COSTA RICA – Visa Overstays Subject to Fines

Posted on November 20, 2014

Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas in Costa Rica and have not filed for change of status or started an application to renew their visa are now subject to fines of $100 USD for every month they remain out-of-status…. Read more »


INDIA – Simplified Residence Permit and Visa Extension Procedures for Japanese Nationals

Posted on November 20, 2014

Effective immediately, two new developments are meant to simplify immigration procedures for Japanese nationals. Residence permits for Japanese nationals in India will now be automatically valid for the length of their visas. Additionally, Japanese nationals will no longer be required… Read more »


IRELAND – Payment System Responsible for Delays in Processing

Posted on November 20, 2014

After revising its employment permit scheme and transitioning to a new a case management system earlier this year, the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation is experiencing some issues with its new payment system. Under the new system, payment… Read more »


PORTUGAL – Golden Visa Corruption to Cause Processing Delays

Posted on November 20, 2014

Portuguese police have recently arrested several officials due to a suspicion of corrupt activities in granting residence visas under Portugal’s Golden Visa program, which allows non-European investors to obtain permanent residency in exchange for investing in business, financial instruments, and… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – New 6-month Duration for Temporary Work Visas

Posted on November 14, 2014

Effective November 23rd, foreign workers holding a subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay) visa may stay in Australia for six months, as opposed to the current maximum duration of only three months. As additional change, the new legislation allows… Read more »


COLOMBIA – Foreign Workers to be Registered Online

Posted on November 14, 2014

In an attempt to reveal foreign workers without proper documentation or licensure, Colombian authorities have decided that all foreign workers in Colombia must be registered on Migración Colombia’s website as soon as possible. Employers are responsible for registering the status… Read more »


KENYA – Validity of Visitor’s Passes to be Strictly Enforced

Posted on November 14, 2014

Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services has noted that stricter enforcement of the six-moth limit on Visitor’s Passes is needed. This memo has come in response to several foreign nationals overstaying their passes. Foreign nationals must plan to leave Kenya before… Read more »


KENYA – Additional Requirements for Work Permits

Posted on November 14, 2014

The Kenyan Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has recently published an updated list of documents that must accompany the application of each type of Kenyan work permit. Specifically, the Class D work permits have gained many more requirements. Class D… Read more »


MALAYSIA – MDeC Changes to Impact Dependents, Long-Term Visitors, and Philippines Knowledge Workers

Posted on November 14, 2014

Recently, Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has announced several changes to processing that have gone into effect this past Monday, November 10th. Going forward, MDeC will only grant dependent passes to dependents ages 18 and younger. Those who are older… Read more »


NETHERLANDS – Certain Non-EU Workers No Longer Require Work Permits

Posted on November 14, 2014

Following a ruling from the European Court of Justice, the Netherlands cannot require work permits for non-EU foreign workers that are lawfully employed (meaning, they have work authorization for employment in the other EU country) with another EU company and… Read more »