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UK Golden Visa toughened and two expat startup visas introduced

UK Golden Visa toughened and two expat startup visas introduced
UK Golden Visas are now being toughened up in order to stop ‘dirty money’ purchases. For ultra-wealthy expatriates needing the convenience of a second passport, visa-free access to a number of countries and permanent residency, Golden Visas have been the easy way out, but the net is now tightening. Recent reports of money laundering...

Malaysian retirement visa applications now under fiercer scrutiny

Malaysian retirement visa applications now under fiercer scrutiny
For expats looking to find the perfect destination for retirement, the options are narrowing at a pace not seen before, with Malaysia’s My Second Home programme the latest to be hit. In tune with other Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia has now tightened up its expat retirement visa requirements. If you’re considering retirement in...

Malaysian government planning to kick out all but top expat talent

Malaysian government planning to kick out all but top expat talent
Many expats living and working in Malaysia are confused and shocked over reports the government only wants top-salaried expatriate professionals. However, long-stay expats and those familiar with Malaysian politics aren’t quite so surprised about lawmakers’ increasing lack of appreciation of the part expatriates play in the...

Saudization failing as expat professionals still occupying public sector positions

Saudization failing as expat professionals still occupying public sector positions
According to a recent study, 60,386 Saudi public sector jobs are being held by expat professionals. Saudi Arabia’s recently released analysis of expatriate uptake in public sector jobs seems to indicate Saudization is still failing at the professional level. Whilst the Kingdom isn’t as popular with career-oriented expats as in the...

Thailand then as against Thailand now for expat retirees

Thailand then as against Thailand now for expat retirees
For decades, the lure of Thailand’s Land of Smiles drew both working and retired expats in droves to its warm weather, glorious beaches, friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle. Many of those attracted by Thailand’s cheap cost of living, easy long-stay visas, traditional culture and friendly locals were single, elderly men looking to...

Brit expat business owners most at risk of Brexit damage

Brit expat business owners most at risk of Brexit damage
Is the myth of the stereotypical British expat the reason why May has ignored the Brexit plight of several million Britons living overseas? British expatriates living in Europe are still no wiser than in 2016 as to the real effects of Brexit on their chosen lifestyles, with those running businesses totally confused about their status...

European start-up visas increasingly popular with expats

European start-up visas increasingly popular with expats
The international start-up scene is growing by the day, with Estonia, Portugal and France all hot destinations for talented expat entrepreneurs. Estonia has welcomed over 1,000 new arrivals since it released its start-up visa programme in 2017; France’s President Macron’s ‘start-up nation’ plan sounded good and is going well, and...

Visa free travel scheme derailed by yet another Gibraltar row

Visa free travel scheme derailed by yet another Gibraltar row
If you’re thinking of hopping over to France or Spain on an exploratory visit prior to retirement as an expat, you may need a £52 visa! Spanish demands regarding the status of Gibraltar have derailed the visa-free travel plan legislation intended to allow Britons to visit Europe without hassle. Yet again, Spain’s argument is based on...

Shanghai expats and locals get together to celebrate Lantern Festival

Shanghai expats and locals get together to celebrate Lantern Festival
In a demonstration of the friendship between expats and Chinese resident in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area, both communities celebrated the Lantern Festival together. As Europe and the West in general get more xenophobic by the hour, a Shanghai community of locals and foreigners celebrated an annual festival together as friends and...

Expat controversy over new Thailand visa rules now includes rising baht

Expat controversy over new Thailand visa rules now includes rising baht
Unforeseen issues with Thai immigration’s new retirement visa rules now include currency fluctuations during deposits and monthly transfers. As if the new retirement visa rulings and their interpretation by immigration officers aren’t unclear enough, a new problem has arisen for those who choose the financial option of a transfer from...