Malaysia – MYXpats Centre Announces Year-End Closure and Projection of Foreign Knowledge Workers

Posted on December 15, 2017

  MYXpats Centre MYXpats Centre has announced that the Expatriate Service Division (ESD)’s online system will be closed for system maintenance and updates from December 26, 2017 (6pm) to January 2, 2018 (8am). During the closure, the system will not… Read more »


South Africa – No More Hardcopy South African Police Clearance Certificates for In-Country Applications

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 31, 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa will automate the process of checking a foreign national’s South African criminal record, so that it will no longer be necessary to apply for a hardcopy… Read more »


United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on December 8, 2017

  On December 7, 2017, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The most notable changes are as follows: Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) The number of visas available under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route… Read more »


Czech Republic – New Visa Registration System

Posted on December 8, 2017

  As previously reported, the Visapoint system was terminated as of October 31, 2017.  Appointments that were confirmed for November 2017 remained valid.  Foreign nationals in need to schedule a visa interview after December 1, 2017 must do so my… Read more »


Netherlands – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

Posted on December 8, 2017

  Effective January 1, 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. These amounts are applicable for new applications for… Read more »


Philippines – New Employment Permit Rules

Posted on December 8, 2017

  Effective December 1, 2017, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has issued revised rules for the issuance of employment permits to foreign nationals. What has changed? Supporting documents The following additional documents are now required in support of… Read more »


Brazil – E-Visa Introduced

Posted on December 4, 2017

  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil implemented the E-Visa program for nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Eligible nationals can apply for the e-visa at the following website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa/.  The E-visa costs 40 USD which… Read more »


Canada – Changes to List of Designated Countries for Immigration Medical Exam

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Effective November 23, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the list of “designated countries” whose residents require an immigration medical examination (IME) to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa. The following countries, previously not… Read more »


Germany – Consulates and Immigration Authorities Experience Long Wait Times

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Currently, many German Embassies and Consulates are offering appointments for entry visa applications that take about 3-5 months to obtain.  Foreign nationals that have previously resided in Germany result in longer processing of about 3-6 weeks as they would… Read more »


Japan – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018. Nationals of India Applicants will be able to apply for a… Read more »