TURKEY – Additional Documentation to be Required for Dependent Residence Permits

Posted on May 26, 2014

Since an immigration reform law originally took effect on April 12th, 2014, Turkish authorities have been working to clarify the law’s requirements. Although requirements may vary across all local police stations, the following documents are generally expected of dependent residence… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – Visa Overstays to be Subject to Re-Entry Bans C

Posted on May 26, 2014

A new directive from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) dictates that any foreign nationals who overstay their visas in South Africa will be denied re-entry for a period of time anywhere between 12 months to five years. The duration… Read more »


SINGAPORE – Employers Required to Post Job Vacancies on Jobs Bank

Posted on May 26, 2014

In order to mitigate concerns that Singaporean employers have utilized potentially discriminatory hiring practices, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has introduced the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF). Beginning August 1st, 2014, all companies with at least 26 employees are required to… Read more »


JAPAN – Lengthier Exit Procedure for Zairyu Card Holders Implemented

Posted on May 26, 2014

In response to Zairyu Card holders protesting that immigration officers refused to accept their cards upon final departure, the Ministry of Justice has decided to implement a new deregistration process. While the process currently being tested is temporary, it will… Read more »


UAE – Dubai Makes Switch to Online Application System

Posted on May 19, 2014

Effective immediately, any new and renewal Employment Entry and Residence Permit applications from companies with five or more employees must be filed online using Dubai Immigration’s eDNRD e-services platform. This change only affects companies that are doing business on the… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – Change to Section 11(2) Work Authorization ProcessSA

Posted on May 19, 2014

On May 13, 2014, the Department of Home Affairs announced a change to the Section 11(2) work authorization process, which provides work authorization to visitor permit holders. The new change mandates that South African consular missions will issue Section 11(2)… Read more »


RUSSIA – Work Permit and Permanent Residency Applicants Will Require Russian Language and History Knowledge

Posted on May 19, 2014

Effective January 2015, all applicants for work permits or permanent residence permits for Russia will have to pass exams in Russian language, history and law. What Are the New Knowledge Requirements? The Russian government has passed amendments to the federal… Read more »


RUSSIA – Medical Tests for Standard Work Permit Applications Now Required in Advance

Posted on May 19, 2014

Effective immediately, applicants for a standard work permit for Russia must now submit, with their application, the results of a medical test from a specially designated clinic in Russia. Highly skilled workers are exempt from this new requirement. How Does… Read more »


UAE – Updated Foreign Employee Data Requested from TECOM Free Trade Zone

Posted on May 12, 2014

All companies that operate in the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media (TECOM) free trade zone must confirm that TECOM has an updated list of all sponsored foreign employees’ names and salaries. These companies have until June 10th, 2014 to… Read more »


UAE – Mandatory Online Filing for Employment Entry and Residence Permit Applications in Dubai

Posted on May 12, 2014

Any new and renewal Employment Entry and Residence Permit applications from companies with five or more employees will have to be filed online using Dubai Immigration’s eDNRD e-services platform, as paper applications will no longer be accepted at Dubai Immigration…. Read more »