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25 MAY 2019

THE NETHERLANDS: Exemptions from orientation exam (ONA)

SINGAPORE: New operation hours at Ministry of Manpower

TURKEY: Residence Permit submitted in person


GLOBAL: Office closures during Ramadan & the Eid al-Fitr holiday

US: Lottery results for H-1B visa

DENMARK: Immigration criteria updates


MEXICO: New visa requirements and delays


CANADA: New Wage Thresholds



18 APRIL 2019

CHINA: New improved Exit-Entry application process

DENMARK: EU Registration Certificate applications must be submitted in person

FRANCE: New APS residence permits for Talent Passport holders with three-month D visas 


INDIA - Changes to E-visa’s for business travelers

MEXICO: Delays for immigration applications continuing 

SINGAPORE:  Increased fees since 1 April


SINGAPORE:  Delays verifying child vaccination certificates


Brexit: Top 5 questions from businesses regarding EU staff living in the UK


How different companies approach Brexit communications with staff

22 MARCH 2019

EUROPEAN UNION: Streamlining the document recognition process

GERMANY:  Extension applications to require more detail

NORWAY: Brexit updates

DENMARK: New Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)

UNITED STATES: New Form and Biometrics for changing/ extending Status

The Netherlands: Brexit update March 2019

FRANCE: New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa





15 FEB 2019

Europe: Minimum salary requirements for work permits increase

GHANA:  Digital address required to obtain ID cards

MEXICO: New employer registration certificate requirement 

NIGERIA: increased audits of oil and gas companies

SAUDI ARABIA: Foreign engineers online registration

EU: Brexit update Feb 2019

EU Citizens living in the UK:



EU Citizens living in the Netherlands:





17 JAN 2019

DENMARK:  Minimum Salary increased 


EU/UK: Brexit updates

FRANCE: Minimum salary increased 

GERMANY: New requirements for work extensions

MEXICO: Applicants to apply in person for Police clearance certificate

NETHERLANDS: Change in Application Fees

NETHERLANDS: Sponsors no longer required to include antecedents certificates

UK: Health surcharge doubles


UK: Future immigration system


21 DEC 2018 

GERMANY:  Increase of EU Blue Card salary requirement


NETHERLANDS: New salary requirements for knowledge migrant 

NETHERLANDS: Apostille no longer required

NORWAY: Parliament votes for dual citizenship 


NETHERLANDS: IND conducting weekly inspections 


SAUDI ARABIA: Labour market testing requirement rescinded

THE NETHERLANDS: Transitional arrangement for reduced 30% tax ruling 

SINGAPORE – Higher Minimum Salary for ‘S Pass’ Applicants

MEXICO - Delays Expected at Immigration Offices

TURKEY: Visa-on-arrival system to be negated


US: Revised Labour Condition Application for employers


UNITED KINGDOM: Brexit negotiations update


GLOBAL: Slow immigration and custom clearance processing during holidays 




9 NOV 2018

BRAZIL: Limitations on short-term technical visas

LUXEMBOURG: Simplified document processes

UK: Second phase of EU settled status scheme trial 

NEW ZEALAND: Drastic increase in application fees

US: Suburbs now less affordable for buyers and renters

POLAND: New appointment booking system in Warsaw

MEXICO: Processing delays due to new government

SPAIN: Immigration restrictions on foreign nationals

HONG KONG: New smart id cards

QATAR: Exit permit requirement ends

TURKEY: ban of certain agreements in foreign currency





4 OCT 2018

BRAZIL: New identity cards for foreign nationals affecting immigration procedures

EU: Revised Posted Workers Directive

LUXEMBOURG: Minimum salary increase

NETHERLANDS: Several changes to residence permits effective 1 October

NEW ZEALAND: Interim visa duration extended 

SWITZERLAND: Permit quotas for 2019 announced 

UK: New report published on recommendations post Brexit

USA: Rental prices remain steady

UK: Port Disruption



13 SEP 2018

BRAZIL: Additional immigration rules published clarifying New Migration Law

CHINA: Work permit replaced by residence card for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents 

EU: Preparations for no-deal Brexit scenario urged by European Commission

GERMANY: More employer information required for foreign workers

POLAND: Number of jobs exempt from labour market testing

SAUDI ARABIA: Rental housing registration required for work permit

SINGAPORE: Work pass applications must meet housing requirements 

USA: Increase in premium processing fee by USCIS

UK: Property prices increase around top schools




2 AUG 2018

AUSTRALIA: Global Talent Scheme rolled out

CANADA: Biometrics program

CANADA: Expression of Interest program in Quebec

CHINA: Updated Requirements for Work Permit Applications 

HONG KONG: Same sex marriages continued to be recognised

INDIA: New deadline for linking Aadhaar number

UK: Old calculation rule reinstated for permanent residence

SPAIN: Stricter salary requirements for highly qualified workers

IRELAND: Major Delays for Appointments and Applications 

USA: Adjudicators given more discretion to deny applications

VIETNAM: Residence cards cancellation prior to departure

AUSTRALIA: Rental growth slowing while demands steady



 6 JULY 2018

AUSTRALIA: Visa application fees increased

CANADA: Occupations added and removed from Global Talent Stream

CANADA:  Application period shortened for Express Entry candidates seeking permanent residency

BRAZIL: New regulation issued for foreign employees on local contracts

MEXICO: Stricter policies towards foreign nationals in Mexico City

EUROPEAN UNION: Posted Workers Directive strengthened

United Kingdom: Brexit update announced

EUROPEAN UNION: Court of Justice ruling on same sex spouses of EU nationals

KAZAKHSTAN: Arrival process for visa holders simplified

UNITED KINGDOM: Shortage of rental properties hikes rental prices

NETHERLANDS: Free access for Croatian nationals to the Dutch job market

MIDDLE EAST:  International school market update



 7 JUNE 2018

CHINA: Biometric registration required

HONG KONG: New Technology Visa Scheme

GERMANY: Changes to Intercompany Transferee Card applications

NIGERIA: Visa fees on arrival must be paid electronically

EU: Greater protection for EU citizens abroad

THE NETHERLANDS: Minimum salary increases 1 July 2018

BRAZIL: Improvements to Short-Term Technical Visas

SAUDI ARABIA: Visitor Visa restrictions

THE NETHERLANDS: New directive for greater mobility

UAE: 10-year residency visas for top professionals

TURKEY: Stricter rules for short term permits

US:  Visa validity shortened for Chinese students



3 MAY 2018

BRAZIL: Changes to the conversion of permits

CANADA: Biometric Program to be expanded

CHINA: Plans to create State Immigration Administration

EU: New European Labour Authority (ELA) expected 2019

GHANA: Restrictions on foreign workforce for oil and gas industry

KUWAIT: Hiring of foreign nationals restricted

SPAIN: Statement of Entry now required for residence card applicants

SWITZERLAND: Safeguard clause for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals extended

GLOBAL: Offices to shorten business hours during Ramadan - update

UNITED KINGDOM: Stricter regulations to be imposed on estate agents

THE NETHERLANDS: 30% tax advantage to be shortened in 2019




5 APRIL 2018


Residence renewal requirements relaxed


Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signed


Delays in immigration services


Reduced governmental fees


Intra Company Transfer directive implemented


New immigration fees announced 


Temporary suspension of premium processing of FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions 


Offices to shorten business hours during Ramadan


Incoming regulations put pressure on rental market


Average family home rents up almost 3%


New Rules for attending Danish language courses 




14 MARCH 2018

BRAZIL: New regulations set procedures for remaining immigration categories

GHANA: Update to the new medical exam procedure 

THE NETHERLANDS: Inspections at Recognized Sponsors

POLAND: Increased minimum salary level for Blue Card holders

SINGAPORE: Ministry of Manpower announces changes to Foreign Workforce Policy

TURKEY: Implementation of new application system causing delays 

UK: Deadline approaching for Tier 1 General visa holders

UNITED KINGDOM: Significant increase in housing prices forecasted in Scotland

NIGERIA: Palletization of containerized cargo no longer required


CANADA: Significant updates to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

FRANCE: Minimum salary level increased

NEW ZEALAND: Essential Skills visa changes effective 15 January 2018

SINGAPORE: Requirements for passes for foreign nationals have changed

SWITZERLAND: Forthcoming job advertising requirement 

UNITED KINGDOM:  Stricter counting rules imposed when considering permanent residency

ASIA: Lunar New Year

EUROPE: How will Brexit affect schooling for expat families?

IRELAND: Property prices and rents expected to increase by 8% this year

UNITED KINGDOM:  London deemed the most expensive city in Europe for a middle market family home

24 JANUARY 2018

AUSTRALIA: Update on TSS visa programme 

CHINA: Changes in work permit renewal process 

HUNGARY: Minimum salary level increased

POLAND: Significant update on immigration regulations

SINGAPORE: Broadening of work visa pass

TURKEY: Minimum salary level increased

UAE: Changes on how employment applications and work authorizations are processed

UNITED KINGDOM: Possible effective date for lettings fee ban announced

10 JANUARY 2018

BRAZIL: More details published on new immigration law 

BRAZIL: New requirements for police registration 

CHINA: Visa rules eased for top talent

DENMARK: Increased salary levels 

INDIA: Deadline for linking Aadhaar number extended

PHILIPPINES: Annual report for ACR I-Card holders deadline set

UNITED KINGDOM: Monthly allocation of Tier 2 General oversubscribed

UNITED STATES: Regular visa issuance resumes in Turkey and The United States

SINGAPORE: International school that charges lower fees soon will open in Tampines

UNITED KINGDOM:  England rent increased by only £3 per month in 3rd quarter 

21 DECEMBER 2017

BRAZIL:  New Immigration Normative Resolutions are published

CHINA: Exit-entry document service to be suspended in Shanghai

CHINA:  Shanghai Work Authorization processing changes

IRELAND: New residence permit card available 

MALAYSIA: Temporary closure scheduled for online service system  

SINGAPORE:  Salary criteria for dependant sponsorship set to increase

UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to Immigration Rules

UNITED KINGDOM: Significant update on Brexit Negotiations

GLOBAL: Slow immigration and custom clearance processing during holidays

UNITED KINGDOM: Housing market impacted by immigration

UNITED STATES:  Latest research shows that rental affordability is worsening 


AUSTRALIA: Updates on 457 visa

BRAZIL:  New Immigration Law in Effect

CANADA: List of countries requiring medical examination revised

EUROPEAN UNION: New regulations added to entry-exit system 

THE NETHERLANDS: 2018 salary requirements for Knowledge Migrants published

SINGAPORE: Additional information required for Employment Pass Applications 

SINGAPORE: Mandatory settling-in requirements for work permit holders

SWEDEN: New regulations for recalls of work permit

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:Decline in property prices in rent in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

UNITED KINGDOM: Landlords discouraged from using agents

22 NOVEMBER 2017

GERMANY: EU Blue Card minimum salaries to increase

GHANA: Deadline looming for governmental reporting

MALAYSIA: Update on new online system

THE NETHERLANDS: IND Announces Fee Increases

SAUDI ARABIA: New expat levy from 2018

SINGAPORE: New online system for permanent residence applications

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Restricted procedures for employment sponsorship transfer

UNITED KINGDOM: Government doubles exceptional talent (Tier 1) visas

UNITED STATES:  Partial enforcement of the latest travel ban allowed by the Ninth Circuit Court

GERMANY: Brexit could impact international education in Frankfurt

UNITED KINGDOM: Month over month down turn for new tenancies across the UK

UNITED KINGDOM: Lack of awareness regarding regulations


CANADA:  Age limit increased for children applying as dependants

CANADA:  New immigration procedures to be implemented in Alberta

GUATEMALA: Eased document legalisation policy

MALAYSIA: Enhanced online eXpats system to quicken application procedures

SAUDI ARABIA: Block visa validity reduced 

SINGAPORE: New account to be implemented for online transactions with the government

SINGAPORE:  Ministry of Manpower now require mobile phone numbers, email and residential addresses reporting for work permit issuance

TURKEY: Registered E-mail Address (REM) account and e-signature required for work permit applications 

TURKEY/US: Update to Travel restrictions for US Citizens

UNITED KINGDOM: Bill to ban letting fees finally published

UNITED STATES: New tax reform proposal could result in US expats seeing tax bills lowered

25 OCTOBER 2017

BELGIUM: New obligation for employers of foreign workers

CHINA:  Work permit process to benefit some foreign workers

INDIA: Handwritten PIO not accepted beyond Oct 2018

THE NETHERLANDS: Minimum salaries increase 1 January 2018

THE NETHERLANDS: Changes to search year permit 

QATAR: Visa-on-arrival workers must re-enter the country

SPAIN: Applicants for residence cards must now visit police stations

TURKEY/ UNITED STATES: Travel restrictions for US Citizens

UNITED KINGDOM: Latest update on Brexit negotiations

IRELAND: New International School accepting admission applications for 2018/2019

AUSTRALIA: Busy period for custom clearance is approaching

SAUDI ARABIA:  Women allowed to drive for the first time 

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


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


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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