Kenya – Strict Enforcement of Special Pass, Work Permit Application Update

Posted on July 12, 2019

As reported earlier, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker is outside Kenya.  Special pass applications are being strictly scrutinized and rejected if the authorities believe the applicant will stay long term or if the… Read more »

Israel – Embassies in China, Turkey, and India to Stop Processing Certain Applications

Posted on July 8, 2019

Effective June 25, 2019, the Israeli Embassies in China, Turkey and India have suspended visa processing for certain applications, except for student visas and health care employees. The Israeli Embassies in India will only accept the following applications: A/2 Student,… Read more »

Japan – Increased Processing Times

Posted on July 8, 2019

Two new work visas for blue collar workers came into effect in April 2019, the Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii) for specific fields of employment.  Due to the influx of applications, processing times for Business Managers,… Read more »

South Africa – Change of status allowed for spouses and children of South African and Permanent Residence holders

Posted on July 8, 2019

Effective June 28, 2019, spouses and children of South African citizens and Permanent Residence holders may change their status from Visitor to any other category from within the country. Regulation 9(9)(a) that had prevented spouses and children from changing status… Read more »

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 »