Germany – Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

Posted on September 7, 2018

The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule. Authorities in other regions, as well as German… Read more »

Israel – New Guidelines for Hi-Tech Visas

Posted on September 7, 2018

Due to new guidelines by the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Israeli Central Statistics Office, only Israeli registered Hi-Tech companies can apply for a HIT visa for reduced processing time for their employees.  Non-Israeli registered Hi-Tech companies as well as… Read more »

Kenya – In Country Applications no longer Accepted

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective August 24, 2018, foreign nationals must now apply for work authorization before entering Kenya.  The Kenyan government will no longer issue special passes or work permits for foreign nationals who are applying in country.  Renewal applications may be applied… Read more »

Australia – New Labor Market Testing Requirements

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective August 12, 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labor Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. Key Changes include: LMT must now be conducted within a four-month period prior to submission of… Read more »

Ireland – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective September 3, 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post. Any visa-required… Read more »

Switzerland – Integration Required for Some Permit Holders

Posted on August 23, 2018

The Swiss government has implemented a policy for foreigners to integrate.  Foreign nationals obtaining temporary residence (B permits) and permanent residence (C permits) may now be required to sign an integration agreement and take language courses. The one year transition… Read more »

Thailand – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Posted on August 23, 2018

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined… Read more »

Women of Xcellence

Posted on August 22, 2018

Woman of Xcellence Congratulations to Carmen Saleh Fakhoury, CEO of Fakhoury Global Immigration Professional Services for being highlighted during the WBENC “Women of Xcellence” event. Watch the video to hear Carmen’s advice for Women Entrepreneurs.            … Read more »

Brazil – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

Posted on August 17, 2018

On July 25, 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorization for foreign professionals, effective immediately. Residence Renewal Normative Resolution 30 establishes that the Ministry of Labour may renew the period… Read more »

Poland – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

Posted on August 17, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, new regulations allow non-EU nationals to apply for work permits for almost two hundred occupations without the requirement to first obtain confirmation from the labour office. Background To obtain a work permit for a locally-hired non-EU… Read more »