NORWAY – Minimum Salary Threshold Increases for Non-EU Workers

Posted on July 28, 2014

As part of their annual salary adjustment, the Norwegian Immigration Directorate has announced and has already begun implementing the new salary threshold for non-EU workers. New and renewal Residence and Work Permit applicants with bachelor’s degrees are to be paid… Read more »

VIETNAM – Complete Overhaul of Immigration Law

Posted on July 21, 2014

A new immigration law will be implemented in Vietnam on January 1st, 2015. The National Assembly approved the law on June 14th, 2014, which entails significant changes. One of the major changes is the complete new structuring of visa types… Read more »

THAILAND – Visa Holders Required to Acknowledge Penalties for Overstays

Posted on July 21, 2014

Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has cracked down on enforcing the nation’s immigration regulations. From now on, all foreigners who are obtaining or extending their visas or who are making 90-day reports are now required to sign an “Acknowledgment of Penalties for… Read more »

RUSSIA – Salary Range to Be Lowered for Specialist IT Workers

Posted on July 21, 2014

In 2010, Russia created the quota-exempt Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit category to enable Russian companies to hire skilled foreign workers for up to three years without any quota restrictions. In order to hire these foreign workers, the IT… Read more »

SINGAPORE – New Job Category to Be Exempt from Advertising Requirement

Posted on July 21, 2014

Beginning August 1st of 2014, any short-term positions of less than one month in duration will not have to be advertised by their company on the National Job Bank prior to applying for Employment Passes for foreign workers. The Ministry of… Read more »

INDONESIA – Elimination of Provisional Permits

Posted on July 21, 2014

Effective immediately, work permit holders are no longer able to use provisional permits to allow them to bridge their stay in Indonesia as a result of a gap between the expiration of their work permits and the approval of their… Read more »

INDIA – A Refresher on Mexican and Canadian Travel Requirements for Indian Nationals

Posted on July 21, 2014

The following information is in regards to Indian nationals currently deployed to work in the United States and wish to travel to Canada or Mexico. Canada Indian nationals are required to obtain a Canadian visa for entry, unless they hold… Read more »

IRELAND – Smart-Card System to Cause Processing Delays

Posted on July 14, 2014

As the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) is still working on implementing the newly created smart-card system, applicants can expect continued delays in the processing of their multiple-entry visas. The smart cards, which contain biometric data and are issued to… Read more »

CANADA – Expedited Visa Processing for Indian Nationals with CAN+

Posted on July 7, 2014

On July 7th, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Minister, Chris Alexander, announced that the CAN+ Visa Program will now be open to Indian nationals, which will facilitate travel from India to Canada. The decision to make this a permanent feature… Read more »