CANADA – Reforms Made to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted on June 23, 2014

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander have recently announced significant changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These reforms have been implemented to ensure that the program is used only as it is intended: as a… Read more »

GERMANY – Delays at Munich Foreign Office

Posted on June 16, 2014

The Foreign Office in Munich is experiencing personnel issues therefore delays are to be expected as there is a significant decrease in the availability of appointments. Positive nationals – those who are seeking to convert their status from within Germany… Read more »

BRAZIL – FIFA World Cup to Close Government Offices

Posted on June 16, 2014

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup is held in Brazil this year, the government has issued a decree which declares certain days as holidays during the event. On any days that the Brazilian national team is scheduled to play, government… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – DHA Releases Details for New Critical Skills Work Visa

Posted on June 9, 2014

As recent immigration legislation changes have led to the creation of the Critical Skills Work Visa, which may be issued for up to five years, the South African Department of Home Affairs has recently published the list of employment categories… Read more »

PHILIPPINES – Company Representative Now Required to Attend 9(g) Commercial Visa Application Interview

Posted on June 9, 2014

Effective May 28, 2014, a company representative is now required to attend 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial) application interviews, along with the applicant. Previously only the applicant was required to attend this interview. Who Can Represent the Sponsoring Company? If… Read more »

MALAYSIA – MID to Require In-Person Filing for Professional Visit Passes

Posted on June 9, 2014

The Malaysian Immigration Department (MID) headquarters in Putrajaya will be evaluating Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications with greater scrutiny to eradicate fraudulent applications. As a result, the MID has mandated that all PVP applications must be filed in-person by a… Read more »

CANADA – CIC Announces Changes to Requirements for Intra-Company Transfer Work Permits

Posted on June 9, 2014

Effective immediately, Canada has implemented a more “rigorous” definition of specialized knowledge and mandatory wage requirements for Intra-Company transfer work permits (ICT). These changes are a result of the Canadian governments Economic Action Plan 2014, where it was stated that… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – Implementation of the New Immigration Regulations

Posted on June 2, 2014

IOn May 26 2014, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) put into effect the long-discussed new Immigration Regulations. However, there are serious issues and it is possible that the implementation of the new rules will be cancelled via… Read more »

TURKEY – Changes to Work Permit Application Process

Posted on June 2, 2014

Recent changes by Turkish authorities have significantly altered the work permit application process, from both outside of and within Turkey. Major amendments include work permits acting as both work permits and residence permits, and mandatory registration at the Civil Registration… Read more »

TURKEY – Additional Documentation to be Required for Dependent Residence Permits

Posted on May 26, 2014

Since an immigration reform law originally took effect on April 12th, 2014, Turkish authorities have been working to clarify the law’s requirements. Although requirements may vary across all local police stations, the following documents are generally expected of dependent residence… Read more »