Austria – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit

Posted on November 7, 2017

  Austria has transposed into national law 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”, and has introduced a new combined work and residence permit category… Read more »


Australia – Increased Processing Time for Subclass 457 Applications

Posted on November 7, 2017

  The current processing times have increased as the abolishment of the Subclass 457 Temporary Work visa category is scheduled to take place March 2018 with the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa.  Current processing times of 90% of subclass… Read more »


Cyprus – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented

Posted on November 7, 2017

  Effective immediately, Cyprus has implemented a new intra-corporate transferee (ICT) permit.  The new permit, in line with the European Union (EU) ICT Directive, facilitates intra-EU mobility, and doesn’t have the strict employer eligibility criteria which characterize the existing intra-corporate… Read more »


Czech Republic – VISAPOINT System Closed

Posted on November 7, 2017

  The VISAPOINT system to obtain appointments for visa applications and residence permits has been terminated as of October 31, 2017.  Confirmed appointments made in VISAPOINT for the month of November 2017 remain valid. Appointments can only be made after… Read more »


Malaysia – Update on Improvements from MDEC on Employment Pass Application Process

Posted on November 7, 2017

  As noted previously, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced that, on November 15, 2017, it will introduce reduced and more consistent processing times for employment passes, a new online application portal and new service fees, paid online in… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – Validity of Block Visas Reduced to One-Year

Posted on October 27, 2017

  Effective immediately, companies in Saudi Arabia will have to utilize their block visas more quickly in order to hire foreign employees. The Saudi Ministry of Labor has announced that it is reducing the validity period of its block visas… Read more »


Singapore – Mobile Phone Numbers Required for Work Permit Issuance or Renewal

Posted on October 27, 2017

  Effective November 17, 2017, employers must provide their foreign workers’ mobile phone numbers when completing the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM’s) Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OWAS) updating prior to issuing or renewing their Work Permits (WPs). Note that this… Read more »


Azerbaijan – No More Post-Arrival Change of Status for Foreign Workers or Business Travelers

Posted on October 20, 2017

  Effective immediately, foreign nationals travelling to Azerbaijan for work or business must obtain the appropriate work or business visa before travelling. Previously, most foreign nationals travelling to Azerbaijan for work or business would enter the country on an e-visa… Read more »


Belgium – Minimum Base Salary to Increase in Flanders

Posted on October 20, 2017

  Beginning January 1, 2018, the minimum base salary will increase in Flanders.  The minimum base salary in Wallonia and Brussels will also increase in January 2018 but the figures have not yet been released. The minimum base salary will… Read more »


Guatemala – Legalization of Documents Waived Under Apostille Convention

Posted on October 20, 2017

  Effective September 18, 2017, the Hague Apostille Convention has entered into force in Guatemala. Guatemalan documents for use in other signatory countries, and documents from other signatory countries for use in Guatemala, will no longer require consular or embassy… Read more »