China – Recent Restrictions on M Visa Holders for Shanghai

Posted on May 27, 2016

The immigration authorities in Shanghai have recently turned away some frequent business visitors holding M business visas at the border.   Although the visitors were on legitimate M visas, the frequency and length of their visits suggested to immigration officials… Read more »

UK – Indian Nationals Experience Improvements to Visa Processing

Posted on May 27, 2016

The past few years have shown an increased number of Indian nationals seeking visas for the UK. As a result, the UK Immigration Minister is seeking to improve services and expedite processing times. The changes include an expansion of the… Read more »

Brazil – Government implements reforms to improve work visa processing

Posted on May 20, 2016

A government decree recently published in the Official Gazette significantly changes work permit procedures under Brazilian immigration law.   The decree positively impacts Brazilian companies that hire foreign nationals, all new and renewal applicants for work visas, and tourists applying… Read more »

Mexico – Expansion of Visa Exemption for Certain Visa-Required Nationals

Posted on May 20, 2016

As of 17 May 2016, more categories of visa-required nationals are allowed to enter Mexico for up to six months without a visa.   Visa-required nationals who hold a valid visa to enter, or are permanent residents of, Canada, Japan… Read more »

Israel – Semech affidavit now required

Posted on May 13, 2016

A document provided by the sponsoring entity containing the company’s legal obligations toward the assignee and Israel, known as the Semech affidavit, is now required for each employee’s individual B-1 work permit application The sponsoring Israeli employer must have the… Read more »

Indonesia – Visa Exemption extended to 169 countries

Posted on May 13, 2016

Indonesia has extended visitor visa exemption to nationals from 169 countries. Business travelers engaging in permissible business activities will now have fewer steps to accomplish and will save time because the need to apply for a visa has been eliminated…. Read more »

Hong Kong – Stricter adjudication standards implemented

Posted on May 13, 2016

The Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has agreed to implement stricter regulations as recommended by the Audit Commission. Effects of these new standards are expected to impact applications in the General Employment Policy, Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals,… Read more »

Dubai – Health insurance now mandatory

Posted on May 13, 2016

The Dubai Health Authority announced that as of June 30, 2016 employers in Dubai must provide health insurance coverage to all residents and visitors. Employers will be required to supply, at the least, standard coverage. In addition, dependents must also… Read more »

Documentation requirements for work permit extensions in Sweden causing delays

Posted on May 6, 2016

The Swedish Migration Agency is now requesting extensive salary and insurance documentation as part of the work permit renewal process.    Authorities are requesting pay slips and proof of insurance as far back as six years in an effort to… Read more »