United Kingdom – Shortage Occupation List Expanded

Posted on October 11, 2019

Effective October 6, 2019, the UK’s Shortage Occupation List was amended to include new occupations for the Tier 2 General category.  These occupations include: SOC code 2135 – IT business analysts, architects, and system designers roles SOC code 2136 –… Read more »

Costa Rica – Increased Guarantee Deposits

Posted on October 7, 2019

The guarantee deposits required for foreign nationals has significantly increased in Costa Rica.  The deposit is a fee paid to the authorities to ensure the cost of deporting or repatriating the foreign national, if necessary. Fees range in increases from… Read more »

Russia – E-Visa & Invitation Letter Update

Posted on September 24, 2019

The nationals of the following 53 countries can now attain an e-visa for travel to Russia through the border posts in St-Petersburg and Leningradskaya: Austria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Vatican, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Spain,… Read more »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on September 24, 2019

The Home Office has published the latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The changes include: Removing PhD level occupations from the Tier 2 (General) cap, and changes to the Tier 2 (General) Shortage Occupation List (SOL); Revised provisions for access… Read more »

United Kingdom – Government Announces Two-Year Post-Study Work Visa

Posted on September 24, 2019

The UK Government has announced a two-year post-study work visa, similar to a scheme scrapped in 2011. The new “Graduate Route” will be open to all international students starting their courses in September 2020 and graduating from an approved UK… Read more »

South Africa – Procedural Changes for Qualification Evaluation and Transfer of Skills

Posted on September 24, 2019

Qualification Evaluation Effective September 16, 2019, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will allow only qualification holders (applicants) to follow up on their own evaluation applications. SAQA will no longer allow third parties (such as immigration agencies, attorneys or family… Read more »

Czech Republic – Upcoming Immigration Changes [UPDATED]

Posted on August 26, 2019

Effective sometime in August 2019, draft legislation will introduce some significant changes to the immigration rules. [UPDATE] The new immigration legislation became effective on July 31st. What will change? Quotas for new applications will be introduced for some processes at some… Read more »

Israel – More Flexibility in the STEP Visa Process and Summer Processing Slowdown

Posted on August 26, 2019

The Israeli Work Permit Unit (‘WPU’) now allows for the STEP 90-Day Work Visa to be split into more than a single period, as was previously the case. As a result, an employer wishing to employ a foreign expert for… Read more »

Russia – Recent Immigration Changes

Posted on August 26, 2019

A bill amending the residence permit rules has been submitted to the State Duma for review. Several other changes have also recently been proposed. Residence Permits The bill recently submitted to the State Duma proposes, among others, the following changes:… Read more »

South Korea – Changes to National Health Insurance

Posted on August 26, 2019

The Korean government has recently implemented a new change regarding national health insurance.  Foreign nationals residing in South Korea for more than 6 months will automatically be subscribed to the national health insurance of Korea from July 16, 2019. Foreign… Read more »