RUSSIA – Kyrgyz Nationals No Longer Require Work Patents

Posted on September 25, 2015

Effective August 12, 2015, the agreement on the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came into force. Membership of the EEU means that Kyrgyz nationals can now work in Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan without the need… Read more »


NIGERIA – Non-ECOWAS Visitors Subject to Extension Fees

Posted on September 25, 2015

Effective September 22, 2015, all entry visa holders, including both business and tourist visitors, will only be allowed to stay in Nigeria for a cumulative period of 56 days. Those staying past 56 days are required to pay an extension… Read more »


IRELAND – Updated Requirements to Temporary Residency Card Extensions

Posted on September 25, 2015

The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) has announced that more foreign workers must apply for a temporary extension of their GNIB residency card while their renewal permit is being processed due to delayed employment permit processing times at the Department… Read more »


IRELAND –Travel within EU/EEA Permitted with New Irish Passport Card

Posted on September 25, 2015

Irish nationals who are over the age of 18 and who hold a valid Irish passport will be eligible for the new Passport Card beginning September 28, 2015. The new card can be used as an identification document, to travel… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – DIBP Workers’ Strike Likely to Cause Travel and Processing Services Delays

Posted on September 18, 2015

Employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are scheduled to strike during September 16 – 23. Those traveling to and from Australia may experience delayed immigration clearance and processes at various entry ports and at visa processing… Read more »


CHINA – Government Offices to Close for One Week

Posted on September 18, 2015

In observation of China’s National Day, government offices will close during October 1-7. Processing for visas, permits and other immigration services will be delayed as government offices in China and Chinese consulates abroad will be closed during that time. Delays… Read more »


CZECH REPUBLIC – Amendment to the Act on Employment

Posted on September 18, 2015

As of August 17, 2015, a significant amendment to the Act on Employment was inaugurated in the Czech Republic. The “Fiction of a Work Permit” concerning employed non-EU nationals who are extending their Employee Cards in the Czech Republic is… Read more »


EUROPEAN UNION – Border Controls and Volume of Asylum Applications Hinder Travel Throughout EU and Schengen Area

Posted on September 18, 2015

Due to the high number of asylum applications and recently implemented border controls, travelling to, from and within the European Union and the Schengen Area has become rather difficult. Immigration services and overall travel may be affected by processing delays… Read more »


MEXICO – Streamlined Procedure for Visitors Entering by Land from the United States

Posted on September 18, 2015

Effective immediately, the National Immigration Institute (INM) in Mexico has announced a fast-track procedure for non-visa required nationals entering Mexico by land from the United States for non-remunerated activities including business or leisure. The new system is intended to speed… Read more »


PHILIPPINES – Companies Must Train Local Workers per Revised Employment Permit Guidelines

Posted on September 18, 2015

Beginning September 28, 2015, stringent revisions to employment permit regulations established by the Department of Labor and Employment will come into effect. The revisions will require that companies train two local workers for each foreign worker in non-managerial positions, in… Read more »