Australia – Update on Forthcoming Changes to Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Visas

Posted on November 17, 2017

  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have begun to clarify the changes to permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programmes that were announced on April 18, 2017. Significantly, DIBP has announced transitional or ‘grandfathering’ arrangements to permit individuals who… Read more »


Singapore – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

Posted on November 17, 2017

  Effective immediately, and without any official announcement, the Ministry of Manpower has added several questions to the Employment Pass (EP) online application form, requiring sponsoring employers to give additional, detailed information about their recruitment practices. The changes may cause… Read more »


United Kingdom – Settled Status for EU Citizens

Posted on November 17, 2017

  The UK government released a paper detailing the newly proposed “settled status” scheme for EU nationals residing in the United Kingdom. The settled status will replace the current Indefinite Leave to Remain.  EU citizens that have lived in the… Read more »


Canada – Government Announces Three-Year Immigration Plan

Posted on November 14, 2017

  On November 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s immigration plan. The plan breaks with practice of previous years by laying out immigration targets for the next three years. The plan of 310,000 new permanent residents… Read more »


Germany – Increase in EU Blue Card Salary

Posted on November 14, 2017

  Beginning January 1, 2018, the minimum salary for the EU Blue Card in Germany will increase from EUR 50,800 to EUR 52,000.  The salary threshold for certain shortage occupations will increase from EUR 39,624 to EUR 40,560. Foreign nationals… Read more »


Malaysia – Permit Holder with New Passport Must Complete Transfer of Endorsement Before Exiting Malaysia

Posted on November 14, 2017

  The airport immigration authorities in Malaysia have recently begun refusing permission to exit to foreign national permit holders who have a new passport but have not yet transferred their permit. Holders of permits including Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Professional… Read more »


Sweden – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Announced for March 2018

Posted on November 14, 2017

  The Swedish Migration Agency has announced that it plans to implement European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” from March 1, 2018, including an… Read more »


United Arab Emirates – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

Posted on November 14, 2017

  The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) free zone has removed the Internal Visa Transfer option for foreign employees transferring to a new employer within the DCCA. Employees in this situation now need to use the “Government Transfer” option, which… Read more »


Austria – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit

Posted on November 7, 2017

  Austria has transposed into national law European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”, and has introduced a new combined work and residence permit category… Read more »


Australia – Increased Processing Time for Subclass 457 Applications

Posted on November 7, 2017

  The current processing times have increased as the abolishment of the Subclass 457 Temporary Work visa category is scheduled to take place March 2018 with the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa.  Current processing times of 90% of subclass… Read more »