Ireland – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Posted on March 11, 2019

Effective March 6, 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit. In addition, on April 1, 2019 a new preclearance policy will… Read more »

Switzerland – New National Salary Calculation Tool for Seconded Workers

Posted on March 11, 2019

On March 5, 2019, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published a new national salary calculation tool that all cantonal labour authorities must now use when conducting remuneration checks to verify the work conditions of seconded workers (temporary intra company transferees… Read more »

United Kingdom – Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

Posted on March 11, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category. The Statement also makes changes to the scope and application process… Read more »

Canada – Notable Changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

Posted on March 4, 2019

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) provides eligible students the chance to obtain valuable Canadian work experience. On February 14, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented several changes to the PGWPP, such as: The removal of the requirement… Read more »

European Union – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

Posted on March 4, 2019

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective February 16, 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one EU member state to the authorities of another EU member state. In… Read more »

France – New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa

Posted on March 4, 2019

Effective February 18, 2019, all foreign nationals in France holding unverified VLS-TS long-stay visas must verify their visa via a new online portal. The residence permit tax stamp must be paid for via the same portal as part of the new… Read more »

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 »