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NETHERLANDS – Right to Search Period Extended to EU Blue Card Holders

Effective 1 April 2018, EU Blue Card holders in the Netherlands whose employment is terminated for any reason are entitled to a “search period” of up to t  Read More

NIGERIA – Ministry of Interior Online Services May Cause Delays

On 7 May 2018, the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMI) is expected to launch its new online service, covering all aspects of the operations and workflow of its  Read More

SWITZERLAND – Government Extends “Safeguard Clause” Limiting Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to extend, for the year from 1 June 2018, the quota on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals (EU-2) of 996 long-term B permits, releas  Read More

RUSSIA – Draft Law to Restrict Employment of Foreign Nationals Introduced

On 13 April 2018, a draft law was introduced to the Russian parliament, proposing new powers to ban or restrict the employment of nationals of the United States and/or  Read More

UNITED KINGDOM - Tier 2 General Quota Oversubscribed for Five Consecutive Months

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 General Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) has been exceeded for the fifth consecutive month.  Read More

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

On 6 April 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal   Read More

INDIA – E-Services Extended Nationally to All FRROs

Effective immediately, India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has rolled out nationally its new []] system f  Read More

CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior has announced that, effective 23 April 2018, it will discontinue the post-arrival temporary visa for work purposes, introduced in   Read More

BRAZIL – Clarification of Procedure for Change of Status from Temporary to Permanent Residence Permit

The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Justice have issued a joint statement clarifying that applications for conversion of temporary residence into perma  Read More

SPAIN – New Document Criteria for Residence Card Applications in Madrid

Effective immediately, an applicant for a residence card in Madrid whose passport does not bear an entry stamp affixed by the Spanish border control authorities must i  Read More

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