GERMANY – New Minimum Salary for Blue Card Holders

Posted on January 13, 2014

The German government released their annual review announcing new minimum salary requirements for Blue Card holders going into effect on January 1, 2014. First-year Blue Card holders must earn a minimum of €47,600 annually. Applicants who will work in a… Read more »

NETHERLANDS – Minimum Salary Levels for 2014 Announced

Posted on January 6, 2014

The Dutch immigration authorities have announced new minimum salary levels to take effect beginning January 1, 2014 for Knowledge Migrant Workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands. In addition to minimum salary levels increasing,… Read more »

NETHERLANDS – Birth Certificates for Principal Knowledge Migrant Applicants No Longer Required; Biometric Scanners Introduced from Feb 2014

Posted on January 6, 2014

The Expatcenter in Amsterdam has announced that beginning January 1 2014, highly skilled migrants coming to the Netherlands under the Knowledge Migrant Program will no longer be required to submit legalized birth certificates in support of their registration applications. Additionally,… Read more »

INDIA – Consulates to Require Labor Market Information on Visa Applications

Posted on January 6, 2014

Effective immediately, some Indian consulates and embassies (particularly those in the U.S., Canada, and some countries in Europe) will require labor market information from employers who are sponsoring foreign nationals to work in India. Employers may be asked to submit… Read more »

JAPAN – Criteria Eased for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals

Posted on January 6, 2014

On December 24, 2013, the Justice Ministry of Japan eased the requirements for highly skilled foreign professional status to encourage more foreign nationals to apply for the under-used scheme. Revised Criteria The minimum qualifying salary has been reduced to 3… Read more »

HONG KONG – Entry Stamps Replaced by Landing Slips for Non-Permanent Residents

Posted on January 6, 2014

The Hong Kong Immigration Department has announced that, effective December 2013, non-permanent residents will be issued landing slips on arrival in Hong Kong rather than having the visas in their passports stamped. Landing Slips Landing slips are small pieces of… Read more »

CANADA – Recent Changes to Labour Market Opinion’s

Posted on January 6, 2014

On December 31, 2013, amendments made to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and new Ministerial Instructions issued by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) went into effect. These changes have been developed in order to… Read more »