ISRAEL – Consular Services Currently Unavailable Due to Labor Dispute

Posted on March 10, 2014

After an unsuccessful mediation period of seven months, the Finance Ministry has refused to resolve the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ labor dispute and the Foreign Ministry workers have renewed their work sanctions. Therefore, since March 4th, 2014, Israel’s embassies and… Read more »

SWITZERLAND – Foreign Worker Numbers to be Restricted

Posted on February 17, 2014

On February 9th, an amendment was passed by Swiss voters that aimed to cap the number of foreign workers in Switzerland. The initiative, introduced as an anti-mass immigration policy to maintain Swiss identity, was only narrowly passed with 50.3% in… Read more »

LUXEMBOURG – Social Identification Badge Required for Assignees

Posted on February 17, 2014

Effective immediately, employers sending assignees as seconded workers to Luxembourg must declare the secondment to the authorities using a new online tool. A social identification badge must also be ordered for the individual assignee, which should be carried by the… Read more »

INDIA – All But Eight Countries to be Offered Visas Upon Arrival

Posted on February 17, 2014

By the end of the year, nine Indian airports will offer visas on arrival and electronic visas to visitors from 180 countries. Currently, visas are offered on arrival to the foreign nationals of eleven countries, including Finland, Japan, Indonesia, Luxembourg,… Read more »

TURKEY – Visa-on-Arrival Program to be Substituted by New Electronic Visa System

Posted on February 3, 2014

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that for those certain nationalities entering Turkey for business or tourism in which the visa-on-arrival program applies, a new electronic visa system will be implemented. After the traveler submits the required information,… Read more »

SLOVAKIA – New EU Single Permit; Other Changes

Posted on February 3, 2014

Permit directive, passed into EU law in December 2011. On December 3, 2013 the Slovak National Council passed an amendment to the Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on Residence of Foreign Nationals and Act 5/2004 Coll. on Employment Services, ratifying the… Read more »

EL SALVADOR – New Temporary Residence Process for Assignees

Posted on February 3, 2014

El Salvador has introduced a new immigration process (Trámite F-36) which allows applicants to remain on employment contracts outside El Salvador (i.e. does not require a local contract) and which must be initiated before the applicant’s arrival in the country…. Read more »

CANADA – Government Adjusts Fees for Temporary Resident Visas and Work Permits

Posted on February 3, 2014

Effective February 6th, 2014, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has implemented new application fees for both single and multiple-entry temporary resident visas (TRV’s), work permits, and study permits. More Details The following governmental fees will be adjusted for new… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – Details Announced of Significant Immigration Changes Ahead

Posted on January 27, 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has made its long-awaited announcement regarding significant immigration changes to come in South Africa in 2014. The Immigration Amendment Act No. 13 of 2011 amends the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 (as amended). These… Read more »

PORTUGAL – Fines Imposed For Failure to Make Notifications to Immigration Services

Posted on January 27, 2014

The Portuguese authorities have started to impose fines in cases where non-EU nationals have failed to register their arrival with Immigration Services (SEF) and in cases where non-EU nationals holding Portuguese visas or residence permits and renewing their passports fail… Read more »