Belgium – Reimbursement of Administrative Fee Possible

Posted on October 22, 2019

On September 11, 2019, the Belgian Council of State annulled two Royal Decrees that lay down the payment of an administrative fee (the first of 16 February 2015 that introduced the administrative fee and the second of 14 February 2017… Read more »


Chile – Prior Authorization Required for International Travel

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Migration Office has enacted Circular N29, which requires foreign nationals in Chile to obtain prior authorization before departing Chile if they have a pending new or renewal visa or residence application in process. The Migration Office enacted this change… Read more »


Costa Rica – Reform of Article 187 Concerning Hiring of Workers

Posted on October 22, 2019

A reform of Art. 187 of the Migration Control Regulation, Executive Decree number 36769-G, passed on October 16, 2019, prohibits employers to hire a foreign national that has entered the country as a non-resident, even if they have a pending… Read more »


New Zealand: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas [UPDATED 10/14/19]

Posted on October 22, 2019

The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas. What are the proposed changes?… Read more »


Qatar: New Temporary Work Visa Introduced

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules. The proposed measures include a new temporary work visa and permission for sons of… Read more »


United Kingdom – Shortage Occupation List Expanded

Posted on October 11, 2019

Effective October 6, 2019, the UK’s Shortage Occupation List was amended to include new occupations for the Tier 2 General category.  These occupations include: SOC code 2135 – IT business analysts, architects, and system designers roles SOC code 2136 –… Read more »


Costa Rica – Increased Guarantee Deposits

Posted on October 7, 2019

The guarantee deposits required for foreign nationals has significantly increased in Costa Rica.  The deposit is a fee paid to the authorities to ensure the cost of deporting or repatriating the foreign national, if necessary. Fees range in increases from… Read more »