Russia – New Work Permit Regulations Bring Administrative Changes

Posted on February 12, 2018

  Effective 4 February 2018, new regulations on issuing work permits bring some administrative changes to the work permit rules. What are the changes? For the purpose of obtaining a work permit, including for Highly-Qualified Specialists (HQS), the passport of… Read more »


Austria – Authentication of Diplomas Now Required for Initial Red-White-Red Card Plus Applications for Dependents of Red-White-Red Card Holders

Posted on February 2, 2018

Effective immediately, university diplomas and school leaving certificates submitted in support of initial Red-White-Red Card Plus (RWR Card Plus) applications by dependent family members of Red-White-Red Card (RWR Card) holders must be legalized and then authenticated under the ENIC-NARIC framework…. Read more »


Oman – Six-Month Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions

Posted on February 2, 2018

Effective immediately, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the recruitment of foreign nationals in 87 professions, across ten sectors, for six months. Who is Affected? The affected sectors are as follows: Information systems; Media; “Technical professions”; Engineering; Air transport; Accounting… Read more »


Thailand – Four-Year SMART Visa for Top Talent Now Available

Posted on February 2, 2018

Effective 1 February 2018, the Thai Board of Investment has introduced the previously-announced SMART Visa for highly-skilled foreign workers and investors in certain industries. What are the Benefits of the SMART Visa? The SMART Visa is valid for up to… Read more »


United Kingdom – Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month

Posted on February 2, 2018

The number of Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) available for January 2018 was exceeded by demand for the second consecutive month. The total number of RCoS available to employers in January 2018 stood at 1651, after 91… Read more »


Singapore – CorpPass Deadline Extended

Posted on January 26, 2018

As reported previously, companies were required to register with CorpPass beginning of January 2018.  This has now been extended for seven months, before July 2018.  All local entities should register a CorpPass account and appoint appropriate delegates for digital services…. Read more »


United Kingdom – New Method for Calculating Absences for Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

Posted on January 26, 2018

Effective 11 January 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) now calculates absences from the United Kingdom in relation to an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in a different way. UKVI caseworkers can now refuse applications for ILR based… Read more »


Uruguay – Grace Period Reduces to 10 Days for Filing Documentation

Posted on January 26, 2018

Applications submitted to the Immigration Office of Uruguay will now only have a grace period of 10 days to present documentation missing that is not considered essential for the visa application.  Previously, the grace period allowed was 30 days. This… Read more »


Australia – Further Details of Upcoming New Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Posted on January 23, 2018

On 11 January 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published clarification of various recent and upcoming changes to the skilled visa regulations, including new details on the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which is due to replace… Read more »


Azerbaijan – E-Visas to Allow Stays of 90-Days with Multiple-Entries

Posted on January 23, 2018

Effective 12 January 2018, e-visas obtained through the ASAN Viza website will allow stays of up to 90 days, rather than the previous 30 days, and multiple entries, rather than a single entry, as previously. However, as of the date… Read more »