Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

10 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Omanisation rules OK as 34,000 expats thrown out last year

Oman’s Omanisation strategy was ramped up last year, with recently released figures showing some 34,000 expat private sector workers headed back to their home countries. It isn’t clear how many of those who gave up and got out were Western expats, but the Sultanate’s construction industry was a major employer of those who left. Other sectors replacing expat workers with Omani nationals are retail and wholesale businesses, fisheries and agriculture, manufacturing, services and admin and support service providers, with the...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong expats mull leaving as protests continue

Hong Kong’s popularity a an expat hub is mostly due to its position as one of the planet’s major commercial and financial hubs, but the desire for freedom from China’s oppression may change its face for the future. Last week, a major ratings agency downgraded the city’s credit rating due to the ongoing protests, stating its belief that public discontent is likely to continue. The announcement came in spite of chief executive Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the vastly unpopular extradition bill which started the protests three...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce supports expat complaints over TM30 reporting

As the TM30 issue continues to raise ire amongst long-term expats in business or on retirement, the Bangkok-based Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce has weighed in with proposals to amend the situation. Following the Thailand-wide expatriate calls for changes or even the dumping of the unpopular law, chair of the JFCCT Stanley Kang told reporters the umbrella body has suggested easing the impact on expats of the newly-resurrected law before it begins to affect foreign businesses in the Kingdom. Mr.Kang also revealed the...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti illegal visa traders now accept expat instalment payments

It’s business as usual in Kuwait for visa traders in spite of the economic slowdown. Taking into account Kuwait’s economic issues, visa and residency permit traders are now offering expatriates the convenience of monthly payments, thus ensuring their lucrative but illegal businesses continue as normal. A spokesperson is claiming the move is a relief from the difficult conditions now emerging in the popular expat destination. Visa applicants are now able to pay in instalments for this essential service, with interest rates...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Treating unspent QROPs monies as part of your inheritance strategy

Expats are now asking the question they don’t want to think about - what happens to money in their QROPS when they die. Making a will is a necessity ignored by a high number of expat retirees, wherever in the world they’re located. Whist it’s not a subject expat retirees want to dwell on, it’s especially important to make sure money still in a QROPS goes to the intended person once its owner passes on, rather than to the home country's greedy taxman. It’s necessary to nominate the beneficiary by simply filling in the correct...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait hits out at expat numbers again

Kuwait curbs on expatriate numbers are set to continue. In yet another attempt to curb the numbers of expat arrivals in Kuwait, official sources have announced an increase in salary requirements to Kd 500 for those requesting family visas. Also part of the announcement was the threat that the increase isn’t the emirate’s final attempt to control the numbers of expat workers within its borders. Further decisions related to the increase of transaction fees are to follow, as the charges at present are amongst the lowest in the entire...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Thailand seeing an expat exodus to Vietnam?

For more than a decade, Thailand has been a favourite destination for Western expats looking to enjoy better weather than in the home country, a more laid-back lifestyle and a lower cost of living. For expat retirees in particular, Thailand was the top choice for many years, but a recent change in attitude by the military-run government and its immigration department has caused a good number to consider relocating to friendlier shores. Another reason for this decision is the combined effect of inflation and the overly strong baht on...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Volunteer programme to befriend elderly expats in Abu Dhabi

The results of a Better Life Index study by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development have revealed a high proportion of elderly residents are depressed and lonely as well as suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other age-related disorders. It’s not just local people who’re affected, as there are now some 30,000 expats aged over 60 years living in the emirate. In order to improve their lives, a volunteer initiative is being put in place in an attempt to build a bridge between the generations. The pilot programme, to...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Crackdown on Thai private hospital price gouging set to continue

Speaking to the media after Thai private hospitals’ price lists were received, a spokesperson from the Department of Internal Trade insisted the crackdown on price gouging would continue. Since the price-gouging scandal operated by Thailand’s private hospital chains was revealed online, government action has focused on the cost of medicines supplied by hospital pharmacies as against the recommended prices. For some years, price-gouging by Thai private hospitals has been a cause of anger amongst the country’s expat community,...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

IRS gets tough with US expats over unpaid tax by threatening passport revocation

Defaulting US expat taxpayers are at risk of having their passports cancelled. Expat American citizens who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have been aware for a while of the risk of having their passports revoked, but many have adopted the head-in-the-sand defence of not believing the threat would ever become reality. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it’s about to be fully enforced. The USA’s State department along with the IRS are now escalating the enforcement of what’s known as the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface...