Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are informed. The process in the UAE is typical, and is made easier if the deceased left a will, but has good few stages and can take time to complete. The first task is to obtain a death certificate...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Theresa May crackdown on UK Golden Visas not working

Applications for the UK’s extremely expensive Golden Visa have increased by 46 per cent since the UK government’s crackdown. In spite of a UK government crackdown aimed at rooting out corrupt, illicit money-laundered cash flowing to the UK via the Golden Visa scheme, applications from the global super-rich are still pouring in. Some 400 ultra-wealthy expat investors have taken up the offer of a Tier 1 visa since the year to 31 March, an increase of 46 per cent over figures for the previous tax year. Requirements for staying in...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK Golden Visa gives expatriates poor returns for rich investments

At first sight, London isn’t exactly the pinnacle of expatriate destinations, but for the mega-wealthy the UK’s Tier 1 investor visa is attempting to become the Golden Visa to beat them all. London’s disadvantages are many, starting with the weather, continuing with the extremely high cost of living, the disproportionate cost of property, the expensive, crammed transportation system and the endless traffic snarl-ups and ending with the failing public health system and the high levels of violent crime. In spite of all this and...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Spanish seas now safe for whale migration

Expats who value the pristine beauty of Spain’s seas and their part in the annual migrations of whales, dolphins and sea turtles are thrilled that a Royal Decree has now protected some 46,000 square kilometres of the ocean. The vast protected area runs between the coastlines of Alicante, Girona, Catalonia and Valencia on the mainland side and the Balearic Islands, and is a major part of an important migration pathway for the three species as well as other denizens of the deep. The order, issued by the Spanish government after...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Landmark ruling on same sex marriage visas gives Hong Kong an edge

A recent landmark ruling by a Hong Kong court over granting visas to same sex spouses of gay expats is threatening global financial hubs’ search for talent. In this competitive world, international financial hubs are at war over grabbing the best and brightest expat talent, but many Asian countries are lagging behind in their acceptance of gay relationships and marriages, forcing LBGT professionals to find work elsewhere. In Asia, only Taiwan is beginning to recognise gay marriage as a fact of life, making the Hong Kong court’s...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

EU expats shunning the UK due to Brexit

During 2017, net annual migration figures for EU nationals coming to work in the UK have fallen by a shocking 75,000. Annual net migration is now at 244,000, with the numbers arriving from outside the European Union rising to 205,000. At the present time, more expats are arriving in the UK, but numbers arriving from Europe are at their lowest for six years. Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest a 58,000 drop in EU citizens coming to work in the UK, the majority of whom are skilled workers. Worryingly, it seems...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Could UK retirees in Thailand benefit from legal CBD

British expats as well as UK residents were horrified recently when a young boy was denied his naturopathic medication for a rare and very dangerous epileptic condition. The imposing of an illogical ban on the medical uses of cannabidoil (CBD), a non-hallucinogenic product of the hemp plant caused condemnation via British media reports and social media. Fortunately, the British government relented and allowed the CBD medication once it realised via public protest that the boy was likely to die if denied the unconventional but highly...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brexit to invalidate UK driving licenses in EU member states

UK driving licenses will be invalid in Europe post-Brexit. According to the European Commission, mutual recognition of EU and British driving licenses will end once the UK is no longer part of the EU. Returning to the age of International Driving Permits is yet another unexpected downside of a Brexit which now seems to be able to destroy advantages taken for granted by many millions of UK citizens, but which were never mentioned in the run-up to the referendum. It’s not certain how British expats living in Europe will be able to buy...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Oman can now sponsor their families

Foreigners working in Omani government agencies can now sponsor expat work visa applicants. According to a media report, expatriates working for Omani government agencies are to be allowed to become sponsors of expat applicants for work visas in the Sultanate. In addition, foreigners who own certain properties will be granted visas without the necessity of a sponsor. The decree itself states licensed foreign investors and expatriate employees of government agencies can now be visa sponsors, according to a spokesperson for the Royal...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Life of Brit couple in Almeria wrecked by private zoo

A British couple living in Almeria have had their lives wrecked by their next door neighbour’s illegal zoo. David and Mandy Dibble bought a house in the Arboleas town of El Chopo 15 years ago, and live there for at least six months every year. Everything was fine until, some five years ago, their British neighbour sold his property to a German expatriate. Much to the couple’s horror, the man immediately began building cages on the property, usually on a Friday afternoon after the local council offices were closed for the weekend....