Kazakhstan – Upcoming Changes to the Work Permit Regime

Posted on December 22, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, new rules for the issuance of work permits for Kazakhstan include the removal of the current labour market test for locally-hired applicants and the introduction of a state fee, among other changes. An announced change to… Read more »


Netherlands – Increase in Minimum Wage and Government Fees

Posted on December 22, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in the Netherlands will increase.  The government adjusts the minimum wage twice a year, on January 1 and July 1 to remain in line with the average collectively agreed wages in the Netherlands…. Read more »


Belgium – Increased Focus on Integration Efforts

Posted on December 16, 2016

The Belgian parliament has approved a new Act, which imposes integration efforts on some foreigners who want to reside in Belgium for more than 3 months. The new Act has not yet been published in the Belgian Official Journal. There… Read more »


Canada – Four Year Maximum Eliminated

Posted on December 16, 2016

Effective December 13, 2016, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program cumulative duration of four years no longer applies to all current and future work permit applications.  The 4 year cap was implemented in 2011, however, there were many exceptions to the… Read more »


Finland – Changes to Residence Permit Application Procedures; and New Posted Worker Notification Requirement

Posted on December 16, 2016

Proving Identity Effective November 10, 2016, an applicant will have to prove their identity in person and submit original documents within three months, rather than one month as previously. The change also applies to applicants who submitted their online application… Read more »


Hong Kong – Indian Nationals Subject to Pre-Arrival Registration

Posted on December 16, 2016

Hong Kong has will be requiring Indian nationals to successfully complete an online pre-arrival registration before travelling to Hong Kong beginning January 23, 2017.  Currently, Indian nationals are visa exempt for up to 14 days, however, after January 23, will… Read more »


Malaysia – Companies Must Submit Projections

Posted on December 16, 2016

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has opened the enrollment for companies to apply for projections of the number of foreign nationals they wish to sponsor for Employment Pass and Professional Visit Pass for the year 2014, beginning December 5th, 2016…. Read more »


Costa Rica – New Visa Rules

Posted on December 9, 2016

The Costa Rican Government has issued new visa rules for Non – Residents that will amend the visa requirements and the allowed periods of stay for certain nationalities to go into effect December 14, 2016. Nationalities will be divided into… Read more »


Germany – Minimum wage and EU Blue Salary Increase

Posted on December 9, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, the national minimum wage in Germany will be raised from 8.50 Euro to 8.84 Euro per hour.  The increase will result in a gross minimum salary of 1,532 per month for a 40 hour work week,… Read more »


Israel – Clarification of Rules for Short-Term Work Travel and for Israel-China Ten-Year Multiple-Entry Visa

Posted on December 9, 2016

Recently published articles in the Israeli press have misleadingly advised that, pursuant to a “new” regulation issued by the Population and Immigration Authority, almost every business visitor who comes to Israel for business, even for a short period, is required… Read more »