ITALY – New Biometric Residence Permit

Posted on November 27, 2015

Effective November 10, 2015, new electronic residence permits are being issued, which contain a chip to store the holder’s biometric data. The new cards meet European Council (EC) regulation 380/2008. Who is affected? For residence permit applications submitted before November… Read more »


INDIA – Handwritten Passports to Become Invalid

Posted on November 27, 2015

The Indian government has announced that handwritten passports or passports valid for 20-years may no longer be accepted by foreign embassies and consulates as of November 24, 2015. The U.S. Embassy in India has already stated that handwritten Indian passports… Read more »


GERMANY – New Minimum Salary Thresholds for EU Blue Card Program

Posted on November 27, 2015

The German government announced the new minimum salary thresholds under the EU Blue Card program that will come into effect on January 1, 2016. The minimum salary for shortage occupations has increased from 37,752 EUR to 38,688 EUR. The minimum… Read more »


CZECH REPUBLIC – Fast Track Program Limit Reached

Posted on November 27, 2015

The annual number of applications permitted under Czech Republic’s Fast Track program has been reached and any further applications will not be accepted until January. Employers participating in the Fast Track program may still submit applications through the regular process… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – Regulations for Subclass 457 Visas Amended

Posted on November 20, 2015

As of December 1, 2015, various amendments which aim to clarify and strengthen the existing policies of the Subclass 457 visa category will come into effect. Subclass 457 visa holders and business sponsors will be affected by these amendments. The… Read more »


BELGIUM – 2016 Salary Thresholds for Brussels Published

Posted on November 20, 2015

The Brussels Ministry has recently published the 2016 salary thresholds for work permits. Beginning January 1, 2016, work permit categories will be subject to the following minimum salaries: Highly-skilled: 39,824 € (2015 = 39,802 €); Executives: 66,441 € (2015 =… Read more »


CHINA – New Foreign Employment Management System Coming Soon to Beijing

Posted on November 20, 2015

The Beijing Labour Bureau announced that they will be launching a new Foreign Employment Management System to streamline the Work Permit de-registration process. Employers in Beijing must deregister Work Permits immediately once the foreign employee has terminated their employment regardless… Read more »


FRANCE – Security Checks Enforced Due to Terrorist Attacks

Posted on November 20, 2015

France is under a state of emergency and has imposed restrictive border controls in response to the mass attacks that took place on November 13, 2015 which left 129 people dead. Border controls have been implemented at airports, seaports, train… Read more »


SAUDI ARABIA – New Documentation Requirements for Visa Applicants

Posted on November 20, 2015

Saudi Arabian embassies and consulates have imposed new documentation requirements and have restricted the allowable period foreign nationals, particularly women, may remain in the country. Saudi embassies and consulates have recently changed several policies such as rejecting applications from foreign… Read more »


SWITZERLAND – Quotas for Work Permits in 2016 Announced

Posted on November 20, 2015

The Swiss government has announced the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union/European Free Trade Agreement countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries. The quotas announced are the same as those for 2015. Which Work Permits are… Read more »