Australia – New Labor Market Testing Requirements

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective August 12, 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labor Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa. Key Changes include: LMT must now be conducted within a four-month period prior to submission of… Read more »

Ireland – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

Posted on August 23, 2018

Effective September 3, 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post. Any visa-required… Read more »

Switzerland – Integration Required for Some Permit Holders

Posted on August 23, 2018

The Swiss government has implemented a policy for foreigners to integrate.  Foreign nationals obtaining temporary residence (B permits) and permanent residence (C permits) may now be required to sign an integration agreement and take language courses. The one year transition… Read more »

Thailand – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Posted on August 23, 2018

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined… Read more »

Women of Xcellence

Posted on August 22, 2018

Woman of Xcellence Congratulations to Carmen Saleh Fakhoury, CEO of Fakhoury Global Immigration Professional Services for being highlighted during the WBENC “Women of Xcellence” event. Watch the video to hear Carmen’s advice for Women Entrepreneurs.            … Read more »

Brazil – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

Posted on August 17, 2018

On July 25, 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorization for foreign professionals, effective immediately. Residence Renewal Normative Resolution 30 establishes that the Ministry of Labour may renew the period… Read more »

Poland – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

Posted on August 17, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, new regulations allow non-EU nationals to apply for work permits for almost two hundred occupations without the requirement to first obtain confirmation from the labour office. Background To obtain a work permit for a locally-hired non-EU… Read more »

Germany – Additional Requirements for Work Permit Applications

Posted on August 10, 2018

The German labor authority have amended the requirements of work permit applications based on the revised posted workers directive of the “equal pay for equal work at the same place”. Work permit applications for non-EU nationals will now need to… Read more »

Australia – Skilling Australians Fund levy commences August 12, 2018

Posted on August 10, 2018

Passed by the Australian Senate some months ago, the Skilling Australians Fund Charges Act (The Act) has now been made into law and will commence formally on August 12th 2018. The Act relates to a ‘nomination training contribution charge’ which, under… Read more »

Canada – Processing Times for Permanent Residents

Posted on August 10, 2018

Effective July 31, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now implemented a more accurate estimation of processing times for some permanent resident applications. Previously, the processing times for permanent resident applications shows how long it took to process… Read more »