Malaysia – New Immigration Application Procedure for MIDA-Registered Companies

Posted on December 10, 2018

Effective December 5, 2018, all new and renewal Employment Pass (EP) and Dependent Pass (DP) applications for companies with pre-approved positions under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) must be submitted via the online Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, rather… Read more »


India – Exit Clearance Requirement Extended to Indian Nationals Suspended

Posted on December 10, 2018

As reported last week, Indian nationals travelling to any of 18 “notified” countries for employment purposes were advised to register with the eMigrate portal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at least 24 hours prior to departure has now… Read more »


Germany – New Salary Threshold for Blue Card EU

Posted on December 10, 2018

The annual salary for the Blue Card EU will increase to EUR 53,600 (up from EUR 52,000) beginning January 1, 2019.  In certain shortage occupations the salary threshold is reduced to EUR 41,808 per year (up from EUR 40,560). Foreign… Read more »


Malaysia – ESD Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2019 Now Open

Posted on December 10, 2018

Effective December 3, 2019, companies who are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2019 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes and Professional Visit Passes. How does it work? Companies who intend… Read more »


Netherlands – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

Posted on December 10, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. Affected Applications These amounts are applicable for new… Read more »


Singapore – Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants

Posted on December 10, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2200 to SGD 2300. Further Details Existing S Passes expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2019 can be renewed for up to… Read more »


Australia – Labor Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

Posted on December 3, 2018

On October 31, 2018, Australia became the sixth signatory to the ‘Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (TPP-11), after Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The agreement comes into force on December 30, 2018. Chile, Peru, Brunei, Malaysia… Read more »


Belgium – 2019 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits

Posted on December 3, 2018

Minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits and Blue Cards will increase from January 1, 2019. Minimum Salary Thresholds The Belgian government annually increases its minimum salary requirements for foreign nationals in line with inflation. The new salary thresholds… Read more »


India – Exit Clearance Requirement Now Extended to All Indian Nationals

Posted on December 3, 2018

Effective immediately, all Indian nationals travelling to any of 18 “notified” countries for employment purposes are advised to register with the eMigrate portal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at least 24 hours prior to departure. The notified countries are Afghanistan,… Read more »


Mexico – Applications Experiencing Delays

Posted on December 3, 2018

Many current government officials are in the process of resigning, as the new administration for change in government takes office on December 1st, 2018.  The turnover has been causing delays for all immigration matters. Delays are also expected for the… Read more »