United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme

Posted on October 19, 2018

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect November 1, 2018. The changes to the immigration rules include: Provision for a second beta test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme; A… Read more »

Switzerland – Quotas Announced for 2019

Posted on October 16, 2018

The Swiss government has announced the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union/European Free Trade Agreement countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries. 2019 Quotas for Non-EU/EFTA Nationals In 2019, companies in Switzerland can recruit foreign national… Read more »

Portugal – New Online Visa System

Posted on October 16, 2018

A new online visa system was implemented on October 1, 2018 to simplify the immigration procedure. The following may be requested online: Short Stay (of up to 90 days) Temporary Stay visas (more than 90 days) for seasonal work University… Read more »

New Zealand – New Immigration and Levy Fees

Posted on October 16, 2018

New immigration and levy fees will take effect beginning Monday November 5, 2018. Although the fee for some visa types have decreased, the majority have increased, as noted below: Work Visas Increase of 54% Business/Skilled Visas Decrease of 45% Other… Read more »

India – Update to e-Visa

Posted on October 16, 2018

The e-Visa, which includes sub-categories for e-Tourist, e-Business, e-Medical, and e-Medical Attendant, can now be used 3 times during a calendar year (January to December).  Previously the e-visa was availed for a maximum of 2 times during a calendar year…. Read more »

European Union – Expected Changes for Travelers of Schengen Countries

Posted on October 16, 2018

Exit Entry System The EU Commission proposed to implement a system that will automatically calculate the authorized stay of the applicant and alert the authorities of overstays when entering and exiting the Schengen area.  Currently the passport is manually stamped…. Read more »

France – Posted Worker Ruling

Posted on October 8, 2018

A new law that aims to go into effect between January and March 2019 will simplify the Posted Workers ruling but has an increase in penalty fines. Main Modifications: Fines will increase to 4,000 euros per employee, per violation, of… Read more »

Belgium – Single Permit Procedure soon to be Implemented

Posted on October 1, 2018

The delay in implementing the single permit application for a combined work and residence permit for more than 4 years is now expected to be introduced by November 1, 2018.  Employers will be able to apply for both the work… Read more »

Czech Republic – Priority Visa Appointments for Qualifying Indian Nationals

Posted on October 1, 2018

Since the closing of Visapoint in November 2017 there have been long waiting times of one to two months to obtain an appointment for a visa application, especially from the Czech consulates in India. The Czech Consulate in New Delhi… Read more »

Peru – New Platform for Submission of Labor Contracts

Posted on October 1, 2018

Effective October 13, 2018, labor contracts and contract extensions for foreign nationals will be submitted online to a new platform, Virtual System for Foreign Personnel.  Once the documents are uploaded, the application will be automatically approved, however, work may not… Read more »