Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

The reality of forcing expats in Thailand to buy expensive private healthcare insurance

As the possibility of all expats in Thailand being forced to buy private health insurance or have their visas cancelled sinks in, one local online English language newspaper publishes its survey results. The long-stay expat community in Thailand is split between those working in Bangkok companies, those running their own small businesses in Thailand’s major cities and those who chose Thailand as the perfect retirement destination. Although there are no demographics showing the comparative numbers in each location, it’s fair to...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expat and British top talent leaving the UK in droves due to Brexit concerns

In spite of May’s rights guarantee to EU expats in the UK, record numbers are exiting Britain due to the continuing uncertainty. Expat workers in the UK are giving up on hoping for a miracle and voting with their feet by quitting their jobs and leaving. Many came to the UK hoping to settle down and progress in their careers, but are now giving up and finding uses for their talents in companies based outside the UK. Net immigration to the UK is now at its lowest ever point, and sterling is continuing to fall, even whilst Theresa May...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU promises Brits visa-free travel after no-deal

The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit. The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in France offered six more British Embassy outreach meetings

Four outreach meetings for UK expats during November and a further two in December are to be held by staff from the British Embassy in Paris. As with previous meetings, the aim will be to answer British expatriates’ questions about their situation after Brexit becomes a reality rather than just a bad dream. Chantilly and Aix en Provence will host senior embassy officials on November 7 and 14 respectively, with Saint Germain-en-Laye and Saint Malo’s meetings to be held on November 19 and 20th. In December, the Annecy meeting will...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2018

British expat faces death sentence for husband’s murder

A British expat woman in Malaysia has been charged with murdering her husband and is facing a death sentence. Samantha Jones and her husband John had been living on the Malaysian island of Langkawi for 11 years, having arrived under the Southeast Asian country’s ‘My Second Home’ immigration scheme. The couple had first visited the island in 2002, and Samantha had fallen in love with the laid-back lifestyle and relaxed atmosphere. They’d always dreamed of leaving the UK, and decided Langkawi was the perfect place for an early...