Chile – Prior Authorization Required for International Travel

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Migration Office has enacted Circular N29, which requires foreign nationals in Chile to obtain prior authorization before departing Chile if they have a pending new or renewal visa or residence application in process. The Migration Office enacted this change… Read more »

Costa Rica – Reform of Article 187 Concerning Hiring of Workers

Posted on October 22, 2019

A reform of Art. 187 of the Migration Control Regulation, Executive Decree number 36769-G, passed on October 16, 2019, prohibits employers to hire a foreign national that has entered the country as a non-resident, even if they have a pending… Read more »

New Zealand: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas [UPDATED 10/14/19]

Posted on October 22, 2019

The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas. What are the proposed changes?… Read more »

Qatar: New Temporary Work Visa Introduced

Posted on October 22, 2019

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules. The proposed measures include a new temporary work visa and permission for sons of… Read more »

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 »