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Will tax be imposed on all smartphones being brought to Pakistan?

People carrying additional smartphones to the country will have to pay duty now.

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December 17, 2018


Customs to charge people for carrying extra mobile phones to Pakistan

Rs40,000 smartphone will become 40% more expensive

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December 13, 2018


Qatar lifts exit visa system for migrant workers

Qatar amended its residency laws to allow foreign workers to leave the country without exit permits from their employers. Doha is keen to show it is tackling allegations of worker exploitation as it prepares to host the 2022 soccer World Cup, which it has presented as a showcase of its progress and development. Most migrant…

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September 7, 2018


Qatar opens up permanent residency for certain expats

Qatar on Wednesday approved a law to grant permanent residency to foreigners, but not without certain conditions. According to state-run Qatar News Agency, the permanent residency will be for a limited number of expatriates. Officials said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has issued a decree allowing a maximum of 100 expatriates to gain…

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September 6, 2018


Nearly half a million expats exit Saudi labour market in three months

As many as 466,000 expatriate workers left on exit visas during the last quarter of 2017. As many as 100,000 Saudi men and women entered the labor market during the same period, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). The authority, in a labor market bulletin, said that 3.16 million Saudi employees were working…

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May 3, 2018


NADRA, passport depts directed to assist expats on urgent basis

NEWS DESK: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was briefed about problems that overseas Pakistanis are facing in matters pertaining to passports, visas and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), reported Radio Pakistan. Pakistan’s ambassadors to Britain and Gulf countries briefed him about these problems. Iqbal was addressing a video conference with Pakistani ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, UAE,…

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March 1, 2018


Oman stops issuing expat visas

MUSCAT: Oman has issued a six-month ban on the issuance of work visas for expatriates in ten sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation and certain technical professions. The complete list of sectors covered by the temporary ban is: information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. According to Times…

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January 30, 2018


Expats in Saudi Arabia banned from jobs in 12 sectors

RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a restriction on the expatriates from working in 12 sectors from the next Hijri year. According to Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette, Saudi Labour and Social Development Minister Ali Al-Ghafees on Monday issued a ministerial decision in this regard in an attempt to ‘create more job opportunities for…

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January 30, 2018


Pakistanis among 15,000 expats facing deportation from Canada

Canada: Canada’s attempts to send up to 1,000 foreigners who are here illegally back to their home countries are being stymied by nations refusing to take them back, officials said Monday. International and domestic laws in most countries require governments to allow their own citizens entry. “But some countries are refusing to provide travel documents…

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November 21, 2017


UAE banks warn expats on new tax policy

DUBAI: Expatriates in the UAE have been alerted about the implementation of a new global transparency policy that seeks to fight cross-border tax evasion and put an end to banking secrecy in tax matters. Countries around the world have been looking for ways to track down and monitor tax-delinquent residents overseas. Offshore tax abuse is…

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December 13, 2016


Canada to allow expats to vote

Canada’s Liberal government introduced a bill to increase voter eligibility, including rolling back a measure that excluded more than one million expatriates from voting in 2015. Maryam Monsef, the minister for democratic institutions, told a news conference the reforms will “break down unnecessary barriers to voting, while enhancing the efficiency and integrity of our elections.”…

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November 25, 2016


NARA-Be Fair Pakistan ink expats MoU

Staff Report KARACHI: NARA has signed a memorandun of understanding (MoU) with a resident NGO for registeration of expatriates in Pakistan. An MoU has been signed between Be Fair Pakistan and NARA at the latter's head office Wednesday to incept a program for increasing awareness and putting a stop to human smuggling and trading. The…

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May 27, 2009


Bangladesh PM to seek more Saudi jobs for expats

DHAKA: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Saudi Arabia on Monday to push for more jobs for Bangladeshi expatriate workers in the oil-rich country, foreign ministry officials said. Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries, depends heavily on remittances from expatriate workers, but amid the global downturn many host countries are facing problems with…

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April 20, 2009