Bahrain – New Visas Introduced; Visa Rules Changed

Posted on January 20, 2017

As part of its new visa policy, Bahrain has recently introduced two new visas. There have also been several changes to existing visas. New Visas The new visas are a single-entry visa and a one-year multiple re-entry visa, both available… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – Labour Market Test Increase

Posted on January 20, 2017

The Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia introduced the labour market test last year for companies apply for new block visas.   Previously, the labour market test was required to be posted for 14 days, however, a new requirement effective immediately… Read more »


United Kingdom – 2017 Allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship

Posted on January 20, 2017

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have advised that sponsors are now able to apply to renew their allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) in Tier 2 (General). Key Points The present allocations will expire on April 5, 2017. Some sponsors’… Read more »


Vietnam – Clarification on Assignment Letters

Posted on January 20, 2017

The Vietnamese authorities have provided further clarification on work permit procedures, after issuing Circular 40 last month, announced here, which provided guidelines on the implementation of Decree 11. Among the key points is a new rule that an assignment letter… Read more »


Ghana – Deadline Imminent for Submitting Annual Returns of Foreign Workers

Posted on January 13, 2017

All companies in Ghana that employ foreign national workers must submit an annual return by the deadline of January 14, 2017. The return must state names and addresses of all foreign nationals in their employment as of January 1, 2017,… Read more »


Ireland – Stamp 4 Requirements Change

Posted on January 13, 2017

Foreign nationals with a Critical Skills Employment Permit are required to have a 2 year job offer, though are permitted to change employers after a minimum of 12 months.  A Stamp 4 allows the foreign national with a CSEP to… Read more »


Israel – 2017 Minimum Wage Increase for Foreign Experts

Posted on January 13, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, the new minimum monthly prevailing wage for foreign national experts holding B-1 work permits is now 19,086 NIS (up from 18,668 NIS in 2016). The change does not affect experts holding a working visa under SEA… Read more »


Italy – New Rules for Intra-Company Permits in Force

Posted on January 13, 2017

With the publication of Legislative Decree 253/2916, in effect from January 11, 2017 and amending the Consolidated Act on Immigration (Legislative Decree 286/1998), Italy has finally implemented Directive 2014/66/EC of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence… Read more »


Panama – Shorter Validity Dates for Identification Card, Tourist and Business Visitors

Posted on January 13, 2017

The issued executive decree No 590, published on December 28, 2016 introduced changes to the validity period of temporary identification cards, as well as visitor and business visitor’s duration of stay. The temporary identification card will now be available for… Read more »


Peru – New Visa Categories Introduced

Posted on January 13, 2017

Beginning March 1, 2017, new implementation of the temporary worker and resident visa categories will change.  Two new categories will be introduced, Temporary Workers and Residence. Temporary Workers will include the following: Business Visa Foreign nationals performing business, legal, or… Read more »