

April Fools Day prank scares expat talent in China

Reports of scary changes to China’s visa rules were just an April Fools Day prank, but social media responses illustrate the insecurity of being an expat nowadays. China is one of a numbeChina, expats in China, April Fools Day prank, changes to Chinese visa requirement, WeChat, New Immigration Requirements, racial prejudice, PDF, thinly-disguised prejudice, visa policies, r of countries whose governments have recognised the value of expat professionals to the economy and are actively encouraging interest from entrepreneurs,...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait health authorities to ban expats with listed illnesses or conditions

Kuwait’s new public health regulations will ban expats with diseases listed by the emirate’s Ministry of Health. New measures aimed at cutting healthcare expenses and preventing the spread of disease include a long list of medical conditions which will disqualify expat arrivals from entry into the country. Expats already living and working in the emirate who are found to have one of the illnesses or conditions will be allowed to stay unless they have TB, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B or C, in which case they will be deported. Given...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok now expat hub for online professional poker players

In spite of the fact that gambling is mostly illegal in Thailand, Bangkok is now being celebrated as a world hub for online poker-playing professionals earning enough money to keep themselves in a manner other expats can’t quite manage. According to media reports, moving to Thailand in order to play poker for a living is the latest fad amongst the expat professional poker-playing community. US pro players choose Thailand due to the sad fact their own country only has three states in which playing for money online is legalised,...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in BVI set to benefit from residency status

British Virgin Islands premier Andrew Fahie has promised to regularise elegible expats’ statuses by allowing residency. As part of a pledge to stimulate the local economy by putting people first, Fahie described British expats without formal residency as people who’ve worked and lived in the BVI for up to 20 years or more and have met every criterion necessary for residency status. Their applications, he said, seem to have been stuck for no good reason. He believes several thousand are affected, adding the issue is both moral and...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Amsterdam IamExpat fair moves to larger venue

The Amsterdam IamExpat fair is a favourite with foreigners living and working in the Netherlands as well as for new arrivals looking to find new homes and jobs in the popular city. The annual fair hosts anything and everything for established and incoming expat needs, including jobs accommodation, help desks, immigration information, mortgages, career advancement and ongoing study opportunities. This year’s mega-event is being held in Amsterdam’s Gashouder, a former massive gas storage tank converted into an edgy, multifunctional...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Maltese police arrest 13 illegal expats living in Bugibba

Spot checks by Maltese police in the St Paul’s Bay, Bugibba and Qawra areas of Malta have resulted in the arrests of 13 expats believed to have been living and working illegally on the island. The arrests are believed to have been made following a number of Facebook complaints by legally resident expats about document searches on buses by Maltese immigration police. As well as demanding sight of bus passengers’ papers, immigration officers were also seen checking the documents of expats standing in bus queues. The checks are...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government makes post-Brexit life easier for British expats

If the EU is such a disaster, why are its member states doing all they can to help Brit expats suffering due to Brexit? Comparing the reaction of EU member states’ government with the way British expats are being treated by their own government, it seems the EU is doing everything it can to make expatriate lives at least bearable. The latest news from Spain confirms this impression, with Spanish lawmakers reassuring the expat community it aims to make their transition to third-country nationals as straightforward as possible....
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats fuelling population growth in New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is set to hit five million by 2020, and it’s mostly down to increasing numbers of expat arrivals. The total population of New Zealand reached 4.9 million by the end of September 2018, with the upswing continuing at the rate of one person every five minutes! According to data released by Statistics New Zealand, in the year from September 2017 to September 2018, 66 per cent of the 90,000 population increase was via migration to the country. Over the past five years, the dominant driver of population growth...