Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Will the NHS collapse under the strain of returning British expats?

What will happen to the NHS should British retirees in Europe return to the UK? The worst scenario for a huge number of British expats living in retirement in Europe is the chance of losing their rights to healthcare due to Brexit. Should this happen, their only alternative would be a reluctant repatriation to the UK, thus putting a massive strain on the already stretched NHS. Recent estimates of the cost of servicing an influx of former expats come out at around half a billion sterling. The actual cost could be even higher than...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs. A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move,...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expatriate nuns face Malaysian visa block when volunteering

As immigration requirement toughen up in Southeast Asia, expatriate nuns volunteering in Malaysia are calling for special approval as regards visas. Two homes for the needy elderly in Kuala Lumpur and Penang are staffed by volunteer nuns receiving no salary or allowances and sourced mainly from the worldwide Catholic congregation. Many are expatriates, and must apply for visas under the expatriate category even although their volunteer work doesn’t fall into a slot aimed at expat professionals in the corporate sector. Immigration...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Does the ongoing Brexit chaos affect Brit expats in Thailand?

Without a doubt, Brexit has become a disaster for British expats living anywhere in the EU, but how is it affecting those who chose Southeast Asia as their destination? The political turmoil caused by what was sold to the general public as a non-binding advisory referendum hasn’t just resulted in expat dreams being shattered all across Europe, it’s also hurt UK nationals living, retiring or working in the rest of the world including Southeast Asia. During the past three years, the value of sterling has fallen dramatically,...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce supports expat complaints over TM30 reporting

As the TM30 issue continues to raise ire amongst long-term expats in business or on retirement, the Bangkok-based Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce has weighed in with proposals to amend the situation. Following the Thailand-wide expatriate calls for changes or even the dumping of the unpopular law, chair of the JFCCT Stanley Kang told reporters the umbrella body has suggested easing the impact on expats of the newly-resurrected law before it begins to affect foreign businesses in the Kingdom. Mr.Kang also revealed the...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Thailand seeing an expat exodus to Vietnam?

For more than a decade, Thailand has been a favourite destination for Western expats looking to enjoy better weather than in the home country, a more laid-back lifestyle and a lower cost of living. For expat retirees in particular, Thailand was the top choice for many years, but a recent change in attitude by the military-run government and its immigration department has caused a good number to consider relocating to friendlier shores. Another reason for this decision is the combined effect of inflation and the overly strong baht on...