Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait mulls cancellation of sponsorship system

After endless calls by Kuwaiti rights groups, the emirate is considering the cancellation of the sponsorship system. According to sources within the Kuwaiti government, Kuwait’s long-established sponsorship system is looking to be in its last days. For decades, the expat-aimed system has been criticised by rights groups and outside organisations for being a form of bonded labour, with the government now seemingly in agreement about its cancellation. It would seem lawmakers are finally aware that ending the system would be much...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

British driving licenses useless in Europe after no-deal Brexit

The UK government is warning Brit expats in Spain to immediately get Spanish driving licenses in case a no-deal Brexit is the final result. In yet another stunning example of ‘too little, too late’, the warning from the British government means British expats in Spain are now risking not being allowed to drive should there be an unmanageable rush of people applying for Spanish licenses. Those who’ve been unable to exchange their licenses will be faced with having to take the extensive written Spanish language driving test as...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Former Italian expat textile mill workers’ guaranteed stays now overturne

Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit. The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit consul urges UK expats in Spain to register

The British consul has warned UK expats in Marbella to ensure they’re all officially resident if they want their post-Brexit rights guaranteed. The Brexit question and answer session held in Marbella’s town hall by the British consulate drew just 70 attendees, but the consul’s message was clear – the protection of expats' rights post-Brexit will depend on their official residency. With the delayed parliamentary vote on the PM’s withdrawal agreement due tomorrow, the plight of Britons in a number of EU member states is as...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Seriously ill Brit expat still in Andalusian jail

Robert Mansfield-Hewitt, 51, spent the Festive Season behind bars in a Spanish jail whilst still denying he knows anything about a massive haul of hashish found in a San Roquel property he’d rented whilst on a business trip last June. According to his family and friends, Mansfield-Hewitt is confused and miserable at not being able to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in the usual way, especially as he hasn’t yet been charged with any offence. To date, he’s been denied bail twice, due mostly to the fact that police discovered...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Oman bans expat professionals from private education jobs

A new government decree issued by Oman’s Ministry of Manpower is now banning expatriates from jobs in specific professions. According to Omani minister Abdullah al Bakri, foreigners will no longer be able to accept positions in private higher education or private training schools. Positions now reserved for Omani citizens include director of student affairs, director of admissions, director of career guidance and director of quality assurance. Already approved employment permits for these and similar occupations will be honoured...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expat musicians to be denied entry to the UK unless earning £30,000 or more

Foreign musicians are to be banned from entering Britain post-Brexit unless they earn over £30,000 annually. A new white paper released by the British government will dash the hopes of talented expat musicians wanting to perform with established bands as well as stifling the UK’s music sector. Foreign musicians will need to prove they’re earning at least £30,000 a year before they will be allowed into the UK on a five-year visa, according to the latest government white paper on Brexit. The government believes the rule will...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

The reality of forcing expats in Thailand to buy expensive private healthcare insurance

As the possibility of all expats in Thailand being forced to buy private health insurance or have their visas cancelled sinks in, one local online English language newspaper publishes its survey results. The long-stay expat community in Thailand is split between those working in Bangkok companies, those running their own small businesses in Thailand’s major cities and those who chose Thailand as the perfect retirement destination. Although there are no demographics showing the comparative numbers in each location, it’s fair to...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers approve draft law forcing expats to buy health insurance

Kuwait’s National Assembly legislative committee has approved a draft law forcing expatriates in the emirate to pay mandatory health insurance. The new bill comes as the Assembly and the Kuwaiti government approved a law establishing expatriate-only hospitals. Along with the compulsory private healthcare insurance, charges for expatriate medical services obtained in public hospitals are also to be introduced. At present, expats living and working in Kuwait must pay KD50 at the time of their annual residence permit renewals in...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Omanization bites as expats leave, but Golden Visa scheme unlikely to succeed

The introduction of Oman’s visa ban and its recent extensions seems to have encouraged unemployed locals to get jobs, but Oman‘s new Golden Visa scheme doesn’t allow expat citizenship. The aim of the expat visa ban was to vastly increase available jobs for Omanis as the emirate’s unemployment figures were at an all-time high. Since the visa changes were announced, the expat labour force has shrunk by four per cent, with the majority of drops seen in the financial, engineering, manufacturing, industrial and construction...