UNITED KINGDOM – WorldBridge to No Longer Offer Priority Visa Service

Posted on March 17, 2014

Beginning March 26, 2014, WorldBridge, the U.K. Home Office’s outsourced commercial partner, will no longer offer the Priority Service. The service will, however, be transferred over to a new provider, VFS Global. The Priority Service is currently an additional $150… Read more »

UNITED KINGDOM – Significant Changes for Tier 2 Sponsors

Posted on March 17, 2014

Significant changes to the U.K.’s Points-Based System work routes have been made in the hopes of increasing flexibility for sponsors and applicants, and boosting the U.K. economy. One of the changes made to Tier 2 permits is that Intra-company transfers… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – Draft Immigration Regulations Released

Posted on March 17, 2014

The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has now published draft Immigration Regulations for public comment. Once finalized, the long awaited Regulations are expected to come into effect at the beginning of April 2014. The draft Regulations propose major… Read more »

FRANCE – Increase in the minimum annual gross salary for European Blue Card applications

Posted on March 17, 2014

France’s version of the European Union Blue Card is a program that allows highly skilled third-country nationals to live and work temporarily in the country and ultimately acquire long-term EU residence rights. As of February 10th, 2014, the annual gross… Read more »

BELGIUM – Minimum Salary to Increase for Blue Card Holders

Posted on March 17, 2014

For 2014, Belgium’s Federal Public Service of Employment and Labor Department has decided to increase the minimum salary requirement for its European Blue Card program. An annual gross salary of at least €50,974 is required for all foreign nationals applying… Read more »

BRAZIL – São Paulo Suspending Registration Services This Week

Posted on March 15, 2014

São Paulo has suspended Federal Police registrations for the week of March 17th – 23rd.   The suspension has been put into place to offer registration priority to foreign doctors arriving in Brazil under a humanitarian program to fill urgent physician… Read more »

UAE – Visa on Arrival Extended to Thirteen More EU Countries

Posted on March 10, 2014

Effective March 22, 2014, citizens of thirteen more European Union (EU) Member States will be granted visas on arrival in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the addition of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus,… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Consolidation of Employment Pass Sub-Categories

Posted on March 10, 2014

Beginning March 1, 2014, the Ministry of Manpower has consolidated the several tiers of Employment Passes (P1, P2, and Q1) and now refers to these tiers solely as “Employment Passes” in all correspondences. However, this is only an administrative change,… Read more »

RUSSIA – Recent Immigration Developments

Posted on March 10, 2014

All work permit applications for Ukrainian nationals now have to be pre-approved before submission. In addition, effective January 10, 2014, several important changes were made to laws and procedures for immigration into the Russian Federation, which place new restrictions and… Read more »

NETHERLANDS – New Single Permit Beginning April 1, 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014

From April 1, 2014 foreign nationals from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland will be able to apply for a single, combined work and residence permit (GVVA) at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). Details Qualifying applicants who wish to… Read more »