Brazil – Stricter Documentary Requirements for Police Registration

Posted on January 8, 2018

Effective 27 December 2017, the Federal Police in Brazil have introduced a new documentary requirement for the mandatory in-country registration (“Registro Nacional Migratório” or RNM). What has changed? Applicants must now submit their original birth certificate (and marriage certificate if… Read more »

Israel – Salary Update

Posted on January 8, 2018

The Ministry of Interior will soon launch an online application in 2018 for foreign nationals to obtain work permits in the High-Tech sector.  High-Tech Companies that are approved with the Innovation Authority would be able to obtain the work permits… Read more »

Romania – Increase in Work Permit Quota for 2018

Posted on January 8, 2018

The overall work permit quotas have increased from 5,500 to 7,000 for non-EU/EEA nationals. The following contains the current quotas for 2018: Local Hire/Permanent – 4,000 (previously 3,000) Assignee/seconded – 1,200 (previously 700) Intracompany transfer – remains at 700 Highly… Read more »

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee

Posted on January 8, 2018

Effective 1 January 2017, as expected, the monthly levy on foreign national employees in companies where the number of foreign national employees exceeds the number of Saudi employees has doubled to SAR 400. Furthermore, for the first time, a levy… Read more »

United Kingdom – Tier 2 General Oversubscribed

Posted on January 8, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) was exceeded in December 2017, for only the second time since the introduction of the migration cap in 2011. As a result, the minimum required score was… Read more »

Malaysia – Salary and Passport Update

Posted on December 28, 2017

  Effective immediately, the salary component allowing only the basic salary will now allow the inclusion of fixed allowances when calculating the total minimum salary. Criteria on the fixed allowances are as follows: Must be paid monthly; In cash; Stated… Read more »

Brazil – New Immigration Regulations Published

Posted on December 15, 2017

  On December 8, 2017, the National Immigration Council published new Normative Resolutions regulating residence authorization for foreign professionals. The resolutions implement the recent Brazilian immigration law (13445/2017, published 25 May 2017). Note that the resolutions do not mention renewal… Read more »

China – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

Posted on December 15, 2017

  The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective February 28, 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date. Those who fail to… Read more »

Costa Rica – New Social Security Registration Requirements for Dependents

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective immediately, dependent family members of applicants for permanent or temporary residence are required to register separately with the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica (CCSS) after completing the residence application process. Previously, dependent family members could be included… Read more »

Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces GNIB Card

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 11, 2017, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has replaced the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card with a new registration card called the Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Current GNIB card holders should not apply for… Read more »