Canada – Medical Refusal to be Revamped

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Changes are expected to be released in April regarding Canada’s controversial policy regarding the refusal of foreign nationals that are deemed likely to cause an “excessive demand” on its healthcare system. The current recommendation of the Parliament’s Standing Committee… Read more »


Ireland – Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Effective immediately, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has clarified an existing rule that, for the Atypical Worker Scheme, letters of approval issued for entry clearance must be used within 90 days of issuance, after which they will… Read more »


Singapore – Changes to Foreign Workforce Policy Announced

Posted on March 9, 2018

  The Ministry of Manpower has announced upcoming changes to its foreign workforce policy, including an expansion of the Fair Consideration Framework job advertising requirement for Employment Pass (EP) applications to include more companies and more positions, and an increase… Read more »


Poland – New Work Permit Changes and Implementation of ICT Directive

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Effective January 1, 2018, new requirements for obtaining work permits for foreign nationals came into force in Poland. The key changes are: New requirements for employers assigning foreign nationals to work in Poland based on a work permit or… Read more »


Israel – New Regulations for Foreign Employees of “Hi-Tech Companies” and Their Spouses

Posted on March 2, 2018

  Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior has published new regulations relating to the employment of foreign experts in high-tech companies. The new “Hi-Tech” (HIT) Visa was announced in January 2017. One-year “Hi-Tech” (HIT) Visa The process only applies… Read more »


Taiwan – Changes Implemented to Taiwan Act for Recruitment and Employment of Certain Professionals

Posted on March 2, 2018

  The Taiwan Act for Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals has recently undergone significant changes that took effect February 8th, 2018.  The changes relate to foreign special professions, foreign professions, and dependents. Foreign Special Professions: The criteria to define… Read more »


Turkey – Delays Possible Due to Implementation of New Registration System for Work Permit Applications

Posted on March 2, 2018

  Effective February 26, 2018, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) requires work permit applications to be submitted using the sponsoring company’s KEP account. Moreover, a secure electronic signature, linked to a qualified electronic certificate, must be used to sign the… Read more »


United Kingdom – Settlement Applications Closed to Tier 1 (General) Migrants after April 5, 2018

Posted on March 2, 2018

  Overseas nationals in the UK under the Tier 1 (General) category will no longer be permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after April 5, 2018. Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system was a category aimed… Read more »


India – New Visa E-Services at Four FRROs

Posted on February 19, 2018

  India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has launched a new online “e-Services” system for application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. Thus far, this new system is only… Read more »


Israel – New B-2 Visa for India Businesspersons

Posted on February 19, 2018

  Israel’s Ministry of Interior has introduced a long term B-2 visitor and multiple entry visa for Indian business people.  The visa can be applied for especially at the Israeli consulate in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The B-2 visitor… Read more »