Malaysia – New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children via the Expatriate Services Division

Posted on March 4, 2019

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children. Dependent children applying for an LTSVP via the ESD must now be aged between 18 and… Read more »


Saudi Arabia – Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat

Posted on February 18, 2019

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, and to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system. Block Visas Validity The MLSD has reversed its October 2017… Read more »


Philippines – New Requirements and Restrictions for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit

Posted on February 18, 2019

On January 29, 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued Operations Order No. JHM-2019-002, prescribing supplemental guidelines for SWP and PWP issuance. A company applying for a Special Work Permit (SWP) for an employee must now submit, through its authorized… Read more »


United Kingdom – Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens and Fee to be Cancelled

Posted on February 4, 2019

Effective January 21, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid… Read more »


United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi Strict on Dependent Visas

Posted on January 22, 2019

Dependents of work permit holders in Abu Dhabi are encouraged to submit supporting documents from Abu Dhabi for dependent applications.  Dependent applications with supporting documents issued from Dubai are generally not being accepted by the authorities or are being asked… Read more »


European Union – UK Parliament Rejects Withdrawal Agreement

Posted on January 22, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On January 16, the UK prime minister faces a no confidence vote. The government… Read more »


Belgium – Single Permit Procedure Implemented

Posted on January 11, 2019

As reported earlier, the Single Permit Procedure has now been implemented, effective January 1, 2019. The single permit is a residence permit with confirmation of the right to work, applicable to non-EU nationals seeking to work and reside in Belgium… Read more »


Canada – Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen in January

Posted on January 11, 2019

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents program is planned to reopen in late January. A foreign national, who is at least 18 years of age, can sponsor their parents or grandparents to become a permanent resident if they meet one of the… Read more »


Ireland – New PAYE Obligations

Posted on January 11, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, employers must now report payroll information to Revenue at the time employees are paid. The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system is a method of tax deduction under which an employer calculates and deducts any income… Read more »


United Kingdom – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

Posted on January 11, 2019

An Order of December 18, 2018 authorizes the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective January 8, 2019. The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise… Read more »