New Zealand – Non-Compliant Employers to Be Temporarily Prevented from Hiring Migrant Labour

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, employers that have incurred a penalty for a breach of employment standards will be included on a list provided to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) by the Labour Inspectorate. Employers on this list will face a set… Read more »


China – Shanghai New Immigration Policy to be Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

Beginning March 25, 2017, the Shanghai Labour Bureau will no longer accept any Alien Employment License and Work Permit applications under the old immigration policy. The new process has been streamlined to apply online. Key Changes to Take Effect: Employers… Read more »


Finland – Increased Processing Time

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Finnish Immigration Service is currently experiencing extended processing times due to understaffing. As a result, it is difficult to book appointments. Employers should submit an extension case as early as possible to accommodate the increased processing time.


Israel – Clarification: Short-Term Employment Authorization (SEA) Cannot Be Obtained Post Arrival

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Work Permit Unit of the Ministry of Interior has clarified this week that any application for short-term employment authorization (SEA) for up to 45 days with a B-1 work visa must be submitted and approved before the applicant travels… Read more »


Luxembourg – EU Directive to Implement New Intra Company Transfer Permit

Posted on August 28, 2017

Beginning March 23, 2017, the Luxembourg Parliament will implement the European Union (EU) Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Directive, which will replace the current ICT rules. The EU Intra Company Transfer permit will allow foreign nationals holding ICT permits issued by other… Read more »


Nigeria – New Immigration Regulations in Effect

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Nigerian government published the new Immigration Regulations 2017 on March 20, in which it raised compliance issues, noted in the below summary: Business Permit Must be issued in the name of a local registered entity in Nigeria; Foreign national… Read more »


Norway – New Rules for Residence Permit Holders Changing Employers

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective immediately, residence permit holders who are skilled workers with an employer in Norway can now change employers without having to apply for a new residence permit, even if the name of their employer is written on the residence card,… Read more »


Singapore – Longer Processing Times for Work and Dependent Passes

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has increased the processing times for work pass and dependent pass applications, due to enhanced employment law compliance and security checks. Online initial or renewal applications for the Singapore Employment Pass… Read more »


Canada – New Global Talent Stream to Begin in June

Posted on August 28, 2017

Beginning June 12, 2017, the government of Canada will implement a Global Talent Stream for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program applying for work permit applications and temporary resident visas when applicable as part of the Global Skills Strategy. The new… Read more »


Germany – ICT Directive Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

On March 9th. 2017, the German parliament implemented the Directives 2014/66/EC (ICT) 2014/36 /EC (Seasonal Workers) and 2016/801/EC (REST), which will become effective once published in the official journal.   The ICT permit will allow a foreign national to work… Read more »