China – 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Applicable to More Cities

Posted on December 27, 2018

Shanghai authorities recently launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports for nationals of 53 countries.  Beginning January 1st, this will also be available to travelers… Read more »


India – e-Conference Visa Now Available

Posted on December 27, 2018

The e-Visa recently updated to include an e-Conference Visa.  The sub-categories now include e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, and e-Conference. The e-Conference visa will be valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in India with single entry. E-Visas… Read more »


Kenya – In-Country Work Permits Suspended Indefinitely [UPDATED]

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective immediately, the Kenyan government has suspended indefinitely the issuance of work permits and passes to foreign nationals who are already in Kenya, and has limited visa extensions. Applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker… Read more »


United Kingdom – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective January 28, 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees. The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in… Read more »


United Kingdom – No Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor); Publication of Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules [LATEST]

Posted on December 27, 2018

Tier 1 (Investor) On December 6, 2018, various press outlets reported, based on an unpublished government press release, that the Home Office had suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further notice. However, on December 11, 2018 a Home Office… Read more »


United Kingdom – Citizens’ Rights Under the Withdrawal Agreement Versus a No-Deal Scenario

Posted on December 17, 2018

On November 14, 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both the UK and European parliaments, includes… Read more »


United Kingdom – Upcoming Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules; and Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor) Route

Posted on December 17, 2018

The Immigration Minister has announced an upcoming Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, which will include several changes to Tier 1 routes. In addition, on December 6, 2018 various press outlets reported that the Home Office has suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further… Read more »


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 »