Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

24 May at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti lawyer defends expats against arrogance and racism

Kuwaiti legal advisor urges Emirati lawmakers to ease up on blaming expats Citing the recent trend of rising instances of arrogance and racism against expats within Kuwaiti society, Hesham al Saleh tweeted that expatriates make up more than 85 per cent of the population and the emirates are moving forward as a result. Al Saleh is urging Kuwaitis not to blame expatriates for governmental failures, saying one reason for the increase is that local MPs are benefiting from the situation and have the approval of leading lawmakers and...
22 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Dubai moving towards home ownership

Expats in Dubai are moving away from renting a property towards becoming home owners. Over the past few years, a shift in sentiment from renting to actually owning a home has been gaining ground in the expat community, aided by governmental reforms and lucrative offers by developers. Real estate agents serving the expat community are seeing the move towards home ownership as the seal of approval by professionals progressing in their careers and adjusting to living the Dubai lifestyle. Although there’s been a fall in off-plan...
22 May at 6 PM 2019

Thailand’s expat housing market hits the skids as unsold units multiply

Thailand’s glitzy capital now has a glut of unsold condo units. As the Thai economy begins to stutter and restrictions on mortgage lending kick in, property developers are being left with falling prices and just 55 per cent in take-up rates. Real estate agencies in the city as well as developers seem to have been caught unawares by a lack of buyers due to world instability and bad press as regards the Kingdom’s view of foreigners and expats in general. In addition, the Chinese investors who’ve contributed to the previous...
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...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

China bans marriage licenses for expat lovebirds

If you and the love of your life are expats living and working in China, don’t even think of getting married in your new home! For reasons as yet unclear, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has now posted a new rule stating marriage licenses will no longer be available for foreign couples wanting to tie the knot. The closest thing to a wedding in the Chinese/Western style is still available in Hong Kong, which offers marriage licenses to lovebirds of any nationality. However, if you’ve formed a circle of friends in China and...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Thailand mourn the passing of The Nation newspaper

Thailand’s daily English language newspaper The Nation is closing after 48 years. Expatriates in Bangkok are sad to hear their daily dose of local and world news in its traditional format is about to disappear, but may well realise it’s an inevitable part of the rise of the internet and social media as the planet’s sole news source. Apparently, the closure wasn’t unexpected and is a decision all traditional media outlets will face sooner rather than later, as costs grow, advertising revenue shrinks and the demographics of...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Green Card attracts expat compliments and criticism

Whilst Saudi Arabia’s launch of the Green Card-style visa is being welcomed, expats’ questions need answers. The new Privileged Iqama residency scheme, now colloquially known as the Green Card, has been welcomed by the majority of expats as it allows permanent residency, property ownership and investment opportunities. A number of expats believe the new visa will prove a major attraction for the brightest and best, but others see flaws in its design. For example, one young software technician believes qualifiying candidates should...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Muscat reserves former top expat jobs for Omani nationals

In a shock announcement on Sunday, Muscat’s government banned expats from a slew of top managerial positions. Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri made the decision to ban the recruitment of expatriate professionals for a swathe of top jobs as well as from all clerical and admin positions in the Sultanate. Foreign employees who are at present holding such jobs will be allowed to continue until their contracts expire, but will not be offered new contracts. The new rule will become effective form the day it’s...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Cambodian craft beers delight expats and tourists alike

Expats in Cambodia are now enjoying locally-brewed craft beers. Would-be expats who see Cambodia as a totally unfamiliar slice of Southeast Asia might be amazed to know its market for locally-produced craft beers is growing fast. The craving for alternatives to the easily obtained local beers has produced an entirely new market for the real thing, carefully created by enthusiasts and now becoming the latest and hopefully long-lasting fad. Tourists as well as an increasing community of Western expats first created the demand for...
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...