Brazil – Delays in Obtaining Appointments for RNE Card in Sao Paulo

Posted on August 26, 2016

The system in place to schedule appointments for the Registro Nacional de Estrangeior, or RNE card, is being upgraded to a new IT system in Sao Paulo.  The system will be shut down as the transition takes place which will… Read more »


Brazil – Labor Strike of Ministry Workers

Posted on August 26, 2016

Employees from Brazil’s Foreign Ministry began an indefinite labor strike this week over higher wages.  The strike will leave the staff at a 30 percent capacity to cover consular assistance and passport issuance.  Therefore, employers should expect delays with the… Read more »


China – Expired Passport Requirement

Posted on August 26, 2016

Applicants applying for any type of visa must now submit their expired passport if they were issued a new one after January 1, 2014.  If the expired passport is not available, the applicant may provide a support letter explaining why… Read more »


Switzerland – Quotas for EU/EFTA L Permits Exhausted for Third Quarter of 2016

Posted on August 26, 2016

The quota for L permits for the third quarter of 2016, for short-term assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled. Who is Affected? New, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland… Read more »


Qatar – Educational Documents to be Attested

Posted on August 26, 2016

Stricter requirements for educational diplomas are now in place for visas that require an attested educational diploma or certificate.  If the educational document was attested previously, it is not subject to the new requirements. To attest the diploma or certificate,… Read more »


China – Immigration Rules Relaxed in the Guangdong Province

Posted on August 19, 2016

Following similar changes in Beijing and Shanghai, the Ministry of Public Security have implemented relaxed immigration rules for the Guangdong Province and Guangdong Free Trade Zone. The following changes have occurred for the Guangdong Province and Guangdong Free Trade Zone:… Read more »


Malaysia – Moratorium Lifted For Oil & Gas Companies

Posted on August 19, 2016

A moratorium placed last week on work permits for oil and gas companies has been lifted.  However work permit applications filed from Petronas must be submitted at Sarawak State Immigration Headquarters in Kuching, as they are still being scrutinized.  The… Read more »


Malaysia – New Regulations by Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation

Posted on August 19, 2016

Reported previously, Malaysia’s Expatriate Service Division implemented new requirements for professional visit and professional passes.  Along with these changes, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) will also begin implementing new regulations, effective September 1, which will impact companies with MSC… Read more »


Poland – Deadline Approaching for Posted Workers

Posted on August 19, 2016

As previously reported, a new Act was passed and put into force for workers that are posted to Poland to provide services.  The deadline to notify the State Labour Inspection in Poland of the presence of any seconded workers that… Read more »


Turkey – New Work Permit Regime

Posted on August 19, 2016

A new law that was published in the Official Gazette supersedes the previous Law on Work Permits for Foreigners, now called The Law on International Labor Force.  The new law implements important changes in the work permit system. A new… Read more »