Portugal – EU Directives Will Take Effect October 1, 2018

Posted on September 14, 2018

Decree Law no. 9/2018, published on September 11, 2018 and effective October 1, 2018, implements the latest amendments to the immigration law, which in turn were published on August 28, 2017. The 2017 amendments to the immigration law transposed several… Read more »


Singapore – Company Stamp No Longer Required on Forms

Posted on September 14, 2018

Effective September 10, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore no longer requires employers to endorse forms using their company stamps. This easing of requirements applies to all MOM forms, including the declaration page of the In Principle Approval… Read more »


Spain – Delay in Processing of Applications Under Entrepreneurs’ Act

Posted on September 14, 2018

Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorizations. It is not known by… Read more »


Slovakia – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

Posted on September 14, 2018

The number of non-EU nationals attending the Foreign Police office in Bratislava to submit initial and renewal applications for temporary residence permits (including single permits) has increased significantly in recent weeks, leading to very long queues. Many applicants arrive early,… Read more »


Australia – Priority Processing for TSS and 457 Visa Concludes

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective September 5, 2018, priority processing for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa and Subclass 457 visa applications will cease. This is due in part to the lack of resources to process the high volume of cases. Applications submitted before the… Read more »


Canada – Investor Program Reopens

Posted on September 7, 2018

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen on September 10, 2018.  This program allows foreign investors to obtain permanent residency through investment.  The system will open for a total of 1900 applications or until March 15, 2019. The program has… Read more »


Costa Rica – Immigration Bureau Closed

Posted on September 7, 2018

On Tuesday September 4, 2018 the main offices of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) in San Jose, Costa Rica, were closed after a raid by the Judicial Investigation Directorate (O.I.J.). The joint operation with the Panamanian authorities named “Heaven… Read more »


Germany – Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

Posted on September 7, 2018

The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule. Authorities in other regions, as well as German… Read more »


Israel – New Guidelines for Hi-Tech Visas

Posted on September 7, 2018

Due to new guidelines by the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Israeli Central Statistics Office, only Israeli registered Hi-Tech companies can apply for a HIT visa for reduced processing time for their employees.  Non-Israeli registered Hi-Tech companies as well as… Read more »


Kenya – In Country Applications no longer Accepted

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective August 24, 2018, foreign nationals must now apply for work authorization before entering Kenya.  The Kenyan government will no longer issue special passes or work permits for foreign nationals who are applying in country.  Renewal applications may be applied… Read more »