Malaysia – Improvements Expected by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

Posted on October 20, 2017

  Effective November 15, 2017, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) will implement four new process improvements regarding processing times, online payment, an improved website, and revised charges. The current system of processing is as follows: Company Assessment – 1… Read more »

India – PIO Cards soon to be Invalid

Posted on October 13, 2017

  Effective October 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization will no longer accept the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards as valid travel documents.  Foreign nationals holding PIO cards should convert their existing cards to the Overseas Citizen of India… Read more »

Oman – Salary Threshold Halved for Sponsoring Dependents

Posted on October 13, 2017

  Effective immediately, foreign national employees in Oman earning at least OMR 300 (about USD 780) per month are permitted to sponsor their family members for dependent residence permits.  Previously, the salary threshold for dependent sponsorship was OMR 600 per… Read more »

United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi Dependent Residence Permit Requires Abu Dhabi Tenancy Contract

Posted on October 13, 2017

  Effective immediately, foreign nationals employed in Abu Dhabi who wish to sponsor family members for initial or renewal dependent residence permits must submit a Tawtheeq (a residential lease registered in Abu Dhabi) In support of the application. Employees who… Read more »

Qatar – New Policy for Visa on Arrival

Posted on October 13, 2017

  Foreign nationals that are eligible for a visa on arrival must exit and re-enter the country if applying for a change of status to residency or employment for their visa.  The new policy does not affect dependent family members… Read more »

Canada – Increase of Prevailing Wage

Posted on October 11, 2017

  The prevailing wage for jobs in Canada were recently updated on September 25, 2017 for many industries. Work permit applications filed on or after September 25th should ensure to meet the new prevailing wage, which is set by the… Read more »

Singapore – Jobs Bank Integrates with SkillsFuture

Posted on October 11, 2017

  The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore integrated the Jobs Banks website with the SkillsFuture website. Employment Pass applications in which a Jobs Bank advertisement is required can use the new portal which allows for the following: The ability to… Read more »

Singapore – Higher Salary Threshold for Dependent Privileges from January 2018

Posted on October 11, 2017

  Effective January 1, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will raise the salary threshold for work pass holders to qualify for dependent privileges. What is the change? From January 1, 2018, Employment Pass and S Pass holders need to… Read more »

Switzerland – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

Posted on October 11, 2017

  The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2018. Which work permits are affected? The quotas are imposed on a national, rather than per-company, basis, on long-term B permits and short-term L permits. B… Read more »

Canada – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Facilitates Business Mobility

Posted on October 4, 2017

  Provisionally effective from September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union includes provisions for the entry of short-term business visitors and temporary foreign workers. CETA Business Mobility Overview The Comprehensive Economic… Read more »