Colombia – New Immigration Compliance Rules and Penalties

Posted on July 3, 2018

  Effective May 16, 2018, Resolution 1238 establishes stricter criteria for compliance with immigration obligations, and bigger penalties for non-compliance. What has changed? A new engagement report through the SIRE virtual system must be made after a visa category change…. Read more »

United Kingdom – Settled Status for EU Citizens

Posted on July 3, 2018

Settlement Scheme The UK government released a Statement of Intent for EU citizens living in the UK to apply for “settled status” if they want to continue living in the UK after Britain leaves Europe after June 2021.  Settled status… Read more »

Vietnam – Work Permits linked to Company Business License in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted on July 3, 2018

Work permits in Ho Chi Minh City are now being linked to the sponsor company’s business license and will be issued for either two years, or to the expiry of the company’s business license, if it is less than 2… Read more »

Australia – Skilling Australians Fund Update

Posted on June 15, 2018

The Department of Home Affairs that the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018, which was passed by the Parliament of Australia on May 9, 2018, is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 financial year… Read more »

Canada – Government adds three more occupations to Global Talent Stream

Posted on June 15, 2018

On June 12, 2018, the Canadian government marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot by expanding the Global Talent Occupations List, bringing the total number of qualifying jobs on the list to thirteen. What has… Read more »

Mexico – Increased Immigration Verification Visits

Posted on June 15, 2018

The National Institute of Migration (INM) has recently increased the number of immigration verification visits. The purpose of the INM verification visit is to corroborate the existence and normal operation of the company and to prove the legal status of… Read more »

United Arab Emirates – Major changes in immigration rules announced

Posted on June 15, 2018

On June 13, 2018, the government announced significant changes to the immigration and foreign labour systems of the UAE. The changes will affect current and future foreign national employees and their employers. What are the changes? Among the changes announced… Read more »

Italy – Labour Authorities Step Up Enforcement of Posted Worker Rules

Posted on June 11, 2018

The Italian Labour Inspectorate (INL) has implemented stricter rules and policies on investigating company compliance with Italy’s rules implementing the European Union (EU) Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. The INL is increasing efforts to detect companies failing to comply with Italy’s… Read more »

Greece – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented

Posted on June 5, 2018

On May 22, 2018, the Greek government published a law (no. 4540) implementing the European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”. Further clarifications on the… Read more »

Israel – Changes for Hi-Tech Employees

Posted on June 5, 2018

The Ministry of Interior implemented changes in the process for Foreign Hi-Tech Employees (HIT Visas) effective immediately. Visa free nationals are now required to apply at the consulate level before travelling to Israel.  The average processing time is 30-45 days…. Read more »