SOUTH AFRICA – Details Announced of Significant Immigration Changes Ahead

Posted on January 27, 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has made its long-awaited announcement regarding significant immigration changes to come in South Africa in 2014. The Immigration Amendment Act No. 13 of 2011 amends the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 (as amended). These… Read more »

PORTUGAL – Fines Imposed For Failure to Make Notifications to Immigration Services

Posted on January 27, 2014

The Portuguese authorities have started to impose fines in cases where non-EU nationals have failed to register their arrival with Immigration Services (SEF) and in cases where non-EU nationals holding Portuguese visas or residence permits and renewing their passports fail… Read more »

GERMANY – Local Employment Contracts No Longer Required for Van der Elst Visas

Posted on January 27, 2014

Previously, third-country nationals seeking to use the Van der Elst process were required by the German government to provide a local employment contract with the German company that would receive their services. However, officials from the Federal Ministry of the… Read more »

SOUTH KOREA – Fee Increases for Most Immigration Applications

Posted on January 13, 2014

Beginning January 1, 2014, South Korea has increased the fees for visa and immigration related applications and services. The following are the revised fees:   Type of Application Revised Fee (KRW) Old Fee (KRW) Grant of temporary stay status 80,000… Read more »

ROMANIA – Work Permit Quotas for 2014

Posted on January 13, 2014

The Romanian government has announced the new work permit quota for 2014. A total of 5,500 work permits will be issued, with the following allocations: 900 for intracompany transferees; 900 for highly skilled workers; 3,000 for local hires; and the… Read more »

NETHERLANDS – Suspension of Limits on Business Visitors until New Legislation Created

Posted on January 13, 2014

A recent Dutch law unintentionally limited third-country nationals from visiting the Netherlands multiple times per year for business meetings. Under the law, business visitors were only permitted one uninterrupted stay of up to 13 weeks in a 52-week period. As… Read more »

INDIA – Foreign Nationals Staying in Hotels Must Submit New Document to Mumbai FRRO

Posted on January 13, 2014

Any foreign nationals staying in hotels or service apartments must now submit a Form C (Arrival Report of Foreigner in Hotel) to the Mumbai Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) during their registration and visa extension appointments. Foreign nationals can find… Read more »

HUNGARY – Joint Work and Residence Permits Implemented Along with Other Reforms

Posted on January 13, 2014

As 2014 begins, Hungary has implemented a new joint work and residence permit system. Due to this new system, numerous procedural changes have arisen. These changes include new filing procedures, forms, supporting document requirements, and expected application processing times. Foreign… Read more »

GERMANY – New Minimum Salary for Blue Card Holders

Posted on January 13, 2014

The German government released their annual review announcing new minimum salary requirements for Blue Card holders going into effect on January 1, 2014. First-year Blue Card holders must earn a minimum of €47,600 annually. Applicants who will work in a… Read more »

NETHERLANDS – Minimum Salary Levels for 2014 Announced

Posted on January 6, 2014

The Dutch immigration authorities have announced new minimum salary levels to take effect beginning January 1, 2014 for Knowledge Migrant Workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. In addition to minimum salary levels increasing,… Read more »