IRELAND – Significant New Changes in Employment Permit Legislation Ahead

Posted on April 28, 2014

The Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) has published the Employment Permits (Amendments) Bill which, when enacted, will introduce new Employment Permit categories and update some existing classifications. What Are The Main Changes? The new law will provide nine… Read more »

MALAYSIA – Online Portal to be Used for Employment Passes

Posted on April 21, 2014

Effective immediately, all companies must use a new online portal to apply for employment passes. The Putrajaya headquarters of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has mandated that manual applications will no longer be accepted. Instead, companies will have to enroll… Read more »

CHINA – Exit and Entry Law to be Enforced More Strictly in Shanghai

Posted on April 21, 2014

China’s Exit and Entry Law requires that all foreigners register with the local police within the first 24 hours of arriving in China. Hotels are responsible for providing this information to the police when foreigners are staying there, and any… Read more »

BELGIUM – First 5-year Threshold of the Belgian-Indian Social Security Agreement Approaches; Possible Exceptions Made for Certain Individuals

Posted on April 21, 2014

Originally implemented September 1st of 2009, the Belgium-Indian bilateral social security agreement permits any employees that are temporarily seconded to Belgium by their Indian employer to keep their Indian social security coverage, while at the same being exempt from the… Read more »

RUSSIA – Changes to Quota Announced

Posted on April 14, 2014

The Moscow Centre for Labour Exchange has recently announced several changes to the quota application process in Russia. Most significant are the introduction of online applications, tougher documentary requirements and new reasons for rejecting applications. This year’s quota application filing… Read more »

RUSSIA – Foreign Workers and Visitors Impacted by Stricter Rules in Russia

Posted on April 14, 2014

Russia has been displaying a trend toward imposing stricter rules regarding foreign visas. Recently, the Federal Migration Service augmented regulations required for visa extensions. Foreign nationals must have passports that are valid for six months beyond the initial expiration date… Read more »

AUSTRALIA – DIBP to Pass On Credit Card Surcharge Fees to Clients

Posted on April 14, 2014

Beginning April 19th, 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will pass on any credit card surcharge fees, which are fees that banks charge vendors for using their credit facilities, to their clients. Because of budget pressures, the… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – New Announcements from the South African Department of Home Affairs

Posted on April 7, 2014

Foreign Nationals Must Wait Until Application is Approved to Travel Overseas Directive 43 of 2010, which allowed foreign national applicants to re-enter South Africa if they were able to provide proof of pending stay permit application, has since been repealed. … Read more »

INDIA – San Francisco and Houston Consulates to Now Require ‘Additional Particulars Form’

Posted on April 7, 2014

Effective immediately, all visa applications filed at the Indian Consulates in San Francisco CA and Houston TX, will now be required to complete a new form known as the “Additional Particulars Form”. This form will also be required for any… Read more »