Malaysia – Salary and Passport Update

Posted on December 28, 2017

  Effective immediately, the salary component allowing only the basic salary will now allow the inclusion of fixed allowances when calculating the total minimum salary. Criteria on the fixed allowances are as follows: Must be paid monthly; In cash; Stated… Read more »

Brazil – New Immigration Regulations Published

Posted on December 15, 2017

  On December 8, 2017, the National Immigration Council published new Normative Resolutions regulating residence authorization for foreign professionals. The resolutions implement the recent Brazilian immigration law (13445/2017, published 25 May 2017). Note that the resolutions do not mention renewal… Read more »

China – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

Posted on December 15, 2017

  The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective February 28, 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date. Those who fail to… Read more »

Costa Rica – New Social Security Registration Requirements for Dependents

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective immediately, dependent family members of applicants for permanent or temporary residence are required to register separately with the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica (CCSS) after completing the residence application process. Previously, dependent family members could be included… Read more »

Ireland – Irish Residence Permit Replaces GNIB Card

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 11, 2017, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has replaced the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card with a new registration card called the Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Current GNIB card holders should not apply for… Read more »

Malaysia – MYXpats Centre Announces Year-End Closure and Projection of Foreign Knowledge Workers

Posted on December 15, 2017

  MYXpats Centre MYXpats Centre has announced that the Expatriate Service Division (ESD)’s online system will be closed for system maintenance and updates from December 26, 2017 (6pm) to January 2, 2018 (8am). During the closure, the system will not… Read more »

South Africa – No More Hardcopy South African Police Clearance Certificates for In-Country Applications

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective December 31, 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of South Africa will automate the process of checking a foreign national’s South African criminal record, so that it will no longer be necessary to apply for a hardcopy… Read more »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on December 8, 2017

  On December 7, 2017, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The most notable changes are as follows: Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) The number of visas available under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route… Read more »

Czech Republic – New Visa Registration System

Posted on December 8, 2017

  As previously reported, the Visapoint system was terminated as of October 31, 2017.  Appointments that were confirmed for November 2017 remained valid.  Foreign nationals in need to schedule a visa interview after December 1, 2017 must do so my… Read more »

Netherlands – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

Posted on December 8, 2017

  Effective January 1, 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. These amounts are applicable for new applications for… Read more »