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middle eastern visa freeze

The Middle Eastern Visa Freeze – How will this affect Expats?

Over the past few years, momentum has grown towards the nationalisation of job markets across the GCC and other parts of the Middle and Far East. This is intended to cut unemployment levels for nationals as well as improve prospects in higher paid positions. Which countries are attempting to reduce expat worker numbers, and how will this affect those wishing to work overseas in these nations?
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We’ve Just Launched our Youtube Channel!

Acquiring Consular services can be a daunting process. The terminology is confusing, the processes are unclear and the rules seem to change from day to day! Wouldn't it be great if there was a resource out there which was simple, easy to understand, and gave you the step-by-step guidance you needed to fulfil your needs?
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Neom – Saudi’s Expat Capital of the Future?

In the first quarter of 2019, Saudi Arabia's new mega-city named Neom, or "The Red Sea Project", commenced construction. The vision of Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, this new centre of commerce and high-end tourism covers over 10, 000 square miles. With the aim to establish Neom as a hotspot for business, expats and tourists from across the globe, what will this mean for those wishing to travel there?
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Want to retain your EU Citizenship post-Brexit?

With the prospective Brexit date of March 29th creeping ever closer, many British citizens are gearing up to try and claim citizenship in one of the remaining EU member states. Recent data shows that the number of British citizens successfully acquiring citizenship for another European Union country has more than doubled since 2016, the very year the Brexit referendum took place. If ensuring you retain your status as a citizen of an EU state is part of your plan, what do you need to begin the process?
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Philippines Enters The Hague Apostille Convention

On 14th May 2019, the Philippines will become an effective member state of the Apostille Agreement, part of the Hague Convention. This will mean that for many people wishing to legalise documents for use in the Philippines, the current process of seals and red ribbons applied by the Embassies worldwide will be a thing of the past. How will this affect those wishing to relocate or conduct business within the country?
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Certified or Notarised – What’s the Difference?

When it comes to legalisation, unfamiliar terminology can often cause confusion to those who are not well versed in the processes involved. Some terms, such as "legalisation" and "attestation" can be used interchangeably, but essentially mean the same thing. Others, such as "certified copy" and "notarised copy", require a clear distinction and can be the difference between a document being accepted or rejected when presented in your destination country. Here we will present the differences in a clear and understandable way!
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UK-Issued Islamic Marriage Certificates – Where Are They Recognised?

At present, Islamic marriages are not recognised as legally binding by UK law. This is out of step with many other religious ceremonies which are recognised such as Jewish and Quaker marriages. Unless the married couple go on to seek a civil ceremony, their marriage is not considered legal and will miss out on rights enjoyed by other married couples. Does this apply to other countries and can they be legalised for use overseas?
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Why Verification is Vital – Three Year Jail Term for Exaggerating CV in UAE

Exaggerated information on a CV is not a new problem, but the idea of fabricating details to boost your apparent experience or qualification levels is usually met with an "everybody does it" attitude. As the job market is becoming increasingly competitive however, employers are quickly tightening regulations to end these practices. What steps are the UAE taking to change this mindset?
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