Australia – New Ten-Year Visitor Visa and Other Changes

Posted on November 18, 2016

Effective November 19, a new Frequent Traveler stream of the Subclass 600 visitor visa will allow multiple entries for business or tourism for up to three months at a time, during a validity period of ten years. Other changes this… Read more »


Belgium – Salary Threshold for 2017 Announced for Flanders

Posted on November 18, 2016

A number of Belgium work permits specify a minimum salary threshold required to qualify for a position.  The following new salary thresholds, effective January 1, 2017, have been confirmed by the Flanders authorities: Highly skilled work permits: 40,124 Euro, up… Read more »


Costa Rica – Work Permit Applications Delayed

Posted on November 18, 2016

The current processing time of work permit applications is 40 days, however, has been increased by four weeks due to staffing shortages at the Migration Bureau.  There are 20,000 pending cases at the Migration Bureau.  Even once a case is… Read more »


Netherlands – Intra-corporate Transferee Permit

Posted on November 18, 2016

Effective November 29, 2016, the Intra Corporate Transfer Directive (2016/44/EU) will be implemented into the legislation of the national European Member States. The Directive will implement the “intra-corporate transferee permit,” which will be available to mangers, specialists, and trainees.  Use… Read more »


Singapore – Employment Pass Holders Appointed to Board of Director’s

Posted on November 18, 2016

Employers appointing an Employment Pass holder to a board of director’s position within the same corporate group must first obtain a Letter of Consent, a new requirement by the Ministry of Manpower.  In order to qualify for the LOC, the… Read more »


Australia – Changes Announced for Dependent Family Member Definition and Accredited Sponsor Eligibility

Posted on November 11, 2016

Effective November 19, 2016, the Migration Regulations have been amended to redefine who can be included in a visa application as a dependent family member, reducing the upper age limit from 25 to 23 years for dependent children or step-children…. Read more »


China – Work Permit Scheme Implemented in 10 Cities

Posted on November 11, 2016

As reported previously, China introduced a “Pilot Implementation Plan on the Work Permit System for Foreigners in China” in September.  It took effect November 1, in ten pilot cities and provinces, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Anhui, Guangdong, Hebei, Ningxia, Shandong, Sichuan,… Read more »


France – New Online Filing System for Secondment Declarations

Posted on November 11, 2016

As of October 1, 2016, employers who are transferring their employees to work in France on detachment status are now required to file the Secondment declaration (prior detachment declaration) directly through an online system.  The employer is required to provide… Read more »


Indonesia – Temporary Stay Permit

Posted on November 11, 2016

Foreign nationals in Indonesia with a work permit (IMTA) now have the option to stay in the country while their IMTA renewal is in process, if they apply for a new Temporary Limited Stay Permit (KITAS).  This new permit will… Read more »


Indonesia – Third Party Sponsorship No Longer Available

Posted on November 11, 2016

Effective November 14, 2016, third party agents will no longer be able to submit applications on behalf of the company or applicant.  In an announcement made by the Indonesian Immigration authorities on November 7, an applicant and the company sponsor… Read more »