Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Racist media rant angers expats in Thailand

An article recently published in an online media site widely read by expats living and working in Thailand has angered readers with its racist tone.of a recently published article. As an online English language media outlet regularly read and respected by expatriates in Thailand, Asian Correspondent has long been well regarded for its coverage of events and news stories relevant to those living, working or retiring in the Southeast Asian country. Sadly, a recent article seems to have destroyed its image for a proportion of its...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Irish expat couple in Oz facing deportation due to son’s illness

An Irish expat couple who first emigrated to Australia 10 years ago are about to be deported because their three-year old son has cystic fibrosis. Anthony and Christine Hyde came to Australia in 2009 and settled in Seymour, Victoria, where their son Darragh was born. At the time of his diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, the couple were applying for permanent residency, but were refused as his potential treatment would represent a burden for the state’s taxpayers. His parents appealed the decision, with a hearing last month finding the...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expat tax dodgers in BVI to be hit with harsh penalties

In a bid to reform the British Virgin Islands’ labour and immigration laws, the government is cracking down on tax avoidance by expats. BVI Prime Minister Andrew Fahie has announced the crackdown in order to improve government finances and ensure security, quoting many instances where expat work permits are renewed but no tax, health insurance or social security contributions are being paid. This, he said, needs to be tackled, with violators being subject to stringent financial penalties. Fahie believes the islands’ borders...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2019

British Virgin Islands makes it harder for expats to get work permits

The Prime Minister of the BVI has promised policies designed to restrict the numbers of expat employees. BVI’s PM Andrew Fahie made it clear during Sunday’s televised address that the archipelago’s borders are about to close for the majority of expats attempting to arrive for work purposes. His solutions include expats already in residence as well as those searching for work. A new reform package aimed at immigration and work permit requirements is under review and will include far stricter screening processes for both...
31 May at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in UK under threat of Windrush style disaster

According to concerned MPs, the government’s policy on EU expats post-Brexit is likely to cause Windrush-style chaos. Lawmakers working on the Home Affairs Select Committee have come out with serious concerns over the settlement scheme for EU expats already living in the UK. The plan was launched just two months ago by the Home Office, with its fatal flaws only now coming under scrutiny by parliamentarians. Some 3.8 million EU citizens are at present living in the UK, with those wishing to stay having to register their settled...
30 May at 6 PM 2019

Survey bucks the trend as regards best Asian lands for expat retirees

A recently released survey of Asian retirement destinations is bucking the current trend by placing Chiang Mai in its top ten choices. The US-based survey takes into account medical care, the cost of living and the weather, ignoring the more important aspect of visas as well as transportation, the cost of housing and the likelihood of political instability. Noting that Chiang Mai has been a focus for expat retirees for several decades for its distinct culture, rich history and great weather, it fails to take into account that living a...
27 May at 6 PM 2019

New visa requirements force elderly Mom with Alzheimer’s out of Thailand

The family of an elderly US expat in Thailand are being forced by immigration officials to relocate their Alzheimer-sufferer Mom to the Philippines. Although reports on expatriate forums may be considered by many as fake news, this sad case is clearly another example of how expat life in the country is being made difficult by local immigration offices. The perfect solution for the 77-year old’s family and the old lady herself has been thrown into disarray by the recently-introduced changes to the so-called retirement visa...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

NHS expat medical specialists planning to leave due to soaring visa and healthcare fees

Expat medics from across the world are now leaving the NHS and the UK due to high charges for healthcare and visas. The NHS crisis is being exacerbated as literally thousands of foreign doctors and healthcare workers are giving up and relocating elsewhere due to high visa charges totalling thousands of pounds as well as the £400 annual heathcare fee levied both on them and on their family members. In testimonies to the EveryDoctor campaign, over 500 doctors from non-EU member states have voiced their anger and concern over how...