Canada – Update to Global Talent Occupations List

Posted on July 12, 2019

Effect July 2019, the Global Talent Occupations List for Category B of the Global Talent Stream was updated to reflect Canada’s labor market shortage.  Both Engineering Manager (NOC 0211) and Architecture and Science Managers (NOC 0212) have been removed from… Read more »

Finland – Close Monitoring of Salary for Foreign Workers

Posted on July 12, 2019

The Finnish Immigration Service is strictly monitoring the salary condition to foreign workers more closely. Foreign nationals deputed to Finland must be paid a gross salary that is competitive salary to that of the Finish labor market for the same… Read more »

Czech Republic – Upcoming Immigration Changes

Posted on July 12, 2019

Effective sometime in August 2019, draft legislation will introduce some significant changes to the immigration rules. What will change? Quotas for new applications will be introduced for some processes at some consulates. These will be established by government decree (not… Read more »

Kenya – Strict Enforcement of Special Pass, Work Permit Application Update

Posted on July 12, 2019

As reported earlier, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker is outside Kenya.  Special pass applications are being strictly scrutinized and rejected if the authorities believe the applicant will stay long term or if the… Read more »

Israel – Embassies in China, Turkey, and India to Stop Processing Certain Applications

Posted on July 8, 2019

Effective June 25, 2019, the Israeli Embassies in China, Turkey and India have suspended visa processing for certain applications, except for student visas and health care employees. The Israeli Embassies in India will only accept the following applications: A/2 Student,… Read more »

Japan – Increased Processing Times

Posted on July 8, 2019

Two new work visas for blue collar workers came into effect in April 2019, the Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii) for specific fields of employment.  Due to the influx of applications, processing times for Business Managers,… Read more »

South Africa – Change of status allowed for spouses and children of South African and Permanent Residence holders

Posted on July 8, 2019

Effective June 28, 2019, spouses and children of South African citizens and Permanent Residence holders may change their status from Visitor to any other category from within the country. Regulation 9(9)(a) that had prevented spouses and children from changing status… Read more »

South Africa – Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year

Posted on July 1, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. Background Section 11(2) of the… Read more »

Czech Republic – Certain Czech Embassies Close Appointment System

Posted on June 28, 2019

Effective September 1, 2019, the Czech Immigration legislation will soon be implementing a new quota system for work permits issued to foreign nationals outside of the European Union.  For this reason, some Czech Embassies have stopped issuing appointment requests for… Read more »

Denmark – Increased Flexibility for Employers

Posted on June 28, 2019

Recent amendments to the Danish Aliens Act, effective June 1, 2019, create more flexibility for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Fast Track Scheme and the Pay Limit Scheme. Other changes make it easier for foreign nationals who have obtained… Read more »