BELGIUM – First 5-year Threshold of the Belgian-Indian Social Security Agreement Approaches; Possible Exceptions Made for Certain Individuals

Posted on April 21, 2014

Originally implemented September 1st of 2009, the Belgium-Indian bilateral social security agreement permits any employees that are temporarily seconded to Belgium by their Indian employer to keep their Indian social security coverage, while at the same being exempt from the… Read more »

RUSSIA – Changes to Quota Announced

Posted on April 14, 2014

The Moscow Centre for Labour Exchange has recently announced several changes to the quota application process in Russia. Most significant are the introduction of online applications, tougher documentary requirements and new reasons for rejecting applications. This year’s quota application filing… Read more »

RUSSIA – Foreign Workers and Visitors Impacted by Stricter Rules in Russia

Posted on April 14, 2014

Russia has been displaying a trend toward imposing stricter rules regarding foreign visas. Recently, the Federal Migration Service augmented regulations required for visa extensions. Foreign nationals must have passports that are valid for six months beyond the initial expiration date… Read more »

AUSTRALIA – DIBP to Pass On Credit Card Surcharge Fees to Clients

Posted on April 14, 2014

Beginning April 19th, 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will pass on any credit card surcharge fees, which are fees that banks charge vendors for using their credit facilities, to their clients. Because of budget pressures, the… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – New Announcements from the South African Department of Home Affairs

Posted on April 7, 2014

Foreign Nationals Must Wait Until Application is Approved to Travel Overseas Directive 43 of 2010, which allowed foreign national applicants to re-enter South Africa if they were able to provide proof of pending stay permit application, has since been repealed. … Read more »

INDIA – San Francisco and Houston Consulates to Now Require ‘Additional Particulars Form’

Posted on April 7, 2014

Effective immediately, all visa applications filed at the Indian Consulates in San Francisco CA and Houston TX, will now be required to complete a new form known as the “Additional Particulars Form”. This form will also be required for any… Read more »

ISRAEL – End of Strike at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on March 31, 2014

As of Thursday, April 3, the strike at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Israel has ended, bringing to an end a month-long closure of all Israeli consular services abroad. Agreement On April 2, staff of the MFA finally… Read more »

VENEZUELA – New Mandatory Insurance for Tourists and On-going Delays to Immigration Processing

Posted on March 24, 2014

According to new regulations coming into effect March 31, 2014, all tourists travelling into and out of Venezuela must have a medical and travel insurance policy. In other developments, the on-going political violence in Venezuela has led to significant delays… Read more »

LUXEMBOURG – Minimum Salary Increases for Blue Card Program

Posted on March 24, 2014

Luxembourg has increased the minimum salary requirement for its Blue Card Program. Blue Card holders must now earn an annual gross salary of at least €69,858, which is only a slight increase from the prior threshold of €69,842. The new… Read more »

CZECH REPUBLIC – Changes to Nostrification Requirements

Posted on March 24, 2014

There have been several recent changes to nostrification requirements in Czech Republic. Nostrification is the equivalency recognition process of a degree from a foreign university. No Nostrification for Standard Work Permit Beginning March 2014, Labour Offices in Czech Republic no… Read more »