China- Foreign Ministry Announces Resumption of Visas

Posted on March 14, 2023

Effective March 15, The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the resumption of visas that were issued before COVID and are still valid will be reactivated, and the review and issuance of tourist visas and other types of visas will be resumed as… Read more »

Singapore: Changes to education verification proof requirement in Singapore

Posted on March 9, 2023

On 6 March, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced the New Employment Pass (EP) applications from September 1, 2023 and EP renewals from September 1, 2024 must be supported by education verification proof from  authorized background screening companies for all post-secondary diplomas and aforementioned qualifications.Who will be affected?The new… Read more »

Malaysia- Implementation of AUTOGATE Facilities for Foreigners from 10 countries

Posted on February 21, 2023

The Malaysia Immigration Department has recently announced the implementation of the AutoGate facility for foreign business and social travelers who do not hold a Malaysian long-term pass from 10 countries. Who is eligible? Visitors are from Australia, Brunei, Germany, Japan, Korea,… Read more »

Israel- KTA Client Alert: Israel, US, Poland and Armenia

Posted on February 3, 2023

The Israeli authorities have introduced new regulations allowing the issuance of digital B-1 work visas and multiple entries upon entry of an employee into Israel.  The new regulations apply to all types of B-1 work visas, including, but not limited to,… Read more »

United Kingdom- UK Electronic Travel Authorization scheme to launch in 2023

Posted on January 31, 2023

As part of the UK government’s New Plan for Immigration, a new Permission to Travel strategy is set to launch this year which will require everyone planning to travel to the UK to seek permission in advance.  The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)… Read more »

MALAYSIA- Implementation of Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) application online

Posted on January 23, 2023

The Immigration Dept has just announced that eVisa online applications now allow for Multiple Entry Visas (MEV), approval is based on an application process and subject to review. This MEV is not applicable for individuals who are obtaining the eVisa for purposes of entry… Read more »

Costa Rica- DGME Begins Transition To New Digital Identification

Posted on January 3, 2023

On January 2, 2023, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) of Costa Rica started the transition process towards a new digital immigration identity document for foreigners (DIMEX card), which will be in PDF format with a QR code that will contain non-sensitive information of the individual and… Read more »

Canada- Family Members of TFWs Policies

Posted on December 9, 2022

In order to address labor shortages throughout Canada, the Canadian government announced the extension of work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers. Starting in January 2023, through a temporary 2-year measure, Canada will expand eligibility to work in… Read more »

Canada-ESDC to Update Canadian Median Wage Requirements

Posted on November 15, 2022

The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the entity in charge of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has announced that it will be updating the figures for the ‘Median Wage’ during the week of November 14. The median prevailing… Read more »

Poland-Removal of COVID Extensions and Special Permissions for Russians, Changes to Residence Permits for Ukrainians

Posted on November 8, 2022

Poland recently announced planned changes in Polish immigration regulations.   The changes are explained further below.   I.  Cancellation of possibility to obtain new Special Permission (simplified short-term work permit) for Russian nationals; Effective October 28, 2022, it is not… Read more »