Canada – Suspension of New Requirements for PEQ Program

Posted on December 20, 2019

As of November 14, 2019, the government has restored the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) to the selection criteria that prevailed before November 1, 2019. The changes that came into effect on November 1, 2019 were focused on limiting the access… Read more »


Czech Republic – New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications in First Quarter of 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives applying for employee cards. Under this system, only 33 employee card applications will be… Read more »


France – Decree to Extend Rights of Posted Workers from July 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

Ministerial order 2019-116 of February 20, 2019, which will come into effect on July 30, 2020, transposes into French law European Directive 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, extending the employment rights of posted (seconded) workers. The French labour code already lays… Read more »


Ireland – PAYE Obligations Revised

Posted on December 20, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, short term business visitors will have a new rule to oblige to determine whether a payroll obligation exists.  An application will no longer be required for submission on PAYE if the following conditions are met: Foreign… Read more »


South Korea – Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

Posted on December 20, 2019

The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by February 28, 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted. Penalty Increases Illegal residents are currently subject to fines ranging… Read more »


Switzerland – Reminder that Job Advertisement Threshold to Change from January 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced… Read more »


Malaysia – MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 3 December 2019

Posted on December 16, 2019

MSC Malaysia status and ICT companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes from December 3, 2019. How does it work? Multimedia… Read more »


Vietnam – Upcoming New Labor Code and Amendments to Immigration Law

Posted on December 16, 2019

Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Furthermore, a new labor code will come into effect on January 1, 2021, replacing the labor code implemented in 2013…. Read more »


Canada – Biometrics Now Required for Inland Applications

Posted on December 9, 2019

As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals will now be required to submit their biometrics if applying from within Canada as foreign worker (including extending your work permit); international student (including extending your study permit); visa required visitor (including extending… Read more »