Canada – Changes to Inland Applications

Posted on June 7, 2019

Effective immediately, the following applications made within Canada must be submitted online: Applications to extend temporary residence status; Applications for study or work permits; and Applications for renewals of study or work permits. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has… Read more »


El Salvador – New Migration Law for Foreigners

Posted on June 7, 2019

The Special Law on Migration and Foreigners entered in effect as of May 14, 2019.  This new law replaces the previous four laws that regulated the powers of the General Directorate of Immigration and Foreigners. The new law will govern… Read more »


Finland – Labor Market Test No Longer Required for Career Changers

Posted on June 7, 2019

Effective June 1, 2019, a foreign national who is already employed in Finland, and who wishes to change occupation, will no longer require a labor market test. The Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) reviews applications for residence permits… Read more »


Taiwan – Dependent Status Can Now Be Granted to Same-Sex Spouses

Posted on June 7, 2019

Qualifying same-sex spouses are now eligible to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). The as-yet unpublished government policy, communicated verbally, follows the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan on May 17, 2019. The policy applies to nationals of the… Read more »


Australia – Latest Immigration Updates

Posted on June 3, 2019

After the recent federal election in Australia, it is predicted that the Liberal-National coalition will secure a majority government with at least 77 seats. New Regional Visas The Government announced two new regional visa categories – the subclass 491 Skilled… Read more »


Mexico – Longer Processing Times for Immigration Applications

Posted on June 3, 2019

Currently, processing times for temporary residence applications are longer than usual. Residence card applications may take up to 20 business days to be approved, rather than the standard five business days. International travel restrictions apply while the process is completed, and… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – New Residence Scheme Approved

Posted on May 21, 2019

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years. Unlike the present… Read more »


New Zealand – Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Posted on May 21, 2019

Effective May 27, 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL). New Regional Skill Shortage Lists (RSSLs) will also be introduced to replace… Read more »


Japan – Visa Application System available Online

Posted on May 3, 2019

Effective July 25, 2019, visa renewal applications for Business Managers, Intracompany Transfers, Engineer/Specialist/International Services, Highly Skilled Professionals, and Skilled Laborers can be submitted online via the Immigration Services Agency.  Visa renewals for dependents and re-entry permit applications can also be… Read more »


Portugal – Tech Visa available to Entrepreneurs

Posted on May 3, 2019

The StartUP Portugal Tech Visa program in Portugal opened January 1, 2019, aimed at technological and innovative companies to attract highly skilled workers from those not from the Schengen area. Criteria International entrepreneurs wishing to access the StartUP Visa and… Read more »