Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Cambodia fear Chinese colonisation

Is Cambodia fast becoming a satellite of China? Cambodia has long been a destination for expatriates keen on Southeast Asia but disenchanted with Thailand and not quite ready for rural Laos, but the increasing Chinese presence in popular destinations such as Sihanoukville is worrying the long-stay foreign community. Chinese investment has transformed the former premier seaside resort over the past two years, forcing many Cambodians and expats to leave for the as yet unspoiled cities of Kampot and Kep. Sihanoukville’s formerly...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Dubai property market slumps further

Cheaper Dubai rents and property prices are due by the end of this year. The fall in Dubai real estate prices and rental charges is now expected to crash still further by late December. Real estate agents in the emirate are predicting a five per cent drop in both sectors as a result of a 20 per cent fall in the number of homes changing hands. However, property firms are attempting to talk up the market whilst counting the cost of a slump in commissions earned. The size of the percentage-based slump in interest as well as in prices...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Taiwan rewards top expat talent with easy citizenship

Top expat talent in Taiwan now has a straightforward route to citizenship. The 90 expatriates in Taiwan who hold the coveted ‘Plum Blossom’ Alien Permanent Residency Certificates now have a simplified route to become Taiwanese citizens. The new citizenship procedure will apply to those senior expat professionals who’ve provided exceptional services to the country via their expertise and received the ‘Plum Blossom’ residency cards for their efforts. Those wishing to apply for nationalisation will only have to submit a letter...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2018

New UAE visa reforms help ensure expat kids education

New visa reforms and promotion of youth employment are aimed at popularising the UAE as an education destination. The UAE’s efforts to position itself as an international hub for education should please long-term expatriate professionals hoping to keep their kids with them throughout their education. The new measures are intended to promote the emirates as an education destination for international students as well as providing high quality learning for local youth. Since last month, grade 12 students dependent on their parents as...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2018

IRS now chasing passports of US expat tax debtors

US expat taxpayers who owe money to the IRS are now having their passports seized. As if being subject to the IRS’s toxic oversight isn’t bad enough, US expatriates who owe money to the US taxman are now having their passports seized. It’s not just a threat, it’s actually happening, as both the taxman and the State Department have the legal right to revoke or cancel the passports of those who’re in debt to the state. At the present time, some 360,000 US expatriates and frequent travellers are thought to be affected....
24 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Oman to be allowed to buy non-ITC properties

Oman’s Ministry of Housing is considering a proposal which would allow expats to buy homes outside its Integrated Tourism Complexes. According to a spokesperson for the ministry, a proposal is being debated which allows expatriates to own properties in other designated districts apart from Muscat’s Integrated Tourism Complexes (ITC). At present, foreigners from outside the GCC can buy properties in the complexes either for investment or residential purposes, and citizens of GCC countries resident in Oman can purchase commercial,...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

UAE expat wives now allowed one year post-divorce visa

UAE-based expatriate husbands subject to divorce proceedings can no longer use their sponsorship powers to threaten their wives. Expatriate wives sponsored by their husbands need no longer fear having to leave the country at short notice when divorce proceedings are under way. A new UAE law aims to protect divorcees, widows and their children by guaranteeing them at least a year’s visa extension. UAE lawyers are happy to report that husbands holding visa control over their wives will now no longer have the power to wreck their lives...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait lawmakers busy making more new expat rules

Expats in Kuwait seem to be both positive and negative targets for municipal lawmakers, with the emirate churning out new rules by the day. It’s good news for some expats and not so good for others as the Kuwait parliament tinkers with changing existing laws and inventing new ones. For example, the former age restriction applied to parents of expats planning to visit their kin is to be lifted, with visit visas now available irrespective of the age of the applicants. The reason behind the change is the recent introduction of medical...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

No need for UK expat panic over French draft law

A media clarification about the French government’s intentions for UK expats after a no-deal Brexit explains the issue as it now stands. Recent press reports on British expats’ status in France should a no-deal Brexit happen have caused unnecessary concern to many UK citizens who’ve chosen to make the country their permanent home.The French parliament’s recently released draft law does not in any way make life impossible for the British expat community. Misinterpretation of the document’s initial paragraph seems to have...