Malaysia – MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 3 December 2019

Posted on December 16, 2019

MSC Malaysia status and ICT companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes from December 3, 2019. How does it work? Multimedia… Read more »


Vietnam – Upcoming New Labor Code and Amendments to Immigration Law

Posted on December 16, 2019

Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Furthermore, a new labor code will come into effect on January 1, 2021, replacing the labor code implemented in 2013…. Read more »


Canada – Biometrics Now Required for Inland Applications

Posted on December 9, 2019

As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals will now be required to submit their biometrics if applying from within Canada as foreign worker (including extending your work permit); international student (including extending your study permit); visa required visitor (including extending… Read more »


South Korea – Reinforcement of Tax Payment Records

Posted on November 25, 2019

Previously, if a South Korean company’s tax payments were unsettled, they were given a verbal warning, though the visa would still be processed.  Effective November 18, 2019, the authorities will no longer process a foreign national’s VIN and/or ARC extension… Read more »


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 »