Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

12 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Demographics and expat work permit chaos in Kuwait

Kuwaiti parliamentarians are demanding ministers meet with lawmakers to devise an end to the chaos surrounding the issuance of expat work permits. As well as an attempt to rectify problems with expat work permit issuance, the demand is seen to involve public demands to control growth in the expat population as it harms citizens. Accusations of manipulation of the emirate’s demography were also made, as lawmakers believe jobs are being stolen from locals by incomers. The meeting, expected to be held at the end of September or...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Malta meet with lawmakers over continuing Brexit uncertainty

The expatriate community in Malta is becoming ever more concerned about its government’s unanswered Brexit questions. Even although the Maltese government’s take on post-Brexit expat rights gives unequivocal reassurance about expats’ futures on the island, the community as a whole is fearing the devil is in the detail. Concerns along with a host of unanswered questions prompted a 200-strong British expat group[ to attend a recent conference about Malta’s position in a post-Brexit EU. Issues brought up included changing a...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy would-be expats can go it alone for residency and citizenship

As the world becomes more politically and economically unstable, more and more wealthy would-be expatriates are getting caught by smart salesmen. The trend of internationalising is the latest way for wealthy nationals to ensure their capital, investments and even businesses are safely stored against economic disaster whilst they continue their lives in another country. For high net worth individuals, becoming a global citizen is the way to go, but taking wealth out of the country of origin requires dealing with key issues. The...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Is Vietnam the answer for fans of Southeast Asia?

As the rush to discover a new, expat-friendly paradise on earth ratchets up, Vietnam’s position in the latest survey has soared to 10th place. During the past decade, Vietnam’s popularity as an expat destination has been steadily growing, especially with those already living outside their countries of origin. On offer is stunning scenery, friendly locals, a lively culture and a delicious, healthy cuisine. Affordability is good, and a positive work/life balance creates the perfect ambience for expats sick of ever-changing visa...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville Chinese invasion sends expats packing

The Chinese invasion of Sihanoukville feels like a rape of Cambodia’s culture and history. Once upon a time in a land far away, a beachside town was home not only to its local residents but also to expatriates of all shapes, sizes and nationalities, drawn by its charm and friendliness as well as its history as a favourite summer holiday destination for city folk from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Sadly, fast-forwarding to 2019 reveals a totally different story due to the ambitions of a totally different neighbouring country....
5 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Good mortgage news for expat property buyers in Spain

Spain’s new laws on mortgages are great news for those wishing to purchase property and those who’re already homeowners. Up until now, the popular expat destination’s mortgage laws favoured the banks in a manner which penalised borrowers, but new EU rules intended to align member states’ laws have forced the Spanish government to adjust its position in favour of buyers. One rule in particular is long overdue, as it protects homeowners in temporary financial difficulties from having their homes repossessed as a result of late...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

French minister describes British expat presence as enriching France

France’s Europe minister has described the British expat presence as enriching the country. In yet another attempt by an EU member state government official to reassure British expats about their rights post-Brexit, France’s Europe minister has described the expat community as ‘enriching France’. The complimentary comment was made by Amelie de Montchalin during a meeting of Paris’s Anglo-American Press Association, with the young politician adding her country isn’t attempting to take revenge for Brexit. She added the hard...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

UAE gold card residency visa scheme welcomes Indian expat applicants

As the Saudi green card residency scheme gets underway, the UAE’s version now has 400 expat gold-card residency visa holders. Last month saw the unveiling of the UAE’s 10-year renewable permanent residency visa, granted to date to some 400 wealthy expatriates, all of whom along with their families can now enjoy freedom of movement, employ three workers and get a residency permit for a senior manager, advisor or employee. Those in line for the visa must be ‘exceptional professionals’ in sectors including science, art...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats counting the pennies as sterling sinks

Whilst British expat retirees are counting the pennies, multinationals relocating staff to London are cashing in on the weak pound. By now, it’s a well-known fact that British retirees in popular EU retirement destination are having a hard time making ends meet due to the falling pound, but many don’t realise that companies sending expat staff to the UK are saving money for the same reason. In the 2018 annual surveys, London was the 19th most expensive world city for relocating expats, but this year’s rating for the capital is...