Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE queuing up for second passports and permanent residency visas

As expatriate professionals’ stability and security in the Arab States become more fragile, those with spare funds are rushing to get second passports. A major reason for choosing one expat relocation destination over others is the stability of the country and the security of the job itself as well as the required work visa. Even the most optimistic foreign workers in the UAE would now have to admit the current concentration on dramatically reducing the numbers of expats employed doesn’t represent security and stability. As a...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New Thailand retirement visa issues to hit hard on elderly, sick expats in care homes

Thailand’s recently announced changes to its retirement visa financial requirements are having unforeseen consequences for elderly residents in Chiang Mai’s several care homes. Whilst the controversy about the new financial requirements for what’s known as the ‘retirement visa’ is still ongoing, posters on a local forum have been exploring its effects on long-stay elderly expats in the city’s private care homes. The expat community contains a number of elderly, long-stay retirees no longer able to fend for themselves due...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Can Spanish royal decree save Brit retirees from deportation?

Citizens Advice Bureau Spain’s founder Myra Azzopardi is warning British expats they may well become illegal immigrants on March 30. Under EU law, British expats in Spain are allowed just 90 days’ permission to stay, after which they must register to regularise their status. Should this not be done, they will be regarded as ‘irregular migrants’. Although Azzopardi states that Spain is not able under EU law to expel irregular migrants, it could deport UK expats as illegal aliens in the country. May’s withdrawal deal, rejected...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Hints on helpful websites for new expat arrivals in France

Becoming an expat is a challenge, especially as regards the twin hurdles of bureaucracy and total confusion as regards getting everything sorted. France has always been a favourite destination for British expats, drawn by the culture, the cuisine, the clement weather and the laid-back lifestyle, all of which combine to confuse brand new arrivals however tempting they may sound. Fortunately, especially when dealing with French bureaucracy, the internet is every newly-arrived expat’s best friend with its literally hundreds of online...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

How will EU expats in the UK cope with a post-Brexit world?

What’s in store post-Brexit for EU expatriates living and working in the UK? Whilst the media focus of Brexit effects has centred on the needs of British expats living in EU member states, Britain’s divorce from the EU will also affect European expats in the UK. For those who haven’t already left or are planning to relocate once Brexit is a done deal, the future could well be as fraught as that experienced by UK expats in Europe. In addition, the immediate disruption caused by Brexit is likely to discourage Europeans from...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Shock horror for Brit expats as no-deal means no healthcare

A no-deal Brexit will rob British expats in EU countries of their rights to free healthcare. British expatriates living in EU member state, including France, Italy and Spain, will no longer be entitled to free heathcare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The news is a major blow to retired British citizens living in popular destinations such as the Spanish Costas, France’s Provence region and Italy's Tuscany. It’s also bad news for the UK’s NHS, now struggling to cope after many of its EU citizen medical staff have opted to...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Former Italian expat textile mill workers’ guaranteed stays now overturne

Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit. The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....
7 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Italy call for emergency meeting as no-deal Brexit looms

In an attempt to clarify British expats’ positions in several Brexit scenarios, an emergency meeting of British in Italy has been called. British in Italy is part of the pan-European rights campaign group British in Europe, committed to ensuring the human rights of not only its 30,000 members but also the rights of the five million expatriates severely affected by the Brexit threat. Since late last year, the pressure on those desperately wanting to continue their chosen lifestyles has increased still more due to the chaos in the UK...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expat musicians to be denied entry to the UK unless earning £30,000 or more

Foreign musicians are to be banned from entering Britain post-Brexit unless they earn over £30,000 annually. A new white paper released by the British government will dash the hopes of talented expat musicians wanting to perform with established bands as well as stifling the UK’s music sector. Foreign musicians will need to prove they’re earning at least £30,000 a year before they will be allowed into the UK on a five-year visa, according to the latest government white paper on Brexit. The government believes the rule will...