Ireland – Major Delays Continue for Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

Posted on July 30, 2018

There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year. The IRP Office in Dublin has… Read more »


United Kingdom – Updated Guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

Posted on July 30, 2018

Effective July 18, 2018, the Home Office has updated its guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors. Among the key changes are the following: For Resident Labour Market Tests (RLMT), employers must now submit information about job applicants who are settled… Read more »


Vietnam – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

Posted on July 30, 2018

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities in some provinces in Vietnam are requiring foreign nationals who are terminating their assignments and leaving the country to surrender and cancel their Temporary Residence Card (TRC) prior to their departure. In these cases, the… Read more »


Canada – Biometrics Expanded to More Nationalities

Posted on July 24, 2018

Starting July 31, 2018, the requirements of biometrics will expand to include citizens of Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.  Applicants applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence may now need to give their fingerprints… Read more »


Costa Rica – Significant Delays for Temporary Residence Permits

Posted on July 24, 2018

Costa Rica is experiencing an influx of refugees from other Latin America countries that have submitted asylum applications to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.  The intake of applications is now creating a delay in the processing of Temporary… Read more »


Spain – Stricter salary criteria for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act

Posted on July 24, 2018

Effective immediately, the Spanish authorities appear to be requiring a higher minimum salary for residence authorizations for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013). Immigration consultants in Spain have noticed that applications with salaries higher than EUR 30,000, which would… Read more »


Slovakia – Shortage Occupations Lists are Published; and Processing of Single Permits is Delayed

Posted on July 24, 2018

The Slovak authorities have published lists of occupations with labour shortages during the past calendar year, for districts where the average unemployment rate was lower than 5%. These occupations are now exempt from labour market testing. Meanwhile, there are significant delays in… Read more »


Brazil – Changes to Qualifying Dependents

Posted on July 16, 2018

Criteria for dependents have changed effective immediately. Qualifying dependent relationships now include: Spouses (opposite and same sex) Domestic partners (opposite and same sex) Children, grandchildren, and stepchildren who are economically dependent on the sponsor Parents Grandparents Siblings who are financially… Read more »


China – Change to Document Requirements for Category A Work Permit Applications

Posted on July 16, 2018

Effective immediately, the Shanghai State Administration of Foreign Affairs requires a different tax certificate in support of applications for Category A work permits, including applicable new work permits, renewals and cancellations. Previously, an Individual Income Tax (IIT) Paid Certificate (Duty-Paid… Read more »


Canada – Law change makes drunk driving a serious offense, with potential implications for some foreign national visa applicants

Posted on July 16, 2018

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five years to ten years. As this offense is now classed as “serious criminality” in Canada,… Read more »