CZECH REPUBLIC – Amendments to Various Immigration Services Released

Posted on December 29, 2015

The Czech Republic has recently passed several regulatory amendments that took effect on December 18, 2015. The amendments lengthened the validity period of long-term visas, revised the deadline for Employment Card renewal applications, relaxed the eligibility guidelines for dependents of… Read more »


BOTSWANA – Issuance of Short-Term Work Permits Suspended

Posted on December 29, 2015

The government of Botswana has temporarily suspended the issuance of Short-Term Work Permits (STWP) in response to claims of abuse of the STWP program. All foreign nationals wishing to work in Botswana must apply for Long-Term Work Permits in lieu… Read more »


BELGIUM – Technical Problems Delay Visa Processing

Posted on December 29, 2015

The Belgium Immigration Office announced that they are experiencing technical problems which has affected the normal handling of visa applications. Furthermore, VFS Global has stated that as a result of these technical problems, Belgian embassies in the United Kingdom are… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – Forthcoming Biometrics Act

Posted on December 21, 2015

Australia’s new Biometrics Act, which grants immigration authorities a wide range of powers and more flexibility to require biometric data and personal identifying information from all travelers, will be implemented on February 16, 2016. All individuals entering Australia, including both… Read more »


ISRAEL – New Regulations for Foreign Experts

Posted on December 21, 2015

Effective immediately, new regulations for the employment of foreign nationals have been announced. The new regulations significantly tighten the qualifying criteria for work visas, especially for professionals who do not require an academic qualification. However only a first edition of… Read more »


FRANCE – Violations of Labor Laws May Generate Fines and Suspension of International Agreements

Posted on December 21, 2015

According to a new decree that took effect on December 3, 2015, companies found to guilty of violating employee rights or disregarding their obligations concerning foreign workers can now be fined up to 10,000 EUR per employee and can be… Read more »


EUROPEAN UNION & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visa-Free Travel Agreement

Posted on December 21, 2015

The European Union and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement that allows EU nationals to travel to the UAE without a visa and for UAE nationals to also travel without a visa to most EU countries for up… Read more »


CANADA – CIC’s Online Systems Experiencing Technical Issues

Posted on December 21, 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been experiencing recurrent technical issues with their online immigration systems and services. The recently-implemented Employer Portal is among the several immigration services that has faced ongoing problems which will likely cause processing delays for… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – Specifics of Providing Sponsorship Notifications

Posted on December 21, 2015

As of January 1, 2016, all visa sponsorship notifications must be provided when specified events occur. The notifications should be emailed to sponsor.notifications@border.gov.au or couriered to one of the following designated addresses: • Australian Capital Territory: Sponsor Monitoring, GPO Box… Read more »


AUSTRALIA – Details of Migration Outcome Law Released

Posted on December 21, 2015

On December 14, 2015, Australia implemented the Charging for a Migration Outcome Act which criminalizes the act of accepting payments to ensure favorable migration outcomes. Visa applicants and sponsors must declare whether or not they have been partaking in behavior… Read more »