Poland – New Appointment System

Posted on October 1, 2018

A new appointment system has been implemented for scheduling work permit applications in Warsaw.  The Immigration Office will schedule appointments within three business days of receiving an email from the applicant. The work permit will no longer be issued on… Read more »


Spain – Salary Check for ICT Applications

Posted on October 1, 2018

EU Intracompany Transfer Permit applications are now being scrutinized on the employment conditions and salary compensation by the Spanish Large Companies Unit.  The lines are in check to ensure the employment conditions and salary are in line with the local… Read more »


Australia – Top Priority for Accredited Sponsorship Applications

Posted on September 24, 2018

As reported earlier, effective September 5, 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has ceased accepting priority processing requests for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). 457 visa applications are being… Read more »


European Union – Revised Posted Workers Directive Enters into Force

Posted on September 24, 2018

On July 9, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) published Directive (EU) 2018/957 of June 28, 2018, amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. The revised Posting of Workers Directive… Read more »


Germany – Clarification on Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

Posted on September 24, 2018

As reported earlier, the German immigration authorities were requiring an official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications. However, it has been confirmed that the focus on the recognition continues to be on the “H+”… Read more »


Singapore – Upcoming New Housing Checks for Work Pass Holders

Posted on September 24, 2018

Effective September 14, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore will check work pass applicants’ residential addresses when issuing passes. When an employment agent issues a request to issue a work pass, MOM will only approve the request if… Read more »


United Kingdom – UK Visa Assistance No Longer Offered in US Consulates

Posted on September 24, 2018

Applications for the UK submitted in the United States will now need to be posted to the VFS service center in New York City. The application will then be sent to Sheffield, England for processing and final decision making.  Processing… Read more »


China – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

Posted on September 14, 2018

The Chinese government recently abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (“HMT residents”). Effective September 1, 2018, HMT residents can voluntarily apply for a new mainland residence card. Abolition of Work Permit Requirement On… Read more »


Netherlands – Cross border workers no longer limited to 90 out of 180 days

Posted on September 14, 2018

Effective immediately, third country nationals resident in another member state (for example Belgium or Germany) who work in the Netherlands with a work permit but return to their country of residence at least once a week (so-called “cross border workers”… Read more »


New Zealand – New Rules for Interim Visas

Posted on September 14, 2018

Effective immediately, interim visas are valid for 21 days after a temporary entry visa application is declined or withdrawn. Applicants for temporary entry visas, therefore, no longer become unlawful the day after their application is declined, and have 21 days… Read more »