Canada – Grace Period for eTA Announced

Posted on April 29, 2016

Canadian authorities have announced that visa-waived nationals, excluding U.S. citizens, will be allowed to travel without an electronic travel authorization until Sept. 29, 2016. The eTA program requires travelers to be pre-screened before entering Canada. As previously reported, the program… Read more »

France – Changes to French Work and Residence Permits

Posted on April 29, 2016

The end of 2016 is predicted to usher in changes to French work and residence permits for foreign nationals, dependents and some employers. Under this proposed law, certain passport holders and some short-term assignees may no longer require permits. The… Read more »

Switzerland – Bulgaria and Romania Nationals No Longer Subject To Quotas Starting June 1st

Posted on April 29, 2016

The Swiss government has confirmed that starting June 1, nationals of Bulgaria and Romania will no longer be subject to quotas. This will entitle the foreign nationals to free movement and full access to the Swiss labor market.   Therefore,… Read more »

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa Program Amended Under New Legislation

Posted on April 22, 2016

The Australian government has recently implemented a new legislation which makes numerous changes to the Subclass 457 visa program. These policy changes are a reflection of the government’s overall goals that aim to streamline the visa application process and protect… Read more »

AUSTRIA – Companies Required to Retain New Document for Foreign Workers

Posted on April 15, 2016

As a result of the ongoing audits conducted by immigration authorities, companies are now required to retain the educational diplomas and resumes of their foreign workers at the Austrian worksite in addition to the general documentation requirements. Companies should note… Read more »

SWEDEN – New Step in Work Permit Application Process

Posted on April 15, 2016

A new step in the work permit application process has recently been implemented. Foreign nationals applying for work permits must now submit their employment offer letter to a local Swedish labor union for evaluation prior to the submission of the… Read more »

THAILAND – Foreign Nations Required to Submit New Form on Certain Applications

Posted on April 15, 2016

Foreign nationals are now required to provide additional personal details when submitting the new form known as the “Record of Foreign Immigration” for several applications. Foreign nationals who are applying for re-entry permits, visa extensions or when reporting stays exceeding… Read more »

BELGIUM – Forthcoming Newcomers Statement Required for Non-EU Nationals

Posted on April 8, 2016

In the summer of 2016, a new policy is expected to be enacted in Belgium for non-EU migrants and refugees that want to live in the country for more than three months. Applicants will have to sign a national declaration… Read more »

NIGERIA – Nationwide Long-Term Work Permit Verification Suspended

Posted on April 8, 2016

As announced before, the Nigeria Immigration Service issued a public notice for a nationwide verification exercise from March 14, 2016 to March 31, 2016, requiring employers to submit their long term work permits, known as the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit… Read more »

MOZAMBIQUE – Employers Must Submit Company Employee List by April 30th

Posted on April 1, 2016

Employers must submit their annual Company Employee List (Relação Nominal) to the National Institute of Employment and Professional Training (INEFP) by April 30th. Employers who fail to submit their annual Mozambican Company Employee List by this date will be considered… Read more »