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NEW ZEALAND – Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Short  Read More

SWITZERLAND – End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

Effective 1 June 2019, the safeguard clause imposing quotas on residence permits for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2) will no longer apply.  Read More

SAUDI ARABIA - New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-  Read More

PANAMA - Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigo  Read More

BREXIT - UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already  Read More

COSTA RICA - Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit  Read More

PHILIPPINES - Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits

On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making som  Read More

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES – B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Vi  Read More

SINGAPORE - New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres

Effective 3 June 2019, new operating hours will come into effect at the Ministry of Manpower Services Centre (MOMSC) Hall C, and the Employment Pass Services   Read More

TURKEY - All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person

Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application   Read More

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