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UNITED KINGDOM: New Fast-Track Visa Scheme for Top Scientists to Open on 20 February 2020

The UK Government has announced that the Global Talent route, a visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians, will open on 20 February 2020.  Read More

RUSSIA: Changes to Residence Notification Rules

The government has introduced new requirements for the notification of residence, which is submitted annually by holders of temporary residence permits (TRPs) and perm  Read More

MALAYSIA: Foreign National Workers Reminded to Transfer Passes to New Passports

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has issued a reminder that a Foreign Knowledge Worker or dependent who holds a valid employment pass or depend  Read More

ROMANIA: New Salary Requirement for Blue Card

Effective 9 January 2020, the minimum required salary for highly-skilled workers applying for an EU Blue Card has increased to RON 10,858 from RON 10,326.  Read More

SOUTH KOREA: Immigration Processing Delays

Due to a systems error in December 2019, the processing of immigration applications in South Korea is currently delayed by one to three weeks. The delay is ex  Read More

SINGAPORE: Increased Penalties for Discriminatory Employers

In January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has strengthened its Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) for greater deterrence against workplace   Read More

FRANCE: Residence Permit Fees Reduced and Simplified

Effective 1 January 2020, new and generally lower residence permit fees have been introduced, and the number of different residence permit tariffs has been re  Read More

VIETNAM: New Restrictions on Chinese Nationals Holding Passport with "Nine-Dash Line" Map

In the context of ongoing territorial disputes between Vietnam and China over parts of the South China Sea, the Chinese passport showing the so-called "nine-d  Read More

CHINA: Expedited Permit Processing for Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals in Shanghai

Effective immediately, certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can apply for their work and residence permits simultaneou  Read More

IRELAND: Spike in Employment Permit Applications Causes Processing Delays

A surge in applications for employment permits at the end of 2019, ahead of a 1 January 2020 increase in salary thresholds and increased advertising requireme  Read More

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