Canada – VACs in India Begin Reopening

Posted on November 25, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government closed Canada’s Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world. As some countries regain control over the spread of the virus, some VACs are reopening with limited service. In the case… Read more »

Germany – Blue Card Salary Increase

Posted on November 25, 2020

As of January 1st, the salary threshold for Blue Card applications will increase to the following: Blue Card EU for shortage occupations: 44,304 Euro per annum / 3,692 Euro per month Blue Card EU regular: 56,800 Euro per annum /… Read more »

Sweden – Brexit Update for UK Citizens

Posted on November 25, 2020

The Swedish Parliament updated its measures regarding UK citizens currently living, working or studying in Sweden.  UK citizens that live in Sweden as of December 31, 2020, must apply for “residence status”, which will allow them to remain and work… Read more »

Taiwan – COVID Testing Update

Posted on November 25, 2020

From December 1st, 2020 to February 28th, 2021, passengers entering or transiting through Taiwan airports, regardless of the nationality (Taiwan or foreign nations) or purpose of coming (study, work, diplomatic service, etc.), must provide the negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report issued… Read more »

Fakhoury Global Immigration Expansion into Canada

Posted on November 23, 2020

Fakhoury Global Immigration (FGI) is pleased to announce the establishment of its Canadian subsidiary, Fakhoury Global Consulting Canada in Toronto, Canada.  According to FGI Professional Services President Carmen Saleh Fakhoury, our expansion and investment into Canada is a reflection of… Read more »

Canada – Mandatory use of ArriveCan APP

Posted on November 11, 2020

As of November 21, 2020, all travelers to Canada will be required to submit their information digitally through the ArriveCAN application prior to boarding their flight in case of air travel, or before arriving at the Point of Entry, if… Read more »

Belgium – Increased Minimum Salary Thresholds for 2021

Posted on November 4, 2020

Effective January 1, 2021, increased minimum gross annual salary levels for foreign employees have been announced for the Belgian regions of Brussels and Flanders. Wallonia is expected to publish its new salary scales shortly. The increases are as follows: Brussels… Read more »

Canada – Implied Status

Posted on November 4, 2020

On October 20, 2020 the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has implemented important changes to the way work permit extensions are processed, in order to assist temporary residents who are remaining in Canada on implied status to access benefits… Read more »

Malaysia – New Job Advertising Requirement for ESD Employment Permit Applications

Posted on November 4, 2020

Effective November 1, 2020, all companies (including those registered both with ESD and with MDEC) intending to apply for new or renewal employment permits for foreign workers are required to place an advertisement for the job vacancy for at least… Read more »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on November 4, 2020

On October 22, 2020, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, introducing the expected “Points-Based” Immigration System. Among the changes, most of which take effect on December 1, 2020, are the following: English Language Applicants… Read more »