THE PHILIPPINES – Representatives Permitted to File Annual Reports on Behalf of Foreign Nationals

Posted on January 2, 2015

In the Philippines, foreign nationals are required to file an Annual Report with the Bureau of Immigration within the first 60 days of the new calendar year. Previously, it was required that all foreign nationals must appear in person to… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – In-Country ICT Applications Permitted in Certain Cases

Posted on January 2, 2015

Effective immediately, certain foreign nationals holding Intra-Company (ICT) Work Visas issued prior to May 26th, 2014 will be permitted to apply for a new ICT Work Visa while still in South Africa. These ICT Work Visa holders are eligible to… Read more »

VIETNAM – Certain ICTs May Apply to be Exempt from Work Permit Requirement

Posted on January 2, 2015

Work permit exemptions are now available to certain highly skilled intra-company transfers (ICTs). Foreign workers who hold managerial positions or are considered experts, specialists, or technicians in their field are eligible to apply for an exemption. The applicant must have… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Employment Pass Required Before Start of Work

Posted on December 19, 2014

Effective March 16, 2015, foreign workers will no longer be permitted to start work immediately upon arrival with a valid In-Principal Approval letter. Rather, the Ministry of Manpower will require that they obtain an Employment Pass prior to beginning work…. Read more »

SWITZERLAND – Highly Skilled Worker Quotas to be Reduced

Posted on December 19, 2014

The Swiss Federal Council has decided that the total number of work permits will be reduced from 12,000 to 8,750 in 2015. This 27% decrease is likely meant to encourage Swiss companies to utilize the local Swiss workforce rather than… Read more »

BELGIUM – New Salary Thresholds Announced for 2015

Posted on December 11, 2014

The new salary thresholds for the Belgian fast track work permits B and the EU Blue Card have been announced for 2015. The thresholds vary according to the three Belgian regions (Flanders, Brussels, and Wallonia). Each of these new thresholds… Read more »

BELGIUM – Introduction of “Foreigners’ Tax”

Posted on December 11, 2014

The Belgian government has plans to introduce a “foreigners’ tax” to help cover some of the administrative costs associated with residence authorization applications. The proposal comes as the result of the growing number of applications and their resulting workload. The… Read more »

FRANCE – Additional Documentation to Be Required for Work Permits

Posted on December 11, 2014

New changes in France require the submission of more documentation for work permit applications. Beginning January 1st, 2015, the sending (non-French) employer will be expected to provide their company registration number or employer ID, the date of the company’s formation… Read more »

TURKEY – New Passport Requirements for Foreign Workers

Posted on December 11, 2014

Beginning January 1st, 2015, any foreign nationals seeking entrance to Turkey must hold a passport that is valid for more than two months. This requirement will be upheld even if the individual holds a valid work or residence permit. It… Read more »

CANADA – Express Entry Program to Launch on January 1st, 2015

Posted on December 5, 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently released more details on its new Express Entry program, which is a new online system that handles applications under four economic immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW),… Read more »