Czech Republic – Upcoming Immigration Changes [UPDATED]

Posted on August 26, 2019

Effective sometime in August 2019, draft legislation will introduce some significant changes to the immigration rules. [UPDATE] The new immigration legislation became effective on July 31st. What will change? Quotas for new applications will be introduced for some processes at some… Read more »


Israel – More Flexibility in the STEP Visa Process and Summer Processing Slowdown

Posted on August 26, 2019

The Israeli Work Permit Unit (‘WPU’) now allows for the STEP 90-Day Work Visa to be split into more than a single period, as was previously the case. As a result, an employer wishing to employ a foreign expert for… Read more »


Russia – Recent Immigration Changes

Posted on August 26, 2019

A bill amending the residence permit rules has been submitted to the State Duma for review. Several other changes have also recently been proposed. Residence Permits The bill recently submitted to the State Duma proposes, among others, the following changes:… Read more »


South Korea – Changes to National Health Insurance

Posted on August 26, 2019

The Korean government has recently implemented a new change regarding national health insurance.  Foreign nationals residing in South Korea for more than 6 months will automatically be subscribed to the national health insurance of Korea from July 16, 2019. Foreign… Read more »


Thailand – Work Permit Applicants Now Required to Submit Medical Certificate

Posted on August 26, 2019

Effective August 19, 2019, all work permit applications must be supported by a medical certificate, according to an Employment Department regulation issued on August 16, 2019. Previously, work permit applications submitted under the Board of Investment (BOI), Industrial Estate Authority… Read more »


Canada – New Skilled Worker Program for Quebec

Posted on August 22, 2019

A new legislation was passed on June 16, 2019 in which would eliminate thousands of unprocessed skilled worker applications in Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program. Foreign nationals with pending qualified skilled worker applications submitted before August 2, 2018 are encouraged to… Read more »


United Kingdom – Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage Occupation List

Posted on August 22, 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office’s appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Recommendations The MAC recommends adding several occupations to the SOL, including veterinarians, web designers and architects,… Read more »


China – Broader Visa Policies to Attract Foreign Talent

Posted on August 9, 2019

The National Immigration Administration in China has implemented new immigration and entry-exit policies, effective nationwide from August 1, 2019. The 12 new policies aim to attract foreign talent, outstanding youths and overseas Chinese to innovate, start businesses, study and work… Read more »


Russia – Official Form Released for Address Registration and De-Registration

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Internal Affairs Ministry Order has approved an official form for Address Registration and De-Registrations as of July 28, 2019.  Inviting parties must use the official form to de-register foreign citizens from their place of their temporary residence in Russia…. Read more »


South Africa – 7 Countries added to Visa Free Travel

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs has added seven more countries to the list of 175 already visa free travel to South Africa.  These countries include Cuba, Ghana, New Zealand, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom…. Read more »