CANADA – New Stream under the International Mobility Program

Posted on March 25, 2016

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), formerly known as CIC, has introduced a new stream within the International Mobility Program called the Mobilité Francophone stream which will officially launch on June 1, 2016.  This new stream will exempt employers from… Read more »


LATIN AMERICA – Government Offices to Close during Upcoming Holidays

Posted on March 25, 2016

In observance of the Easter and Holy Week holidays, government offices across Latin America will be closed for various periods of time. Foreign nationals and employers should anticipate delays in services once the offices reopen. Some of the countries that… Read more »


UNITED KINGDOM – Government Publishes Reforms to Tier 2 Categories

Posted on March 25, 2016

On March 24, 2016, the Home Office announced important reforms to Tier 2 skilled worker categories resulting from the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The government’s overarching goal is to support growth and productivity in the national economy… Read more »


BELGIUM – Increased Labor Inspections for Information Technology Industry

Posted on March 18, 2016

Companies in the information technology (IT) industry have been increasingly subjected to intensified inspections conducted by the labor inspectorate. These inspections have been primarily focused on companies who may have replaced local employees by hiring foreign workers particularly Indian nationals…. Read more »


BRAZIL – New Visa Application Website Launched

Posted on March 18, 2016

On February 29, 2016, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry (MRE) launched a new website for completing the visa application form for any category of Brazilian visa. Compared to the previous system, the new visa application form website has more steps and… Read more »


NIGERIA – Immediate Nationwide Long Term Work Permit Verification Exercise Announced

Posted on March 18, 2016

On March 14, 2016 the Nigeria Immigration Service (”NIS”) issued a public notice to the effect that a nationwide verification exercise will be conducted immediately, from March 14, 2016 till March 31, 2016, for Combined Expatriate Resident Permit and Aliens… Read more »


UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration Rules Announced for Tier 2

Posted on March 18, 2016

The Home Office has recently announced that the Tier 2 visa scheme will undergo a few amendments as a result of the newly implemented Immigration Rules. The new Immigration Rules consist of: The minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 workers… Read more »


CANADA – Projected Immigration Levels for 2016 Released

Posted on March 11, 2016

On March 8, 2016, the Canadian government announced its plan to allow a greater number of foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada in 2016. The goal of the government is to welcome between 280,000 – 305,000 new permanent residents with… Read more »


SOUTH KOREA – Tuberculosis Test Required for Certain Foreign Nationals

Posted on March 11, 2016

Foreign nationals who have resided in high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries will now be required to undergo TB testing and show proof of the issued Certificate of Health when applying for various immigration services. The following countries are deemed as high-burden… Read more »


UNITED KINGDOM – Points Based Calculator to be Discontinued

Posted on March 11, 2016

From April 6, 2016 the Points Based Calculator will no longer be an eligible source to support immigration applications and will be removed from service entirely on April 10, 2016. What is the Points Based Calculator? Currently, the calculator is… Read more »