Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

20 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals in Sihanoukville suffering from Chinese invasion

Expats in Sihanoukville welcome Cambodian investigation into Chinese invasion. Expats still living in Sihanoukville are supporting the Cambodian government’s investigation into the statuses of the high number of Chinese nationals now taking over the city. When the influx of Chinese workers and investors began, local people were happy to sell their land to the incomers at high prices, but are now being pushed out of their homes and businesses as the city increasingly becomes Chinese. Over the last few years, Sihanoukville has been...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok now expat hub for online professional poker players

In spite of the fact that gambling is mostly illegal in Thailand, Bangkok is now being celebrated as a world hub for online poker-playing professionals earning enough money to keep themselves in a manner other expats can’t quite manage. According to media reports, moving to Thailand in order to play poker for a living is the latest fad amongst the expat professional poker-playing community. US pro players choose Thailand due to the sad fact their own country only has three states in which playing for money online is legalised,...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats, locals and government join to fight Palma mall development

The Balearic government, Palma city council and the Consell de Mallorca have joined forces with locals and expats to fight against the huge Palma Springs development planned in Playa del Palma. The proposed 80,000 square metre mega-mall and lifestyle centre, planned for the natural wetlands area of Ses Fontanelles, received its license to build in 2014 but contractors weren’t able to start the project and the license elapsed. On reapplying, developers were told a new license would not be issued as green area protection laws had been...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Advice for British expats should no-deal become a reality

As the March 29 deadline looms closer and the British parliament becomes even more disorderly, a huge number of UK expats are still totally confused about the effect on their lives of a no-deal exit. Although the vast majority of EU member states have now reassured their British expat communities as to their rights in the event of a no-deal crash out of the EU, expats are still confused over many aspects of their lives. For example, expats who have money in British bank accounts and use their debit cards to access funds when needed...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Spanish Royal Decree grants Brit expats free healthcare and social security benefits

A Spanish Royal Decree has just been issued, guaranteeing British expats’ continued healthcare access until the end of December 2020. If Theresa May was listening, she might well have heard a massive sigh of relief issuing from the ether hovering over Spain, as tens of thousands of British expats realised they would continue to be looked after healthwise for at least 22 months, even if the UK crashes out of the EU. The decree also allows British expatriates to continue their access to Spain’s social security network with its...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus releases failsafe for Brit expats in danger from Brexit

Cyprus is the latest EU member state to attempt to calm the fears of its British expatriates. Lawmakers in Cyprus have released an assurance that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens will be allowed to stay and enjoy their rights as stated in the withdrawal agreement. According to a spokesperson from Cyprus’s High Commission, the present position is that expats on Cyprus as well as Cypriot expats in the UK can continue their lives as usual whilst negotiations during the withdrawal period map out any future changes...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Planning expatriate retirement from a GCC country

When the time comes for retirement from your GCC/UAE job, deciding on exactly the right destination is the most important part of the planning process. Even although Bahrain was named in 2018 as the world’s best expatriate professional location, expats approaching retirement should carefully consider the wisdom of staying in the UAE. Global economic conditions as well as the shift away from expat employment to the local population are now beginning to affect companies’ employment packages, thus making the entire region less...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government makes post-Brexit life easier for British expats

If the EU is such a disaster, why are its member states doing all they can to help Brit expats suffering due to Brexit? Comparing the reaction of EU member states’ government with the way British expats are being treated by their own government, it seems the EU is doing everything it can to make expatriate lives at least bearable. The latest news from Spain confirms this impression, with Spanish lawmakers reassuring the expat community it aims to make their transition to third-country nationals as straightforward as possible....
19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Second passport investment scams set to lose applicants their passports and cash

The must-have accessory for mega-wealthy expats in the UAE is now a second passport, but recent purchasers may now lose their investments as well as their passport privileges. The numbers of millionaire expats in the UAE applying for a second passport have increased by 30 per cent over the past year or so, with between hundreds of thousands to millions of dirhams the going prices for the privilege of worldwide visa free travel, citizenship and trouble-free residency in the issuing country. However, recent applicants are keeping their...