Australia – Amendments to Condition 8107 for 457 Visa Holders

Posted on October 13, 2016

Foreign nationals of subclass 457 visa holders are subject to work restriction condition 8107.  Under current rules, the condition 8107 applies to all primary subclass 457 visa holders who, when cease work with their sponsoring employer, must leave or apply… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – Increased Duration of Visa Validity

Posted on October 13, 2016

The Saudi government has revised its immigration system in accordance with Vision 2030.  The validity period of work visit and commercial visit visas have been extended.   Nationality New Validity Period New Authorized stay upon each entry – for multiple… Read more »


Switzerland – Increased Quotas for non-EU/EFTA Work Permits in 2017

Posted on October 13, 2016

The Swiss government has decided the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union (EU)/European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries.  The quotas for non EU/EFTA nationals have been increased by 500 per… Read more »


Thailand – New measures for filing at the One-Stop Service Center

Posted on October 13, 2016

The One-Stop Service Center (OSSC) in Thailand was established to make the processing of visas and work permits for qualified foreign investors, experts, and correspondents, including their family members, simpler.  Visas and work permits for these categories are typically issued… Read more »


India – Evidence of Local Operations Required at Hyderabad FRRO

Posted on October 7, 2016

Effective immediately, the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (the FRRO) at Hyderabad requires evidence of the visa sponsor’s local business operations in Hyderabad.  Companies sponsoring foreign nationals for employment visas in India are required to submit business registration documents in support… Read more »


Spain – Spanish VAC to close in India

Posted on October 7, 2016

Spain outsources its visa applications in India to VFS Global.  The contract between the two is up for renewal and has not been signed yet.  It is possible the Spanish Visa Application Centers in Mumbai and New Delhi may temporarily… Read more »


South Africa – Launch of Automated Police Clearance Postponed

Posted on October 7, 2016

As previously reported, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa announced foreign nationals would no longer need to apply for a South African police clearance certificate at a police station, if applying in country.  However, the launch of the… Read more »