Brazil – Clarification of Procedure for Change of Status from Temporary to Permanent Residence Permit

Posted on April 20, 2018

The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Justice have issued a joint statement clarifying that applications for conversion of temporary residence into permanent residence permits must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour for processing, rather than the Ministry… Read more »

India – e-FRRO Service Expanded

Posted on April 20, 2018

As reported earlier, India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) launched a new online “e- Services” system for the application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai.  It has now currently… Read more »

Morocco – Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labor Market Testing

Posted on April 20, 2018

In the last few weeks, the Ministry of Labour in Morocco has tightened the qualifying criteria for the intra-company transfer work permit process. The ICT process exempts employers from obtaining approval from the Agence Nationale de Promotion de l’Emploi et des… Read more »

United Kingdom – Tier 2 General Quota Oversubscribed for Five Consecutive Months

Posted on April 20, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 General Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) has been exceeded for the fifth consecutive month. Skilled workers applying to come to the UK under the Tier 2 General route are subject to a monthly… Read more »

Australia – New Guidelines for Labor Market Testing for Intra Company Transfers

Posted on April 18, 2018

  As of April 5, 2018, new guidelines have been released in regards to Labor Market Testing for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. For nominated positions of intra-company transfers, alternative evidence can now be used in place of the… Read more »

Chile – New Temporary Visas

Posted on April 18, 2018

  Effective April 23, 2018, the Temporary Residence visa for work purposes will be eliminated. However, visas obtained before that date will still be valid. New visa types are renewable once for the same period, available beginning August 1, 2018… Read more »

Panama – Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

Posted on April 18, 2018

  Effective April 4, 2018, valid Schengen visas and EU residence permits are again accepted for entry into Panama. Moreover, effective June 1, 2018 Indian nationals will be able to enter Panama with a stamped visa, rather than an authorized… Read more »

Indonesia – Upcoming Regulations for Hiring Foreign Workers

Posted on April 9, 2018

  Effective June 29, 2018, the government of Indonesia has issued new regulations for hiring foreign workers. The main changes are presented below: Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA) and Work Permit (IMTA) In certain sectors, a foreign worker will be able… Read more »

United Arab Emirates – Good Conduct Certificate Requirement Suspended

Posted on April 9, 2018

  Effective 1 April 2018, the UAE has provisionally suspended the requirement to submit a good conduct (police clearance) certificate for a new employment visa application, until further notice. The requirement to provide a good conduct certificate, in Arabic and… Read more »

Australia – Pilot of new Global Talent Scheme beginning in July

Posted on March 30, 2018

  On March 19, 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new visa scheme to attract highly-skilled talent to deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from July 2018 – June 2019. Qualifying employers in two… Read more »