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Medical Visas Helping Children in Need

February 11, 2015 General

Every year thousands are granted medical treatment visas for Australia and New Zealand, especially children who need urgent, life-saving surgery. Many of these visas are organised through Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) to help those in locations such as Fiji, Indonesia, Nauru, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Tonga and Vietnam where advanced medical treatment isn’t readily [...]

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Bank Sees Demand Soar for Expat Buy-to-Let Mortgages

February 10, 2015 Britain

British expats looking for a buy to let property can often find it hard to get a mortgage but one provider has reported a surge in successful applications. According to Channel Islands based Skipton International, its expat buy to let mortgages look set to eclipse local lending during 2015, following their launch last July. It [...]

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Malta Changes Visa Residency Rules

February 9, 2015 General

It has been confirmed that the Maltese government has changed its special residency rules for wealthy investors due to a disappointing number wanting to move to the Mediterranean country. A government spokesman said that Europeans come under the same residency rules as non-Europeans after only 36 wealthy individuals applied for the scheme in a year. [...]

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British MPs Back Special Visa Scheme for Citizens of Australia and New Zealand

February 6, 2015 Australia

British MPs have reopened the debate over UK visa rules, arguing they are unfairly favouring Europeans at the expense of those from Commonwealth countries like Australia and New Zealand. This follows the release of a report claiming visa restrictions had resulted in a steep decline in Australian migration to the UK in recent years. Romford [...]

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Visitor and Migrant Numbers in New Zealand Continue Upward Trend

February 5, 2015 General

New Zealand continues to be a popular country for migrants and visitors with both groups seeing year on year growth, according to the latest official data. Visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up by 5% in December 2014 year on year with China contributing the highest number, the figures from Statistics New Zealand show. There [...]

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First Round of Applicants Invited to Stay in Canada Under New Express Entry

February 4, 2015 Canada

The first round of top ranked candidates from Canada’s Express Entry immigration programme is already helping to fill demonstrated and verifiable gaps in the country’s jobs market, it has been announced. As part of the first round of the Express Entry programme some 31,779 skilled workers have been invited to apply for permanent residency in [...]

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Expats in Spain Facing a Range of New Taxes in 2015

February 3, 2015 General

Expats who own property and work in Spain are having to contend with a range of new taxes in 2015. New regulations in the Spanish budget for 2015 directly affect owners of Spanish property and businesses. In particular, the Spanish Government has introduced a series of beneficial tax breaks for foreign investors. The capital gains [...]

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Concerns Over Joint Visa Arrangements for Cricket World Cup

February 2, 2015 Australia

A visa sharing system that allows fans to travel to this year’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia could be subject to abuse, it is claimed. Officials are concerned that people with no intention of actually attending Cricket World Cup games are taking advantage of the arrangement allowing visa free entry to New [...]

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Expats Putting a Strain On Housing In Auckland, New Zealand

January 30, 2015 General

New Zealand seems to be suffering from expats all wanting to live and work in the capital city with a committee hearing that this is putting a strain on Auckland’s property supply. There are also concerns that an increase in immigration is fuelling a huge rise in property prices in the city as 2014 ended [...]

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Mortgage Demand from British Expats Soars

January 29, 2015 Britain

British expats seeking a UK mortgage should not be down heartened by reports that they are considered high risk by lenders and therefore often turned down, it is claimed. Many complain that they have difficulty securing a mortgage as they have a lower or non-existent UK credit rating as they have lived outside the UK, [...]

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Which Countries are the Cheapest and Costliest for UK Students Abroad?

January 28, 2015 Australia

Poland, Portugal and Turkey the most affordable places to spend a year abroad and Australia, the USA and Canada the least affordable, new research has found. Poland is the most affordable destination for British students hoping to study abroad, according to the research from HSBC. With over 20,000 students spending a semester or year abroad on [...]

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New State Pension Rules Could Affect British Expats

January 27, 2015 Britain

British expats who want to be eligible for a UK state pension need to be aware of new rules that could affect them from April of next year. Anyone retiring after 06 April 2016 will be affected by the rules which mean they must pay National Insurance for more years to get a full state [...]

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Bern named as top city for expat living in annual research report

January 26, 2015 Quality of Life

Bern and Copenhagen are the most liveable cities in Europe for expats, while Toronto tops the bill in North America, Chile in South America and Singapore in Asia, according to a new survey. Canberra is the best place in Australia, Tel Aviv the top city in the Middle East and Port Louis in Mauritius the [...]

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