Australia – Changes to Subclass 457 Accredited Sponsorship Scheme

Posted on June 17, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will implement changes to the subclass 457 visa Accredited Sponsorship criteria. Subclass 457 visa sponsors with a long history of good dealings with DIBP are eligible to apply… Read more »


Azerbaijan – New Work Permit Exemptions and Upcoming Online Visa System

Posted on June 17, 2016

Effective June 4, 2016, newly published amendments to the Migration Code of Azerbaijan exempt certain company directors and specialists from requiring a work permit.  Additionally, a recent presidential decree announces an upcoming new unified online visa application and issuance system,… Read more »


Russia – Health Insurance Requirements Enforced for Work Permits

Posted on June 17, 2016

The Central Bank of Russia announced new health insurance rules in September 2015 that have taken into effect May this year.  Employers hiring foreign nationals via work permits or work patents must now include proof of health insurance coverage.  The… Read more »


Sweden – Insurance Certificates Required for Work Permits

Posted on June 17, 2016

The Migration Board of Sweden is enforcing a new regulation in which employers must now provide health, life, and occupational injury insurance coverage to its employees applying for work permits or work permit renewals.  Applicants applying for a work permit… Read more »


Denmark – Minimum Salary Increased for Pay Limit Scheme; and Green Card Abolished

Posted on June 10, 2016

A bill passed on June 2, 2016 increases the minimum salary to qualify for the Pay Limit scheme in Denmark, effective June 10, 2016. In addition, the Green Card scheme has been abolished, also effective June 10, 2016. The minimum… Read more »


China –Shanghai annual work permit inspections

Posted on June 3, 2016

Foreign employees who hold a multiyear work permit must file for an inspection application every year per the date their work permit was issued.  If the inspection application is not filed within three months of their anniversary date of when… Read more »


Indonesia – Enforcement of Additional Documents for Long-Term Work Permit

Posted on June 3, 2016

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower is now requiring additional documents to be submitted for the long-term work permit extension (IMTA).  These documents include the following: -Proof of enrollment in a healthcare and insurance program (BPJS Kesehatan) -Proof of enrollment in… Read more »


Thailand – Processing Times Reduced for Work Permits

Posted on June 3, 2016

The current processing time for pre-work permit approval letters is three to seven business days.  However, applicants with this type of work permit will see a reduced processing time now, of three to four business days.  The reduced processing time… Read more »