Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

6 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Qatar ups minimum unskilled worker wage in preparation for 2022 World Cup

Qatar has passed a new minimum wage law aimed at expats as well as local employees. It seems the emirate’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup may have positive effects on expats living and working in Qatar. A recent proclamation by the government announced not only the revocation of all expats’ exit visas but also a minimum wage law encompassing all workers. The two concessions are part of a broad reform of the labour market between now and the World Cup, with another relaxation due on the present restrictions regarding change of...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Western tourists and expats in Thailand to be replaced by Indians

Western visitors and expats are now shunning Thailand in favour of other nearby destinations. The previous effect of Western tourism in Thailand wasn’t just to bring short-term revenue into the country as many visitors decided to make the popular Southeast Asian destination their permanent home, either by retiring, starting a business, finding a job or even marrying a Thai girl and starting a family. Nowadays, fewer and fewer Westerners are travelling that road, due to a perception they’re no longer welcome, difficulties with...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Bad Brexit news for British expats in Eindhoven

Whilst Europe watches the Brexit fiasco tottering towards some kind of conclusion benefiting no-one ,British expats in Eindhoven attended yet another British embassy meet-up. Held at Eindhoven’s Hub expat centre, both representatives from the British Embassy and the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service were present, ready and willing to interpret the bad news for around 50 UK citizens ranging from retirees to students. A number of retirees had been denied the referendum vote as they’d been living overseas for more...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Oman gets tough on expats and tourists who dress inappropriately

Expats in Oman as well as short term visitors are being urged to dress according to local codes and customs. Oman’s expat community are now being urged to respect the local culture by following dress codes. The message is being sent by local council members as well as by Shura officials along with calls for far stricter enforcement of the rules governing correct dress. A local report confirms expats are now being seen flouting the dress code regulations, and can expect fines should this continue. It would seem both male and...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in BVI now at the back of the jobs queue

Expats, Belongers and BVIslanders’ basic immigration status prevents them from getting jobs. PM of the British Virgin Islands Andrew Fahie recently announced that the immigration status of BVIslanders and Belongers does not mean they will be prioritised as regards job offers. The comment came after the PM prohibited work permits for expats unless employers had exhausted official lists of unemployed local islanders when advertising a vacancy. His comments were mostly aimed at Belongers and included a statement that the status came...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait cracks down on sponsored parental visas

In a move applied with immediate effect, expat professionals living and working in Kuwait will no longer be able to sponsor dependent residency visas for their parents. The shock decision is being applied with immediate effect, and will cause distress and anger amongst Kuwait’s resident expat community, although the new rules allow for sponsorships of short-term visits to the emirate. In addition, the new laws also includes husbands’ sponsorship of wives and children under a dependent visa, all of whom will be forced to leave...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Dissecting Thailand’s expat community as a whole

Being an expat in Thailand is somewhat of a challenge these days, but it’s not stopping a good number of foreign residents from sticking to their guns and staying put in the hope common sense will prevail. Expat communities in the major cities tend to be defined by character, with the separate groups sticking together in areas, thus making themselves easily identifiable. This trend smacks of type-casting, making preferences and lifestyle clear to new arrivals. Perhaps the most obvious sector as regards motivations for choosing...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brexit set to wreck jobbing musicians’ chances of career advancement

Brexit is due to make musicians’ lives far harder by restricting freedom of movement. One profession which requires frequent travelling between countries is about to find its members’ lives and their chances of advancement seriously curtailed by Brexit. Musicians travel the continent of Europe and even the world on a regular basis, no matter what style of music is their thing, with the open borders of the EU a blessing for those determined to gather a following in this tricky profession. It’s not just boy bands and the like...