ISRAEL – End of Strike at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on March 31, 2014

As of Thursday, April 3, the strike at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Israel has ended, bringing to an end a month-long closure of all Israeli consular services abroad. Agreement On April 2, staff of the MFA finally… Read more »

VENEZUELA – New Mandatory Insurance for Tourists and On-going Delays to Immigration Processing

Posted on March 24, 2014

According to new regulations coming into effect March 31, 2014, all tourists travelling into and out of Venezuela must have a medical and travel insurance policy. In other developments, the on-going political violence in Venezuela has led to significant delays… Read more »

LUXEMBOURG – Minimum Salary Increases for Blue Card Program

Posted on March 24, 2014

Luxembourg has increased the minimum salary requirement for its Blue Card Program. Blue Card holders must now earn an annual gross salary of at least €69,858, which is only a slight increase from the prior threshold of €69,842. The new… Read more »

CZECH REPUBLIC – Changes to Nostrification Requirements

Posted on March 24, 2014

There have been several recent changes to nostrification requirements in Czech Republic. Nostrification is the equivalency recognition process of a degree from a foreign university. No Nostrification for Standard Work Permit Beginning March 2014, Labour Offices in Czech Republic no… Read more »

UNITED KINGDOM – WorldBridge to No Longer Offer Priority Visa Service

Posted on March 17, 2014

Beginning March 26, 2014, WorldBridge, the U.K. Home Office’s outsourced commercial partner, will no longer offer the Priority Service. The service will, however, be transferred over to a new provider, VFS Global. The Priority Service is currently an additional $150… Read more »

UNITED KINGDOM – Significant Changes for Tier 2 Sponsors

Posted on March 17, 2014

Significant changes to the U.K.’s Points-Based System work routes have been made in the hopes of increasing flexibility for sponsors and applicants, and boosting the U.K. economy. One of the changes made to Tier 2 permits is that Intra-company transfers… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – Draft Immigration Regulations Released

Posted on March 17, 2014

The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has now published draft Immigration Regulations for public comment. Once finalized, the long awaited Regulations are expected to come into effect at the beginning of April 2014. The draft Regulations propose major… Read more »

FRANCE – Increase in the minimum annual gross salary for European Blue Card applications

Posted on March 17, 2014

France’s version of the European Union Blue Card is a program that allows highly skilled third-country nationals to live and work temporarily in the country and ultimately acquire long-term EU residence rights. As of February 10th, 2014, the annual gross… Read more »

BELGIUM – Minimum Salary to Increase for Blue Card Holders

Posted on March 17, 2014

For 2014, Belgium’s Federal Public Service of Employment and Labor Department has decided to increase the minimum salary requirement for its European Blue Card program. An annual gross salary of at least €50,974 is required for all foreign nationals applying… Read more »

BRAZIL – São Paulo Suspending Registration Services This Week

Posted on March 15, 2014

São Paulo has suspended Federal Police registrations for the week of March 17th – 23rd.   The suspension has been put into place to offer registration priority to foreign doctors arriving in Brazil under a humanitarian program to fill urgent physician… Read more »