BRAZIL – Permanent Visa Conversion Process Simplified

Posted on February 27, 2015

Previously, foreign nationals were required to submit their request to convert a temporary work visa to a permanent visa with a conversion application and passport at the Federal Police office, which would then be forwarded onto the Ministry of Justice…. Read more »


DENMARK – New Fast-Track Work Permit Scheme and Other Changes

Posted on February 27, 2015

Denmark has implemented a reform of its foreign labour regulations, including a new fast-track scheme, giving certified companies quicker and easier access to highly qualified employees from outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). Fast-Track Scheme… Read more »


HONG KONG – Upcoming “Enhancement Measures” to Include Extended Duration of Stay for Employment Permits, and Extra Benefits for Top Tier Entrants

Posted on February 27, 2015

The Immigration Department of Hong Kong has announced a series of “enhancement measures” to be launched sometime in the second quarter of 2015, with the aim of attracting more high-quality foreign professionals and entrepreneurs to Hong Kong. Among other changes,… Read more »


ISRAEL – Experimental Expedited Procedure for Foreign Experts

Posted on February 27, 2015

Recently, the Israeli government has initiated an experimental procedure for foreign experts to receive expedited processing on their visas. This change is meant to benefit those from countries whose citizens are exempt from applying for a visitor visa B/2 prior… Read more »


UKRAINE – Significant Changes to Work Permit Procedure

Posted on February 27, 2015

On February 11th, 2015, a Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (No.42 of 28 January 2015) came into effect, amending the procedure for obtaining and extending work permits to the benefit of those doing business in Ukraine. Under… Read more »


CANADA – Additional Details on the International Mobility Program

Posted on February 20, 2015

As a follow up to our alert last week about the impending changes to the processing of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, please find the below process announced by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on February… Read more »


EGYPT – New Labor Market Testing Requirement

Posted on February 20, 2015

In an effort to address local unemployment rates, Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower has recently begun performing labor market testing prior to the issuance of any work permits to foreign nationals. If an Egyptian worker is found suitable for the position,… Read more »


GERMANY – Stricter Enforcement of Immigration Policies

Posted on February 20, 2015

The German Federal Employment Agency is now evaluating work permit extension applications with greater scrutiny. If an employer is unable to prove that they have paid the full salary that they indicated at the time of the work permit’s application… Read more »


INDIA – Children Under 16 No Longer Required to Register with FRRO

Posted on February 20, 2015

A notice released by the Indian Bureau of Immigration indicates that children under 16 years of age will no longer be subject to the registration requirement for all foreign nationals staying in India for longer than 180 days. Additionally, parents… Read more »


MALAYSIA – Employment Pass Restrictions Based on Salary

Posted on February 20, 2015

Employment Pass holders earning less than 5000 Malaysian Ringgits per month will now be restricted to an initial two-year Employment Pass and only two two-year renewals. This is a significant change from the initial three-year Employment Pass with indefinite renewals…. Read more »