Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Sinking sterling hits Brit state pensioners in Thailand

As sterling continues to struggle against the Brexit effect, UK expats in Thailand are feeling the pinch. For the more adventurous amongst British retirees, Thailand has been a favoured destination for several decades due to its weather, low cost of living and, for some, the readily available choice of young, female companions. In the good old days, an exchange rate of around 72 to the pound meant even a British state pensioner on the ungenerous £628 per month UK stipend could fund a comfortable lifestyle including housing and...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats arriving at UAE airports warned about immigration scam

Expats arriving back in the UAE after holidaying overseas are being warned not to fall for a recently discovered immigration fraud. Scammers are targeting expatriate holidaymakers returning to the emirates through Dubai airport, using Caller ID Spoofing to convince victims they’re genuine immigration officers. At present, scores of returnees have received calls from crooks impersonating genuine immigration staff and accusing them of committing serious immigration laws whilst away. Victims are threatened with deportation should they...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Wealthy expats in UAE join in Golden Visa rush

Demand for foreign citizenship by ultra-wealthy expats in the UAE has soared by 67 per cent over last year’s totals. Statistics compiled by a Dubai-based immigration firm show a rush to hedge their bets by wealthy expats in the UAE, with the GCC as a whole also seeing increased demand by around 30 per cent. The research seems to confirm the need amongst the entire region’s mega-wealthy expatriates to protect their assets and ensure secure futures for their families by purchasing second passports via Golden Visa schemes....
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a single entry although it wasn’t yet out of date. She was told by an immigration official she’s have to return to the UK on the next available flight, but pleaded for a new visa application as her...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Polish expats in UK urge ringfencing of rights post Brexit

Britain’s Polish community is urging May to guarantee their rights in the event of a hard Brexit. The Federation of Poles in Great Britain charitable organisation is now voicing concerns over the plight of Poles in the UK following a hard Brexit. The group hasn’t spoken before, but now believes it’s compelled to appeal on behalf of the more than a million Polish expats living, studying and working in the UK. Trepidation, it states, is now growing in the community due to increasing worries about non- involvement in discussions and...