Malaysia – ESD Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens November 20, 2019

Posted on November 25, 2019

Effective November 20, 2019, companies that are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes (EP) and Professional Visit Passes (PVP). Companies that intend to employ… Read more »

Germany – Long Waiting Times for Visa Appointments at German Missions in India

Posted on November 18, 2019

The German authorities have published current waiting times for visa appointments at the various German missions around India. Waiting times vary drastically depending on the mission and the visa type: Visa appointments for degree-level students take between 48 hours (Chennai)… Read more »

New Zealand – New Version of ANZSCO Applies Transitionally to Current Migrant Employees

Posted on November 18, 2019

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced a targeted review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) job classification system, which has moved some lower-skilled occupations over to the medium skilled occupation group. This is a positive… Read more »

Singapore – Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants

Posted on November 18, 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2300 to SGD 2400. Further Details Existing S Passes expiring before January 1, 2020 can be renewed based on the pre-2020 salary requirement…. Read more »

Russia – New Address Registration Regulations and Forms

Posted on November 8, 2019

Effective October 28, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has approved new regulations and a new form for address registration. New Form The form now includes a field confirming the right to use the premises. New Regulations In case… Read more »

Belgium – Reimbursement of Administrative Fee Possible

Posted on October 22, 2019

On September 11, 2019, the Belgian Council of State annulled two Royal Decrees that lay down the payment of an administrative fee (the first of 16 February 2015 that introduced the administrative fee and the second of 14 February 2017… Read more »

Chile – Prior Authorization Required for International Travel

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Migration Office has enacted Circular N29, which requires foreign nationals in Chile to obtain prior authorization before departing Chile if they have a pending new or renewal visa or residence application in process. The Migration Office enacted this change… Read more »

Costa Rica – Reform of Article 187 Concerning Hiring of Workers

Posted on October 22, 2019

A reform of Art. 187 of the Migration Control Regulation, Executive Decree number 36769-G, passed on October 16, 2019, prohibits employers to hire a foreign national that has entered the country as a non-resident, even if they have a pending… Read more »

New Zealand: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas [UPDATED 10/14/19]

Posted on October 22, 2019

The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas. What are the proposed changes?… Read more »

Qatar: New Temporary Work Visa Introduced

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules. The proposed measures include a new temporary work visa and permission for sons of… Read more »