Thailand – Work Permit Applicants Now Required to Submit Medical Certificate

Posted on August 26, 2019

Effective August 19, 2019, all work permit applications must be supported by a medical certificate, according to an Employment Department regulation issued on August 16, 2019. Previously, work permit applications submitted under the Board of Investment (BOI), Industrial Estate Authority… Read more »

Canada – New Skilled Worker Program for Quebec

Posted on August 22, 2019

A new legislation was passed on June 16, 2019 in which would eliminate thousands of unprocessed skilled worker applications in Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program. Foreign nationals with pending qualified skilled worker applications submitted before August 2, 2018 are encouraged to… Read more »

United Kingdom – Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage Occupation List

Posted on August 22, 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office’s appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Recommendations The MAC recommends adding several occupations to the SOL, including veterinarians, web designers and architects,… Read more »

China – Broader Visa Policies to Attract Foreign Talent

Posted on August 9, 2019

The National Immigration Administration in China has implemented new immigration and entry-exit policies, effective nationwide from August 1, 2019. The 12 new policies aim to attract foreign talent, outstanding youths and overseas Chinese to innovate, start businesses, study and work… Read more »

Russia – Official Form Released for Address Registration and De-Registration

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Internal Affairs Ministry Order has approved an official form for Address Registration and De-Registrations as of July 28, 2019.  Inviting parties must use the official form to de-register foreign citizens from their place of their temporary residence in Russia…. Read more »

South Africa – 7 Countries added to Visa Free Travel

Posted on August 9, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs has added seven more countries to the list of 175 already visa free travel to South Africa.  These countries include Cuba, Ghana, New Zealand, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom…. Read more »

Ukraine – D Visa Applications Within Country to be Introduced

Posted on August 9, 2019

Foreign nationals already staying in Ukraine on a visa-free basis will be eligible to apply for a long-term visa (type D) without leaving the country. The relevant governmental decree entered into force on June 26, 2019, though in practice in-country… Read more »

Canada – OINP Introduces Tech Draw

Posted on August 2, 2019

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has released a new strategy to address the technology sector’s labor shortage for those who are applying for permanent residence through Express Entry.  This opportunity falls under the Human Capital Priorities Stream to identify… Read more »

Ireland – Upcoming Changes in 2020

Posted on August 2, 2019

The Review of Economic Migration Policy recommended the following changes to take effect January 1, 2020: Amendment of the Labor Market Needs Test (LMNT) for the General Employment Permit to extend its duration of advertisement from two to four weeks…. Read more »

France – New Platform for Posting Declarations

Posted on July 29, 2019

The SIPSI (Information System International Provision of the transmission of posting declarations and attestations) will soon update their platform for the declaration of transnational postings of workers to a simplified new version. Also, as of July 1st, 2019 there will… Read more »