Bahrain – Minimum Salary Increase for Dependent Sponsorship

Posted on January 23, 2018

Bahrain has increased the minimum income requirement for foreign nationals wishing to sponsor their dependent family members for residence, from BHD 250 (about USD 660) per month to BHD 400 (about USD 1060) per month. The change will affect only… Read more »


Peru – TAE Payment No Longer Required

Posted on January 23, 2018

Effective immediately, the National Superintendency of Migration of Peru has repealed the previous requirement for foreign nationals resident in Peru to pay the “annual aliens rate” (TAE – Tasa Anual de Extranjeria) in the first quarter of each year. Foreign… Read more »


United Arab Emirates – Upcoming Police Clearance Certificate Requirement; Recent Changes to Immigration Processes

Posted on January 12, 2018

Effective 4 February 2018, new employment applications must be supported by a police clearance certificate. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Ministry of Interior (MOI), and free zone authorities have all made some important changes that affect how applications… Read more »


Argentina – Must be Native Citizen for Mercosur

Posted on January 8, 2018

In order to now be eligible for the Mercosur Residence visa, the foreign national must be a native citizen from a Mercosur member country.  Those who obtained the nationality of a Mercosur member country but were originally born in a… Read more »


Brazil – Stricter Documentary Requirements for Police Registration

Posted on January 8, 2018

Effective 27 December 2017, the Federal Police in Brazil have introduced a new documentary requirement for the mandatory in-country registration (“Registro Nacional Migratório” or RNM). What has changed? Applicants must now submit their original birth certificate (and marriage certificate if… Read more »


Israel – Salary Update

Posted on January 8, 2018

The Ministry of Interior will soon launch an online application in 2018 for foreign nationals to obtain work permits in the High-Tech sector.  High-Tech Companies that are approved with the Innovation Authority would be able to obtain the work permits… Read more »


Romania – Increase in Work Permit Quota for 2018

Posted on January 8, 2018

The overall work permit quotas have increased from 5,500 to 7,000 for non-EU/EEA nationals. The following contains the current quotas for 2018: Local Hire/Permanent – 4,000 (previously 3,000) Assignee/seconded – 1,200 (previously 700) Intracompany transfer – remains at 700 Highly… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee

Posted on January 8, 2018

Effective 1 January 2017, as expected, the monthly levy on foreign national employees in companies where the number of foreign national employees exceeds the number of Saudi employees has doubled to SAR 400. Furthermore, for the first time, a levy… Read more »


United Kingdom – Tier 2 General Oversubscribed

Posted on January 8, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) was exceeded in December 2017, for only the second time since the introduction of the migration cap in 2011. As a result, the minimum required score was… Read more »


Malaysia – Salary and Passport Update

Posted on December 28, 2017

  Effective immediately, the salary component allowing only the basic salary will now allow the inclusion of fixed allowances when calculating the total minimum salary. Criteria on the fixed allowances are as follows: Must be paid monthly; In cash; Stated… Read more »