United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi Strict on Dependent Visas

Posted on January 22, 2019

Dependents of work permit holders in Abu Dhabi are encouraged to submit supporting documents from Abu Dhabi for dependent applications.  Dependent applications with supporting documents issued from Dubai are generally not being accepted by the authorities or are being asked… Read more »


European Union – UK Parliament Rejects Withdrawal Agreement

Posted on January 22, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On January 16, the UK prime minister faces a no confidence vote. The government… Read more »


Belgium – Single Permit Procedure Implemented

Posted on January 11, 2019

As reported earlier, the Single Permit Procedure has now been implemented, effective January 1, 2019. The single permit is a residence permit with confirmation of the right to work, applicable to non-EU nationals seeking to work and reside in Belgium… Read more »


Canada – Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen in January

Posted on January 11, 2019

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents program is planned to reopen in late January. A foreign national, who is at least 18 years of age, can sponsor their parents or grandparents to become a permanent resident if they meet one of the… Read more »


Ireland – New PAYE Obligations

Posted on January 11, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, employers must now report payroll information to Revenue at the time employees are paid. The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system is a method of tax deduction under which an employer calculates and deducts any income… Read more »


United Kingdom – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

Posted on January 11, 2019

An Order of December 18, 2018 authorizes the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective January 8, 2019. The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise… Read more »


China – 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Applicable to More Cities

Posted on December 27, 2018

Shanghai authorities recently launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports for nationals of 53 countries.  Beginning January 1st, this will also be available to travelers… Read more »


India – e-Conference Visa Now Available

Posted on December 27, 2018

The e-Visa recently updated to include an e-Conference Visa.  The sub-categories now include e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant, and e-Conference. The e-Conference visa will be valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in India with single entry. E-Visas… Read more »


Kenya – In-Country Work Permits Suspended Indefinitely [UPDATED]

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective immediately, the Kenyan government has suspended indefinitely the issuance of work permits and passes to foreign nationals who are already in Kenya, and has limited visa extensions. Applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker… Read more »


United Kingdom – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective January 28, 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees. The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in… Read more »