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Latest 10 news items tagged Jobs

19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UAE expat wives now allowed one year post-divorce visa

UAE-based expatriate husbands subject to divorce proceedings can no longer use their sponsorship powers to threaten their wives. Expatriate wives sponsored by their husbands need no longer fear having to leave the country at short notice when divorce proceedings are under way. A new UAE law aims to protect divorcees, widows and their children by guaranteeing them at least a year’s visa extension. UAE lawyers are happy to report that husbands holding visa control over their wives will now no longer have the power to wreck their lives...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers busy making more new expat rules

Expats in Kuwait seem to be both positive and negative targets for municipal lawmakers, with the emirate churning out new rules by the day. It’s good news for some expats and not so good for others as the Kuwait parliament tinkers with changing existing laws and inventing new ones. For example, the former age restriction applied to parents of expats planning to visit their kin is to be lifted, with visit visas now available irrespective of the age of the applicants. The reason behind the change is the recent introduction of medical...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Dutch government backtracks on 30% expat tax relief ruling

As the Dutch government delays implementation of the widely unpopular 30% rule changes, lawyers for the expats affected declare the rule violates Dutch law. Faced with lobbying by major international Netherlands-based companies as well as expat professionals' grassroots protest groups, the Dutch government has announced the inception of the hated law will be delayed until January 2021. Whilst the delay gives those affected time to reorganise their finances or find new jobs overseas, it still means expats who arrived in 2015 would...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

New German laws aim at helping UK expat workers avoid post-Brexit problems

Germany is making plans to simplify the lives of resident British expats during the post-Brexit transition period. As the British government struggles to get its own way over Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is working on a plan to make UK expats’ lives easier for at least a short while. Berlin is now drafting a new law which will allow British expats living and working in Germany the option of keeping their UK citizenship after applying for German citizenship for at least as long as the duration of the post-Brexit...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait begins crackdown on expat uni degrees and old cars

Kuwait’s manpower agency is to ban work permit issuance to expat university graduates arriving to take up jobs in the private sector unless they have good grade point averages (GPA). The ban is expected to help resolve the emirate’s demographic imbalance as well as benefiting its restructuring of the local labour market, with further plans to accredit and endorse expats’ degrees as a precondition to residency visa renewals also in the pipeline. Sources suggest the new rules are intended to ensure only highly-skilled and...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Portugal Golden Visa programme nets four billion euros

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has now benefitted the country by around four billion euros since its 2012 inception. The term ’Golden Visa’ tends to raise blood pressures in Portugal’s everyday expat communities and invariably attract negative comments, but they’re a great way for a country to fill its coffers with cash, wherever the funds originate and however they arrived in the country. A total of 6,500 second passports and residency rights have been granted, and the cash investment required has been mainly used to...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is Vision 2030 the end for expat professionals in Saudi

Is Vision 2030 the death knell for expatriate professionals in Saudi Arabia? Launched in 2016 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Vision 2030 is intended to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from its traditional dependency on oil revenues. For decades, the Gulf State has been a haven for expat professionals earning salaries and living luxury lifestyles unimaginable in their home countries. Nowadays, the introduction of Saudization is gradually decreasing opportunities and discouraging top talent from risking their careers in what...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Saudization sackings resulting in abandoned pets

Animal welfare workers in Saudi are being swamped with unwanted dogs and cats as locals and expats abandon their pets. Dog and cat dumping in the Kingdom is now at record levels, exacerbated by expats returning to their home countries and rising costs making keeping and feeding pets an impossibility. Other reasons include noise complaints from neighbours, health problems needing expensive veterinary visits and new allergies. Other dog owners simply didn’t realise keeping a pet is a responsibility, giving up at the first sign of...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat vets and nurses march in Dogs against Brexit Wooferendum

Last Sunday’s ‘Wooferendum’ protest throws a spotlight on the post-Brexit plight of EU-qualified expat vets in the UK. More than 50 per cent of qualified, experienced vets in the UK are expats, mostly from EU member states, and another 90 per cent of all those working in public health roles are under threat by Brexit. In addition, prices of animal health products are expected to increase and shortages of essential medications are likely. Worse still, a good number of EU-qualified vets as well as veterinary nurses working in the...
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...