Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

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...
8 May at 6 PM 2019

Strange tale of Brit expat dispute with Thai landlady to end in deportation

A British expat involved in a rent dispute with his Phuket landlady is now to be deported for overstaying his visa. Briton David Maclean had locked himself in his ninth-floor Phuket condo in January as a result of a rent dispute with his landlady, initiated when he requested receipts for rents paid in order to present them to Thai immigration when he renewed his visa. He’d taken up the tenancy last October and claims he was prevented from paying for two months due to the landlady’s adult children refusing to give receipts for...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat in Thailand writes to new immigration minister

Following the recent expat outcry about new visa rules, an expat living in Thailand has sent an open letter to the new Thai minister for immigration. Published in the Bangkok-based English language newspaper The Nation, the letter began with appreciation for the new immigration chief’s admission he wasn’t up to date on matters relevant to his new post. The previous incumbent, it added, seemed not to hear the appalled outcry amongst the estimated hundreds of thousands of expats following the publication of his recently-announced new...
1 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat job seekers heading for the UAE warned to take note of their visa expiry date

Expatriates looking to use the UAE’s six-month job-seeker visas are being warned to take due note of visa expiry dates or face fines and possible deportation or imprisonment. Those using the visa’s six-months validity to find a job in the emirates should note a sponsor is not needed and that the visa doesn’t’ allow exemption or extension under any circumstances. For those wishing to extend their stays, a sponsor must be found and residency must be transferred, without which the visa holder must leave the country on the due...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Concern rises with demand as questions asked about the risks of second passports

As the expat world becomes more unstable, passports for sale are now a global business worth in excess of $2 billion. First punted as a way to purchase citizenship of a second country, the so-called expat investments soon acquired the nickname ‘Golden Visas’, as well as an as yet unproven reputation for being used as a money-laundering or tax avoidance scheme for the mega-rich. As more and more smaller, less prosperous countries realised the value to their economies of selling citizenship or simply visas and second passports, the...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

90 year old expat leaves Thailand as compatriots deride immigration unfairness

As a result of negative changes in attitude towards Western expats in Thailand over the past decades, as well as the toughening up of visa requirements, a 90-year old invalid expatriate is leaving for an overseas city with a warm climate. Donald Graber chose Thailand as his retirement haven when the Southeast Asian country was the promised’ Land of Smiles’, genuinely welcoming strangers from the West and making them feel they’d found their forever home. Over the years, Donald still saw Thailand as the place he loved, but began...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Will new Kuwait health insurance rule discourage expat arrivals?

Kuwait’s new rule on mandatory health insurance for all visitors including expatriates arriving on relocation is to be brought in over the next few months. The rule will apply to all arrivals, from short-stay tourists through longer-stay family visitors and expatriates arriving to take up a new reassignment. Details of how the law will be implemented aren’t yet available, causing concern to companies as regards new appointments as well as to established expatriates bringing in their families. The given reason why the rule has been...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

April Fools Day prank scares expat talent in China

Reports of scary changes to China’s visa rules were just an April Fools Day prank, but social media responses illustrate the insecurity of being an expat nowadays. China is one of a numbeChina, expats in China, April Fools Day prank, changes to Chinese visa requirement, WeChat, New Immigration Requirements, racial prejudice, PDF, thinly-disguised prejudice, visa policies, r of countries whose governments have recognised the value of expat professionals to the economy and are actively encouraging interest from entrepreneurs,...