Germany – Additional Requirements for Work Permit Applications

Posted on August 10, 2018

The German labor authority have amended the requirements of work permit applications based on the revised posted workers directive of the “equal pay for equal work at the same place”. Work permit applications for non-EU nationals will now need to… Read more »


Australia – Skilling Australians Fund levy commences August 12, 2018

Posted on August 10, 2018

Passed by the Australian Senate some months ago, the Skilling Australians Fund Charges Act (The Act) has now been made into law and will commence formally on August 12th 2018. The Act relates to a ‘nomination training contribution charge’ which, under… Read more »


Canada – Processing Times for Permanent Residents

Posted on August 10, 2018

Effective July 31, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now implemented a more accurate estimation of processing times for some permanent resident applications. Previously, the processing times for permanent resident applications shows how long it took to process… Read more »


Estonia – Amendments to Immigration Law

Posted on August 10, 2018

Several amendments took effect July 15, 2018 in regards to the immigration law. Foreign specialists in a non ICT position earning twice the Estonian average salary (1,242 euros as of first quarter of 2018) are exempt from quotas. Short term… Read more »


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 »