South Africa – Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year

Posted on July 1, 2019

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year. Background Section 11(2) of the… Read more »

Czech Republic – Certain Czech Embassies Close Appointment System

Posted on June 28, 2019

Effective September 1, 2019, the Czech Immigration legislation will soon be implementing a new quota system for work permits issued to foreign nationals outside of the European Union.  For this reason, some Czech Embassies have stopped issuing appointment requests for… Read more »

Denmark – Increased Flexibility for Employers

Posted on June 28, 2019

Recent amendments to the Danish Aliens Act, effective June 1, 2019, create more flexibility for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Fast Track Scheme and the Pay Limit Scheme. Other changes make it easier for foreign nationals who have obtained… Read more »

European Union – EU Council Adopts Schengen Visa Code Amendments

Posted on June 28, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the visa code regulation, aimed at improving conditions for legitimate travelers entering Europe for short stays, and enhancing border security. Once officially published, the adopted text will… Read more »

Belgium – Work permit processing delays

Posted on June 21, 2019

Work permits under process for the newly introduced Single Permit have been undergoing long processing delays.  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… Read more »

France – Legislation to Simplify Posting Procedures and Strengthen Inspections

Posted on June 21, 2019

Effective July 1, 2019, a decree has amended the requirements for posting workers to France, as follows: Additional information must be included in the posting declaration, including the sex of the assignee and their hourly rate of pay, rather than monthly salary…. Read more »

Indonesia – New Residence Procedures for Foreign Workers

Posted on June 21, 2019

Effective immediately, foreign workers are no longer able to undergo biometric collection and obtain their Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP) on arrival at Soekarno Hatta airport, but will instead have to submit an application and… Read more »

Canada – Changes to Inland Applications

Posted on June 7, 2019

Effective immediately, the following applications made within Canada must be submitted online: Applications to extend temporary residence status; Applications for study or work permits; and Applications for renewals of study or work permits. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has… Read more »

El Salvador – New Migration Law for Foreigners

Posted on June 7, 2019

The Special Law on Migration and Foreigners entered in effect as of May 14, 2019.  This new law replaces the previous four laws that regulated the powers of the General Directorate of Immigration and Foreigners. The new law will govern… Read more »

Finland – Labor Market Test No Longer Required for Career Changers

Posted on June 7, 2019

Effective June 1, 2019, a foreign national who is already employed in Finland, and who wishes to change occupation, will no longer require a labor market test. The Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office) reviews applications for residence permits… Read more »