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16 OCTOBER 2017

CANADA:  Additional Changes to the Citizenship Act to Take Effect 

CANADA/EU: Business mobility to be eased by new trade agreement

CHINA:  Beijing Labour Bureau demanding registration information be updated for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau

KENYA: New document required for all permit and pass applications 

THE NETHERLANDS: Period required for Naturalisation unchanged

SWITZERLAND:  Swiss Government announces Work Permit Quotas for 2018

THAILAND: New online application system launched for visa and work permits

MIDDLE EAST: Spot light on quality for international schools in the region

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

AUSTRIA: ICT directive to be implemented

CHINA: Eased work authorization process for foreign nationals in Shanghai

CROATIA: Conditions for the ICT permit refined

EUROPEAN UNION: Proposal to enlarge the Schengen Area and Euro Zone, whilst security to remain tight

NIGERIA: National Identification Number to be renewed before 2018

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Visitor visa for Indian nationals

UNITED KINGDOM:  Changes for submitting Tier 2 and Tier 4 Visa Applications in India 

UNITED STATES: Green card rules tightened

UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions

VIETNAM: Ho Chi Minh City offers a new work permit category 

CHINA: Offices closures due to national holiday 

MEXICO: Governmental office closures due to earthquake

ARGENTINA: New law makes it cheaper to rent in Buenos Aires

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

DENMARK: Free Danish language courses now require a refundable deposit

DENMARK: Payment Scheme specification

FRANCE: Posted Workers Fee

INDIA: Government takes measures to simplify visa regime

INDIA: Local regulations changed in Chennai

SINGAPORE: Importance of compliance emphasised by government

SAUDI ARABIA: New requirement for foreign engineers

SWITZERLAND:  L and B permit quotas for Q3 2017 exhausted 

VIETNAM: Guidelines for Electronic Work Permit System

KOREA: Offices closed beginning of October

JAPAN: Global Indian International School opens second campus in Tokyo

SINGAPORE: Two international schools open mega pre-school on shared campus in Singapore

30 AUGUST 2017

SINGAPORE: New 'Work Pass' system being introduced 

COLOMBIA: New immigration law as of 1 November

SAUDI ARABIA: Major changes in hiring of foreign nationals

ITALY: Efforts made to improve immigration system

QATAR: 80 Nationalities can now travel Visa-free to Qatar

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO: Additional reporting requirements for energy industry employers

PERU: Registration process delays continue

UNITED KINGDOM: Employer’s guide updated for Right to Work checks 

MALAYSIA: New E-Visa for foreign workers from ten nations

FRANCE: Employers incur fees for newly posted workers

MIDDLE EAST:  Arafat (Haj) Day and Eid Al Adha holidays

SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi and Indian businessmen open schools in Buraidah and Alkhobar

 

16 AUGUST 2017

CANADA:  Additional step required when hiring LMIA Workers 

CHINA:  Visa free transit to be offered soon in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

CZECH REPUBLIC: Major changes in immigration law made

ITALY: Renewals of 27(g) permit discontinued

JAPAN: Visa waiver implemented for UAE nationals

JAPAN: Loosened rules for obtaining residence permits

UNITED KINGDOM: Committee to analyse effect of EU migration on economy

UNITED STATES: President Donald Trump announces support for Senate Bill

NIGERIA:  Requirement of palletized cargo suspended 

THE NETHERLANDS: Rents are rising faster outside big cities

UNITED STATES:  New research suggests residential tenants may be better off renewing their lease rather than moving

 

EUROPE: Choosing the right school whilst on international assignment 

2 AUGUST 2017

ARGENTINA: Delays in temporary residence visa applications for Chinese applicants

EUROPEAN UNION: Short-term intra-EU mobility provision is enforceable

INDIA: Registration of biometric data mandatory for South-African visa applications

SLOVAKIA: ICT permit implemented 

SOUTH AFRICA: White Paper published to restructure immigration system

UNITED STATES: Resumption of Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt H-IB Petitions

UNITED STATES: Introduction New I-9 Form

UK/AUSTRALIA: Global investors start to focus more on housing markets

SINGAPORE: New international school in Jurong to offer lower fees

19 JULY 2017

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Employer sponsored Visa Programmes effective

AUSTRALIA: High-Salary exception 

BRAZIL: Issuance of passports temporarily suspended for nationals residing in Brazil

CANADA: Citizenship Act changes

INDIA: Chennai introduces residence departure reporting 

INDIA: Deadline for conversion of PIO into OCI extended

KUWAIT: Limitations on permits for dependent family members

PORTUGAL: EU Posted Workers Directive effective immediately

GLOBAL: Cape Town leads luxury residential rental growth

ASIA: Increasing demand for places at International Schools

5 JULY 2017

THE NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Industry pilot replaced

NIGERIA: E-mail option for submission of temporary work permit

PHILIPPINES: Change in departure procedure for long term visa holders

SOUTH AFRICA: Misplaced residence requests to be resubmitted before July 31

UNITED KINGDOM: First proposal put forward for EU Citizens living in the UK

UNITED STATES: Limited Travel Restrictions

VIETNAM: Online pilot for work permit applications to become mandatory

22 JUNE 2017

CANADA: New program introduced to help employers recruit workers in certain fields

CHINA:  New Work Permit Portal 

DENMARK:  Changes in immigration regulations

KAZAKHSTAN:  Companies required to file quota applications before 1 August

MIDDLE EAST:  Restricted travel imposed on Qatar – update

SINGAPORE: Salary thresholds for calculating type of local worker set to increase from 1 July

SPAIN:  Changing requirements for companies posting foreign workers to Spain

UKRAINE:  Visa waiver finally in force

UNITED KINGDOM:  Visas & Immigration begins to charge for emails

UNITED STATES: Injunction against entry ban upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

QATAR: Use of Pallets for Shipments

GLOBAL: Holiday update for countries with Muslim populations

8 JUNE 2017

BRAZIL: Extensive changes to immigration law released

GERMANY: ICT directive shortly to come into force after changes ratified by German Federal Council

IRELAND: Immigration authorities relax rules for cohabiting partners

MALAYSIA: Employment Pass reclassification

MIDDLE EAST: Restricted travel imposed on Qatar

THE NETHERLANDS: Increase of minimum wage

NIGERIA: Business and Tourist Visa processing time shortened

SWITZERLAND: L permit quotas for EU/EFTA nationals exhausted 

TAIWAN: Visa rules relaxed for other Asian countries

UAE: Proof of medical insurance requirement for visa applications

UNITED STATES: Travel ban remains on hold

NIGERIA: Revised Import Guidelines for Shipments into the country

PORTUGAL : National port strike 

24 MAY 2017

AUSTRALIA: Introduction foreign workers levy

FRANCE: Introduction of prior detachment declaration

GHANA: Enforcement of annual report or audited accounts requirement for Work and Residence Permits 

INDIA: Government waives Aadhaar requirement for foreign nationals

ITALY: Border checks now executed for G7 summit

KENYA: Upcoming Presidential election to cause potential delays

SCHENGEN AREA: Increased waiting times to get an appointment at consulates or embassies expected

SWITZERLAND: Federal Council reinstates cap on Romanian and Bulgarian workers

UKRAINE: Adoption of visa free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens reaching the final stages

UNITED KINGDOM: Rental market boosted due to uncertainty in sales market

LUXEMBOURG: International school to teach European baccalaureate

11 MAY 2017

AUSTRALIA: More restrictive rules introduced for Citizenship applications

CANADA: Requirement for permanent residence withdrawn and dependant age adjusted

CHINA: New notarization requirement for U.S. diploma holders

INDIA: Aadhaar Card to be mandatory for tax returns

JAPAN: Change in visa requirements for Chinese Nationals 

THE NETHERLANDS: ICT permit can be converted to Knowledge Migrant permit after 3 years

TAIWAN: Online application eligibility expansion and new visa exemptions

TANZANIA: Expected delays in visa processing due to restructuring within the government

THAILAND: New documentation required for Long Term Visa applications

UAE: Government waives entry visa requirement for eligible Indian nationals

UAE: Exclusive new boarding school to open in next academic year

GLOBAL: Offices to shorten business hours during Ramadan

25 APRIL 2017

CHINA: New Work Permit Policy Implemented

ITALY: Notification Requirement for Certain Incoming Workers Waived

UNITED STATES: Next Steps on Elimination of Visa Free Travel for US Citizens To Be Taken In May

UNITED STATES: H-1B Petitions Have Reached Lottery and Concluded

UKRAINE: Visa Rules for EU Simplified for Ukrainian Citizens and Vice Versa

AUSTRALIA: Subclass 457 visa will be replaced by Temporary Skill Shortage visa

JAPAN: Public Holiday’s spanning into a Week Will Affect Processing Times of Visa Applications

NETHERLANDS: Expat Centre Amsterdam Opening Times and New Address

MALAYSIA: International Schools Have To Get Prior Approval to Increase Fees

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