Canada – New Visa Application Centers

Posted on November 9, 2018

New visa application centers have opened to facilitate the first phase of the biometric expansion for nationals from countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  Nationals from these countries have been required to give their biometrics since July 31,… Read more »


Malaysia – Stricter Enforcement by MYXpats of Personnel Authorized to Handle Immigration Applications

Posted on November 9, 2018

Effective November 12, 2018, MYXpats (via the ESD portal) will strictly enforce that only personnel named in the company’s Letter of Undertaking (LOU) will be allowed to handle immigration applications. This rule was already in effect but was not strictly… Read more »


United Kingdom – Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service

Posted on November 9, 2018

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are… Read more »


Argentina – New Online Platform

Posted on November 6, 2018

A new application process is soon to be implemented by the National Immigration Office (DNM) for the 90 days work permit (24H visa). The new platform, called RADEX, is aimed to expedite the process and reduce waiting times.  Applicants can… Read more »


Brazil – New Visa for Receiving Technical Training

Posted on November 6, 2018

On October 26, 2018, the government published Normative Resolution 35/2018, regulating the issuance of a temporary visa and residence authorization for receiving training related to the operation or maintenance of equipment or other goods produced in Brazil. The Resolution allows… Read more »


Canada – Visa Application Center in United States set to Close

Posted on November 6, 2018

The New York and Los Angeles Visa Application Centers in the United States is set to close on November 29, 2018. No new applications or biometrics may be collected after November 1, 2018.  Within that time period, November 2 –… Read more »


Colombia – New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers

Posted on November 6, 2018

On October 9, 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it… Read more »


Belgium – 2019 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits

Posted on October 19, 2018

The Belgian government has announced a slight increase in the minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits. Minimum Salary Thresholds The minimum annual salary for highly skilled foreign nationals applying for Type B work permits will increase to EUR… Read more »


Canada – Prevailing Wage Increase

Posted on October 19, 2018

Effective October 1st, the minimum wage in Alberta, Canada has increased to $ 15 CAD per hour. Wages for certain occupations and provinces have also increased by 11.5%, partly driven by the rise in the number of job vacancies for… Read more »


France – Government Proposes New Immigration Bill

Posted on October 19, 2018

The French Government has introduced a new bill which proposes significant changes to France’s immigration rules. The Asylum and Immigration Law (No. 2018-778) was signed into law by President Macron on 10 September 2018 and published the following day. What is proposed?… Read more »