Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

5 Oct at 6 PM 2018

South Korea to toughen health insurance rules for expatriates

The South Korean government is to revise the rules by which expats and Korean citizens living overseas access its national health insurance system. According to the Korean government, the toughening up of its national health insurance regulations is the result of the exploitation of loopholes in the system by expats, allowing expensive treatments to be provided for small payments. The changes will take effect from early this December, according to the Korean Ministry of Health. It would seem foreigners have been taking advantage...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Stricter Oz immigration policies causing skills shortages as fewer expats arrive

For many decades, Australia has been a top choice for expats, but the dream now seems to be fading. A recent statement by Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton revealed immigrant numbers in 2018 are now at a ten-year low, having dropped by a further 10 per cent over last year’s figures. According to those in the know, the stricter visas regime is the main reason for the drop, with skilled as well as family visas the worst affected. Since Dutton was appointed, 21,000 fewer expats have been admitted and a 46 per cent refusal...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat living in Siberia forced to sleep rough in Russian airport

British pensioner Steve Beard was forced to sleep rough in a Russian airport after falling foul of Russian immigration on his way to London. Ten years ago, Steve met his Russian future wife online on a dating website, fell in love and abandoned his home country for a village in the wild wastes of Siberia. He married his schoolteacher turned business owner sweetheart and they now have an eight-year old son. His problems began when he decided to fly back to the UK to attempt to get his UK state pension sent to his Irkutsk region...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2018

USA so-called merit-based immigration not good for the UK

As the USA moves to a so-called merit-based immigration system, will the post-Brexit UK decide to follow? At the present moment, highly-skilled expatriates living and working in the USA are accusing the Trump administration of hypocrisy for its attempted move towards a flawed ‘merit based’ immigration system which supposedly prioritises highly-educated, English-speaking immigrants over those from many other countries. The move’s many critics say it’s never been easy for the best of the rest to get a green card and residency,...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Scots expat business owners in Spain fear for the future

Scots expat business owners on the Costa del Sol are fearing for their post-Brexit futures. Even although the Spanish government has reassured expat businesses they can continue as normal post-Brexit, many are afraid the knock-on effects of losing the EU’s right to free movement will result in a dearth of British customers. Another concern is the effect of the falling pound on the number of visitors as well as on expat pensioners for whom a cheaper cost of living is a must. Visitor numbers in favourite Spanish coastal locations are...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats in the Maldives face new tax on remittances

For many expats, living and working the Maldives is a dream come true, but finances may be getting trickier. The Maldives government is now exploring the possibility of amending the labour law to include imposing a three per cent tax on expat remittances as well as forcing payment for expat workers to be deposited in Maldives-based banks. The devil would seem to be in the detail as proposed by MP Mohamed Ameeth, who’s urging that allowances and monthly salaries of all expat workers holding work permits should be deposited in accounts...
7 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats returning to Dubai after summer break warned over drinking alcohol on flights

Tourists as well as expatriates returning to Dubai after the summer break are being warned not accept an alcoholic drink during their flight. The warning comes after a Swedish expat living long-term in London with her partner and children was arrested and imprisoned for drinking a glass of red wine offered to her by a stewardess. British consulates across the UAE issued the advice via a Facebook post after the story made news worldwide, with many responses asking why airlines are still serving alcohol on flights heading for Dubai as...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Iceland fears house price bubble due to incoming expat investors

Iceland’s house prices are rising due to increased demand by foreign investors, expatriates and migrants. Over the past decade, the tiny island nation of Iceland has seen an explosion in the numbers of foreign investors, expat professionals and even tourists buying up local real estate. The influx is causing inflation, especially in the real estate sector, with lawmakers and economists expressing their concern about rising prices overall and the inability of Icelanders to get onto the property ladder as a result. In the years...
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...