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Pet travel rules in Europe change at end of December, expats reminded

December 25, 2014 Europe

Expats living in Europe who travel with their pets need to be aware of changes to the European Union pet travel regulations from the end of this month. Changes will come into effect on 29 December 2014 and are mainly designed to strengthen enforcement across the EU, increase levels of compliance and improve the security […]

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British expats to lose winter fuel allowance in 2015

December 19, 2014 Britain

Almost 100,000 British expats living in Mediterranean countries will lose a payment they receive from the UK government called the winter fuel allowance. Retired British expats in France, Malta, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Gibraltar and Cyprus will no longer receive the annual payments starting next year. It is thought that at least 95,000 people will be […]

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Changes to French work permits take effect January 1, 2015

December 8, 2014 France

People looking to work in France next year and need a work permit will need to provide extra documents with their application. From 01 January 2015, the changes will apply to employees and employers, but pending applications will not be affected. However, the whole process from start to finish can take from one to two […]

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UK introduces easier-to-follow transit visa rules

December 5, 2014 United Kingdom

Changes have been made to transit visas for those passing through the UK, which should make the rules easier to understand. Since the beginning of December, the airside and landside transit visa requirements rules for transit without a visa have been made simpler, more consistent and easier for customers and partners to understand. Transit visas […]

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New Canadian investor visa programme expected soon

December 4, 2014 Canada

Investor visa programmes have proved to be popular in many European countries and Australia and now Canada is set to follow suit. It is expected that prospective investors with one to two million Canadian dollars to invest will be able to apply for an investor visa with a residency option. These types of visas are […]

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Expats faced with shifting home buying rules in the UAE

November 20, 2014 property

Expats buying a property in the United Arab Emirates are facing changes in terms of access to both available properties and finance. Sharjah is opening its property market to foreign investment for the first time and HSBC has said that it is reviewing its Abu Dhabi mortgage lending strategy for expats. Leases of up to […]

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UK super priority visa service to be extended to more countries

November 14, 2014 Britain

The UK government has unveiled plans to extend the popular 24 hour visa service to more business leaders, investors and wealthy tourists aimed at attracting more investment into the country. The Super Priority Visa Service, already on offer in China and India, ensures a decision on a visa application within 24 hours, removing lengthy bureaucratic […]

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UK and Ireland launch joint visa for visitors from China and India

October 8, 2014 Ireland

The UK and the Republic of Ireland have signed a memo of understanding to share data and exchange information which will be used to inform and determine immigration decisions. This will mean that visa-bearing visitors from India and China will be able to travel more easily between the two countries, while maintaining the security of […]

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Employers urged to be ready for Canada’s new immigration Express Entry system

September 11, 2014 Canada

Meetings are taking place across Canada, with more being planned, to make sure businesses and leading employers are ready for the country’s new Express Entry immigration programme which launches in the New Year. Starting in January 2015, Canadian employers will be able to consider Express Entry candidates for jobs where there are no Canadians or […]

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Turkey reverses compulsory health insurance rule for expat residency

August 13, 2014 Health

Retired expats in Turkey will no longer have to take out compulsory health insurance in order to qualify for a residency permit, it has been confirmed. In a complete U-turn, the General Directorate for Migration Management (GDMM) has announced that plans for compulsory health insurance for foreigners aged over 65 have been abandoned. The move […]

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British expats could be worse off under UK tax change proposals

August 12, 2014 Britain

Hundreds of thousands of British expats face paying tax on all of their UK income under new proposals being drawn up by the Treasury. At present, European Union nationals and British expats are entitled to offset income earned in the UK against the national personal allowance of £10,000. This means that for Brits who live […]

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New UK immigration reforms crackdown on benefits, students and jobs

July 30, 2014 Britain

A new crackdown on immigration abuses has been announced by the UK’s Prime Minister and Home Secretary as part of a long term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Starting in November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational […]

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Expats in Macau who overstay face heavy fines under new rules

July 29, 2014 Macau

Expats in the Chinese territory of Macau face heavy fines if they overstay their visa and residence permits, it has emerged. According to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office a number of expats have recently been subjected to stiff penalties in the special administrative region, which is across from Hong Kong. Expats who had overstayed by […]

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