Immigration News & Alerts

Date Title Country
Switzerland – End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals Switzerland
Singapore – New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres Singapore
Turkey – All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person Turkey
Costa Rica – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules Costa Rica
Global Alert – Reduced Working Hours During Ramadan Global
BREXIT – European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post Brexit EU, UK
Venezuela – Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Shortages Venezuela
Singapore – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules Singapore
United States – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions United States
UAE – New Long-Term Visas UAE
Colombia – Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports Colombia, Venezuela
UK – BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU UK, EU, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
France – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Holders France
UK – Home Office Introduces New Start-Up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme UK
Switzerland – New National Salary Calculation Tool for Seconded Workers Switzerland
Argentina – Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications Argentina
Ireland – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit Ireland
Vietnam – New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits Vietnam
UK – BREXIT: Possible Outcomes for UK Nationals UK, EU, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Spain – New Decree Adopting Contingency Measures for No-Deal Brexit Scenario Spain
Denmark – New Positive List Published Denmark
Colombia – Mercosur Visa No Longer Open to Chilean Nationals Colombia, Chile
South Africa – Consulates May Have Started Using Unpublished Draft of New Critical Skills List South Africa
Slovakia – Recent Legislative Changes to Immigration Procedures Slovakia
Philippines – Additional Requirements for Cancellation of Alien Employment Permit Philippines
Philippines – New Requirements and Regulations for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit Philippines
EU – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States EU
France – New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa France
Saudi Arabia – Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat Saudi Arabia
Germany – Amended Document Requirement for Work and Residence Permit Renewal Applications Germany
United States – USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions US
Greece – BREXIT: Greek Government Working on No-Deal Brexit Legislation Greece, UK
Malaysia – New Rules for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications via the Expatriate Services Division Malaysia
Switzerland – Updates on Work Permits for UK Nationals in No-Deal BREXIT Scenario Switzerland, UK, EU
United Arab Emirates – New Changes to Dependant Visa Endorsement Process UAE
Sweden – New Transition Period for UK Nationals to Obtain Work and Residence Permits Sweden, UK, EU
Mexico – New Changes in Procedures for Common Immigration Processes Mexico
Denmark – UK Nationals Strongly Advised to Obtain an EU Registration Certificate Denmark
Finland – UK Nationals Strongly Advised to Register Their Residence in Finland Finland, EU, UK
France – Implementation of the 2018 Asylum and Immigration Law France
Switzerland – The Swiss Foreign Nationals and Integration Act Switzerland
Brazil – The Ministry of Justice and Public Security Replaces the Ministry of Labor Brazil
Singapore – Increase in Fees for Various Passes and Work Permits Singapore
Netherlands – Possible Introduction of New Transition Period for British Nationals and Their Family Members Netherlands, UK, EU
India – Increased Financial Penalties for Overstay and Visa Violations/Late Registrations India
Indonesia – Mandatory Annual Foreign Employee Reports Indonesia
Hong Kong – New Smart Hong Kong Identity Card & Territory-Wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise Hong Kong, China
Singapore – Updates to Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Dependant Children Singapore
Ireland – Interim Change to Reduce Employment Permit Processing Times Ireland
UK – Implementation of a New Skills-Based Immigration System UK
UK – Implementation of New Visa Application System Creates Delays UK
Colombia – Required RUTEC Registration for Companies who Employ Foreign Workers Colombia
Switzerland – Extension of Transitional Period for Croatian Nationals Switzerland, Croatia
UK – The Parliament Vote for Brexit Deal Rescheduled UK, European Union
Netherlands – Dutch Authorities Introduce New Salary Thresholds for 2019 Netherlands
Malaysia – Online Portals Are Now Open for Companies to Submit Their Required Annual Projections Malaysia
Singapore – Reminder of Increase in Minimum Qualifying Salary for S Passes Singapore
India – Update: eMigrate Registration Requirement – Implementation Date Delayed India
Singapore – Ministry of Health Introduces New Vaccination Requirements for Foreign Dependant Children Singapore
India – New eMigrate Registration Requirement for Indian Nationals with Employment Visas for Some Middle Eastern and Asian Countries India
Emigra Worldwide – Runner Up for EMMA Award for Immigration Provider for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at the Forum for Expatriate Management Summit Emigra Worldwide
Ireland – New Employment Permit Applications Ireland
Argentina – New Appointment System Creates Appointment Delays and Increased Processing Times Argentina
Brazil – New Temporary Visa/Residence Permit Brazil
UK – New In-Country UK Visa Application System UK
Emigra Worldwide Welcomes New Country Manager for Singapore Operations Jo Ann Adams Singapore
United Arab Emirates – New Visa Rules for Widows, Divorced Women, Visitors, Tourists, and Students United Arab Emirates
Emigra Worldwide – Immigration Provider for Asia Pacific Award at BGRS Forum Emigra Worldwide
Germany – Increased Waiting Time for Employment Visa Appointments Germany
Vietnam – Implementation of Immigration Procedural Changes Vietnam
Ireland – Updates: Stricter Review of Irish Employment Permit Applications & Increase in Minimum Wage Ireland
Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Appointments Ireland
Brazil – Changes to Technical Visa for Emergency and Urgent Situations Brazil
United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules in 2018 United Kingdom
Chile – New Entry Visa Guidelines for Individuals with Restricted Nationalities Chile
Portugal – Implementation of New Administrative Procedures Portugal
Singapore – The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Implements Trial of New Electronic Arrival Card for Foreign Visitors Singapore
Slovakia – Increased Volume of Temporary Residence Applications Causes Delays and Increased Processing Times Slovakia
Saudi Arabia – New Electronic Requirements for Work Permit Applications Saudi Arabia
Germany – Reminder on Application Requirements for Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Applicants Germany
Switzerland – New Quotas for 2019 Work Permit Applications Switzerland
United Arab Emirates – Special Long-Term Residency Visa for Expatriates After Retirement United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates – Recap of Major UAE Visa Changes in 2018 United Arab Emirates
Brazil – CPF Taxpayer ID Required for Dependants of All Ages Brazil
Brazil – Federal Police Implement New SISMIGRA Immigration System Brazil
United Kingdom – Status Changes for EU Citizens Residing in the UK & Their Families United Kingdom, European Union
Singapore – Update in Ministry of Manpower Form Endorsement Requirements Singapore
Sweden – New Contract Content for ICT for Employers Outside of EEA Sweden
Hong Kong – Now Accepting Dependent Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses Hong Kong
Portugal – New Immigration Administrative Procedures Introduced Portugal
Australia – Department of Home Affairs No Longer Considering Priority Processing of Work Visas; Skilling Australians Fund Levy Cannot be Paid by Employee Australia
Immigration Fast Facts – Mexico Mexico
South Africa – Department of Home Affairs to Begin Centralizing Visa Applications South Africa
Costa Rica – San Jose Immigration Offices Unexpectedly Closed Costa Rica
Ireland – Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) Multiple Entry Visa Application and Submission Change Ireland
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Work Pass Housing Requirement Check Singapore
Slovakia-Appointment Delays at Slovak Embassy in New Delhi,India Slovakia
Singapore-Online Work Pass Portal Continues to Experience Technical Issues Singapore
Russia-Change in Requirements for Migration Registration Russia
Australia-Increase in Visa Application Charges, Labor Market Testing Changes and Digital Photographs Now Required Australia
Ireland-Temporary Stamp 4 Status Application Update Ireland
Switzerland – Update on Enforcement of Quotas for L Work Permits from EU-2 States Switzerland
Mexico – Recent Changes in Documentation Requirements Mexico
United Kingdom-Details of the European Union Settlement Scheme Announced United Kingdom
Costa Rica – Impact to Immigration Processes Due to Civil Unrest in Neighboring Countries Costa Rica
European Union-Residency Rights of Same Sex Spouses European Union
Indonesia-New Integrated Online System Indonesia
Colombia-New Government Resolution Colombia
Argentina-Major Increases in Processing Fees for Immigration Government Services Argentina
Singapore: Jobs Bank Requirement To Be Expanded Singapore
Switzerland-Federal Council Approves List of Occupation Types
United Kingdom-New Settled Status for European Union Nationals Post-Brexit United Kingdom
Kenya-Verification of Work Permits Underway Kenya
United Arab Emirates-Ten Year Resident Visas Being Introduced to Attract Top Talent United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – E-Alert United Kingdom
United Kingdom – Impact of British Exit on European Economic Area Nationals Seeking Residency United Kingdom
Oman – Ministry of Manpower Temporarily Halts Expat Visas For 87 Job Titles Oman
Singapore – Reminder: Ministry of Manpower to Introduce a New Format for Work Pass Cards Singapore
Singapore – Foreign Nationals Now Required to Provide Personal Contact Information on Employment Pass Online Portal Singapore
Slovakia – Change of Address for Foreign Police Department in Bratislava Slovakia
Switzerland – Swiss Employers Now Required to Communicate Vacancies in High-Unemployment Fields Switzerland
United Kingdom – Annual Renewal for Certificate of Sponsorship Allocations Set to Expire on April 5, 2018 United Kingdom
Argentina – Change in the Deregistration Process for Foreign Workers Who Have Left the Country or Whose Assignments Have Ended Argentina
Switzerland – Swiss Government Announces New Swiss Citizenship Law Switzerland
Switzerland – Update: Swiss Government Enforces Quotas on Category B Permits for Persons from Romania and Bulgaria Switzerland
Australia – New Criteria for Visas Now Include Changes in Occupation Lists Australia
Australia – Authorities Confirm New Criteria for Permanent Visas and Transitional Arrangements Australia
UAE – Correction: Work and Resident Visa Applicants Now Required to Have a Certificate of Good Conduct United Arab Emirates
UAE – Work and Resident Visa Applicants Now Required to Have a Certificate of Good Conduct UAE
Romania – Visa Quotas for Work Authorizations Granted in 2018 Romania
Germany – Minimum Salary Requirement for Blue Card Applications Raised. Germany
Colombia – New Immigration Regulation Colombia
December Quota For Tier 2 General Visas Exceeded United Kingdom
India – Online Portal C Form Checkout Now Mandatory India
Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces Garda National Immigration Bureau Card Ireland
United Kingdom – Changes to the Immigration Rules United Kingdom
Brazil – Implementation Details for Major Changes to Brazilian Immigration Announced Brazil
China – Deadline to Submit Work Permit Renewals Moved Up China
China (Shanghai) – Maintenance Downtime Scheduled for Exit-Entry Administration Information System in Shanghai China (Shanghai)
United Arab Emirates – Original Emirates ID Card Now Required for Medical Fitness Renewal United Arab Emirates
Malaysia – Maintenance Downtime Scheduled for Expatriate Services Division Online System Malaysia
Romania – Work Authorization Quota for 2017 Exhausted Romania
Czech Republic – Visapoint Appointment System Terminated Czech Republic
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
Singapore – Permanent Residence Applications Move to Online Portal E-PR Singapore
Australia – Immigration Alerts Australia
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Increases Reporting Requirements on Recruitment Process Singapore
Emigra Worldwide Welcomes New Director for China Operations Daisy Feng China
Malaysia – Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation to Update e-Xpats System Malaysia
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
Singapore e-Alert: Ministry of Manpower Cracks Down on Residential Address Reporting Requirements Singapore
United Arab Emirates – Sworn Legal Translation Required For All Personal Documents in Arabic United Arab Emirates
India – International Civil Aviation Organization Mandates Machine-Readable Documents for Travelers India
United Kingdom – Brexit Negotiations: Latest on the Rights of European Economic Area Nationals United Kingdom
Singapore – New Jobs Bank Portal for Advertisements Singapore
Singapore – New Salary Criteria for Dependant Privileges in 2018 Singapore
Canada – Enactment of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and its Effects on Canadian Immigration Canada
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2018 Switzerland
United States – President Trump Replaces Expired Travel Ban With New Restrictions on Eight Countries United States
United Arab Emirates – Visas on Arrival now available for European Union residents United Arab Emirates
Russia – Changes to Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit extension requirements in the Moscow region Russia
Switzerland – High Possibility of B and L Permit Quotes Being Reached Switzerland
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
Colombia – New Visa Categories and Requirements Under Resolution 6045 Colombia
Qatar – Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of Eighty (80) Countries Qatar
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to Introduce a New Format for Work Pass Cards Singapore
Germany – ICT Directive Implemented Germany
Slovakia – Attendance at Foreign Police Required To Finalize Immigration Process Slovakia
Singapore – CorpPass Reminder Singapore
Australia – Immigration Updates Australia
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
Argentina – Reciprocity Fee Payment Suspended for Australian Nationals Argentina
United Kingdom – Brexit Update United Kingdom
Slovakia – Amendments to the Law on Stay of Foreigners and the Law of Employment Services Slovakia
Vietnam – Online Submission Now Required for Most Applications Vietnam
Canada – Global Skills Strategy Program Launched Canada
Denmark – Pay Limit Scheme and Fast-Track Scheme Application Requirement Changes Denmark
Venezuela – Document Legalization Services Have Resumed Venezuela
Morocco – Work Permit Process Change Morocco
Venezuela – Document Legalization Services Suspended Until Further Notice Venezuela
China – New Work Permit Portal (Beijing) China (Beijing)
Brazil – New Immigration Law Approved Brazil
Several Arab Countries Cut Ties With Qatar Over Terrorism Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Qatar
Ukraine – Visa-Free Travel to the Schengen Area for Ukrainian Nationals Ukraine
Australia – New Path to Permanent Residence for New Zealanders in Australia Australia
China – Shanghai Labor Bureau Closed for Training on New Immigration System China (Shanghai)
Argentina – Travelers from thirty-five countries to receive business visa waivers Argentina
Serbia – New Increased Enforcement of Local Payroll Rule Serbia
United Arab Emirates – Ramadan United Arab Emirates
Germany – Alien Offices Becoming Increasingly Strict in Regards to International Health Insurance Compliance Germany
France – New Mention and Fee Added to Secondment Requirements France
Australia – Training Levy and Increased Visa Application Charges Announced Australia
Switzerland – Swiss Government Announces Plans to Enforce Quotas on Category B Residence Permits for Persons from Romania and Bulgaria Switzerland
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
United Kingdom – Changes to Chinese Visa Application Requirements for European Union (EU) Passport Holders Based in UK United Kingdom
China – New Immigration Policy China
Australia – Immigration Alert Australia
Malaysia – Immigration Alert Malaysia
Sweden – Work and Residence Permit Application Updates Sweden
Argentina – Change in Permanent Residence Requirements for Minors Argentina
Republic of Korea – Short-Term Business Travelers – Permissible Scope of Activities Limited Republic of Korea
Malaysia – Expatriate Services Division Change in Requirements Malaysia
Singapore – CorpPass Launched Singapore
Canada – Express Entry Updates Canada
Denmark – Pay Limit Scheme Applications Delayed Denmark
India – Immigration Updates India
United Arab Emirates – UAE Visa Now Available to Certain Indian Passport Holders United Arab Emirates
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
United Kingdom – Withdrawal from the European Union to Commence on March 29 United Kingdom
Turkey – Turquoise Card Regulations Released Turkey
United Kingdom – Statement of Changes United Kingdom
Singapore – Longer Processing Times For Work Passes and Dependent Passes Singapore
Turkey – Immigration Updates Turkey
South Korea – Revised Rules for Frequent Travelers South Korea
United States – Immigration Alerts United States
European Parliament – Resolution Passed to Reintroduce Visas for United States Nationals
Romania – Immigration Updates Romania
Hong Kong – Visa Requirements Changed for Cambodian Nationals Hong Kong
United Kingdom – House of Lords Ruling United Kingdom
United Kingdom – End of Permanent Residency Right for European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals on the horizon United Kingdom
The Netherlands- Immigration Updates The Netherlands
Morocco- Residence Permit Process Changed Morocco
Vietnam – Update on Work Permit Exemption Vietnam
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
Italy – European Union Intra-Company Transfer Permit Implemented Italy
United Kingdom – Introduction of the Skills Charge for Tier 2 Migrants (subject to Parliamentary approval) United Kingdom
South Africa – Department of Home Affairs Cracks Down on Temporary Residence Visa Validity South Africa
United Arab Emirates – Immigration Updates United Arab Emirates
Japan – Permanent Residence Requirements to Change for Highly Skilled Visa Holders Japan
United States – Update on Travel Ban on Citizens of Seven Nations United States
United States – Executive Order Imposes Travel Ban on Citizens of Seven Nations United States
United Kingdom – Brexit path remains unclear amid ongoing negotiations United Kingdom
Thailand – Tax Requirements to Support Work Permit and Visa Extension (UPDATE) Thailand
France – Minimum Wage Increase France
Thailand – Tax Requirements to Support Work Permit and Visa Extension Thailand
Hong Kong – Pre-Arrival Registration Now Required for Indian Nationals Hong Kong
Thailand – New Step for BOI Companies Filing Initial Work Permits Thailand
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas for 2017 Update Switzerland
Hong Kong – Vietnamese Nationals are Now Eligible for a Training/Internship Visa Hong Kong
Portugal – Portuguese Immigration Authorities to Go on Strike Portugal
Canada – January Newsletter Canada
France – Parental Authorization Required for Children Travelling out of the Country France
Peru – Changes to Required Documentation Peru
Vietnam – Work Permit Guidelines Updated Vietnam
Philippines – Alien Certificate of Registration I-Card Annual Report Fee Payment Philippines
United Arab Emirates – Online Visa Application System E-Vision Now Available for All Immigration Transactions United Arab Emirates
Turkey – New Immigration Bureau Requirements for Changes in Applicant Information Turkey
Canada – Winter Immigration Update Canada
Switzerland – Immigration Update Switzerland
Malaysia – Employment Pass Projections to be Submitted for 2017 Malaysia
United Arab Emirates – Mandatory Health Insurance United Arab Emirates
China – New Work Permit Policy to be Implemented Nationwide in April 2017 China
Singapore – Appointing an Employment Pass Holder of a Related Company to Board of Directors Singapore
United States – DHS Regulation to Ease Job Portability for High-Skilled Foreign Workers United States
Australia – “Member of the Family Unit” to be Redefined Australia
South Africa – Automatic Extension of Study Visas that Expire on or Before December 31, 2016 South Africa
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
France – New Immigration Law Takes Effect France
Chile – Internal Revenue Service and Chilean Registrar Office on Strike Chile
Indonesia – Restrictions on Third Party Involvement Indonesia
United Kingdom – Changes to Immigration Rules Announced United Kingdom
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
India – Process Changes at the Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) in Gurgaon India
United States – USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY2018 in April 2017 United States
China – New Work Permit Card China
Australia – Immigration Updates Australia
Australia – 457 Visa Program Updates Australia
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2017 Switzerland
South Africa – Automated Police Clearance Certificates Delayed Until Further Notice South Africa
Australia – Temporary Visa Framework to be Simplified Australia
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Czech Republic – New Restrictions on Filing for a Short-Term Visa Czech Republic
United Arab Emirates – DIFC Salary Certificate Changes United Arab Emirates
Poland – New Requirements for Employers Poland
France – New Declaration of Secondment Requirements France
China – Old Passports Required for Some Visa Applicants China
Ireland – New Appointment System for Registration of Residency Ireland
Malaysia – MDEC Introduces New Regulations Malaysia
Switzerland – Quota Availability Status Update Switzerland
Ireland – New Employment Permit Online System Ireland
Malaysia – New Regulations on Employment Pass Applications Malaysia
Turkey – Residence Permit Renewal via Appointment Turkey
Singapore – MOM Minimum Salary Raised to S$3,600 Singapore
EU Nationals Living in the UK United Kingdom
Canada – June Immigration Updates Canada
United Kingdom – U.K. Votes to Depart the EU United Kingdom
Australia – Subclass 457 Visa Processing Times and Policy Guidelines Australia
Australia – New Sponsorship Accreditation Arrangements Australia
Singapore – Two Factor Authentication for SingPass Users Singapore
Reduced Working Hours in the Middle East During the Month of Ramadan United Arab Emirates
United States – E-Passport Required For Visa Waiver Program United States
Singapore – The Ministry of Manpower Increases Focus on Singaporean Core Singapore
Emigra India Annual Charity Event India
United Arab Emirates – Visa Transfer Restrictions United Arab Emirates
France – New Immigration Law Published March 2016 France
United Arab Emirates – Visa Validity Limited For Applicants Over Sixty United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates – Dubai Introduces New Visa System United Arab Emirates
Australia – Increased Processing Times for Temporary Work Visas Australia
Switzerland – Free Movement of Persons Agreement to be Complete June 1, 2016 for Bulgarian and Romanian Citizens Switzerland
Argentina – Reciprocity Fee Temporarily Suspended for U.S. Nationals Argentina
Emigra Worldwide Argentina Has Moved! Argentina
United Kingdom – Immigration Changes for Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 United Kingdom
China – Shanghai Immigration Updates China
Singapore – S Pass Levy Increase Singapore
United Arab Emirates – DIFC Birth Certificate Requirement United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – New Immigration Rules to Take Effect April 6, 2016 United Kingdom
Vietnam – New Decree Details Requirements for Foreign Workers Vietnam
Turkey – Personal Documents Must Now Be Legalized Turkey
United Kingdom – Health Surcharge Extended to Australian and New Zealand Nationals United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates – Restrictions on Exceeding Employment Quota in Dubai United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – MAC Announces Recommendations on Tier 2 Reform United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates – Changes to Visit Visa Status In-Country United Arab Emirates
Philippines – ACR I-Card Holders Must Complete Annual Report by March 3, 2016 Philippines
Singapore Immigration Summary 2015 Singapore
Dubai – Employee Presence at DIFC No Longer Required for Employment Visa Cancellation or Transfer United Arab Emirates
Taiwan – Mandatory Online Filing System Launching January 2016 Taiwan
Australia – Accepting Payments for Migration Outcomes Now a Criminal Offense Australia
Malaysia – Expatriate Services Division Projections Open for 2016 Malaysia
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Canada – December 2015 Immigration Updates Canada
China – Beijing Labor Bureau System Update China
Ireland – GNIB Office Introduces New Appointment System Ireland
China – Deregistration Required for All Expired or Inactive Work Permits China
Argentina – Changes in Civil and Commercial Code and Immigration Regulations Argentina
Israel – Short Employment Authorization Extended to 45 Days Israel
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Sets 90-Day Limit for Work Pass Exemption Singapore
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2016 Switzerland
United Arab Emirates – Original Documents Required and TECOM Delays United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – Jobs Added to Shortage Occupation List United Kingdom
South Africa – Traveling to South Africa – Update South Africa
Germany – Enforcement of Local Registration and De-registration Procedures Germany
Indonesia – Amendments Made to Recent Regulations for Foreign Workers Indonesia
China – Immigration Alerts China
Canada – Introduction of Employer Portal for Work Permit Applications Submitted Under Canada’s International Mobility Program Canada
UNITED STATES – USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 on April 1, 2016 United States
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Ireland – GNIB Registration Changes Address Queue Management Ireland
Morocco – New Requirement for Residence Permit Renewal Morocco
Ireland – Changes Within the DJEI Ireland
Ireland – Recent Immigration Notices Ireland
Philippines – Details on Changes to Alien Employment Permit Process Philippines
China – Visa Exemption for Taiwanese Travelers to China (UPDATE) China
United Kingdom – Request for Evidence for Tier 2 Review United Kingdom
Important Changes to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin United States
China – Temporary Residence Permits No Longer Issued for Hong Kong, Macau Residents and Overseas Chinese Citizens in Shanghai China
Changes to Obligations for Filing H-1B Amendment Petitions Under Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC United States
Australia – Visa Labels Will No Longer Be Issued Australia
China – Immigration Alerts China
Vietnam – Work Permit Changes Presented in Draft Decree Vietnam
USCIS Final Guidance on L-1B Adjudications Offers Some Comfort-But No Cure-for Employer Concerns United States
APEC Business Travel Card Increases to Five Years
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Online Applications for GCC Country Residents United Arab Emirates
China – Immigration Alerts China
South Africa – VFS Global Offices Open in The United Kingdom South Africa
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
India – PIO Cardholders Are Advised to Register as an OCI Cardholder India
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
Australia – Protected Industrial Action May Cause Delays for Travelers and Visa Applicants Australia
Indonesia – New Regulations for Foreign Workers Indonesia
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Changes Medical and Emirates ID Process United Arab Emirates
Emigra Worldwide Hong Kong Office Relocation Hong Kong
Singapore – Changes to Dependent Privileges for Work Pass Holders Singapore
Malaysia – New Employment Pass Category (EPIII) Malaysia
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
Russia – Penalties for Non-Compliance Defined Russia
Singapore – Changes to Employment Pass Application Process Singapore
China – Shanghai Introduces Initiatives to Attract Foreign Talents (UPDATE) China
Thailand – Tax Documents Required for Long-Term Visa Extensions Thailand
Vietnam – Visa Free Entry For Certain Nationalities Vietnam
Malaysia – iKad Becomes Available for Foreigners Malaysia
China – Immigration Changes to Begin on July 1, 2015 China
France – New Order to Prevent Secondment and Illegal Work Related Fraud France
Australia – Potential Delays for International Travelers and Visa Applicants Australia
UK – Tier 2 General Visa Quota Exceeded United Kingdom
Canada – Immigration Alerts – June 2015 Canada
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Turkey – Changes for Residence Permit Application Process Turkey
Malaysia – New MYXpats Centre to Open in June, 2015 Malaysia
Australia – Visa Application Charges (VAC) to Increase July 1, 2015 Australia
South Africa – New Rule for Minors Traveling to and from South Africa South Africa
Ireland – DJEI Introduces the Trusted Partner Initiative Ireland
Costa Rica – Advance Appointment Now Required at the Immigration Department Costa Rica
Nigeria – Dependents of Foreign Nationals Are Required to Have Their Passports Endorsed Nigeria
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Online Application Submission Required – Beginning June 1, 2015 Singapore
Turkey – Police Department has Stopped Appointments for Dependent Residence Permits Turkey
Hong Kong – Immigration Policy Changes (UPDATE) Hong Kong
Australia – Changes to Subclass 457 Visas (UPDATE) Australia
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – New Online Portal Coming May 3, 2015 for DIFC Free Zone United Arab Emirates
Malaysia – Updated Document Requirements and Online Submission for MDEC Employment Pass Applications Malaysia
United Kingdom Immigration Alerts United Kingdom
Thailand – New Online Option for 90 Day Report Filing Thailand
Japan – Status of Residence Re-Organized Japan
Egypt – Beginning May 15, 2015, Consular Visas Will Be Required for Business and Tourist Travelers Egypt
Romania – Mandatory Criminal Record Certificate for Companies Filing Work Permit Applications Romania
Philippines – Changes to Fee Exemptions for Certain Holders of 47a2 Visas (UPDATE) Philippines
Australia – Integrity of Subclass 457 Visa Program Report Australia
Philippines – Tighter Requirements for Companies Hiring Foreign Nationals Introduced Philippines
Thailand – Expanded List of Activities Considered “Not Working” Thailand
India – Visa Applicants in the United Kingdom Must Submit Application Materials in Person and Provide Biometric Data India
Denmark – Company Certification Provides Fast Track Option for Danish Employers Denmark
Ireland – Additional Requirements Necessary for Stamp 4 Applications Ireland
Belgium – New Administrative /Government Fees for Visa D / Residence Permit Applicants Belgium
China / Canada – New Reciprocity Agreement Gives Travelers Access to Longer Validity Visas Canada/China
Saudi Arabia- Changes to Family Visitor Visa Validity and Family Visitor Visa Application Process Saudi Arabia
Slovenia – Dependents of Non-EU Nationals Must Wait One (1) Year Before Joining Work Permit Holder Slovenia
Ukraine – Updated Work Permit/Renewal Timelines Ukraine
Nigeria – Re-Entry Visas No Longer Required Nigeria
Canada – Four Year Cap for Skill Levels B, C, and D with LMIA Based Work Permit is about to Lapse Canada
Turkey – Assembly, Maintenance, and Service (AMS) Visas Now Allow for Multiple Entries Turkey
United Arab Emirates – Fines to Be Expected for Those Who Violate “Zero Overstay Policy” United Arab Emirates
Malaysia – MDEC Announces New Requirements for Foreign Nationals and Dependents (UPDATE) Malaysia
United Kingdom – Biometric Residence Permits Required Beginning in March 2015 United Kingdom
Canada – New Compliance Pre-Application Process and Fees for LMIA Exempt Visa Categories Canada
Egypt – Delays, Changes to Work Permit Applications and Requirements Egypt
Brazil – CTPS Workbooks for VITEM V Labor Contract Visa Holders Can Now Be Requested with Diário Oficial (Official Gazette) Brazil
USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2016 on April 1, 2015 United States
ISRAEL – Short Term Work Authorization Pilot Program Implemented Israel
HONG KONG – Several Immigration Policy Changes Planned for Q2 2015 Hong Kong
UNITED STATES – Immigration Newsletter United States
United States – Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade United States
Colombia – Dependants of MERCOSUR Nationals May Now Benefit from New TP-15 Visa Category Colombia
Malaysia – Employment, Dependant and Professional Visit Pass Holders Must Transfer Passes into New Passports Prior to Departing Malaysia Malaysia
Philippines – Holders of 47(a)(2) Visas May Be Subject to Pay Immigration Fee at Point of Each Departure Philippines
India – Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card has merged with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card India
Philippines – ACR I-Card Holders Must Complete Annual Report by 1 March 2015 Philippines
Portugal – Processing Times at SEF Return to Normal Following Corruption Investigation Portugal
Thailand – One Stop Service Center (OSSC) Announces Changes to Corporate Documentation Requirements Thailand
Malaysia – Expatriate Projections Required for Employers Using Expatriate Services Division Portal Malaysia
China – Work Permits Issued in Beijing May Now Be Granted for up to Three Years China
Malaysia – MDEC Announces New Requirements for Foreign Nationals and Dependents Malaysia
France – New Minimum Wage Requirements; New Work Permit Application Forms France
Vietnam – Business Visas Are No Longer Available Upon Entry Vietnam
Russia – New Notification Procedures for Employers; CIS Nationals to Obtain Patents instead of Work Permits Russia