Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expat bar owner in Spain plans tongue in cheek Brexit night at his bar

Expats in Andalusia wondering what to do on the evening of 31st January should head for Jimera’s Bar Allioli’s huge Brexit bash. Rather than celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU , British bar owner Paul Darwent is focusing on a tongue in cheek, alcohol fuelled celebration featuring comedy, music, poetry, traditional British nosh and bottles of the latest Brexit porter-style strong beer entitled ‘Don’t leave me this way’. The bottles bear a label depicting Boris Johnson as a ‘porter’ struggling to carry the bags...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Portuguese property price rises shutting out British expat retirees

Golden Visa investors are being blamed for soaring property price hikes. For a number of years, Portugal has been a favourite with British expats seeking sunshine and an affordable, less stressful lifestyle in a location without the rowdy reputation of many Spanish resort towns. The Algarve has been a favourite region for UK retirees on the none-too generous state pension, with many buying homes ahead of retirement and using them for their annual holidays. Sadly, Brexit has left the Algarve’s expat communities fearful about its long...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat driving licenses and Kuwait residency permits now automated

Following the successful introduction of online driving permit renewals, Kuwait is planning to extend the facility. According to a source, since the programme’s launch in November last year, a total of well over 17,000 residents including expats have applied online, been accepted and have collected their licenses from machines set at two malls and the Ministry of the Interior’s service centres. Fines for violation can also be cleared at the locations, and a similar service is set to offer new licenses, licenses for learner drivers...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Telling it like it is for post-Brexit Brits in Spain

Expert advice is laying out the post-Brexit situation for British expats living and working in Spain. Of all the concerns felt by British business-owners and expat employees in Spain, taxation post-Brexit is a major issue. On the positive side, the UK’s geo-political position on the continent itself is very unlikely to change, meaning businesses including the tourism sector will continue as usual after the end of this month. The one difference is that the UK is about to become a ‘third country’ as regards customs, imports and...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2020

New Dubai five year tourist visa is a hit with expat professionals

Dubai’s new five year tourist visa will make life easier for expat professionals with families wishing to visit on a regular basis. Whilst many other countries worldwide are now making life far tougher for their expat communities, Dubai is taking the opposite tack with its newly announced five year, multi-entry tourist visas. The innovative visa will help families of expats visit more often, cut the costs of getting regular tourist visas and prove convenient for job-seekers. Dubai’s ruler announced the innovation last Monday,...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Japanese managers stressing out over expat professionals

If you’re working as an expat in Japan, you may be stressing out your Japanese manager. Over the past several decades, the numbers of Western expat professionals working in Japan for local companies have seen a significant increase.Japan’s relaxation of its formerly strict visa rules for skilled foreign professionals was originally aimed at combating the country’s falling birth rate and resulting shortages of labour. However, it seems encouraging Western immigration is having a less than positive effect on the Asian tiger’s...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expats in Germany disappointed and sad about Brexit

Following the shocking result of the UK’s mid-December election and the realisation that Brexit is now close to being a done deal, British expats in Germany are sad and disappointed their hopes won’t now become reality. Britons living and working in Germany have spent the last four years wishing and hoping Brexit would implode and allow their lives to get back to normal, hopes which are now permanently dashed. Even the possibility of a no-deal Brexit due to lack of a satisfactory trade deal just 12 months from now is back on the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat visitors to major Saudi events offered free three day visas

In an attempt to boost its flagging tourism industry, Saudi Arabia is now offering free visas to expats in the Arab States interested in visiting major events. Residents living in the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will be allowed visa-free entry for a three day stay, enabling those interested to visit several of the major events due to take place over the Kingdom’s festival season. Events include the Riyadh Season and Al Ula’s Tantora Festival, with the latter taking place in Saudi’s northwestern quadrant. The idea of giving free...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Purchasing your expat dream home can be a nightmare

If you’ve had enough of Brexit, the weather, floods, rising prices and the UK government’s antics over the past three years, buying a property overseas might well be the answer. For the vast majority of non-working expats, two issues form the spur for leaving the UK on a permanent basis – the rising cost of living and the fall in an acceptable lifestyle. Moving overseas isn’t a panacea for curing all ills, but it can provide a bolt-hole for those who get it right. Given that Brits are, reputably, a nation of homeowners, it’s...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Oman woos expat investors with incentives and guarantees

New Omani investor laws are aimed at expats as well as foreign nationals living outside the country. Guarantees, privileges and incentives are on offer to foreign investors and expats living and working in Oman, with the new rules due to start on Thursday. Aimed at encouraging economically feasible investment projects funded by foreign nationals, whether resident or not, the new foreign capital investment law represents the emirate’s attempts to stimulate the flow of funds from overseas in an increasingly competitive world...