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 »

New Zealand – Recent Immigration Updates

Posted on July 16, 2018

  Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently implemented several changes to immigration rules and procedures. Partners and dependent children can now make their visa applications online; the minimum income threshold has been updated for certain Essential Skills visa holders; and… Read more »

Switzerland – Reminder: Obligation to Advertise Certain Jobs Now Effective

Posted on July 16, 2018

  Effective July 1, 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 8% or above have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. This threshold will be lowered to 5% from January 1,… Read more »

Australia – Pilot of Global Talent Scheme

Posted on July 9, 2018

As reported earlier, in March 2018, the Australian government announced two pilot schemes to support talent and innovation. Qualifying employers in the two streams – (1) established businesses and (2) start-ups – will be able to access four-year subclass 482… Read more »

Oman – Visa on Arrival Applicable to India, China, and Russia nationals

Posted on July 9, 2018

Visa on arrivals are now offered to nationals of India, China, and Russia. Indian nationals who hold a valid U.S., United Kingdom, Schengen States, or Canada visa can now obtain a visa on arrival for one month. Tourist visa rules… Read more »

Russia – New Address Registration Rules

Posted on July 9, 2018

  New rules for the registration of foreign nationals, which take effect on July 8, 2018, mean that employers will no longer be able to register their foreign national employees at the company address, and that employers or landlords, rather… Read more »

Australia – Visa Application Charges Increase

Posted on July 3, 2018

  Department of Immigration visa application charges (VAC) are set to increase for a number of visas lodged on or after July 1, 2018. For many visa types the fees have been increased in line with Consumer Price Inflation (CPI)…. Read more »