Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are informed. The process in the UAE is typical, and is made easier if the deceased left a will, but has good few stages and can take time to complete. The first task is to obtain a death certificate...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Landmark ruling on same sex marriage visas gives Hong Kong an edge

A recent landmark ruling by a Hong Kong court over granting visas to same sex spouses of gay expats is threatening global financial hubs’ search for talent. In this competitive world, international financial hubs are at war over grabbing the best and brightest expat talent, but many Asian countries are lagging behind in their acceptance of gay relationships and marriages, forcing LBGT professionals to find work elsewhere. In Asia, only Taiwan is beginning to recognise gay marriage as a fact of life, making the Hong Kong court’s...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Cyprus still in quandary over Brexit rights

The British High Commission is urging Cypriot immigration authorities to work with it in clarifying British expats’ post Brexit status. Britons living in the Mediterranean island are still confused about their status post-Brexit, even although the two negotiating teams have been reported as agreeing on reciprocal protection of expat rights both in the UK and EU member states. Concern is growing about the likelihood of a hard Brexit, after which any agreements made would be invalid. The Commission’s concern arose as a result of...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK to relax immigration rules for non EU expat medical professionals

The British government is planning exemptions of non EU doctors and nurses from the annual immigration numbers cap. According to UK immigration lawyers, the British government is about to exempt doctors and nurses from non- European Union countries from the annual cap on expat professionals. The cap, at present at 20,700, was divided into monthly allocations following its inception in 2011 and covers non-EU skilled workers applying for Tier 2 visas. Until late last year, the cap had been exceeded just once in June 2015. Subsequently,...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Why should expats invest in the UAE

The recent decision by UAE lawmakers to issue new 10-year investment visas may well produce gains due to increased numbers of expats taking the plunge, but the reasons behind their decisions aren’t clear at present. It seems the UAE’s new 10-year visas have a similar motivation to the much-derided, so-called ‘investment visas’ including passports and permanent residency now available in a number of first-world countries. The Gulf nation’s landmark decision will end the tiresome bi-annual visa applications for the lucky few,...
30 May at 6 PM 2018

EuroCitizens meet in Madrid sets out human cost of Brexit

Last week’s EuroCitizens round table meetup in Madrid told it like it is right now for UK citizens living in the EU. The March agreement between the opposing UK and EU Brexit negotiators means the post-Brexit rights of Britons living in EU member states are to be severely curtailed. British in Europe steering group member and EuroCitizens chair Michael Harris reported on the situation to date, how this has happened and what protest groups can do during the months preceding ratification. Basically, should a Brexit deal be finally...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Fight for soft Brexit or no Brexit hots up via House of Lords defeat

The fight for a soft Brexit or even a withdrawal from Brexit is hotting up as campaign groups in support of UK expats in Europe and even the British government’s House of Lords are coming out in favour of defeating Theresa May’s vision for the country. Earlier this week, the British parliament’s Upper House inflicted an embarrassing defeat on May in the matter of the PM’s determination to include leaving the European Customs Union and its single market as part of her vision for Brexit. Her stance had already caused splits in...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Lifting of Saudi female driving ban to have positive economic impact

Following the June 24 lifting of the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia, many more women are expected to join the emirate’s workforce. Expat economists are not just viewing the move as a victory for women’s rights, they’re also predicting a significant boost in GDP growth as a result of vastly increased numbers of females in the Kingdom’s labour force. The kingdom’s recent acceptance of new roles for women has resulted in a number of Saudi women’s new-found prominence in a number of fields. Saudi now has an all-women law...
12 Apr at 3 PM 2018

Global financiers and Amnesty International support LGBT expat spousal visa battle

After winning her landmark case, brought to obtain a dependent visa allowing her to live in Hong Kong with her partner, an LGBT expat is now forced to fight for her rights again as the Hong Kong government has granted the state license to appeal. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal will hear the government’s case for denying the dependent visa on 5 June, but in the meantime no less than 16 local law firms as well as Amnesty International and many international financial companies have come out in favour of the lesbian woman and her...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Happy ending for Vietnamese rescue dog lost for a week at Paris airport

One of the worst fears for expats relocating with their beloved dogs is that something will go wrong during flight transfers. Nowadays, it’s far more common than in the past for relocating expats to bring their dogs with them, but it’s a scary time both for the pets and their owners. One of the most-asked questions of pet transportation companies’ employees concerns transfers between flights, with owners terrified their dogs will be put on the wrong plane or even lost. Almost all dogs reach their destinations safely, but when...