Canada bans entry to ALL non-Residents into Canada, except US nationals.

Posted on March 16, 2020

Just today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will ban entry to ALL non-residents, except US nationals.    Canadians currently abroad, are urged to return to Canada, while they still can.  Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian… Read more »

Japan Immigration Update

Posted on March 13, 2020

Please be informed that the Japanese Immigration Bureau has extended the expiration date of Certificate of Eligibilities (CoE) for another 90 days due to the COVID-19. So, all CoEs will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue… Read more »

New Zealand – Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules

Posted on March 6, 2020

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritised over those under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). Applications will now only be prioritised… Read more »

Germany: Skilled Immigration Act Comes into Effect

Posted on March 6, 2020

GERMANY: Skilled Immigration Act Comes into Effect The Skilled Immigration Act (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz), which applies from 1 March 2020, is intended to facilitate immigration and employment for foreign skilled workers. Early Departure Notification Effective 1 March 2020, employers are obliged to… Read more »

Canada – Suspension of New Requirements for PEQ Program

Posted on December 20, 2019

As of November 14, 2019, the government has restored the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) to the selection criteria that prevailed before November 1, 2019. The changes that came into effect on November 1, 2019 were focused on limiting the access… Read more »

Czech Republic – New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications in First Quarter of 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives applying for employee cards. Under this system, only 33 employee card applications will be… Read more »

France – Decree to Extend Rights of Posted Workers from July 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

Ministerial order 2019-116 of February 20, 2019, which will come into effect on July 30, 2020, transposes into French law European Directive 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, extending the employment rights of posted (seconded) workers. The French labour code already lays… Read more »

Ireland – PAYE Obligations Revised

Posted on December 20, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, short term business visitors will have a new rule to oblige to determine whether a payroll obligation exists.  An application will no longer be required for submission on PAYE if the following conditions are met: Foreign… Read more »

South Korea – Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

Posted on December 20, 2019

The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by February 28, 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted. Penalty Increases Illegal residents are currently subject to fines ranging… Read more »

Switzerland – Reminder that Job Advertisement Threshold to Change from January 2020

Posted on December 20, 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced… Read more »